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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-03-09 05:44:23


Flower is the latest game to add fuel to the "Are videogames art?" debate. Every time an "artsy" game rolls around, pundits are quick to hail it as demonstrable proof that they are. I'm guilty of this myself. Having invested my college years into literature and philosophy, I flipped over Braid's literary sensibilities. I'm somewhat less of a visually stimulated thinker, but even still, Flower does move me. Literally.

It's the single best use of the PlayStation 3's Sixaxis motion control to date, and it's beautiful. You tilt the controller to fly, soaring and drifting on sensorial gusts of wind. It's simple, but beautifully articulate. Somehow, these swooping flower petals manage to relate a passionate narrative, climaxing on purposefully tonal moments that evoke elemental pangs of joy and longing.

There's all manner of pretentiousness, comparing playing Flower to the emotive experience of contemplating fine paintings. I think videogames are progressing far enough as an art form that we can judge them on their own merits. And remember, in the midst of the pontifications, don't forget to simply enjoy videogames like Flower, like Biggs in today's comic strip.

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-03-06 20:34:51

Diplomacy II - Spring 1903 (OMG I screwed up, here's the fix)

The images below depict the latest states of the board. Larger versions are available for viewing by clicking on them.

So, I messed up the adjudication of Austria's attack on Rumania. The new maps assume a Russian retreat to Ukraine. I explained the specifics on the Procedure thread.

In short, yeah, I goofed up. But my assessment of Austria holds valid with the following caveat: it's better to be lucky than good!

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