wow… thanks for the superb feedback.
i think you certainly have some valid points here, and maybe i am too quick to dismiss aspects of internet culture (the rss cycle in particular) without fully appreciating their unique value. also, your point about narrative is well taken. i would like to spend more time dissecting the non-traditional narrative properties of gaming, but at the same time it’s hard to ignore the traditional narratives that accompany them. i will keep your comments in mind when we record the next episode.
thanks again for the feedback… your opinions are well articulated and interesting.
as a side note, i love your blog.
great 2 get acquainted with this proj.
listening 2 _00_ atm + have a few comments:
1) too true about the _chumminess_ of gamer-oriented podcasts + inbred pre-templated perspectives that dribble critiquer structures.
2) ur point re: conversations spawning around the cultural value of games is happening IMO, but not thru established/projective/academic channels. it’s essentially a reverse ordering structure with a discourse tier operating beyond the usual concrete validation routes. personally i’m happy about that;)
3) i have 2 disagree with ur [shane i think?] idea of rrs/internet info streams being distilled, consumed then essentially amnesically spat-out b4 the next major release/meme/datashot..i see it more as a patterned structured that stands as a method of theoretical absorbtion in its own right, a shifting tapestery of swarm-like gamer attention [tie-in 2 ur speed-metal ref]…kinda similar 2 my concept of the versional:
4) re: san andreas + GTA4 diffs [shock-rocking/gender weighting/appropriate shifts in narrative content = value of narrative quality increasing] – am surprised u benchmark game narratives via traditional story/plot construction/conventions. shouldn’t we b emphasising how narrative is *deconstructed*/enhanced via a fragmented attentional paradigm rather than a linear beginning/middle/end + adequate characterisation perspective?
anyhoo just a few thoughts. keep the good stuff flowing.