Sunday, February 8, 2015

Updates and Intentions

Hello Friends and Followers!

Web Address Changes
     If any of you have tried to visit the blog in the last week, you will have noticed that the address has changed! I have purchased the domain videogamesasliterature.com and am still in the process of figuring out the mechanics of getting it re-hosted, etc. For the time being, the address for the blog is blog.videogamesasliterature.com. This may change in the future, but you can always still visit the old blogger/blogspot link and it will redirect you. I am working on changing my links on social media to reflect this, and if you have anything linking to my blog, it would be good if you changed your links, as well.


Intentions for Upcoming Posts
     I have several projects in the works to post over the course of the coming month or two. I was ecstatic to see that a game called To Be or Not to Be was released last Wednesday. Though I purchased the game on release day, I have yet to play it. Rest assured, however, that as soon as I have played the game you will be hearing my thoughts! My expectations may be high, but I hope that will not be the case. After all, the game's description promises "The greatest work in English literature, now in the greatest format of English literature: a chooseable-path adventure! William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. Now it’s up to YOU to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your father’s death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play as King Hamlet, Sr. and die on the first page!" (Steam, About this Game) Finally, I may have discovered the true link between video games and literature! I feel like Sean Connery, when his son, Harrison Ford, found the Holy Grail! Except without the dying part.
     I will also be reviewing a book entitled Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques. I haven't nearly finished it yet, but I am excited to read about narrative technique from the point of view of a game developer. My hope is that this book will fit well with my arguments regarding the strong connection between what a video game is and what society perceives as "literature".

As always, feel free to comment with suggestions on games that you believe fit the literary theme, or books that you have to recommend!

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