Discover Meriwether: An American Epic

Dec 12, 12 Discover Meriwether: An American Epic

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At the end of November, Brooklyn-based indie game studio Sortasoft launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for Meriwether: An American Epic. Inspired by a trip taken along the Lewis and Clark National Historic trail, Meriwether allows players to command the Corps of Discovery as Meriwether Lewis and voyage across North America....

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The Big Break of BioShock, part 1

Dec 05, 12 The Big Break of BioShock, part 1

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What separates someone who’s just playing HALO or BioShock to fill a few hours of his or her time from someone who’s “doing humanities” by performing within a ruleset that goes back to homeric epic or Platonic philosophy? On one extremely important level, nothing. As I’ve demonstrated in previous posts...

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Epic Life: Back to Bungie 2

Oct 24, 12 Epic Life: Back to Bungie 2

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The proposition with which I closed my last post, that we might get gamers to read Sophocles, seems, to be sure, wildly impractical. So let me backpedal on that a bit, and try to lead up to it along another path. What if we got them to play HALO? Here’s the thing: these HALO players are doing what Stephen Greenblatt calls...

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Epic Life: Back to Bungie 1

Oct 10, 12 Epic Life: Back to Bungie 1

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In my last few posts I’ve outlined a massive undertaking: convince the gamers of today (in the Warkian sense, really, of everybody who practices in modern culture, with the caveat that Plato recognized the same dimension of culture 2500 years ago) to be humanists through a demonstration that their lives are epic. I’m...

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Epic Life: Preface

Aug 29, 12 Epic Life: Preface

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So at the end of the Rules of the Text series, I put forward the claim that “playing the past is an absolutely essential part of living the present.” Testing that claim is the purpose of Epic Life. Thus I mean in Epic Life to take the formulations I made in that last post, about where a rules-of-the-text reading can get...

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