Matt Hatjoulis

Matt Hatjoulis

Writer, Filmmaker, Gamer, Silly Person. Winner of various fictitious awards. Fluent in English and Pop Culture References. Occasional podcast guest host.

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When Do Video Games Become Art

Video games have increasingly become just as much of an art form as television and film and yet it is still stigmatized as unworthy of being considered art. Despite this many games have been able to take claim as being works of art. Discuss what differentiates the games that are considered art with those that are not and critique whether it’s fair for only some of the medium to be considered art.

  • Regarding your last sentence, I think it's worth acknowledging that there are two distinct ways in which something can be designated "a work of art": 1) in the classificatory sense (i.e. that is an example of an artwork because it's a painting), vs. 2) in the evaluative sense (i.e. this particular painting is truly a work of art, because it's so good!). When SOME video games are deemed to be works of art while others are not, it is clearly in the evaluative sense, but it sounds to me like the main question that you're asking here is "are video games (in general, as a medium) art in the classificatory sense?" Reading George Dickie and/or Arthur Danto might be helpful here. Best of luck to whoever tackles this topic! – ProtoCanon 6 months ago
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The Enduring Popularity of Spider-Man

Whether it’s Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen or one of the other dozen versions of Spider-Man, people love this character. What is it about this character that has endeared him to audiences for over 50 years. Is it the stories that he’s been involved in, the cast of characters around him or is it what he represents that has resonated with people so well for so long. By looking at the history of the character through all mediums, analyze what is it about the wall crawler that makes him and all his variants such a timelessly likable character.

  • I like this topic a lot because one of the most important things for superheroes to be popular and culturally important is their relatability. Even some of the most popular characters like Superman and Batman that have unbelievable abilities maintain some aspects of ourselves as humans like struggling with restraint, trauma, loss, identity, belonging, etc. Looking through the history of Spider-Man, he seems to be marketed as one of the most clearly, universally relatable heroes since his iterations are usually young humans dealing with very common young human issues like love, family, and even work-life balance. I think writing on this topic would require the targeted marketing of Spider-Man as an every-man/woman type to be explored more fully in connection with his overall likability and resonance. – Aaron 1 year ago
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  • I think even beyond his colorful and striking design, Spider-Man's resonance is sourced from him dealing with everyday problems many, if not, most people can relate to. Though he's a hard worker, he's poor, he's bullied, struggles in romance, handling his job, etc. All this on top of being a superhero who risks his life every day defending NYC citizens who are often ungrateful (depending on the writer). It grounds him as a character and shows that anyone can wear the mask, i.e be a hero who helps others, even in the face of adversity. – ImperatorSage 1 year ago
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  • The spider-man story usually starts in high school, and I think that is part of what makes it so appealing. The character is so average and relatable. He acts like any one of us would act. – kairigainsborough 1 year ago
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Latest Comments

Matt Hatjoulis

As someone who has wanted to pursue a career in the arts since I was a kid, I couldn’t agree more. My whole life people have asked me what my real job is gonna be when things don’t work out and I always tell them it’s gonna work out because I’ll make it work out. I want to provide people with the same thing my favorite creative works gave me throughout life. An escape from the grimness of our world and maybe an inspiration to help change it.

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
Matt Hatjoulis

The story is lackluster most likely because it was an afterthought compared to the multiplayer.

For Honor's Lachrymose Lore
Matt Hatjoulis

I saw the Beowulf movie when I was around 12, I didn’t know anything about it, I just thought it was a movie and nothing more. When I was in high school and learned it was an old English poem I assumed it would read like Shakespeare so I avoided it at all cost. I don’t remember what eventually got me to read it but I know when I did, not only was I amazed at how easy it was to read and understand, but how enjoyable it was.

Mastering Writing Skills Through Reviewing the Poem Beowulf
Matt Hatjoulis

It amazes me how some anime are able to convey their themes and connect emotionally better than most live action shows are able to.

Violet Evergarden: Learning Empathy and The Lost Art of Letters