Archive for March, 2008

A Wii For All Ages

Hilarious. I think this means the Wii interface works just fine…

Taste of the Internet &video games &Videos Ross Bell 30 Mar 2008 No Comments

online pictionary

Here’s the online pictionary game I mentioned in class: isketch. My top score is something like 107.

As I said, the art you see varies from very iconic to very realistic. Half the fun is puzzling out why someone drew what they did and (hopefully) how you figured out what they meant.

General Geekery &Taste of the Internet Jessie Gurd 30 Mar 2008 No Comments

Full Metal Pantsuit!

This is uber-funny. Full Metal Pantsuit


JM adds: I was going to post this too – here’s the direct video…

Politics &Remix culture &Remix Video Ernest Russell 29 Mar 2008 No Comments

A good Sciam Article about the media

check it here. It outlines certain methods used for spreading disinformation by the media as well as everyones favorite villain, W. Enjoy your beaks!


Politics Ernest Russell 28 Mar 2008 No Comments

Old School Gaming Hell

If any of you long for old school gaming goodness, check out this deviously hard and frustrating Commodore 64 classic, China Miner.

General Geekery &video games Jason Mittell 24 Mar 2008 No Comments

Not Social Networking… but Social Gaming

I came across this article about a new multiplayer online game that involves the territorial conquest of colleges and universities. Students make teams and recruit people in the real world, in order to play in the virtual world. It is a new way for networking between students around campus and is apparently going to grow into a huge phenomenon around every campus… maybe even Middlebury.

A quote from the article about social networking:
“No one is claiming this is the next Facebook, the social networking phenomenon that began on the Harvard campus. But GoCrossCampus represents the new kind of online games that unite the participants of real-world communities in a common online cause.”

Here’s the link to the article:

“Storming the Campuses”

social networking &video games Stephen McCombe 22 Mar 2008 1 Comment

A Remix We Should All Know About

I came across this vid and think it best to share, because it applies to EVERYTHING that we’ve been talking about recently: media, video game consoles, remix videos, Apple Inc., etc. etc.

Remix Video &video games Stephen McCombe 21 Mar 2008 No Comments

Meta Media

Hey Guys, I was directed to this online and I watched nearly every single one of them. They are really cool “text” pieces that transcribe the dialogue from famous movies. It’s really interesting to see how they are each put together. Check a few out. You’ll notice it starts with the dialogue Robyn and I used for our Pulp Fiction remix. Enjoy. I’ll embed the first one, but click the link to see a whole bunch more.

Remix culture Brian Sommers 20 Mar 2008 1 Comment


Hey guys,

I posted this link on one of my comments to the readings, but didn’t think anyone would find it there, so I’m reposting it here out in the open. It’s a really interesting online simulation experience, rather than a game. Check it out:


Oh, and by the way, feel free to write or ask her anything, because you get really funny and/or interesting responses that will either make sense, or will seem  a little ridiculous…

Uncategorized Stephen McCombe 20 Mar 2008 No Comments


After one of my housemates caught me playing Civ IV as a study break and I admitted that it was “highly addictive,” he felt compelled to show me this video.

I know I’m not alone now.

General Geekery &video games &Videos Jessie Gurd 19 Mar 2008 No Comments

I feel a little guilty…

Stephen and I make our Charlie Rose video, and then this happens to Charlie (and ironically a MacBook air was involved):

Charlie Rose Black Eye

Uncategorized George Altshuler 19 Mar 2008 1 Comment

Speaking of Interface… (Part Two)

Reading the article on the Army battle simulation reminded me of this scene from “The Island”…

General Geekery &video games &Videos Ross Bell 19 Mar 2008 No Comments

Speaking of Interface…

In light of our interface discussion\testing, I thought I’d post this clip from Apple’s press conference a few weeks ago unveiling the iPhone SDK (software development kit). They demonstrate simple game (they wrote it in two weeks) that takes advantage of the iPhone’s graphics capabilities, touch screen, and Wiimote-esque accelerometer…

video games &Videos Ross Bell 18 Mar 2008 No Comments

Kyle and Erin’s Remix Video

So here’s our remix video. We think it’ll be pretty self-explanatory.


audio: The Blunt Truth

video: “Dazed and Confused” (1997)

Remix Video Erin Gosselin 18 Mar 2008 No Comments

Predator Rap

I stumbled across this a week ago and I think it’s a nice example of combining “found” media with artistic creativity. It goes beyond combining multiple forms of media—it combines the creative (the rap) with the lines from the film. I’m very impressed by this, and if I had more time I would like to attempt this with another movie. (I know the clip is a little long, but you’ll get the gist of it after about a minute or two so don’t fee like you need to watch the entire clip).

