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When The Hero Cannot Return

By: Carly Vaughn The Time Machine is an enduring work of science fiction, but reading it again in the context of this class I was struck by the ending more than I have been before and I was reminded forcibly of the ending to Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings. In The Lord of The Rings, […] Continue reading

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Where will gaming go next?

By Carly Vaughn In what has to be the best idea ever, Nashville has a new classic-gaming-themed bar/restaurant called Two Bits. It’s right on Demonbreun Hill and I had no idea it was there until this weekend. As a concept, it’s one I’ve seen before. There’s a bar called Penn Social in Washington DC with […] Continue reading

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Want someone to read your book? Try offering $500K in gold.

By Carly Vaughn My little sister, who devours books as quickly as I did at thirteen, called me the other day to tell me about her newest book. She likes to do this, call me when she either buys or finishes a book, to either beg me to read it with her or summarize the […] Continue reading

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Twitter Wars

By: Carly Vaughn Our in-class Twitter exercise reminded me of something that happened this summer. Ira Glass, host of the wildly popular This American Life podcast and radio show, tweeted. Something really dumb. About literature. This is what he had to say: Now, whether you agree with him or not (most people did not), Glass is […] Continue reading

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Twitter Wars

By: Carly Vaughn Our in-class Twitter exercise reminded me of something that happened this summer. Ira Glass, host of the wildly popular This American Life podcast and radio show, tweeted. Something really dumb. About literature. This is what he had to say: Now, whether you agree with him or not (most people did not), Glass is […] Continue reading

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Where My “Nerd Girls” At?

Professor Clayton asked a question on Thursday that has stuck with me. Are those of us who were excited about Nashville Comic Con, who are into gaming and sci-fi and fantasy, outliers in the Vanderbilt community? I’d like to say no, outright. But in my last writing workshop we were critiquing a story that made […] Continue reading

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Do Video Games Normalize Concepts?

As someone who is afraid of guns in real life, for some reason I never really thought about why watching video games in which people shoot other people doesn’t bother me. That being said, I’d much rather play a fantasy game with swords, bows, or magic as my weapons. But I’ll happily watch my boyfriend […] Continue reading

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The Intertwining Narrative and Mechanics of Braid

By Carly Vaughn Braid is a frustrating game. In my opinion, this is mostly because the simple game mechanics belie the fact that introducing the element of time into a game creates a whole different set of complexities. While these complexities do tie in well to the narrative, it makes playing the game, for me, […] Continue reading

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