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Gaming Academia Gets More Mainstream Press 86

Posted by simoniker
from the they're-so-populaire dept.
jimharris writes "Eventually every area of human activity comes under the scrutiny of scholars. After thirty years, it's time for video games to go to college. The New York Times has an article (free registration required) called 'The Ivy-Covered Console', that talks about several lucky professors who play games for a living. The challenge, they say, is to develop a language of criticism to analyze video games." One particularly unfortunate quote: "Dr. [Barry] Atkins admitted that he didn't finish Half-Life before writing about it in his 2003 book, 'More Than a Game: The Computer Game as Fictional Form,' (Manchester University Press), and only later realized he was two minutes from the shocking plot reversal at the end when he stopped. 'I am very nervous that I got it wrong,' he said."
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  • Half-Life (Score:4, Funny)

    by Tom7 (102298) on Thursday February 26, 2004 @03:42PM (#8400692) Homepage Journal
    Yeah, well, he was right to give up as soon as he got to that Zen planet or whatever. Man, I hated that shit.

    The very ending was cute, though.
  • by OminousOrange (690041) on Thursday February 26, 2004 @05:59PM (#8402145)
    Yes, Doom and Quake are *just* like Shakespeare's works.

    Prince Hamlet enters, torn by guilt, grief, jealousy, and vengeance, and soliloquizes with stirring poetry about his problems. Then he proceeds to launch heavy artillery at Queen Gertrude and Claudius. "O that this too too solid flesh would melt 'Neath the heat of a Plasma rifle blast." Wow, even better than the original!

  • by Haeleth (414428) on Thursday February 26, 2004 @06:57PM (#8402644) Journal
    Yes, Doom and Quake are *just* like Shakespeare's works.
    Prince Hamlet enters, torn by guilt, grief, jealousy, and vengeance, and soliloquizes with stirring poetry about his problems. Then he proceeds to launch heavy artillery at Queen Gertrude and Claudius.


    But just imagine the duel with Laertes!

    Trumpets the while

    HAMLET. Come on sir.
    LAERTES. Come my lord.

    They play

    HAM. One.
    LAE. No.
    HAM. Judgement.
    OSRIC. A hit, a very palpable hit.
    LAE. Nay, thou'rt lame; thou campest; I'll not play with thee.
  • Pokemon... (Score:5, Funny)

    by herrvinny (698679) on Thursday February 26, 2004 @08:36PM (#8403472)
    I got all 151 in the original Pokemon Yellow, (yes, including Mew, without cheating, got it at a Nintendo event), all 251 in Pokemon Silver (Yes, Celebi too), and I'm working on Ruby. Just need to trade a few more pokemon, and grab Jirachi from the upcoming Pokemon Colosseum, I don't have any idea how to get Deoxy without cheating, Nintendo is still holding the cards on that one ;-). I'm holding off buying a GameCube until Colosseum comes out.

    Yes, I am a pokemon fanatic. How did you guess? I would have filled up my Ruby's Pokedex months ago, except for the fact that I have to do actual work up here in the University of Wisc @ Madison...

    In case you're wondering, I do have hundreds, if not thousands, of hours logged on my Pokemon games.. Have Yellow (first one), Blue, Red, Silver, Gold (2), Crystal, Sapphire, Ruby, Pokemon Stadiums 1 & 2, and the special release of Pokemon Yellow Gameboy. It does take dedication, and hard work, but you can catch em all.
  • by domsalvia (757054) on Friday February 27, 2004 @07:17AM (#8406644)
    1) If a scientist who studies the mating habits has never actually mated with a rhinoceros, does that discount all of his or her research?
    No, but the one who has at least has an interesting story to tell...

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