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Archive for April, 2010

Katanagatari, “Hakutō Hari”

Posted by Doug on April 29, 2010

Katanagatari Katanagatari

Katanagatari Katanagatari

Nanami’s back!  Yay!…whoa, wait, what just happened?

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on April 28, 2010

Himeji Mizuki, from Baka to Test to Shōkanjū

Himeji Mizuki

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Video Games Are Not Art?

Posted by Doug on April 24, 2010

Roger Ebert thinks that not only are video games not art, but they are not even capable to rising to the status of art.

The TL; DR version of Ebert’s argument goes a little like this: you can “win” a video game, thus it is a game and not art; and that there is no true masterwork of video games on the same level as the great masterworks of painting, or sculpture, or music, or cinema, and thus it is not art; and most importantly, Ebert himself has decided it is not art, and thus it is not art.

My personal opinion is twofold: first, that art is purely subjective, and any definition of art would be arbitrary; and second, that Ebert is completely wrong. I can’t really define art, but do know some of its features. Art is designed to evoke an emotional response, and art provokes deep contemplation.

Shadow of the Colossus and Metal Gear Solid 4. These are definitely games, but they stand out in my mind as art.

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on April 21, 2010

Kirara, from Samurai 7

Kirara

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Every Anime I Can Remember Reviewed! Update V

Posted by Doug on April 20, 2010

Inexorably, more anime come to mind, and so, I review: Inuyasha, Please Teacher, Mezzo DSA, Sora no Woto, Bleach, and Training with Hinako!

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on April 14, 2010

Rei Ayanami, from Neon Genesis Evangelion

Rei Ayanami

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Rain and Fire – A Hecatonchires Short Story

Posted by Doug on April 13, 2010

The following is a short sort-of-sequel to my NaNoWriMo novel, Hecatonchires:

Even if Kadenokōji Takako had a free hand to hold it in, even the largest umbrella would have been inadequate defense against the nearly horizontal rain as the typhoon assailed Tokyo.  The streets of Shibuya were all but deserted, with only the occasional emergency services vehicle passing by, and Kadenokōji had not seen a single pedestrian in what otherwise would have been one of the most crowded districts in the city.  The downpour was so strong it made it difficult to walk, doubly when moving against the wind, and of course Kadenokōji’s destination was currently both upwind and uphill, and to make things even worse, walking slowly was not an option.  I’ve got to get ahead of that damned squid! Her legs burning with the exertion, she pushed forwards, running up the hill as fast as she could without falling down.  Needless to say, she was long since completely drenched, and that did nothing to improve her mood.

In her left hand she held a small LED flashlight, which really was not helping illuminate her path much; in her right, her weapon, a Heckler and Koch UMP submachine gun.  Over her mauve pant suit she wore a heavy tan tactical vest like the Special Assault Team operators wore, filled with a half-dozen spare magazines for the UMP, her USP pistol and a couple spare magazines for it, and all manner of small equipment, from a police radio to a folding multi-tool.  It weighed nearly fifteen kilograms, and Kadenokōji could not, at the moment, decide whether the extra weight was slowing her pace or helping keep her from getting blown away by the typhoon.

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Wednesday Wallpaper

Posted by Doug on April 7, 2010

Kirihara Misaki, from Darker Than Black

Darker Than Black - Kirihara Misaki

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Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam…

Posted by Doug on April 5, 2010

Okay, Skype is free, so I really can’t complain too much about the spam messages I get, but this one just made me laugh at its utter lameness:

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