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Adnan Syed: Serial Season 1 Review

December 18, 2014

For any of you who have been anxiously waiting for the season finale of the standout podcast series Serial (following the case of Adnan Syed), the following somewhat embarrassing information about myself will make sense to you, at least in the context of the show. And for those of you un-hip, living under a rock types, please do yourselves a cultural favor and get with the times! (Fair warning: Spoilers ahead for the uninitiated.)

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Commentary, TV

Thoughts on Breaking Bad's 5th Semi-Season Finale (WARNING, CONTAINS SPOILERS)

September 13, 2012

We knew it was bound to happen:  DEA super-narc Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) would stumble on evidence that would identify Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as the ever elusive crystal meth shadow kingpin, Heisenberg.  What we didn’t know, however, is that he’d espy that evidence while taking a shit.  And that, fair readers, is why Breaking Bad is one of the greatest shows ever created.

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Commentary, Video Games

(In)Human Element

July 6, 2012

Human Element, being developed for the PC and next-gen consoles by indie game development studio Robotoki, is likely to be a survival apocalypse game by Robert Bowling, former creative strategist at Infinity WardIt’s a part of a growing trend for survival-apocalypse “next-gen” video games, looks like, and it’s one that I generally gravitate toward inasmuch as I tend to prefer the Mad Max-inspired cerebral experiences of, say, Fallout 3 over the cacophonous, reptilian-brain mayhem of any one Call of Jingoism Call of Duty offering (sorry Infinity Ward, though I doubt you’ll miss my occasional 60 bucks in lieu of your millions of fans).

There appears to be a darker side to the growing sophistication of “simulation” in gaming, however.  You can probably guess where I’m going with this, right?

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