Remix culture &Remix Video Brian Sommers 18 Mar 2008 1 Comment

Sally and Melissa’s Remix Video

A parody of a parody?
“Patrolling Borders” examines the tropes of the Hollywood narrative — examining which tropes are mocked, questioning why we feel to desire to criticize them while they apparently provide us with pleasure on some level. Also, does “Super Troopers” work as a parody in and of itself — and if yes, why was it not marketed as one?

Class business &Remix Video Melissa Marshall 18 Mar 2008 No Comments

They have a T-Rex!

We are Elliot Gay and Laria Hambleton, and this is our remix video.

Creator’s Note:
The idea behind this was to show how within the realms of the remix video, people can alter the meanings of not only entire movies, but specific moments within the movie. For instance, Muldoon’s use of his phrase “Clever Girl” is used as a way of acknowledging the raptor’s intelligence in the actual movie. Here, it’s used to acknowledge the young girl and her hacking abilities.

In anycase, enough rambling. Enjoy!

Remix Video &Videos Laria Hambleton 18 Mar 2008 No Comments

Facebook is invading your mental/emotional space.

I spotted this while I was doing a brief morning browse through Facebook and I had to stop and laugh… even though I hadn’t yet had a needed dose of caffeine. I haven’t followed the link because I want to be able to continue pretending that the site you come to tries to sell you discount pharmaceuticals from El Salvador, and possibly strange, illegal aphrodisiacs poached from the wilds of Southeast Asia. Even the possibility of some kind of “love doctor” making money through snail-mail kits and tips is amusing, I suppose.

Anyway, it goes to show the breadth of small-time con artists trying to make a buck who are discovering the relatively cheap and presumably very effective form ad advertising available on everyone’s favorite social networking tool. Watch where you click.
Facebook Fixes Your Break-Up

Advertising &Taste of the Internet Jessie Gurd 18 Mar 2008 No Comments

A couple of meta-videos

Stumbled across these vids that show some interesting commentary on Internet culture.

A promo for IFC that compares net video with TV:

And a profile of a “first poster” by the same artist:

Videos Jason Mittell 18 Mar 2008 No Comments

A Hero Will Rise

As though this were a virtual buffet, you have three options:

See The Remix in HD (If you have a newish Mac or maybe even a PC this should play)

See The Remix (If HD isn’t for you)

See The Remix On YouTube (Cause why not?)

By Ross & Thompson

Class business &Remix Video &Videos Ross Bell 17 Mar 2008 2 Comments

The Truth

As videos are being disseminated at an accelerating pace, we are exposed to various conflicting subjective views pertaining to the same topic.This video attempts to express the way that media can effect one’s perception of foreign countries or ideals. We chose Argentina simply because Mica is from Argentina and questions the way that it is framed by both popular culture and academia within the US. We decided to call the video The Truth since we derived much of our inspiration for it from a clever political advertisement in which two conflicting points of view are presented. We do not claim that our video is the only truth, it presents just two of many truths. We tried to juxtapose a very happy view of the country with one tinged by revolt, corruption, violence and Argentinean Nazi propaganda. We set out to make people question the factual robustness of the information that they acquire through various mediums.

After watching the video ask yourself this question. Do you know Argentina?

Ernest and Mica

Remix Video Ernest Russell 17 Mar 2008 No Comments

My Virtual War: A Disturbing Stroll Through a Simulated Battlefield

Hey, here’s another from Scientific American. I think that we might have talked about less immersing virtual training environments in class but the Office of Naval Research’s new $40 million research program is on a different level. The program, Virtual Technologies and Environments, has developed a sort of hamster ball for a Marine to stand in that monitors his/her movement and propels them through an urban combat sim. The journalist who tested it complained that he actually was afraid and nauseous while playing. When he finished, he was sweating since he actually had to walk around himself. The ball might be sold commercially for $20,000 USD. Here’s the article.


MMOW &video games Ernest Russell 17 Mar 2008 1 Comment

More Virtual Economics.

It has been said that MMOW’s will become the most important economic models of the 21st century. Second Life actually controls inflation to keep its exchange rate in line with the US dollar. Here’s an awesome article from Scientific American.

Why Do Virtual Worlds Even Need Economists?


MMOW &social networking Ernest Russell 17 Mar 2008 1 Comment

Diebold Leaks ’08 Results

It doesn’t strictly relate to new media, but I think there’s a connection between suspicion of computer voting and anxiety over internet communication\media. Plus, its hilarious.

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Politics &Taste of the Internet &Videos Ross Bell 17 Mar 2008 No Comments

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