Nov 252014
 
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legend of korra, laser time, review, binge watch, the last airbender

Full disclosure. Avatar the Last Airbender is my favorite TV show ever. Period. Its animation is stunning. Its characters are some of the most memorable I’ve encountered. Its story, while not exactly ground breaking, dares to explore territory and themes few shows care to –let alone ‘kid’ shows. I was legitimately sad when the credits rolled on the final episode; not so much because I felt the experience was incomplete (it most certainly was) but because I had witnessed something so rare and I craved more of it.

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Nov 242014
 
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Laser Time, basketball, Dikembe Mutombo’s 4 ½ Weeks to Save the World, Shaq Fu, Chaos in the Windy City, Charles Barkley's Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden

Basketball has always occupied a unique pop culture niche that other sports have failed to achieve. Basketball players release rap albums, have designer clothing lines (or designer socks, if you’re Chandler Parsons), and their faces are plastered onto surprisingly not-terrible Arizona soda products. Sneaker-heads will riot and beat the shit out of each other at malls across America in a dark pagan ritual to will this year’s limited edition Jordans into existence.

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Nov 232014
 
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Laser Time, ludonarrative dissonance

A while back, the games industry got itself all in a tizzy with ‘ludonarrative dissonance.’ The problem seemed to be discussing whether it is an actual issue worth addressing. For those who don’t know, this ‘dissonance’ is what occurs when actions in gameplay do not ‘jive’ or fit with elements established in the game’s narrative.

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Nov 222014
 
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Laser Time, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, Playstation, anniversary

Sega released the Saturn in Japan 20 years ago today. in Japan. Their consoles were never really big in their Japanese homeland, and Sonic was (and remains) pretty much a non-factor. It was international markets that helped keep the Master System and the Genesis (or Mega Drive outside the US) viable.

But in a complete reversal of fortune, the Saturn found some success in Japan, even beating out the Nintendo 64 (though still lagging behind the PS1 after Final Fantasy VII blew up sales). In the rest of the world, however, the Saturn was a huge failure, planting the seed that would ultimately result in Sega getting out of the console business shortly after releasing the Dreamcast.

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