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Ted Rall: Fundraising for the Poor PDF Print E-mail
Ted Rall
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:06

 
What's Happenin': Thursday, October 27, through Wednesday, November 9 PDF Print E-mail
Noteworthy Events
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:00

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Galvin Fine Arts Center

Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.

 

The latest presentation in the Galvin Fine Arts Center’s Performing Arts Series will take place on November 5, and according to the L.A. Daily News, the act booked for the St. Ambrose University venue “can work up some powerful emotions, make a religion out of lonely introspection, and even crack the occasional Canada joke.” And no, it’s not President Obama.

 
Crossword Puzzle: October 25, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Crosswords
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 05:17

crossword.graphicTo download a pdf of the puzzle, click here.

For the answers, here.

For the answers to last week's puzzle, click here.

 
Ted Rall: A New Movement Is Born PDF Print E-mail
Ted Rall
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Monday, 24 October 2011 05:05

 
Ted Rall: Who Do I Kill? PDF Print E-mail
Ted Rall
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Friday, 21 October 2011 05:19

 
“Minecraft”: A Whole New World, One Block at a Time PDF Print E-mail
Gaming
Written by Grant Williams   
Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:54

Minecraft starts off, in the single-player mode, as a game about survival. Alone and empty-handed, stranded in a retro-cubist 3D landscape with a first-person perspective, you have to gather resources, make tools, and build a shelter before the safety of daylight passes into the danger of night, when monsters prowl. It’s a tense and desperate experience, especially when you’re new to the game and trying to figure out how it works as the sun sinks toward the horizon.

The tension arises purely out of the mechanics. There’s no plot or pre-authored story, no voice over the radio telling you where to go, not even a map in the corner of the screen showing your location. Minecraft is a sandbox, a game of unexpected experiences emerging out of the actions of the player within some basic rules.

Once you grow accustomed to the rhythm of day and night and learn to deal with the monsters, the game becomes much more than sandbox survival. While still interspersed with moments of extreme tension, it becomes more of a quiet, contemplative, and occasionally awe-inspiring experience focused on exploration and creation. Despite its deliberately primitive graphics, Minecraft generates surprisingly beautiful vistas, and a surprising variety of terrain – from forests to swamps to deserts to tundra. Beneath the surface are labyrinthine cavern systems, filled with monsters and rare treasures such as diamonds and gold.

Rather than presenting you with a living world and asking you to empty it of life, as many video games do, Minecraft offers a canvas and the raw materials to constuct your own architectural fantasies: towering castles, vast underground complexes, dense networks of roads. Architecture, and the structuring of space, is the most visible and physical evidence of society; it is no coincidence that games about crafting a new order from an undeveloped world, such as SimCity and Civilization, center on architecture.

 
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