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Commentary on that part of Dear Esther where you jump off a cliff into a little pool

Anyone who has played Dear Esther has certainly reached the part of the game where the character being controlled by the player must jump into a small pool in the caves. This moment is unique for a few different reasons. … Continue reading

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Real-life Dear Esther Caves

Just stumbled across this on the internet: This isn’t Dear Esther, it’s a real place. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand are full of colorful, biolescent organisms that can produce effects like this in the dark. Cool, huh?

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The Sense of an Ending in Serial Media

While World of Warcraft is an exemplary piece of media in terms of demonstrating the consistent peripeteia of late capitalism, I don’t believe that it’s the first or only piece of media to do so. Several forms of serial media, specifically television shows and … Continue reading

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Game aesthetics vs. Chinese censorship

I was looking up some WoW-related stuff earlier today and I stumbled across this. The gist of the article is that bones and skeletons in WoW are censored in the Chinese version of the game. After a bit more digging, … Continue reading

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Where’s the War?: A WoW Amateur’s Commentary on ‘Never Such Innocence Again’: War and Histories in World of Warcraft”

For this post, I read Esther McCallum-Stewart’s essay “’Never Such Innocence Again’: War and Histories in World of Warcraft.” The essay begins on page 39 of the class text Digital Culture, Play, and Identity. This essay is concerned with the prevalence … Continue reading

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Music and Sound in World of Warcraft

Last night, I played WoW for about an hour with the sound on. The sounds of the game aren’t necessarily important for play, but I believe that they are interesting and I would like a chance to talk about them … Continue reading

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In Which Mae Refuses to Enframe the World

The moment in Dave Eggers The Circle that this post will be focusing on appears on what should be pages 270-271 of the paperback. My digital copy is paged slightly differently, so forgive me if the page is not exact. This moment … Continue reading

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