Books vs Gameplay

Story is a very important element for most modern games.  Do you need one to make it great? In The Art of Touch I pointed out that Gameplay is King.  A game should allow us to touch or affect–via controls–most of what we see.  If you were to simplify the other elements–visuals, music, sound design,…

The Art of Gameplay

In previous posts, I’ve talked about art’s connection to our 5 senses.  For the past two years, I’ve taught a Fine Arts Survey class.  In my research and prep work for the class, I have come up with a workable definition for art.  I say workable because in all honesty, there are many ways to…

Anomalous Ruins

A bird’s eye view from one of the many rooms in the large floating ANOMALY found in my adventure map Anomalous Ruins. Download the adventure map here.  PC only for now. Right click the file/ unzip it/ Search on your computer’s start menu for the desktop app “run”/ Run “appdata”/ Click “Roaming”/ Click “.minecraft”/ Drag…

The Art of Sight

This post is a very focused exploration of art and should not be taken as an exhaustive history, thus I will be ignoring some of the rather unusual and fascinating styles out there such as Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, and other such avant garde tangents.  I’ll do a post on those at a later time. …

The Sensible Seeds of Art

  The first form of art was likely a simple story.  We don’t know what the story was about, nor can we say who told it.  I imagine it began naturally as a response to that age old question, “how was your day?”  This would have been the first time one dared to ask the…

A Nerd Rage Rant: Subject… Shaky cameras

Hello world.  It’s me— Representation —a nerd enraged. It’s been a while since my last rant.  That’s because I couldn’t find anything worth ranting about.  Our little Earth is oh, so perfect.  And here was perfect, little ‘ol, six-foot-five-inches me, going to the movies to watch the newest sci-fi flick Lock Out.  It’s about this…

If Only Star Wars Remembered Me

Update: this relic of a post was written before Star Wars VII even came out. Source One of my fondest memories in the mid 80s, is sitting on the brown carpet in the TV room, building an X-wing fighter with Constux, all the while, watching the real X-wings destroy the Death Star in Star Wars:…

The Next Symphony of Sol

This post is spoiler free Symphony of Sol 1: I Shall Not Rest in Peace has been out for the last few months.  I have sold 19 copies so far!  Not bad for an unknown author.  It is kind of weird to finally have a book out.  I’ve spent more than eleven years, writing off…

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 55,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many…

A Plea to Female Gamers

Check other great works of art by Sam Spratt Back in my time, gaming was a guy thing, like G-I-Joes or Transformers.  Females had their Barbie doll games, and males had their first person shooters, real time strategy, and roll playing games.  Girls don’t fight wars, control armies, or save fantastical realms from destruction.  They…