Sunday, September 18, 2011

Popped into Dave's Comics today to find that they'd sold all the handful of copies of Because I Am they were keeping there.  Yay!

I'll take them a few more soon - just going to add sticky labels including quotes from the generous reviews it's got. ;)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cinematics Sans Cutscenes

Excellent article about storytelling in videogames - without giving up and making you sit down and watch a movie.

Notable for its use of Mascelli's Five C's of Cinematography - though I think there's more to be explored here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shadow Emotions and Primary Emotions

Interesting article on the evocation of emotions in fictional media, contrasting the emotions evoked by videogames with those evoked by, say, the novel. 

The argument here is that video games can evoke 'real' ('primary') emotions, such as loss and anger; whereas other fictional media can only evoke 'shadow' emotions - empathic feelings experienced at one remove, hence weaker. 

(In fact, videogames designers often go all out to evoke more of these 'shadow' emotions, by utilising the strategies of traditional narrative and framing the game experience with them.) 

I can see that there is a counter-argument to be made here, exposed by a change of terminology: if we call them empathic emotions, rather than shadow emotions, then we stress their social function - it's the 'higher' response of feeling-for-another, rather than the 'selfish' emotion for oneself. 

Of course one can feel 'real' loss from a book, if one loses the physical book - but is this feeling more valid than the empathic loss felt about a character's death?  Perhaps I'm cheating here by shifting diegesis. 

Shadow Emotions and Primary Emotions

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Park Language Blog

I think links are more likely to lead the other way than this way, but nevertheless: In other areas of Blogger, I've started a blog dedicated to language-related links for the edification of my A Level English language students.  You will find it here. :)

Friday, February 04, 2011


Added a link to the fan page for my cute new baby bunny, Pumpkin.  We acquired him over Christmas and he's been settling into life here - and growing up, though he should still remain fairly small, being a dwarf lop.  'Like' him, 'fan' him, 'follow' him, whatever you do these days.