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Video games can never be art

Yesterday, 03:21 PM

The famous 2010 article by Roger Ebert




I agree with this point.


Why are gamers so intensely concerned, anyway, that games be defined as art? Bobby Fischer, Michael Jordan and Dick Butkus never said they thought their games were an art form. Nor did Shi Hua Chen, winner of the $500,000 World Series of Mah Jong in 2009. Why aren't gamers content to play their games and simply enjoy themselves? They have my blessing, not that they care.

Do they require validation? In defending their gaming against parents, spouses, children, partners, co-workers or other critics, do they want to be able to look up from the screen and explain, "I'm studying a great form of art?" Then let them say it, if it makes them happy.


19 July 2014 - 12:26 PM

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Mark Snow's X-Files: Fight The Future (Expanded score from La-La Land Records July 29)

18 July 2014 - 08:47 AM

LaLaLand will release Mark Snow's excellent X-Files: Fight The Future in expanded/complete form.
While the OST had much of the score, and all of the highlights (save the final cue) on it, it had rather poor sound quality which at times made the orchestra sound like it was synth.
According to the producers: 

This special limited edition release features much improved sound and contains some music not previously released. Also, the incorrectly reversed stereo channels on the original soundtrack release have been corrected here. Produced by Mark Snow and Nick Redman, and mastered by Mike Matessino, this exciting release also contains exclusive liners by writer Julie Kirgo and an updated print interview with Snow conducted by film music writer Randall D. Larson. 

The soundtrack will be available through the LLLwebsite and other online soundtrack boutiques; only 3000 copies were produced in this limited edition, and it will be sold at a retail price of $19.98.
01) Threnody in X 3:18
02) B.C. Blood 2:28
03) Goop 4:20
04) Soda Pop 4:46
05) Quitting* :53
06) Already Dead 1:43
07) Cave Base 1:32
08) Remnants 2:13
09) Plague 3:24
10) Fossil Swings :59
11) Goodbye Bronschweig 2:41
12) A Call to Arms :59
13) Elders / Crossroads* 2:35
14) Corn Hives 3:06
15) Corn Copters 2:36
16) Out of Luck 1:01
17) Stung Kissing / Cargo Hold 4:13
18) Come and Gone 5:29
19) Trust No One 2:53
20) Ice Base 1:35
21) Space Hole* 2:14
22) Mind Games 3:53
23) Nightmare 2:45
24) Pod Monster Suite 5:23
25) Crater Hug 2:04
26) Facts 2:35
Additional Music
27) Plague (alternate segment)* 1:29
28) Crossroads (album version) 2:20
Total Time: 75:48
* Previously Unreleased

Fellowship Of The Ring: Live To Projection. Amsterdam July 9.

06 July 2014 - 10:18 AM



I will be attending this concert coming Wednesday.


Since The Netherlands is playing Argentina on that same evening the people at the Concertgebouw have kindly moved the concert one hour forward.

Also attendees are invited to stay after and follow the game on their large screen!


That's quite an eclectic and interesting proposition. First 3 hours of The Lord Of The Rings, followed by 90 minutes (and possibly an extra 30 minutes + penalty shootout)


I'm really hoping the orchestra will stay too and they will perform bits of FOTR live during the game! ;)

RIP Eli Wallach

25 June 2014 - 05:57 AM



Most famous for the role of Tuco in The Good The Bad And The Ugly, where he brought immense charm and character to the role, and pretty much stole the film. But I'll always remember him as the "kind and saintly" Don Altobello in The Godfather III.