MOTHER don’t go

The first article I remember reading about EarthBound–in the sense of seeking out more information about the game, not just seeing it written up in Nintendo Power–bears the unforgettable title “It’s Not Bokista.” In it, the author, Tomato, explains the audio clip that plays several times in the opening naming sequence for a new game. He corrects misconceptions and lays out the facts in a way that has its own shorthand now in internet parlance: a Well, actually, but a gentle one.

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Games in Print and Podcast

Some light reading for you: Boss Fight Books are on Humble Bundle at the moment. Enjoy!

And for listening, a conversation with C. Thi Nguyen on The Ezra Klein Show, in which they talk about The Grasshopper, by Bernard Suits, and Baba Is You, among many other things.

If you’re feeling inspired to do a little writing, a CFP came out recently for a volume on the theme of “Gardeners of the Galaxies.”

Reading, writing, listening–whatever you’re up to, hope it’s going well!

If it’s possible to do, it must be good and wise – Frog Fractions

In this epic and unpredictable journey, Professor Kozlowski guides a simple frog from his bug-eating, fraction-tallying existence on a humble lilypad, to becoming the president of Bug-Mars, to deep existential reflection on the fleeting nature of existence as it is perceived through Internet culture.

Content Warning: Some discussion of the sale and dissemination of bug porn (no images), and some horror iconography to drive home the mortality of all flesh.

In which we catch a glimpse of Ben’s arm around 46:45 😀
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In the Shadow of Huizinga: Games Studies and Cultural History

I first became aware of Johan Huizinga and his keywords homo ludens via the upper warrens of the video essay rabbit hole a few years ago, but once I was on the lookout for him, I started to see him everywhere. Not only in references and footnotes from other amateurs and scholars in the field of games studies, where his work is foundational, but all around me, subtly: in everyday interactions, in the fiction I read, in politics I couldn’t tune out; in just the way when you learn a new word, you suddenly find it coming up serendipitously left and right. Even where his name is absent, Huizinga’s key insights and concepts–the play aspect of culture, the game-like nature of human reality delineated by the magic circle or field of play–are so universal and so interesting as to crop up almost of their own accord and in the strangest places.

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