Cheaters Often Win but Sometimes They Get Caught

The Heisman Trophy Trust is expected to strip former University of Southern California star running back Reggie Bush of college football’s top honor by the end of September, sources told Yahoo! Sports.Bush would become the first player in the 75-year history of the award to have the trophy taken away. The NCAA found major violations in the Trojans’ football program in June and levied serious sanctions against the school.Two sources close to the Heisman trust said the body’s investigation is c … [Read more...]

You Create Worlds

I essentially agree with the premise of this article that what makes video games such an interesting medium is the worlds that are created within.  Of the top few most memorable games I have played, I would say each presents a compelling, imaginative, or realistic world that kept me coming back again and again.  Yet, as Chris Dalen points out, there doesn't seem to be a large emphasis on the building of the game world in the industry.  So with that said, here are a handful of memorable game wo … [Read more...]

How do you keep from making video games into idols?

I read an article today about how to help your children fight idolatry in their lives with regard to video games.  The article actually had some really good points, but the editor of the article more or less equated video games with idolatry.  This sort of irked me when I read it.  I probably don't have to say this, but video games are not, in and of themselves, idols--video games like all other forms of media or activities we participate in only become idols when we misappropriate them in our li … [Read more...]

Toy Story 3 and What Will Happen to Our Stuff

Toy Story 3, like the previous two movies, is about friendship--this time in a rather more complicated vein as the movie explores how people change and consequently how friendships change, and finally the  temporal nature of our possessions.  Toy Story 3 finds Andy at the age of 18 and about to head out of the house to college.  Understandably, it appears none of his childhood toys will not be making the trip except for Woody.  Thus Andy decides to donate his toys to a local day care where they w … [Read more...]

When Pop Culture Mocks Us

What do The Office, The Simpsons, and 30 Rock have in common?  A lot probably, but at the very least, each has a "Christian" character that is often made fun of throughout the show.  It's becoming more and more popular to poke fun at Christians whether lightheartedly (i.e. Simpsons) or scathingly (i.e. Jesus Camp).   In fact if you browse the "faith and spirituality" section of Netflix, you will notice a number of movies that seem poised to poke fun at American Evangelicalism.So how should we r … [Read more...]

The Hidden 'Inception' within Inception

Here is an interesting take on what's going on in Inception--if you haven't seen it yet, don't read this article.  Also if you haven't seen it--I highly recommend it! … [Read more...]

Great Gatsby … the Videogame!

Who says literary classics and videogames don't go together?  There is now a Great Gatsby videogame."Not exactly Modern Warfare, but lit. professors need videogames, too, right? We just have one question, Big Fish: 'When’s The Anna Karenina Game coming out?'"Honestly, an Anna Karenina game sounds like more fun. … [Read more...]

The Office and The Tragic Nature of Comedy

I love The Office--I have seen every episode and plan to watch every future episode until the show runs its course.  I love awkward humor and The Office supplies its fair share, but a recent episode was tragically awkward and not funny at all.  In the second to last episode of the season, it comes to the attention of Dunder Mifflin's many employees that Michael (the boss) has been sleeping with a married woman--this results in a crusade by Andy to make Michael feel guilty for his adultery in w … [Read more...]

If America doesn't love soccer now, they never will

Great quote from Gary Linekar of the BBC concerning USA's stunning victory in stoppage time to advance out of the group stage, "If America doesn't fall in love with football after that, it never will." … [Read more...]

What Can We Learn From a "Blind" Referee?

If you are even the slightest sports fan, patriot, or mildly curious observer of culture, you are aware of the foul called by Koman Coulibaly on Maurice Edu of the United States soccer team last Friday--most Americans had probably never heard of either of these two individuals until Coulibaly's foul call cost the American soccer team the most dramatic comeback victory in World Cup history.There were roughly somewhere between 5-10 fouls going on in that penalty box when Landon Donovan whipped a … [Read more...]