Category Archives: Fantasy

Allegory, whether you like it or not

I’m sorry, Tolkien – I love your work and all, but this is happening. Per the quote above, and the message in the foreword, it’s not incredibly hard to figure that Tolkien was not fond of allegory and especially its application to his work. While the times might indicate that the War of the Ring … Continue reading “Allegory, whether you like it or not” Continue reading

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Learning to Play

For full effect, please play this. A lot of people have games that they consider integral parts of their childhood.  As we have discussed in class, for a lot of people this game was Pokemon.  For others, Super Mario Bros or the Zelda series were the cornerstones in their gaming careers.  For me, that game was Morrowind. For those who are not … Continue reading “Learning to Play” Continue reading

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Cavafy’s “Ithaca” and The Video Game Arms Race

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Don’t get caught up in this damn World of Warcraft arms race,” he told me. “You’ll only lose sight of why you enjoy the game in the first place.” He was referring … Continue reading “Cavafy’s “Ithaca” and The Video Game Arms Race” Continue reading

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Silumni, Easily Lost

A lot of my fellow posters have been talking about Braid, which is a fantastic puzzle-platformer that absolutely deserves to be talked about.  However, I thought that I should change it up a bit and instead talk about the other game that we’ve played in this class so far: LOTRO, or Lord of the Rings Online. LOTRO … Continue reading “Silumni, Easily Lost” Continue reading

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Learning my (sci-fi) ABCs

Can you believe it? The semester and the year are nearly over, and while I have plenty to look forward to (the holidays, meeting my dog again, catching up on hundreds of hours of sleep), there is a lot to look forward to in the world of science fiction… Continue reading

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I’m A Little Lost: Is “Lost” Science Fiction or Fantasy?

The human psyche likes to put things into cleared defined boxes. In a complex world, setting up dichotomies or simple categories is a way in which to process all of life’s different intricacies by grouping them based on similar traits. We often find ourselves subconsciously making or accepting checklists to which we compare things. As […] Continue reading

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Heroes: A thing of the Past, or of the Imagination?

By A.A. BENJAMIN Storytellers struggle to make whimsical what the world makes dull. We foster deeper understanding by exaggeration, by parable and metaphor, or by creating what we wish were happening when it really is not. When renowned English texts like “Ulysses” by Lord Tennyson and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight begin with lamentations […] Continue reading

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Shadow of the Colossus Review

By Jo Kim   When I first heard that Shadow of the Colossus, a game that I enjoyed playing during the PS2 era, was getting a HD makeover, I was excited. On 2011, the game came out for the PS3. Not owning a Playstation 3 for my own, I had to go over to my […] Continue reading

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Concerning Hobbits: How the Smallfolk Saved Middle Earth

By Thomas Adams Warning: If you have not seen the rest of the Lord of the Rings series and do not want it spoiled, do not read this post. After watching the extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, I was inspired to finish the rest of the series (again, for like the 5th […] Continue reading

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To the Moon: Review

            Background: To the Moon is a RPG (Role-Playing Game) produced by the indie company, Freebird Games. It is both their fourth product and their first commercial product. This game was developed using the RPG Maker XP Engine. Game play: Just like most other games created with the RPG Maker XP Engine, […] Continue reading

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