In which we visit the sad, bad, mad Middle East, are inspired by art, and report some cheery game news.
Two Ways of Looking at the Middle East · Lord knows there’s enough coverage, but a few items still manage to protrude from the torrent. From the New York Times magazine, Her Jewish State is an extended consideration of Tzipi Livni, currently Israel’s foreign minister. I’m sure I disagree with her on many things, but it’s an eye-opening read.
On the other hand, speaking as a Canadian and without a trace of irony, I was shocked and appalled by this story; apparently there are some opinions that are not allowed to be expressed. Even about negotiating tactics.
Art · Specifically, Banksy’s. I’d always been aware of him, seen one or two amusing things, even read a big profile in the New Yorker, but never really cared much, pro or con. Then on the week-end I stumbled into Banksy’s website, and ended up feasting my eyes for an hour. Obviously there’s a lot of wit and some pretty pointy sociopolitical gibes, but it was just the grace of line and colour and shape that grabbed my eye.
Plus, there’s an actual live illustration of one of my favorite talking points, The Elephant in the Room.
Check out the shop, too. Plus, I don’t see anything anywhere about copyright or restrictions or anything, so I guess I can just reproduce them if I want? Makes sense given that most of them start as graffiti. That’s what I call marketing. So OK, then:
All Current Games are Irrelevant · The future of gaming is here and it’s Tilt SCREAM Pong. I’m serious. Desktop Tower Defense is over. But you really really have to be in a closed room when you play.