MOBA meta and the Muses: professionalism, performance, and meta-game discourse

Dec 03, 14 MOBA meta and the Muses: professionalism, performance, and meta-game discourse

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In a post in August, I opened a discussion of how analyzing the meta-discourse surrounding MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas) may help us describe the relationship between player-performance in these games and bardic performance in ancient epic in a more interesting way. The point of such an analysis is not merely be to...

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MOBA meta and the Muses: an invitation

Aug 20, 14 MOBA meta and the Muses: an invitation

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There’s a point I try very hard to get across to students whenever I teach the homeric epics Iliad and Odyssey. I tend to phrase it as a point about the nature of the Muses, but it actually extends much deeper into the fabric of the epics than would appear from the relatively few times the Muses actually receive mention from...

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Assassin’s Creed IV, Ubiculturality, and Stede Bonnet: an Invitation

May 14, 14 Assassin’s Creed IV, Ubiculturality, and Stede Bonnet: an Invitation

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My intention for this post was to write something specific and reasonably authoritative on how the character of Stede Bonnet as seen (as performed by means of, really) in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag differs from what we know of the historical Stede Bonnet, and what I think the difference means. That kind of analysis would...

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Epic Life: Critiquing Ubiculturality in Assassin’s Creed

Jan 08, 14 Epic Life: Critiquing Ubiculturality in Assassin’s Creed

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In my last post I outlined the way that the Assassin’s Creed series makes of its players what I call Ubicultural subjects. I argued that through the thematics of culture-clash that the games drape over the mechanics of free-movement within a notionally historical space and violence of a notionally historical kind, and through...

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Epic Life: Assassin’s Creed and Ubiculturality

Dec 04, 13 Epic Life: Assassin’s Creed and Ubiculturality

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The historical stories told within the animus of Assassin’s Creed are about the clash of cultures. The Assassins and the Templars are represented in the game’s version of history by those same Assassins and Templars (Assassin’s Creed), the forces of enlightenment and repression in Renaissance Italy...

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