Holiday Special: Eight Nights of Deus ex Machina 3 & 4: Jurassic Park and Kingdom Hearts II

Happy holidays everyone, and welcome back for nights 3 and 4 of the Eight Nights of Deus ex Machina holiday special celebrating Chanukkah and other winter holidays. In case you missed them, we defined this miracle of a literary device on Night One, and talked about how it appears in Pokemon: The First Movie for Night Two. Let the festivities continue with Dinosaurs and hover bikes...

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Pop Culture Based on Novels Part 2: Parasite Eve

The second week of November has come to a close, which means that everyone participating in National Novel Writing Month has made it halfway through their NaNo challenge. n solidarity with those of you taking on this monumental challenge this year, we're taking a look at pop culture narratives based on novels with Parasite Eve thi...

Responding to The Well-Red Mage: Are Video Games Art?

Today’s post, unplanned and thus appearing on an unusual day for my usual schedule, comes in response to The Well-Red Mage Asking Big Questions, a community project inviting bloggers to share their thoughts on gaming world questions. This month, the community is exploring the issue of whether or not video games qualify as art. This … Continue reading Responding to The Well-Red Mage: Are Video Games Art?

Allusions: A Literary Niche

When we talk, we often make references to popular culture in order to convey information quickly. If a person says “Sam acts like such a Romeo,” they mean that Sam is a romantic person. Calling the internet a Garden of Eden shows that the internet is a plentiful place that fills the needs of its users. We don’t usually stop to explain these references to our listeners; we assume that they have prior knowledge on the subject and thus understand. These references are called allusions, and they appear in many elements of pop culture, including video games...

Raising LGBTQ+ Visibility Through Pop Culture (Part 1)

One of the biggest concerns for the LGBTQ+ community involves visibility and positive representation in the media. Wider representation benefits the movement, as well as allowing individual members of the community (especially youth) to see themselves portrayed positively in the world around them. I wanted to start the month off with a post highlighting various creative works that contribute to this visibility. In my selection process, I tried to choose works that represented a wide variety...

Inspiration Comes from Unexpected, Wild Places

Games have a lot to offer us between the story, engaging visuals, and problem-solving required to complete a puzzle or defeat a boss (or even just earn more points to buy in-game items). What I don't always think about when contemplating this argument is how games inspire...