“And then Westley and the princess, evading the raining arrows by the nip of their horse’s tail, escaped the castle with their lives,” her father reads. “Together, they settled down on a farm and lived happily ever after, and soon — ”

“No,” the girl in the bed says.

Her father lowers the book to peer at her across it. “No?”

“That’s not how the story goes,” she says.

“But it says right here,” her father teases, “look.” …

I find myself wondering on an almost weekly basis what life would be like without language. There have been such times of course, both for each of us individually and for all of us as a species, but both of these are distant, one blurred by memory, the other by history. We all think and internalize things in slightly different fashions: while some think clearer in words, others think in large part through images. It’s been well documented that people affected by conditions such as dyslexia think non-verbally, and perhaps if existing languages were not at our disposal, this would…

As a young person, I remember always having difficulty understanding abstract art when I recognized it. I’d come across a painting or a drawing consisting of shapes that to me resembled and meant nothing, and for the lack of any other way to interpret these images I’d find myself wondering what the artist behind the picture could have been thinking. …

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The recent news that Samsung, a major competitor in the movie-player market, is to stop producing and selling new Blu-ray players in the US and presumably elsewhere, has got me back to thinking about mediums again, specifically the mediums through which we enjoy art.

Mediums have always transitioned or transformed in big or subtle ways to adapt to the needs of both perceiver and artist. This is true both for scrolls eventually turning into books, and more recently for movies transition from VHS tapes, to DVD discs, to Blu-Ray discs. Lately though, most mediums have found a digital counterpart, one…

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By Kenji Niki (Final Fantasy XV)

My little home has shelves decked out with art books, though I do not really identify myself as a visual artist. I appreciate visual art a lot, but I lack the art theory to even come close to look at or analyze a painting in the same way I would a poem or a novel. Most of these art books are linked loosely or very directly to a video game, and that is no coincidence. Be it book or painting, the beauty of you not taking the same thing from it as everyone else stems for the fact that you…

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I’ve heard Final Fantasy XV labelled as a road trip now many times over. It’s a label I’d gladly put on it myself, but I think there’s more to be examined here. Why, exactly, do we feel like ‘road trip’ is such an apt description in the first place?

‘Why,’ I hear you say, ‘there’s a car, and then there’s a road, and a trip with stops along the way you see.’ All of which are correct, but let’s begin by recognizing how vague a term ‘road trip’ is in the first place. …

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My intention with this piece of writing is not to argue whether games are art; I don’t find the question very interesting, nor do I find the result of trying to answer it to be very helpful. What I do find interesting however, is the questions of what kind of value games might present as a form of art, whether there are a multitude of values that should be differentiated between, and how they may compare to what we gain from other kinds of media.

Mainly though I want to reflect on the ways we choose to play and examine…

Jonny Bråten

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