The Play Versus Story Divide in Game Studies

I’m pleased to announce that an essay of mine, “Kentucky Route Zero: Or, How Not to Get Lost in the Branching Narrative System” has been published in The Play Versus Story Divide in Game Studies, a collection edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and published by McFarland. You can also find contributions from: Andrew Wackerfus Emily Joy Bembeneck Eric W. Riddle Mark Filipowich…

My Zelda, My Story, My Hearts

It was Christmas and I was seven: still young enough to entertain the idea of Santa, and still young enough to wake up early, feeling as if the house had been touched by a magic that made you whisper despite your excitement.

The Communist Manifest – Marx and Engels

Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. The Communist Manifesto. New York: Barnes & Nobel Classics, 2005. Print. In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels argue that while the whole of history is the story of class struggle, that the current struggle of our time is that between the working class (proletariat) and the owners and means of production (bourgeois).

Powers of Horror – Kristeva

Kristeva, Julia. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. New York: Columbia University Press, 1982. Print. In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva addresses the role of abjection in literary theory and in the realm of the psychosocial. Defined by Kristeva, abjection occurs as a response to a threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of the distinction between subject…

Of Time, Passion and Knowledge – Fraser

Fraser, Thomas. Of Time, Passion, and Knowledge. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univerity Press, 1990. Print. In Of Time, Passion and Knowledge J.T. Fraser discusses the function of time in relation to the arts in the eleventh chapter entitled “Arts, Letters, and the Beautiful.” In this chapter, Fraser examines how these aesthetically beautiful arts have the capacity to roam freely

Reassembling the Social – Latour

Latour, Bruno. Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Print. In Reassembling the Social, Bruno Latour argues that the use of the word “social” by social scientists or sociologist has come to wrongly describe something stable that can be used to describe a phenomenon

How We Became Posthuman – Hayles

In the introduction to her book, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, Katherine Hayles states “Here, at the inaugural moment of the computer age, the erasure of embodiment is performed so that ‘intelligence’ becomes a property of the formal manipulation of symbols rather than enaction in the human life-world” (xi). Yet, Hayles contests the notions…