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The History of Video Games: Action, Fighting, and First-Person Shooters

This is a recurring, limited series where I discuss the history and evolution of video games. I will discuss general history as well as history of various genres and their ties to culture. Platformers might be one of the most important video game genres to push gaming forward, but there is another variety that is equally important for how video games were viewed in the future: action. As previously discussed, platform games more or less evolved into the action genre, including popular titles such as Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider,… Read more The History of Video Games: Action, Fighting, and First-Person Shooters

The Hunger Games: 10 Years Later

One of my favorite books is Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. It’s a Japanese novel set in an alternate future where Japan won World War II, and the government has created a program where certain junior high classes are randomly chosen to compete in a battle to the death where only one student survives. The book was published in 1999. The next year, a Japanese film based on the book (which honestly does great injustice to the book, though people love it for some reason) came out. In 2008, The… Read more The Hunger Games: 10 Years Later

The History of Video Games: Platformers

This is a recurring, limited series where I discuss the history and evolution of video games. I will discuss general history as well as history of various genres and their ties to culture. In today’s world, platformer video games are more a relic of the past. They still exist, though primarily through indie titles that tend to play up to the nostalgic factor of the genre. And while platformers might not have been the first genre of gaming, one could easily argue that it is likely the most important. Without… Read more The History of Video Games: Platformers

The History of Video Games: Press Start

This is a recurring, limited series where I discuss the history and evolution of video games. I will discuss general history as well as history of various genres and their ties to culture. Nintendo, a company synonymous with exploding the video game craze, began in 1889 as Nintendo Karuta—a playing card manufacturer. But they won’t come back into the game (pun mildly intended) for some time. The Bally Manufacturing Company was created in 1932 and created Pinball games and developed slot machines (the latter of which would push Bally’s toward… Read more The History of Video Games: Press Start

The Rise & Fall (& Rise & Fall) of Hanson

Back around 1997 and ‘98, when all the girls were fawning over Zac Hanson, preteen me would never have guessed that one day, I would perform a magic trick for the Hanson brothers (at a Jamaican resort). All I knew about Hanson was that they were a boy band who sang MmmBop. And then they more or less disappeared from existence. It wasn’t until I met my wife that I found they did not, in fact, disappear from existence and are not, in fact, a boy band. They are more… Read more The Rise & Fall (& Rise & Fall) of Hanson

J.K. Rowling & the Fandoms of Toxicity

As I’ve said in the past, Harry Potter has meant a lot to me. The Potter books helped make me a better reader and writer and set me on a path to being stronger in the English language. And like many modern writers, Rowling was an inspiration and someone to aspire to being. You couldn’t go a month without a new book coming out proclaiming to be the next Harry Potter, or the author the next J.K. Rowling (and you still see it, 13 years after the release of the… Read more J.K. Rowling & the Fandoms of Toxicity

Goliath: The Hamilton(?) Story

Since it graced people’s screens via Disney+ on July 3rd, a lot more people not able to make it to Broadway now have easy access to the smash hit play, Hamilton. For those not in-the-know (somehow), Lin-Manuel Miranda read “Alexander Hamilton,” a biography by Ron Chernow, fell in love with the story, and wrote (directed, and starred in) a rap-opera adaptation that race-swaps most of the cast. For as amazing and entertaining as it is (and it really is), it has not come without controversy. One of the biggest controversies… Read more Goliath: The Hamilton(?) Story