Gaming Session: Minecraft, January 25, 2018

The first Minecraft session of the new year: Thursday at 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST.

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Symposium: Undertale, January 4, 2018


For our January symposium, we will be discussing Undertale (2015). Available on Steam, GoG, and PSN, Undertale (2015) turns many conventions and assumptions about the RPG genre upside-down and inside-out. Offering the ability to end conflicts through “Mercy” options and negotiations, it builds on an often-forgotten history of non-combat solutions found in early Shin Megami Tensei and other games where defeating your opponent in a random encounter was not the sole or even optimal answer to continue.

For this symposium, let’s continue to build on the previous months and our thoughts on the “unexplored spaces” in games. Like with our previous talk on Tacoma (2017) and Her Story (2015), and use of different perspectives on conversation, let’s pair Undertale (2015) with other RPG and JPRG titles. How does the ability to negotiate change combat dynamics? Does the often silly presentation of the game distract from its more serious message of confronting and trying to overcome our assumptions of the world? Does Undertale (2015) point to an even greater possibilities where conflict need not always mean combat in random encounters?

As always, we’ll meet at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT on Skype.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, December 21, 2017

Minecraft this Thursday!  8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST.

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Symposium: Nier: Automata, December 7, 2017

For our December Symposium, I’d like to talk about Nier: Automata.  I’m particularly interesting in linking it to our recent discussion of Her Story and, especially, Tacoma: discussing the games’ different approaches to viewing the same scene from multiple characters’ perspectives.  But if we end up talking about nihilism and/or morality as well, that’s great too.

We’re meeting at a super-exciting half-an-hour-early time of 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, November 30, 2017

Minecraft! Thursday, 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST.

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Symposium: Her Story, November 3, 2017

The November Symposium will be on Her Story, hosted by Pat Holleman. In Pat’s words:

Thursday’s game will be Her Story.  I want to say as little about it as possible, because it is such an unorthodox game.  As of this writing, I haven’t “beaten” it, nor do I know how that would be accomplished.  I don’t really have a framework for talking about the game either, because I’m pretty sure each one of our experiences of the game will be so different.  So, if we can, I’d like for each of us to simply describe their path through the game, and what our impressions of that game were at pivotal points–even though those points will all be different!

We’ll meet this Thursday at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, October 26, 2017

Minecraft this week!  Thursday, October 26 at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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