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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Most people working a full time job need an escape from the workday, it might happen in a gap during the day or it may happen after work, but regardless that escape allows us, the workers, to continue to function from day to day. I'm sure everyone has seen a situation where someone is forced to cont...

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Banksy and The Simpsons

To say that Banksy's couch gag opening of the Simpsons is a little critical of mass media would be a massive understatement, it drives home the ideas of mass produced culture and causes the viewer to think of the costs of the popular culture that we partake in every day.

The meaning of this open...

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