The Rules of the Text

Jul 11, 12 The Rules of the Text

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This post serves two purposes: first, to review the posts of the Rules of the Text series and to recapitulate their argument and its relation to the two examples that have dominated the series: A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) and Mass Effect; second, to prepare for the next series of posts, which will take me back to...

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Irrevocability and meaning in Mass Effect (rules of the text 9)

May 31, 12 Irrevocability and meaning in Mass Effect (rules of the text 9)

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The very large differences in the ways players of Mass Effect have viewed the way choice works in the trilogy deserve attention from a practomimetic perspective first because they represent critical perspectives worth refining. Second, and more importantly, however, those differences demand attention because of their affective...

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Choice, multiculturalism, and irrevocability in Mass Effect, part 2 (rules of the text 8)

May 17, 12 Choice, multiculturalism, and irrevocability in Mass Effect, part 2 (rules of the text 8)

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This post contains spoilers about the endings of the three Mass Effect games. Part 1 is here. In the final moments of Mass Effect 3 the player is confronted with the notorious choice of the three paths (though it is very possible only to have two paths, and even to have only one). This choice might also be called the choice of the...

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Choice, multiculturalism, and irrevocability in Mass Effect, part 1 (rules of the text 7)

May 03, 12 Choice, multiculturalism, and irrevocability in Mass Effect, part 1 (rules of the text 7)

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This post contains spoilers about the endings of the three Mass Effect games. We still don’t know what, if anything, will change either in superficial or in substantive ways, about the ending of the Mass Effect saga. But Mass Effect as it stands demands analysis. Perhaps the practomime is as complete as it will ever be, because...

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The rules of song and the rules of myth: playing with dragons and other mythohistorical archetypes (rules of the text 2)

Feb 23, 12 The rules of song and the rules of myth: playing with dragons and other mythohistorical archetypes (rules of the text 2)

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George RR Martin titled A Song of Ice and Fire advisedly, I think, with reference to the bardic traditions of European culture that gave us also the Iliad, the Odyssey, Beowulf, and the Song of Roland among many others. As I’ve demonstrated, those bardic traditions worked like games. That we call them “oral improvisatory...

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