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Analyzing the Rising Popularity of Visual Novels

Visual novels (VN) are an interactive game genre that originate from Japan where text-based stories are presented in a narrative style of literature and allow for readers to interact as well as decide on the flow of a story. These mixed-media novels have, in recent years, gained more popularity outside of Japan especially through gaming platforms such as Steam. What sets these mixed-media novels apart from other genres such as film, animation, manga, and comics?

  • Love this! Ultimately it contains a visual narrative that a novel just doesn't have. In addition, I have just been reading The three escapes of Hannah Arendt. I have read her philosophy and theory on tyranny and socialism and as everyone knows philosophy is quite hard going at times. The graphic novel is a great starting point and really gets to grips with both her story and philosophies and breaks it down into amazing visual story telling that transcends any language barrier or prior knowledge to her work. It accessible and at the same time demonstrates emotive power and understanding of her background and the tyranny she and others faced under the oppressive facist regime. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/37941885-the-three-escapes-of-hannah-arendt – Lousands 3 months ago
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  • This would definitely be a good idea! I think especially because gaming media is still under the impression that story-based games aren't selling as much as, for example, battle royales or multiplayer games. I would look at big AAA games, like Final Fantasy VII, as the most recent story-based game release. For an indie title, Undertale was a massive one and Little Misfortune, which is a suspenseful horror game that recently made the rounds. – kerrybaps 3 months ago
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How can RTS games serve to be educative?

Analyze the evolution of popular RTS games such as the Age of Empire series alongside others like Medieval and how they serve as education through entertainment by using historical battles and events as the crux of their gameplay material. Also analyze how well-sourced the relevant histories being represented in these genres of RTS games are.

  • A nice idea for a topic, there could be further exploration and balance involved by looking at intentionally educational games (good or bad), games that have the potential to be educative but aren't yet and those that are breaking new ground and providing engaging experiences that are both fun and educational. – CAntonyBaker 7 months ago
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  • That works well too. I guess RTS games may make the article limited in its discussion. Speaking of intentional education games one could also tackle the Learn Japanese visual novel games which are well known to get you familiar with japanese but not necessaroly all out educational tools. – ajaymanuel 7 months ago
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Boku no Hero Academia: The evolution of Superheroes

Boku no Hero Academia (BnHK) is an anime series that has been rising in popularity over the years in Japan as well as with the Western audience. Among the recent slew of movies and entertainment based around superheroes, Boku no Hero Academia is no different. This follows a current trend in the evolution and redesigning of superheroes’ past and present. There are various similarities and identifiable inspirations that the author of BnHK has taken to flesh his characters, and yet there is a unique charm to one of the series’ protagonists: All Might that carries forward to other characters in the series and makes it truly unique. All Might is very much the Superman of the series, and yet there is something about his character that makes him far more evolved and endearing than the big boy scout. How does this correlate to the current perspective and revision of the modern superhero?

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    Interpreting the Joker

    The Joker is one of the most iconic supervillains in popular culture. He has been brought to life via the standout performances of numerous actors including Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto and most recently Joaquin Phoenix. While the Joker has usually been presented playing against the Batman, Phoenix’s Joker is unique in that it provides us a character study of the villain’s origins without relying on the presence of the Batman. But is it possible to define a Joker in the absence of a Batman? Who would he be in that case?

    • I just saw the film and think this is an excellent topic. The 2019 film brings this question to the forefront of any discussion of character's identity. – Sean Gadus 9 months ago
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    • The Riddler – L:Freire 9 months ago
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    • I'll be the first to admit that I didn't think a Joker standalone would work in any capacity without the involvement of Batman. That said, while the movie has shown there is merit to seeing an origin of his devoid of Batman's presence, I think his absence takes away a lot of the depth of who he is after his transformation. – Ben 9 months ago
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    • @L:Freire This comment made me giggle, given I'm greatly into the Batman lore, and the Riddler to me comes by as both one of the most comical and narcissistic individuals in the Batman showcase of villains.@Ben I think it depends on the interpretations I guess cause could it be taken as a loss of depth that the Joker is the result of the society that Batman's own father was a part of, or the fact that the "killing joke" at the end of the movie is the fact that Joker's actions inadvertently result in the death of Bruce's parents leading to Batman's birth, thus showing that they are both two sides of the same coin. – ajaymanuel 9 months ago
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    • Well, it's like the law of binary. You need one to let the other survive. Joker is the extreme alter ego of Batman, someone who Batman can never be. Batman needs Joker because the latter defines his existence. I would even go as far to say that Joker atleast has an identity in the first place, Batman forms his identity in relation to that. – spriyansh 9 months ago
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    Absolutely, I think the vibrancy and the diversity of Indian folk art is a beautiful reflection of the diversity of thoughts, ideas, and facets of the Indian culture.

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity

    Mithila is the home of Sita, a prominent figure in the Hindu religion and wife of Rama. Mithila is indeed considered to be the modern day Bihar. What you are referring to is in fact the Mithila paintings or the Madhubhani paintings I have described in the article.

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity

    Thank you for reading!

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity

    I absolutely love your perspective on the kalam, and in fact, that is part of what I was taught growing up as a kid in India. The notion of change as the eternal constant is fundamental to Indian philosophy but also many others in the Asian subcontinent. It is that unifying feature that also serves to make the Indian culture more diverse in its ability to connect with several different cultures.

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity

    Thank you!

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity

    Glad to know it helped!

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity

    Thank you for reading the article!

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity

    Reading about the history of the Moghuls you can easily see how steeped the Persian culture was infused with Indian culture and vice versa. As an Indian citizen, who was lucky enough to visit the Middle East as well as other African nations, it was an enlightening experience to see how the various cultures had intersecting facets of daily life and practices from something as simple as the cuisines to religious practices and art.

    Indian Folk-art: An Expression of Cultural Diversity