A Word on Video Games

So I was reading a really good series of articles on Destructoid the other day, and it talks about some of the things that are wrong with video game ratings. And it got me thinking about Video Games as an art form. Granted, most games aren’t pieces of art — but then again, early films aren’t very good representations of art, since the medium was still in its infancy. I think video games have greatp potential to be one of the most inclusive art mediums ever. A well done game includes every other artform – storytelling, film (cinematography), music, drawing/painting, etc. Film similarly combines these things, which makes sense as it is the most recent of these mediums. Games, however, are interactive. Instead of one person deciding how the story will be presented to the audience, the audience is the one making decisions and changing the art. This changes the relationship between the art and the audience. Instead of a spectator to the art, the audience is a user of the art. The art becomes an extension of the audience.

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Movie Review – 300

So I went to see the movie 300 this past Friday, and I thought I would put up my thoughts on the movie – kind of an informal review. I want to try to start doing this for most (if not all) movies I see. So this will hopefully be the first of many. Oh – and I’ll try to keep them short and to the point – no essays on film here, thank you very much.

300 is the movie adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae, in which a few thousand of soldiers from various city-states of Greece defended the Thermopylae pass against several million Persians. The title 300 comes from the fact that there were 300 Spartans in the battle, and the way the movie portrays it is that these 300 men were essentially the only major part of the force. The Spartans are led by Leonidas, the Spartan King (Gerald Butler), against the Persian god-king Xerces (Rodrigo Santoro).

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