We’ll play something on XBLA this week; probably Worms, but who knows, maybe something else will catch our fancy. We’ll meet on Xbox Live at the usual time of 9:30pm EST / 6:30pm PST; send a friends request to “malvasia bianca” if you’re not already on my list.
Gone Home, rather surprisingly to me, has excited a lot of controversy, largely because of this review by Ian Bogost. It’ll probably work as a jumping off place for discussion in any case. My principal interest in the game is in the way it shapes immersion, of course; I think issues of content vs. ruleset (that false dichotomy, in my opinion) will link Bogost’s concerns with our usual ones.
We’ll meet Thursday, December 5, at 9:30pm EST / 6:30pm PST; voice chat over mumble, leave a comment if you need the connection info. Talk to you then!
We’re not meeting this week, because of Thanksgiving; we’ll be back on December 5th with a Symposium discussing the game Gone Home.
The last Thursday of the month is Thanksgiving, so we’re doing Minecraft a week earlier. You know the drill: Thursday at 9:30 EST / 6:30 PST, server is minecraft.bactrian.org, voice chat over mumble.
We didn’t manage to play Awesomenauts as planned a few weeks ago, so we’re going to try again this week. It’s a 2D 3×3 MOBA; should be a pleasant source of mayhem.
We’re meeting at our usual time: 9:30pm EST / 6:30pm PST this Thursday, on XBLA; send a friends request to “malvasia bianca” if you’re not already on my list.
By the way, we’re going to do Minecraft a week early this month (on the 21st instead of the 28th), because of Thanksgiving.
For the November Symposium, we’ll discuss System Shock. (The original, not System Shock 2.) I’m curious to talk about it in relation to other Looking Glass games (Ultima Underworld, Thief); to FPSes in general (both at the time, e.g. Marathon, and now); and to the BioShock series in particular. But who knows where the conversation will actually go!
We’ll meet Thursday, November 7 at 9:30pm EST / 6:30pm PST; voice chat over mumble, leave a comment if you need the connection info. Talk to you then!
We’re skipping this week because of Halloween; we’ll be back on November 7 with a symposium discussing the original System Shock.