Thursday, October 19, 2006

Burgled

I subscribe to a free on-line magazine that I don't really read mainly because I don't care for a majority of the subject matter. It's a video game webmag called The Escapist that I found through my nerdly link-clicking, a path that would be mapped in the shape of a spider's web, I would figure. Anyway, every now and then, I get an e-mail saying that the new issue of The Escapist is out. I browse the topics of the articles and either follow a link or put it into my "recycle bin."

All of the articles in each issue revolve around a general topic, though a little more focused than just "video games." For instance, there was an issue dedicated to women and video games, and the articles covered everything from female videogame developers to depictions of women in videogames to the obligatory female gaming demographic. Topics like this make the magazine--an e-zine, more appropriately--a very smart and engaging read even if I'm not necessarily as hardcore a gamer as they may be aiming for. Most of the time the topics are over my head in regards to gaming specifics (i.e., I don't know much about card games like Magic: The Gathering, the history and the developments of the company called Ubisoft, etc.) and I just usher these e-mails out of my inbox.

One of the most recent issues (if not the most recent at the time of this boast) deals with mythology in video games and my ears perked a little. This issue is really interesting and prone for good analysis, but the lead article made me a little sad. Titled, "Bungie's Epic Achievement", the writer compares the Halo video game series to the Roman poet Virgil's epic poem, The Aeneid. Those two specifics didn't bother me, I couldn't care less about Halo and I don't think one can find something in The Aeneid that isn't found or done better in the earlier The Iliad and The Odyssey.

No, what brought me down was that this was something I had already done with this very internet web log over a year ago with a boast that I continuously reference, Dulce Et Utile: The Supremacy Of Solid Snake. Not that what their article accomplishes is any worse than what I did in mine, in fact it's probably better in some ways (though, I'm sure, hardly as well-researched). I guess I'm just saying that great minds think alike...some are just faster than others. Yet others get published in e-zines and some just sit on a blogger account.

Boo-yah. Now here's a drawing I did of Batman thus finalizing the shift in this blog away from educated analysis and into all-out nerddom: