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The Verge: One of my favorite podcast hosts died, and it feels like I lost a friend

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I have been trying to figure out why I felt bad about this, and I'm glad someone else could articulate it for me. I remember laughing so hard my eyes teared up at one of his CBB bits (which probably wasn't even funny, which is also why I was laughing). Even the picture in the article ("great dog name: Bark Obama") made me chuckle. I was looking forward to his work after Parks and Recreation. Tragic.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/20/8076275/one-of-my-favorite-podcast-hosts-died-and-it-feels-like-i-lost-a

 

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What if?

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What if I wrote a book? | xkcd http://bit.ly/1lVKRfx
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Nerdist Podcast - Ken Levine

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Nerdist Podcast - Ken Levine:

Ken Levine makes my point far better than I could. I wasn’t paying attention to the time, maybe 25-30 minutes in.

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Party

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animalstalkinginallcaps:

SO GREG’S HOUSE. TEN O’CLOCK. TONS OF GOOD LOOKING BABES, TONS OF BOOZE, EVEN A COUPLE OF BANDS.THAT SOUNDS AWESOME. DOES STEVEN KNOW?

OF COURSE NOT. WHY WOULD I TELL STEVEN ABOUT A PARTY FULL OF BABES? IF HE ASKS WHAT YOU’RE DOING LATER JUST SAY YOU’VE GOT A COLD OR SOMETHING. 

YOU TWO DICKWADS CAN STOP WHISPERING. I CAN HEAR YOUR WHOLE CONVERSATION. I’M UGLY, NOT DEAF.

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Mescaline

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animalstalkinginallcaps:

GOOD MORNING. HOW ARE YOU ENJOYING THE MESCALINE?

<I CAN READ YOUR THOUGHTS>

ARE YOU THIRSTY? I’VE MADE SOME NICE HERBAL TEA.

<IT’S POISON>

IS EVERYTHING OKAY?

<THERE IS NOTHING AFTER DEATH>

[preorder the book]

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The Art of the Review, The Validation of Medium, and Why Bioshock Infinte is Awesome

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Video games are a staple of culture, regardless of what Roger Ebert thought (RIP). The joke is that parents let TV raise their kids, but my generation was raised by Nintendo (or Sega), and the current generation is raised by the spectre of Steve Jobs. These relationships are two way streets as well; video games are coming of age along with us, and it is extremely satisfying to experience a game done right in all its facets. I just finished the newest game in this category: Bioshock Infinite, and it knocked my figurative socks off.

Dictionary.com (because Merriam-Webster’s website buried this general definition) defines art as the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. In his piece, Ebert uses Plato’s definition of art, the imitation of nature, but he goes on to say that art “improves or alters nature through an passage through what we might call the artist’s soul, or vision,” and that it is a matter of taste. Clearly he never met Ken Levine. Ebert chose to see beauty expressed through the lens of cinema, and sadly did not take the time to find “more than ordinary significance” in the Bioshocks and the Mass Effects and the Fallouts of the world. The saddest part is that he probably would have enjoyed it.

Video game reviews like to deal in technical aspects like graphics and gameplay mechanics, but trying that with something as poignant as Bioshock is a bit like forming an opinion on a novel based on its grammar and spelling accuracy. “The margins were consistent throughout, but the font made the letter G look weird.” Things like that. But video game reviews tend that way because there has never been much substance above that. I think that is what makes it hard for gamers like myself to synthesize these ideas from a video game and put them into words. (Or it could be that I just don’t write a lot.)

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"]BioShock Infinite takes place on the steampunk... BioShock Infinite takes place on the steampunk air-city of Columbia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]

Experiencing the story of Booker DeWitt and the flying city of Columbia through any other medium would not evoke the same reaction. I am convinced of that much. Sure, on paper, you could still form your own ideas about his motivations and your own relationship with Elizabeth. One could picture an actor swinging on sky lines, catching ammo cartridges from an actress on the big screen (see footnote). But it would not match the immersion of Infinite.

That is what great games offer: total sensory immersion into a world, at an unprecedented level. You don’t just read about it, and you don’t just watch someone act it out in front of a green screen. You explore as you see fit, you make the decisions, and you suffer the consequences. And I am only referring to single-player games here, because adding other human-controlled elements makes this another conversation entirely. One can find a deeply personal, touching and gratifying experience with buttons and joysticks and keyboards in hand, and it makes me happy to live in this brave new world.

TL;DR Two thumbs way, way up.

(Footnote: I’m thinking maybe Jon Hamm playing Booker, Zooey Deschanel as Elizabeth, Anthony Hopkins as Comstock, Tilda Swinton as Lutece.)

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Community

2 min read

The pantheon of Things The Internet Does Not Hate is pretty hard to join. Cats, for whatever reason, have always been on this list. Certain entertainment enters and exits over time. Arrested Development (it's coming back!!), for instance. Downton Abbey is another. The most relatable (at least to me) is Community. (And I wish I could say favorite, but, come on, Arrested Development!)

Maybe it isn't actually on the aforementioned list. It could be a product of my own filter bubble, but I see it that way all the same. It deftly fills several sitcom tropes (gang of misfits, will-they-won't-they, school stereotypes) and at the same time deftly undermines them (misfits actually center of attention, "will-they-won't-they" is actually "yeah, they have for a while", the term "school" is pretty loosely applied to Greendale). The first season of the show nails the vibe of a community college for anyone who has ever attended one. And oh the meta humor. Multiple timelines, homages galore, anus flags. Señor Chang, otherwise known as EL TIGRE CHINO, BECAUSE HIS KNOWLEDGE WILL BITE YOUR FACE OFF.

At its best, Community will tire you with laughter, and make you feel better for being a proverbial outsider.

At worst, it will bridge the yawning gap of midwinter from 30 Rock (RIP) to Arrested Development. (or Venture Brothers! or Game of Thrones! Crap there is a lot of TV to watch) (and a lot of parentheses in this post)