Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #6: Down to the Roots - Feedback

Down to the Roots – Feedback

I lied and I admit it. While concluding my last column I said that the next installment would discuss the roots of fantasy found in medieval literary works, fairy tales and folklore. However, that statement was made before a torrential downpour of responses rained into my inbox, flooding my PC with your thoughts, insights, suggestions, and wit. Therefore, I’ve decided to pause and post some of your very well written replies and provide some comments of my own. Its been said that if you ever really want to learn about a subject you should try to teach it to someone else. In this case, I find myself learning from you, as it appears that our readership has a vast knowledge base in regards to the fantasy genre. For that, I say thank you! It has been fun and educational for me to read your responses and add your suggestions to my research into the roots of fantasy.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #6: Down to the Roots - Feedback

Down to the Roots – Feedback

I lied and I admit it. While concluding my last column I said that the next installment would discuss the roots of fantasy found in medieval literary works, fairy tales and folklore. However, that statement was made before a torrential downpour of responses rained into my inbox, flooding my PC with your thoughts, insights, suggestions, and wit. Therefore, I’ve decided to pause and post some of your very well written replies and provide some comments of my own. Its been said that if you ever really want to learn about a subject you should try to teach it to someone else. In this case, I find myself learning from you, as it appears that our readership has a vast knowledge base in regards to the fantasy genre. For that, I say thank you! It has been fun and educational for me to read your responses and add your suggestions to my research into the roots of fantasy.

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The Ninth Circle #5: Brickbats and Bouquets I

Brickbats and Bouquets I

Already I am up to article #5, it seems like only last week I was emailing my columnist application to Flux. Time flies when you?re having fun, and the experience of becoming a columnist for a major Internet site has so far been great.

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The Ninth Circle #5: Brickbats and Bouquets I

Brickbats and Bouquets I

Already I am up to article #5, it seems like only last week I was emailing my columnist application to Flux. Time flies when you?re having fun, and the experience of becoming a columnist for a major Internet site has so far been great.

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Salem’s Fire #7: System Wars 3: A Clearer Picture

System Wars 3: A Clearer Picture

So, if the personal computer will fail to drive the console out of our lives, as I argued in part one, and the console fails to remove the desktop computer as a part of the household, as I suggested in part two, then what is the future of household computing, and by extension of gaming?

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Salem’s Fire #7: System Wars 3: A Clearer Picture

System Wars 3: A Clearer Picture

So, if the personal computer will fail to drive the console out of our lives, as I argued in part one, and the console fails to remove the desktop computer as a part of the household, as I suggested in part two, then what is the future of household computing, and by extension of gaming?

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Flux’s Decahedron #10: The Best/Worst Uniques in Diablo II

Breaking slightly with format, this week we have not a top 10 list (of course half the others weren’t either, what with my overzealous Honorable Mentions) but a Best/Worst Unique items list, by item type.  So each item type is listed, such as Amulets, Boots, Belts, Swords, etc, and for each I’ve selected the best and the worst of that type, with a bit of utterly-unscientific discussion about their various benefits and shortcomings.

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Salem’s Fire #6: System Wars 2: The Console of Tomorrow

System Wars 2: The Console of Tomorrow

The year, 2007. I come home from work, sling off my coat, and plop down in my nice recliner with a wireless keyboard across my knees. Fifteen minutes later, I have paid my credit card bill and printed off the statements, answered two e-mails, ordered a pizza, watched highlights of the Cubs World Series win the night before, and set up the programming to record tonight’s game. Laying aside the keyboard, I pick up a controller and hop into a nice online game of Quake V while waiting on the pizza boy. While cheerfully dodging rockets on my lovely 27 inch display, I listen to the day’s headlines streamed from NPR to my in-house sound system. When the pizza arrives, I wander about the internet, looking for more information on Diablo 3 while munching on my nice spinach alfredo pie. Sound pretty good? Of course, this whole time, I have only been using one machine.

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Salem’s Fire #6: System Wars 2: The Console of Tomorrow

System Wars 2: The Console of Tomorrow

The year, 2007. I come home from work, sling off my coat, and plop down in my nice recliner with a wireless keyboard across my knees. Fifteen minutes later, I have paid my credit card bill and printed off the statements, answered two e-mails, ordered a pizza, watched highlights of the Cubs World Series win the night before, and set up the programming to record tonight’s game. Laying aside the keyboard, I pick up a controller and hop into a nice online game of Quake V while waiting on the pizza boy. While cheerfully dodging rockets on my lovely 27 inch display, I listen to the day’s headlines streamed from NPR to my in-house sound system. When the pizza arrives, I wander about the internet, looking for more information on Diablo 3 while munching on my nice spinach alfredo pie. Sound pretty good? Of course, this whole time, I have only been using one machine.

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