Author Archives: danwillisdan

Interview w/ Dr. Katie Salen of Quest to Learn

So, here’s an interview/profile regarding Dr. Katie Salen, a professor of Computing and Digital Media with a background in game design. With the support of some serious philanthropic heavyweights (including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John D. … Continue reading

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Composer Interviews

I found a couple of really cool interviews. The first is with Chris Remo, who composed the music for Gone Home as well as a few other big indie titles. The second is with Jessica Curry, who did the music … Continue reading

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Supreme Passivity, Trauma, and Affect in Gone Home

This is my blog post 4! The expressive force of Gone Home arises from Katie’s passivity as a protagonist. I’ve mentioned several times in class that her neutrality minimizes the distance between player and character; not only is Katie the … Continue reading

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A Comparative Study of Achievement in Warcraft’s World & Dungeon Play

(This is my blog post #3) The official page for Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios—activities collectively referred to as instances by players—introduces the game mechanic by saying “[T]he world of Warcraft is filled with mystery, peril, and, most of all, … Continue reading

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Luddites, Hackers and Dissent in The Circle

Note: This is my second required blog post “Dear Mae, Yes, you can and should read this on camera. I expect that you would, so I’m writing this letter not only to you, but to your ‘audience.’ Hello, audience… [T]his tool, … Continue reading

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Chaos and Humor in The Circle, White Noise and Funky Was the State of Affairs

I went a little overboard here, sorry! This is not blog post #2. Lately, I have been thinking about three pieces of media that I’ve encountered in the past month. The first, Dave Eggers’ The Circle, I know the authors … Continue reading

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Ken Castle’s Deathwish

Freudian psychoanalysis, though largely discredited by modern psychologists, still looms large over the contemporary American artistic tradition. And a lot of this has to do with the fact that Freud articulated the more perverse behaviors of the psyche, the kind … Continue reading

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