Way back when it first came out, I happened to watch this little gem from Extra Credits. It’s a video about why the stealth genre of videogames is often done poorly, especially when it’s only a section in a videogame of a different genre. The basic reason Extra Credits presents is that stealth represents a very different kind of fantasy fulfillment than your ordinary action game. In most action games, you play through what I’m going to call a “Strength” type of power fantasy, one in which you defeat your adversaries and solve your problems through the application of overwhelming force. But in stealth games, you play a “Skill” type of power fantasy, one in which you overcome your obstacles despite having less power by compensating with extra skill. These two power fantasies are very different, which is a big part of what makes stealth and action genres so incompatible.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Hey folks! I didn’t get a post out last Sunday because I was too busy finishing my first and very rough draft of my novel. Hooray! But I still wanted to post something for this week. So I figured I’d share with you something I learned from the very early phases of my writing process. Something that was very difficult to learn because so much advice I read actually pushed me away from the realization.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
541: Not allowed to use explosive bombs while fighting onboard a wooden ship
542: Not allowed to take Favored Enemy: Party Member.
543: Not allowed to accidentally summon a hydra during an alchemy experiment
544: When accidentally summoning a hydra during an alchemy experiment, I am not allowed to shunt the blame onto an innocent bystander.
545: I have not been hired to assassinate another party member
Sunday, June 22, 2014
So some crazy dude snapped and went on a violent rampage. He shot and stabbed several people. Four men were killed. Two women were killed. There were twice as many male deaths as female deaths. And this incident sparked a ton of discussion about how horribly women have it in our society. A discussion that exploded during the Memorial Day weekend.
Okay, I’ll admit it. This blog basically died. Some of that had to do with me working grad-school hours doing grad-school things, and some of it had to do with me trying to write a fantasy novel while working grad-school hours doing grad-school things. But I think a lot of it had to do with me being less interested in fighting religion. And that is because here in physics-grad-school-land, it’s the wildly religious who are in the minority. So religion hasn’t been a big eyesore in my life these days, and that means I’ve lost some of my interest in fighting it.