Monthly Archives: August 2010

My Favorite GTA-Style Game to Date

Red Dead Redemption, the sequel to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver, follows in the footsteps of the Grand Theft Auto games, presenting a large open world in which the player has a central storyline and countless side missions. Also in the vein of the GTA games, the player can wreak havoc throughout the world or play […]

Human Grief Made Eloquent

Recognized as one of the great pieces in C.S. Lewis’s repertoire, I felt sort of bad that I had never read A Grief Observed. It was actually assigned in my Thanatopsis (Philosophy of Death) class all those years ago, but I’m far less likely to read something when it’s assigned. Regardless, I finally read through […]

Quality Essays, but No Voltaire

Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not A Christian And Other Essays On Religion And Related Subjects is a worthwhile read, even decades later.  However, as much as I enjoy Russell as both an author and a philosopher, much of his satirical humor falls flat, hence the title. The titular essay feels much like a rehashing […]

It’s All About the Fall

Limbo, an indie title released on Xbox Live Arcade, is all about the slow descent through an absolutely horrible place. It’s harsh, sometimes startling, vastly unsatisfying, and almost perfect. This game is minimal at its best. There is no exposition, no words (aside from one larger-than-life sign), no real soundtrack, no tutorials. Everything you need […]

Hello World

I regularly read about how one of the most important things a graduate student can do is write.  The topic matters less than the actual act of writing and becoming comfortable with the process.  To that end, this site will be a bit of a dumping ground for my thoughts and words, both short link […]