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June 3rd, 2010

Avatar Days and Red Dead Redemption

Pirhana Bar‘s “Avatar Days” reminds me a lot of Robbie Cooper‘s “Alter Ego” project and the subsequent book. Robbie Cooper also created “Immersion” which looks at how we look while playing a game rather than how we choose to look within one. He has a blog. Robbie Cooper “Alter Ego” I don’t play MMOs; the… Read more »

May 2nd, 2010

Flight Game

We boarded the plane at high noon. By three in the afternoon I was on the ground again, nearly ten hours passed. A direct flight from Paris to Toronto is eight hours long, but this one had a stop-over in Quebec to let off all the Quebecois. The final one hour stretch from Quebec City… Read more »

April 5th, 2010

Hype, Games, and Magic

I realize that such a comparison between the Apple iPad and the Sony PSP is inherently fallacious. Comparing the sales performance of the iPad to the PSP is like comparing the performance of a boat to a plane; they’re completely different. For one, the low end iPad costs almost twice as much as the PSP… Read more »

February 17th, 2010

“Fauxvist” Arcadia

You might remember James Barnett‘s “fauxvist” series of videogame landscapes, which I posted on Offworld last summer. He was also one of the very first Kickstarter projects and, because of certain internet community affiliations, I was an early supporter. Thanks in part to all of these things I had the option to have a specially… Read more »

December 29th, 2009

Most Overlooked Game of the Decade

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I’m glad that this Wired list of the 15 Most Influential Games of the Decade exists since it proves yet again why Chris Kohler is one of my favourite people writing about video games and because it reinforces one of my opinions. A few other end of the decade video game lists left me rather… Read more »

December 8th, 2009

A Super Mario World Champion’s Sweatshirt

I’ve previously mentioned my official and certified title of regional Super Mario World champion. I still have the proof, in writing, from Nintendo itself. As it says there, my skills and talents won me a sweatshirt. During my cleaning and packing prior to coming to Paris, I found it. I photographed it. I reminisced about… Read more »