Category Archives: Media Criticism

Cheating and Video Game Narrative

In all too many books and movies, the hero is saved at the last moment by the hand of God. Luck, fate, or some almighty force stands in and maintains order. Perhaps the hero finds an impossible last measure of strength. Perhaps he finds another weapon hidden among some debris. Perhaps she discovers that her […]

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Comparing the DC & Marvel Universes

There are many publishers of comic books today. At least a half dozen in the United States, more than a few in Japan, and a handful everywhere else. In the US, smaller publishers like Darkhorse Comics, feed the niche markets of hardcore enthusiasts and people interested in IP fiction like Star Wars or Aliens. However […]

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5 Reasons Why Family Guy is Better than The Simpsons

The Simpsons is a fine show. But honestly, it’s been in decline for years. Family Guy, on the other hand, is hitting its stride and shows increasing popularity on both Fox and in cable syndication. I can still appreciate The Simpsons, but its age and waning humor pale when compared to Family Guy’s clever writing […]

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Representations of Family in Video Games

Traditional narrative forms of art overflow with examples of familial representation. Family plays an enormous part of many novels, films, and television shows. Many of these examples also demonstrate non-conventional family structures. This does not necessarily refer to same-sex couples or a woman with 27 cats. It often refers to groups like professional colleagues, circles […]

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Mii & My Pooch

With it’s Wii, Nintendo has tried to bring the entire family into the game. By using the highly intuitive and user friendly input method with the Wii remote, Nintendo uncomplicated things enough to bring Grandma, little Suzy, and other uncoordinated family members into the game. But what about Fido? Dogs, even smart ones, just can’t […]

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MyDeathSpace

Websites like My Death Space are why we have a Links review section. My first impression of My Death Space was that it would be as vacuous and trivial as My Space itself. The only relish I thought I would take in cruising it, would be at mocking the unimportant frivolous lives of those people […]

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