If you enjoyed the “God of Weird Social Structure” post, you should go back and look at it again. Some of the people we wrote about in that post came and left comments. Lots of comments, in fact. Differing opinions are shared, mud is slung, and our site traffic continues to increase. Everyone wins.
In the spirit of Halloween, we’re typing this post while watching The Crow, because Brandon Lee was awesome. The world lost a treasure when he died. Our wife is convinced that he was a major influence for Heath Ledger’s Joker. That’s not entirely unreasonable! Lots of movies and actors are better than they get credit for.
Did you know someone made a video game adaptation of the sequel to The Crow? According to this bearded gentleman, the Saturn port was real bad:
Anyways, on to our two Academic Things we learned recently, which are decidedly not scary. They are interesting though! We’ve been reading some video game theory books of late, and that’s where we learned our Things. It’s exciting when things you’ve always known about and quantified and given a name. We’re just defining them very briefly here so that we can use them in the future! Here goes:
This is the amount of credibility someone has when they talk about a certain video game or video games in general. You could think of this in relation to just about any hobby or Thing That You Do, but it’s interesting because you really can’t “spend” it around people that don’t care about what you have capital in. In short, even though we were really excited about getting through Ninja Gaiden Sigma‘s Master Ninja difficulty, pretty much no one we know was impressed. That’s because most of the people we know are either cooler than us or archivists or both, so no one we know likes video games.
The Crow really is amazing. “Is that gasoline I smell?” BOOM. Also, this man in this movie is snorting a PILE of coke. They really went through that stuff in the ’80s.
This is more related to textual studies, but textual studies people are slowly warming up to video games, so there you are. The paratext is everything that has to do with a given text or, in this case, game, except for the game itself. This includes reviews, guides, articles, interviews, etc. All of these things shape your experience with a game however a gamer’s expectations for a game, and consequently they shape the gamer’s experience with the game.
This made us immediately think of the recent WoW hack that killed everyone on several servers. Watch this humorous video:
We’ve never played WoW , but due to all the traffic this incident got on various blogs, we were well aware of it. Incidents like this increase the awareness and mythology about a certain game among everyone in the active community. Exciting!
Anyways, those are our two Academic Things we learned about and can now use in future posts.
The cop in The Crow has a basketball and a trombone in his living room! To close, here’s a video of Brandon Lee in one of our favorite roles of his, complimenting the size of Dolph Lungren’s penis in Showdown in Little Tokyo: