When Odysseus lets you type “get lamp,” you’re going to be illuminated

May 13, 15 When Odysseus lets you type “get lamp,” you’re going to be illuminated

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“But tell me, and tell me true, whether you saw any of the mighty heroes who went to Troy at the same time with yourself, and perished there.” Thus speaks King Alcinous of the Phaeacians, when Odysseus has claimed himself to be too tired to continue the marvelous tale of his visit to the underworld—the climax of those...

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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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Epic Life: Immersion and Flow, 2

May 29, 13 Epic Life: Immersion and Flow, 2

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I ended up like this, last time: “the ruleset of knitting is not humanistic because its narrative varies so little.” In this post, I want briefly to explore some of the implications of that statement. Or, really, I want to try it on for size. First of all, the converse of this formulation implies that humanistic rulesets...

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Epic Life: Immersion and Flow, 1

May 15, 13 Epic Life: Immersion and Flow, 1

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It’s officially summer, on my calendar at least, and so I’m going to change my format to something a little lazier. Shorter posts, more questions, fewer “I argue in this post”s and “as I demonstrated”s. What is the relationship of immersion to flow? By flow, I mean of course Cziksentmihalyian...

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Dualing [sic] epics

Mar 31, 11 Dualing [sic] epics

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This post picks up where my last one left off, and does the heavy oral formulaic lifting I mentioned before. If we take the phrase “Playing the Past” as loosely as I think all of us here would like, playing the past is exactly what the homeric bards were doing, and the rules of that play were the system of oral poetic formulas...

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