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Procedure – Quest

The idea of embarking on a quest is deeply rooted in narratives. A common form of narrative, it embodies the character’s struggles to overcome his journey. This is further extended into the world of gaming where a player must achieve … Continue reading

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The Burning Coal

Shawn has always interested me as a character in Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge. He has consistently seemed the most pointless character yet knowing Pynchon’s obsession with writing everything for a reason, there has to be some ulterior motive for having him. … Continue reading

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Origin of the term “Eternal September”

Back in Chapter 16, Maxine meets Lester at a “disused techies’ saloon” called Eternal September (pg 174). The term originates from the days of Usenet back in 1993. For much of the 80’s and early 90’s, access to this proto-internet … Continue reading

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The One in Black Pt II

In the previous blog post (seen here), the role of The Archer’s description created a somewhat ominous feeling to the scene Maxine eventually embarked on. This character serves the purpose of sending her on her journey through DeepArcher with no … Continue reading

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Black Mirror and Control Society

After reading Panopticon by Foucault I was reminded of a particular episode of Black Mirror. The BBC show is available on Netflix and I urge anyone reading to take the time and watch the whole series or at the very … Continue reading

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The One in Black

Thomas Pynchon’s most recent novel, Bleeding Edge, is just the latest in a long string of contemporary masterpieces. The novel is set after the recent dot com crash and during the eventual terrorist attacks of September 11th. Pynchon’s prose has … Continue reading

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Big Wheel: The Breaching of Morality

Warren Ellis has proven himself as one of the most influential graphic novelist of the 20th and late 21st centuries. Global Frequency has been one of his most defining works. It is a visceral graphic novel that features a variety … Continue reading

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