Elsewhere: Teen Mom 2, Mad Men, RPGs, Oxford Dictionary Out of Print, etc.

Elsewhere: Teen Mom 2, Mad Men, RPGs, Oxford Dictionary Out of Print, etc. April 8, 2011

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Think Christians says “MTV’s “Teen Mom 2,” is must-see TV.”

The fact that this guy could beat me at Street Fighter IV blows my mind. Pretty inspirational.

I wrote a review about an iPad/iPhone game that I liked okay I guess: Minotron! Recommended if you really liked Robotron back in the day.

Russell Moore writes about Mad Men and the Judgment of God.

Guys, this is a big deal: The Suparna Galaxy Podcast: “Sinan Kubba and Jeffrey Matulef are joined by Gamasutra‘s Leigh Alexander and Paste Magazine‘s Kirk Hamilton for a world exclusive discussion of the pair’s brand new immersive video game, the much anticipated Suparna Galaxy.”

The Teen Birth rate in the U.S. has fallen to an all-time low, Salon reflects on why.

Relevant asks, “Have we got Evangelism Wrong?

We saw this coming but now its official: Glenn Beck is leaving Fox News (sort of).

Helpful tips on blogging from Jon Acuff.

War, Death, Wagers: Cormac McCarthy on games at Pop Matters.

I’ll take a turn at shameless self-promotion. I wrote an article for Relevant Magazine on why games make us angry.

Speaking of self-promotion, here’s an article I recently wrote about Dragon Age 2 and how it undermines its own narrative and attempts at epic, affecting storytelling.

Does “extreme” television, e.g., Extreme Couponing, Freaky Eaters, tell us humane stories about those would might otherwise be ostracized, or it just exploitation?

Kris Ligman recently played through Mass Effect 2: Arrival and doesn’t like what it turned her character into, nor does she like its treatment of alien species.

Say what you will about me, but this article echoes what I have been feeling about the onslaught of e-readers for months. Recently, it was announced that the Oxford English Dictionary is going all digital- no more printing. Gather ye hardbacks while ye may…

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  • @Kristi – Yeah, ebooks are totally cheating. These so-called modern books too, with their processed wood pulp “pages.” You may think I’m old-fashioned, but give me bound vellum codices any day of the week. Reading something on paper loses all the magic of the experience of the written word as it was intended: stained onto animal skins. Gutenberg started this whole landslide into reading depravity. It’s been all down hill since the 16th century. I hear you can’t even get a good lexicon in codices anymore.

    Really, I don’t see anything nefarious or culturally indicative in the move from one medium for text to another. The anxiety among those who are actually bothered by this shift seems to be rooted in little more than I Like What I Like and I Think Everyone Should Like What I Like.

    The authors tone is ignorant and condescending: “The Pac-Man of progress has reached the world of books. But book lovers might be too busy with their noses in something papery to notice.” She tries to sell bound-paper books as the province of those who really and truly get it, those who are honest lovers of books. Meaning those who’ve made the jump are…?

    Look. My wife and I and our friends adore books. We read constantly and voraciously. Our shelves overflow with books. And yet we’ve all made to leap to digital. My experience with the format runs like this: after two pages of digital reading, the only appreciable difference I noticed was that I didn’t tire as quickly (since my Kindle is lighter than a book)—because I was too busy reading to care about texture. (See? Silcoff isn’t the only one who can play the elitist card.)

    The only justification I can see for bemoaning the move to digital is on the part of texturists, people who love the physical book product more than they love its contents.

    Anecdote re: dictionaries. When I first met my wife, she was over at my house and asked, “Hey, where’s your dictionary? I need to look something up.” I responded with “Dictionary? Who buys those anymore? I have internet.” It was actually a stock response I’d been using since 1999. Because really, what’s the point in a dictionary when you have an internet. (See also: encyclopedias.)

    Also, to be petty, while you’re picking up hardbound dictionaries, you might want to look up ye so you won’t misuse it next time ^_^

  • Alan Noble

    @Kristi – Congratulations! You have now been Daned, or Sethed? First time for you, I think. He gets all of us at one time or another.

  • Alan Noble

    But seriously, I don’t see myself reading books digitally anytime soon. The OED and other reference works are much more useful, it seems to me, online than bound.

  • Yeah, I figured she was about ready.

  • @Rich – A stack of two-by-fours could beat me at Street Fighters I–IV.

  • Yeah, I guess that’s kind of true of me too now that I think about it.