Wow, The Graphics Here Are Really High Resolution – An Essay

This is a personal essay that I just felt like posting.I highly encourage you to occasionally take a trip to reality. Leave your game inventory behind and enjoy the mana potions of life. I don’t know why I’m writing this. It’s sort of out of place. But if I deleted it, I’d be a hypocrite. And I feel the need to explain why I’ve been missing for the past month. The Deep Sea… Read the rest

Quantum Leap – Last Call at Al’s: A Tribute to Dean Stockwell

One of the best actors in Hollywood passed away in the past couple of days at age 85. Dean Stockwell, the actor/artist/environmentalist/cigar-enthusiast, is notably remembered for his role as Al Calavicci in the ’80s/’90s TV time travel show Quantum Leap. I had always intended to talk about Quantum Leap here somewhere since it is one of the most influential productions I have ever spent time with, “within my own lifetime.” With the news… Read the rest

Why I Literally Want to Be James Halliday

“James Halliday, he was like a god.” This is not a review, showcase, or anything, but it is a narrative I feel like rolling with. This topic entered my mind a long time ago when I first saw the film version of Ready Player One, and then later when I read the book. Then when I surrendered the dream in Ready Player Two (it’s an acquired taste, no dismissiveness or negativity here!) Ever… Read the rest

2020, Goodbye, and Thanks for my Gaming Hermitage

What the delightful year 2020 was. I really canโ€™t say enough for the levels of complexity and hardworking teamwork my community and the world have taken upon themselves to uphold themselves to the safety of their fellow man and the restoration of peace and order to a situation uncouth. That streamed from my hands like a biting witful shark attack but I actually kind of mean it in a wobbly but sincere way.… Read the rest

“Cyberpunk” as a Genre And Not Just 2077

It’s everywhere now. It’s downloaded into your cortex. Drips off the neon katakana of your tube hotel vacancy sign. It’s hidden in the channel tuned to static on your peripheral, cyphered, cybernetic headset. It provides the foundation as well as the motivation for things high above its paygrade, but it is still only a literary genre–beyond video games. “Cyberpunk.” I’m talking sim stim, black mesa stuff here, not Grand Theft Hovercar. It’s very… Read the rest