Top 5 Films: August 21

Every month I pick my top 5 films and give them a mini-review. Here goes August with perfect summer films, feminists against the world, and a musical interval by king Hosono Haruomi himself! Films watched this year: 206 | in August: 46 🔥 Born in Flames (1983, US, Lizzie Borden) Social democracy has been achieved... … Continue reading Top 5 Films: August 21

Top 5 Films: July 21

I watch a lot of films so every month I pick my top 5 and give them a mini-review. Here goes July, with (litteral) Pulp Fiction, a Japanese showa-era classic, more Varda goodness, 1970s feminism, and of course yakuza plotting over a glass of milk. Films watched this year: 163 | in July: 20 🚬 … Continue reading Top 5 Films: July 21

Interactive Drama Aesthetic Categories in Sunset

Through direct interactivity, computer games transform users into players, a premise that drastically affects narrative and story-telling (Skolnick, 2017). This allows players to sometimes assume the role the main character in a dramatic story, an experience that Mateas and Stern define as interactive drama (2006, p.648). To better understand the building blocks of interactive dramas, … Continue reading Interactive Drama Aesthetic Categories in Sunset

Intrinsic Motivation in Yakuza 0

Introduction Over the last decades, increases in computing power and game development techniques have allowed virtual worlds to become increasingly complex, allowing for exponential immersion and engagement with the player (Ryan, Rygby and Przybylski, 2006). This evolution has also prompted the study of factors behind player engagement in video games, in particular with regards to … Continue reading Intrinsic Motivation in Yakuza 0

Dark Souls and Flow

  Psychologist and theorist Csikszentmihalyi conducted decades of research to understand how certain pleasurable activities induced a phenomenon called “flow”, which he later defined as “a state of peak enjoyment, energetic focus, and creative concentration experienced by people engaged in adult play” (Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). As noted by Salen and Zimmerman (2004), flow is important to … Continue reading Dark Souls and Flow