Archive for January, 2007

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Hello, what’s this?

January 25, 2007

E-props to Brendan Callum for sending this one along:

Race and Video Games

This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be held at (dis)junctions
2007: Malappropriation Nation, the University of California Riverside’s
14th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference on April 6-7, 2007.

This panel will explore race and video games with the intention of mapping
out some of the more pressing critical issues surrounding the inclusion or
exclusion of race in games. The game industry and game studies are both
interesting and exciting, but the discourse on race has been sparse and
focused primarily on forms of reductive representation.

Therefore, this panel is dedicated to critical works that push beyond a
focus on representation. Panelists are sought that attempt to describe and
analyze the visualization and political implications of race in games and
game cultures.

Potential contributions may involve, but are not limited to, some of the
following concepts:

1. Excessiveness
2. Invisibility/Visibility20
3. Minstrelsy
4. Political economy of games
5. Racial performance/passing
6. Logics of race at the interface and beyond
7. Default whiteness
8. Token representation
9. Blackness, Asianness, etc.
10. Masculinity and race
11. Race and gender
12. Orientalism
13. Character creation
14. Race in game design
15. Language issues
16. Cultural borrowing
17. Commodification

Submissions are encouraged that deal with any game, platform, genre,
theme, or era, as well as any aspect of game culture itself (fan networks,
review sites, manuals, peripherals, and so on).

Additionally, submissions that deal with race from different global
perspectives are of great interest.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to Tanner Higgin at
thigg001@ucr.edu by February 16, 2007 (text in the body of the message;
please no attachments).

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Jin tha MC Owns Rosie O’Donnell on his Xanga

January 6, 2007

Cop Jin tha MC’s latest track on his Xanga, feat. Donald Trump.

Fun stuff.

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Search Queries

January 3, 2007

I’ve leafed through the search queries and decided that since some of you are coming here for very particular reasons, I might as well do you a favor and give you what you’re asking for. So, in order of popularity:

1) Carla Valenti Playboy Pics. Not really safe for work.

2) Street Fighter III Tier Listings. The top three are Ken, Chun-Li, and Yun, each as a soft counter to the other, as Ken can deal with Yun’s dive-kicks more readily than Chun-Li, and Chun-Li often has the advantage when it comes to pokes and footsies. After that, the tiers are fairly open for debate. I’d put Urien, Dudley, and Necro in the upper middle tier, Yang, Ryu, and Akuma in the middle tier, Alex, Twelve, and Elena in the lower middle tier, and Q and Sean at the bottom.

Now keep those hits coming!