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Culture Cache

Culture CacheJerz’s Literacy Weblog) Part of: Princeton Video Game Conference reflections. “Culture” was in the title of the conference, but it was only obliquely discussed, as in Peter Bell’s “Hidden play,” an analysis of handheld gaming culture (as compared to cultural responses to the Sony Walkman); and Greg Lastowka’s “Virtual crimes,” which ponders the legal ramifications of actions that have economic consequences in the real world (as evidenced by the…

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Is There a Ludologist in the House?

Is There a Ludologist in the House?Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Part of: Princeton Video Game Conference reflections. The absence of European videogame theorists turned the Princeton Video Game Criticism Conference, at first simply by default, into a polite but noticeable anti-ludologist festival. I don’t want to give the impression that we were overrun by knee-jerk narratologists, of course, but the program was arranged so that it ended with those speakers who…

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FilmCroft: I'm Ready for My Close-up

FilmCroft: I’m Ready for My Close-upJerz’s Literacy Weblog) Part of: Princeton Video Game Conference reflections. Jordan Hall’s presentation was the only one that relied heavily on cinema theory, though she showed an admirable awareness of the problems such an approach causes. To take just one example, she suggests that the default method of playing the Lara Croft games — from the perspective of a camera floating along behind the protagonist…