24 November 2012

Semiotics of video game genres

Martin Hollis, developer of Goldeneye, recently Tweeted: Accepted game genres are a bunch of things which don’t go together: world structure (platformer), camera angle (FPS), I don’t even (RPG) I went to tweet a reply, but one thing led to another, and it turned into this article. I think that the confused nature of video game genre terminology is because the genre names are largely indicative signs, not expressive signs. ... Read more

19 November 2012

Microsoft Surface

I was at the mall today, and saw that a Microsoft Store had opened. My wife was clothes shopping, so I thought what the hell, I’ll go and look at the new Surface tablet. The Microsoft store is obviously modeled on the Apple Store. It’s almost embarrassing how much they want to be Apple; it’s a bit like your dad putting a baseball cap on backwards and pretending to be ‘gangsta’. ... Read more

19 November 2012

Nexus 10 first impressions

It’s significantly lighter than the first gen iPad. The screen is fantastic. Unlike the original ‘iPad with retina display’, there’s no visible wobble when you scroll sideways. The back is firm, with a pleasing rubbery texture, and the edges are rounded enough not to cut into your hands. The glass is Gorilla Glass, so I’m thinking I won’t need any kind of case or protector other than a soft carry case for when I take it out of the house. ... Read more

10 November 2012

The “Oh really?” factor

First of all, this is not an article about why the Republicans lost. The answer to that question is pretty obvious, and they know it; they’ve painted themselves into a corner as the party of angry scared old straight white misogynist guys. That’s a very narrow demographic that’s dying out rapidly. No, this is an article about why the Republicans didn’t realize they were losing, and reacted with such anger and shock when reality hit them on election night. ... Read more

5 November 2012

MP3, AAC, ABCDE

The problem I love music, so I’ve got a lot of CDs. I don’t want to have a lot of CDs, though, because they take up space. While I appreciate cover art and read liner notes, I find that I don’t ever hunt down a CD to gaze at the artwork or read the notes — I’m more likely to look for information about it on the Internet. So, for a while now I’ve been considering ditching the CDs and going digital only. ... Read more

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