Alamo Drafthouse Introduces “Vertical Vision”…!

So the Alamo Drafthouse yesterday announced that with the support of director Paul Thomas Anderson, they are launching a new VERTICAL format theater in downtown Los Angeles. That’s right, they are turning widescreen on its head! Here’s the schematic: Or… should we be somewhat suspicious? I do love that schematic. But the release, dated 3/31/19, […]

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Free Austin videogame class for kids of color

Our friend Kendra is hosting a Video Game Coding Workshop with Instructor M. James Short for kids age 11 to 15. Her goal in preparing this workshop is to expose kids of color to professionals in the tech industry.  This workshop is meant to connect kids (who now see themselves portrayed in movies involving technology […]

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Your Videogame and Fair Use Copyright Law

The videogame world and the copyright office do have their collisions. In our modern digital culture, a video game can have as much popular mindspace as a popular film or television show. So, naturally, a big game can create opportunities for parody, comment, and post-modern artistic manipulation. We saw this question on Quora recently: Can […]

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Game Design Case Study: Kaos War

At first I was going to subtitle this post “Follow your game-making dreams like a crack-crazed, howling, insensate lemming plunging from the peaks of Mt. Everest into the fiery pits of Hell itself.” So… should you? What am I talking about? I’m talking about big talkers and bootstrappers in videogames. And I’m talking about how […]

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The New Tomb Raider Movie Was Written By A Game Writer

How Come The Game Writer Who Rebirthed Tomb Raider Isn’t In the Credits? Hmm. I don’t want to throw a lot of shade and grump about how game writers get no love, but it is rather curious. You see, if you’ve played Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, the trailer for the new Tomb Raider […]

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This Is Why Marvel Is Better Than Star Wars

Marvel Is Beating the Pants Off Star Wars – Admit It Marvel Comics and Star Wars have always been the polestars of my geekdom, but things have changed and now we have to admit that cinematically, Marvel is better than Star Wars, for some really obvious reasons. Star Wars came to greatness by taking chances. […]

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Okay, These Funny Facebook Game Thumbnails Aren’t Funny Anymore

Ever notice those little game thumbnails that appear in the top right of your browser when you’re browsing through your friends’ baby and half-eaten-meal pictures? Yes, this is the tip of the once-mighty juggernaut that once powered the Candy Crush and Farmville empires. But the Facebook game ecosystem is pretty dead now as mobile dominates everything. […]

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JRPGs versus Western RPGs

I just posted on Quora in answer to an interesting question: what do I prefer, JRPGs or Western-style RPGs, and why? Since David Nguyen and I just published the JRPG Crimson Sword Saga: The Peloran Wars on Steam, you’d think I’d prefer JRPGs, but you’d be wrong. I’m a Western guy, and David is the […]

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