The Trouble with MMORPGs

It begins to creep in, almost unnoticed. The levels are further apart. You begin to notice that newly acquired skills are carbon copies of the old ones, with a different coloured icon and a two percent damage increase…. You try out all the little distractions the developers have put in the game to make things ‘deep’, only to find they’re broken, bugged or plain pointless. But you’re a trooper. You…

College and the Fall

Why do so many graduate programs teach students to hate what made so many of us want to become teachers and scholars when we were undergraduates: reading literature — old and new, from every culture — as if it was more than symptomatic of deplorable cultural pathologies? –Thomas H. Benton –College and the Fall (Chronicle) I can’t exactly say I’m basking in the self-satisfied glow this professor projects — especially now…