Temporal Identities?

Reading “You Had to Be There” gave me intense flashbacks to my thesis. My thesis was about the contemporary revival of Confucianism in China. Comparing the Confucian revival to other religious and nationalist revivals around the world — including the boom of spirituality in the West since the 1980s– I conclude that they all stem…

The Appeal of Simulation

In Ian Bogost’s “Video Games are Better Without Characters,” he states that games can be “non-fictions about complex systems bigger than ourselves” when referring to the realization he came to when playing SimCity for the first time. He notes that although no one would consider it a good idea to make someone mayor simply because…

The Stencyl Struggle

Stencyl was the struggle! Simply programming your character to walk was actually quite difficult for me. Sure it was a simple thing to do, but I remember asking myself: how do I do it? At first, I thought I only needed to add action animations to make my character  move, but I was wrong. I…

You Are The Game

Among the most popular games I often play with friends are any of the various JackBox games. For those unacquainted with these games, they are a series of party games that you and your friends play by submitting answers via your phone. The main game is installed on a computer, the computer communicates with the…

Virtual Reality Advancements

As of recent, virtual reality experiences have been increasing in popularity across the globe, especially within the gaming industry. Some of the most recent advancements have been made by the company Disney, as they created a VR force feedback jacket. The jacket also comes along with a VR headset and two motion sensitive controllers that…

The Future is Bright for the Graphics of Video Games

The introduction of video games began with simple 2D games, such as Pac-Man and Frogger. Now a days, with the use of newer technology, developers have managed to create incredibly realistic games. Recently, Epic Games (the developers of Fortnite) teamed up with a few other graphic design companies in attempt to make video game characters…