Anatomy of a Video Game Part 1: Premise and Story

PAX East 2011 has come and gone, and fun times were had by most.  Since it was a convention about videogaming (though it included most other types of gaming as well) it seems appropriate to preface my write-up with an explanation of what separates the wheat from the chaff of the video game crop.

 

Disclaimer: The following analysis of video games is INCONTROVERTIBLE OBJECTIVE FACT, and anyone who believes otherwise is WRONG.  It is in no way influenced by my personal opinions, and you should feel ashamed for even suggesting that it could be. Continue reading

MUSIC: John reviews “21st Century Breakdown” by Green Day

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

It’s been a while since I’ve donned my music critic hat, but thanks to several months of searching Rhapsody for new and exciting music, I have a few records I’d like to examine.  I’ll begin with the most recent (so recent it isn’t even available in stores until Tuesday,) 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day.

Depending on whether you consider the Millenium to have occurred in 2000 or 2001, this is either Green Day’s second or third album of the century (Warning was released in 2000 and American Idiot in 2004) and covers much of the same thematic material as American Idiot – dealing with the escalating paranoia, media overload and religion-fueled reactionary mania of a post-9/11 America and world.  It’s a “concept album” in the same sense that American Idiot is a “rock opera,”  as both stretch the definition of their respective terms to the limit.  It consists of three acts, or “sides” as the band refers to them, each featuring the two recurring main characters of Christian and Gloria (the young lovers depicted on the album’s cover.)  The final product is …  Continue reading