Snapdragon: A Festive Children’s Game Played With Flaming Food

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Thou art easier swallowed than a flapdragon. Wm. Shakespeare, Love’s Labor’s Lost Since we’re after Halloween but not yet up to Christmas, here’s a weird little bit of folklore and gaming that’s relevant to both. In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, Alice is introduced to various fanciful insects by a gnat the size of [Read More...]

The Great Tree Massacre of Farm Sim 15

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I wrote about the strange little niches of simulation and strategy gaming in Simulating The Mundane, And What It Means. I also noted the appearance of a Street Sweeper simulator, apparently aimed at OCD sufferers who don’t find enough opportunities to make things just right in the real world. Thanks to Rock Paper Shotgun (the last [Read More...]

The Synod on The Family and Technology

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The issue of communion for the divorced and remarried has occupied so much attention in the run-up to the Synod on the Family that the many other topics addressed in the working document are being largely ignored. One issue was how technology effects the family, and I addressed it in two pieces: Tech Addiction: Technology & [Read More...]

Two Boys Play Chess: Madness Follows

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Matan Poleg (above left) and Omar Eltigani (right) were paired at the World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa last week. They played a game. Poleg won on the 45th move. Outrage ensued. Denunciations were issued. The Sudanese media couldn’t even bring themselves to mention Matan Poleg’s name. The head of the Sudanese Chess Association [Read More...]

Benedict: The Liturgy as a Game

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Reading Ratzinger’s Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy, this passage from Spirit of the Liturgy struck me again as a fascinating analogy (re-paragraphed for ease of reading): What is the liturgy? What happens during the liturgy? What kind of reality do we encounter here? In the 1920s the suggestion was made that we should understand the liturgy [Read More...]

So … This Exists

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Street Cleaning Simulator. It’s from Germany. It’s always from Germany. I wrote about this phenomena in Simulating the Mundane, And What It Means, but I’m still not sure What It Means. [Read more...]

Real Catholic Men Can Play Games

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A couple weeks back I read something by a priest arguing that Real Catholic Men should not play videogames. The article was pointless and ill-informed, and proved mostly that the author had not one single solitary clue about his subject matter and only the vaguest notion about “videogames” and the people who play them. We were treated [Read More...]

Tech Addiction:Technology & The Synod on the Family

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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. The working document for the upcoming Synod on the Family lists “Dependence, the Media, and the Social Network” as one of [Read More...]


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