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  • Video Games: The Invisible Art Form

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    This is the research paper that got me out of freshman writing and composition.

    Video Games: The Invisible Art Form

        Game over. This is the message that millions upon millions of people across the globe are familiar with. However, the source of this widely known phrase is often looked upon with scorn. This social stigma is very widespread and almost completely unaddressed. This is due to the confusion surrounding the subject of video games as an art form. Many people in our society view gaming as nothing more than an entertaining, but ultimately worthless, diversion. However, the case can be made that not only can video games be art, but that they can have meaningful importance and thus be worthwhile. This is supported once you strip away the social stereotype of the common video game player, examine the history of the arts, and look into the definitions of art; also known as art theories. Those who are negatively disposed towards the position of video games as art need to go out and play a video game or not be so quick to dismiss video games as wastes of time and cheap thrills. This is important because the video game industry is growing in popularity and gaining acceptance in our culture. Along with that newfound popularity, there comes greater impact in our culture. More

    This is the research paper that got me out of freshman writing and composition. Video Games: The Invisible Art Form Game over. This is the message that millions upon millions of people across the globe are familiar with. However, the source of this widely... More
  • Episode Two: Cathartic Violence

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    My eyes rove the bloody field. Bodies lay scattered over the rocks and various structures. A barrage of bullets whiz past my face. I quickly duck back behind my cover: a large rock. I check my ammo supply, only to discover that I have only two rockets... More
  • This is for the people who haven't contributed to the 6,755,216 views

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    The other day I heard the distinctive jumping noises and music that can only mean one thing: Mario Bros. I walked into my neighbor's dorm and discovered this. If you aren't a fan of profanity, it might be hard to listen to, but if you can get... More
  • The Non-existant Middle-ground Gamer

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    I am a hardcore gamer (see Image below (not actually me)). I like shooting things. I enjoy my definitely-not-final fantasy. I'm more than happy to sit and spend my free time immersing myself in the unique worlds and stories that are told in games... More
  • Episode One: The Phantom Gamer

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    The Phantom Gamer

    (I am referring to myself you people who might be confused after reading this post)

    So I tried to come up with a clever, eye catching title for my first Game Informer blog (I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about it) and of course the first title that came into my head was a Star Wars reference. That probably tells you all a lot about me. Well, it probably only tells you that I like Star Wars... which I do. 

    Anywho, I recently made the transition to college and it's been totally crazy. I have barely had any time to put into my favorite hobby (NOTE: way of life) except for the odd periods of Team Fortress 2 on my computer. Now don't get me wrong, Team Fortress 2 is fantastic, but I brought my Xbox 360 to spend the time I should be using with a girlfriend (yes ladies, I'm single. You may begin mobbing me at anytime). I did not bring that glorious piece of human ingenuity to sit in my dorm and look like a pretty, white, oddly shaped box. More

    The Phantom Gamer (I am referring to myself you people who might be confused after reading this post) So I tried to come up with a clever, eye catching title for my first Game Informer blog (I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about it... More