Presence, Preservation, and Virtual Reality

Nov 15, 18 Presence, Preservation, and Virtual Reality

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This week, KUED, a local PBS station premiered a new documentary titled Battle Over Bears Ears that looks at the fight over the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah that was created by President Obama and later dismantled by President Trump.  As one might expect, the issue is much more complicated than a two-sided...

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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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Epic Life: Immersion and Identification in AAA Games–a prelude

Aug 21, 13 Epic Life: Immersion and Identification in AAA Games–a prelude

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My next task, as I see it, is to take my definition of immersion as identification with a practomimetic ruleset and demonstrate its usefulness for understanding the kinds of practomime we encounter most frequently. As I never tire of pointing out, the vast majority of what we call art is practomimetic: we, as the audience, perform...

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Epic Life: Immersion and Identification in Papo & Yo redux

Aug 07, 13 Epic Life: Immersion and Identification in Papo & Yo redux

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In an intensely personal game like Papo & Yo, I think the connection between immersion and identification becomes more obvious than it is anywhere else. To play Papo & Yo is to identify with the game’s designer, Vander Caballero, because the player-character of the game, Quico, is a metaphor for Caballero himself, and...

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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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