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D Nye Everything: Dante's Inferno
"The demo of Dante's Inferno provided absolutely the stupidest gaming experience I think I have had since possibly Ultimate Combat Mission on the Spectrum +2. I don't think God of War can meaningfully compete, because… well, because it isn't based on one of the most famous works of literature produced in the last thousand years. Dorothy L Sayers translated it, for God's sake. Kratos never really had to get past anything more culturally embedded than Clash of the Titans." Dan has been playing Dante's Inferno, and the end result is this lovely post, about classics, and living stories, and Just Plain Stupid Games. It's very good. "…there's nothing to stop an incredibly silly game being a very enjoyable game, but there's something about the abandon with which Inferno is being used art direction for a slash-em-up that is killing the joy of it a bit for me"
games  dantesinferno  classics  livingstories  dangriffiths  writing 
february 2010 by infovore
The Benefits of a Classical Education - O'Reilly Radar
Tim O'Reilly on what he learned from studying the classics at University. Simply because of competence at the languages, I know more of the Romans than the Greeks, but this is thoughtful stuff. I was often asked at school by peers why I'd study something of "no practical value"; O'Reilly has some smart answers.
education  classics  philosophy  timoreilly  learning  history 
june 2009 by infovore
The Aeneid on Facebook
"Virgil is singing arms and a man". I must admit, I prefer "the man", but this is lovely nontheless.
facebook  humour  classics  pastiche  aeneid  virgil 
march 2009 by infovore
Living Epic: Video Games in the Ancient World: Makin' <em>kleos</em>, makin' fanboys
"That is, the activity of making kleos, as a bard or as a player, is about forming an affinity group—people who think the game is a cool game, who want to talk about it, who would go to the mat for it. It’s about making fanboys. Odysseus is going to turn the Phaeacians into Odysseus fanboys, just as the bard of Odyssey 9 is going to turn his audience into fanboys of the Odyssey, just as he the bard is already such a fanboy."
games  storytelling  stories  epic  homer  fans  kleos  fandom  classics 
january 2009 by infovore

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