The Cultural Singularity

When people talk about 'the singularity' you can assume what they are referring to is the technology singularity, and while we are talking about a cultural singularity here it's important to start with this one as it's one we will come back to. Ray Kurzweil (201) defines this as a time where "the pa...

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Gaming as it has evolved as an artform has been heavily restricted by technology and while other artforms have had similar restrictions in the past one of the key aspects of gaming is the interactions, which are tempered by tech restrictions primarily. This has led to jumps in technology to be adopt...

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Games, Aesthetics and Affect

I could spend this whole post talking about the legitimacy of games as art, but the key issue that would arise is one of definition, not just of the word art, but also of the word game. One of the most commonly cited criticisms of this idea is one put forward by film critic, Roger Ebert. He puts for...

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Death of the author is an idea coined originally in 1967 by Roland Barthes, where he argues that the idea of a reading that takes meaning from knowledge of the author's identity and intent is not valid, as the moment the text is created the author dies (metaphorically of course).

This argument, w...

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Postmodernism is a complicated kettle of fish to look into, the definition itself is both strict and uncomfortably vague in what it may cover. The simplest and most commonly used definition is this case is "incredulity towards metanarratives" (Lyotard, 1984) where metanarratives are considered the n...

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