Bad Story, Great Game — How Mediocrity Gooses 'Gears of War 2'

Some great writing and insightful observations in this review. The story’s arc is like that of a football thrown lazily against a crisp autumn sky: Even a dog can figure out where it’s going to land. Hell, I could accurately predict individual lines of the game’s dialogue. I’m not saying the narrative in Gears of War 2 was bad; I’m saying it was — with a few, startling exceptions —…

Guarded Optimism for the Future of Reading

Naturally, as an English professor, I’ve got a vested interest in the future of reading. But you can’t have an intellectually healthy society without literacy. I had a high school physics teacher — Admiral Peebles (a retired nuclear submarine expert) who praised literacy as a core skill. “Give me students who can read and write,” he said, “and I can teach them math and science.” A recent government publicized some…