‘Tearaway,’ Tolkien, and the Role of Sub-Creation

Warning: This article contains spoilers about the video game Tearaway.  Tearaway  I don’t think Media Molecule consciously attempted to make Tearaway (a paper-styled platform game for the PlayStation Vita) a commentary on the relationship between God and man.Take the studio’s name, Media Molecule, which suggests its role is to be a piece of the tradition of storytelling that makes up the larger body of media. The end game is contributing to capital-M Media.Or consider Tearaway itself. I … [Read more...]

Winter Is Coming: An Introduction to "Game of Thrones"

On April 17, HBO will premiere what is arguably the largest fantasy film-making effort since Peter Jackson's adaptation of Lord of the Rings: the first season of Game of Thrones, an adaptation of the first book in George R.R. Martin's long-running Song of Ice and Fire series. I don't make the comparison to Jackson's epic adaptations lightly - the HBO press department has been rolling out teasers and "behind the scenes" featurettes on a pretty regular basis for the last few months, and from the … [Read more...]