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What’s the Deal with DPS?

I tasted playing DPS today.  Maybe it’s just how the Monk Damage specialization works, but I found it incredibly boring.  I didn’t see any finesse to it.  Wait for the tank to draw aggro, then just pound the enemies.  Maybe … Continue reading

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Healers Are Always in Demand: The Corporate Parallels of Class Specialization and Instance Roles

During my time in Azeroth, I’ve become captivated by dungeons.  I’m sure we’ve all run at least one by now, so we know that the game prompts you to select one of three roles before you can be queued: Tank, … Continue reading

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The Microecology of a Single Game

Bogost talks about a microecology of the entire medium of video games, which got me thinking that we’ve reached a point in gaming where individual games have their own microecologies, and this has been the case for a while even … Continue reading

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Bogost on SimCity and Games About Systems

A new essay by Bogost just appeared on The Atlantic’s website.  The gist, as I understand it, is that games about systems, like SimCity, could, and should, have been more important than they are. The argument that appears in the … Continue reading

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Evolutions of Net.art

Reading the stuff about Net.art in Protocol, I was reminded of two things that I see as extensions of some of the stuff Galloway’s talking about.  Neither is quite as avant-garde as the projects discussed in the book, but they’re worth … Continue reading

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Pynchon, Kermode, and 9/11 as Damoclean Disaster

During class discussion, I’ve called Bleeding Edge a transitional novel, couching it in terms of being between crises: the dotcom crash in the novel’s past, its ripples still being felt, and the shadow of 9/11 looming on the terrible horizon, … Continue reading

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Closing Time

I watched the music video for “Closing Time.”  I’ve never really liked the song, but that’s some damn interesting cinematography, huh? Fun facts: The song is apparently so often mistaken for being a Green Day song that “closing time green … Continue reading

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