The Artifice https://the-artifice.com www.the-artifice.com Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:50:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Are Comic super heroes worthy equivalents to the literary heroes of old? https://the-artifice.com/are-comic-super-heroes-worthy-equivalents-to-the-literary-heroes-of-old/ https://the-artifice.com/are-comic-super-heroes-worthy-equivalents-to-the-literary-heroes-of-old/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:59:39 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/are-comic-super-heroes-worthy-equivalents-to-the-literary-heroes-of-old/ Our generation is being exposed more and more to the concept of Hero through the guise of the comic franchise and movies Super Heroes. Do the stories and context surrounding these characters of super human feats deserve a standing with our important literary heroes of old?

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The Greatest Showman & Historical Inaccuracy https://the-artifice.com/the-greatest-showman-historical-inaccuracy/ https://the-artifice.com/the-greatest-showman-historical-inaccuracy/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:56:07 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/the-greatest-showman-historical-inaccuracy/ The Greatest Showman is a movie-musical that explores the (partially fictionalized) life of P.T. Barnum and the development of the circus. It hasn’t been widely criticized for the erroneous portrayals of certain characters and the way in which it manipulated the story.

This topic would explore the historical accuracy and inaccuracies of the movie and work to illuminate the historical elements that the movie worked to cover up through its narrative.

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Defining a true fan https://the-artifice.com/defining-a-true-fan/ https://the-artifice.com/defining-a-true-fan/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:35:40 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/defining-a-true-fan/ It is becoming a more and more common divisive argument between us: what truly makes someone a fan of an actor or a musician or a movie? Over time it has become less credible to simply enjoy a finished product (regardless of its category) and more about the politics of who knows the most facts, easter eggs, and can quote the most lines/lyrics etc. It is becoming more and more evident that the intentions of those who claim to belong to a fanbase, are becoming less satisfied with the simple act of belonging to a group of likeminded individuals and instead about outcompeting our neighbours. What credits a claim to being a fan of something?

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What do we want out of Metroid Prime 4? https://the-artifice.com/what-do-we-want-out-of-metroid-prime-4/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:50:32 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/what-do-we-want-out-of-metroid-prime-4/ This is something that’s been a discussion point with some peers recently, and I was wondering if someone else had some extended thoughts regarding it.

What do we want out of the next Metroid Prime title?

I mean we can safely assume that it will be a first-person shooter with puzzle-solving elements like past Metroid prime titles… but could we also expect an overhaul at all? And to what extent? Will they throw everything out the window and make it a bejeweled-based action horror game? Or will they just abandon some Metroid traditions and maybe put in more of Prime 3’s ambitious but flawed cinematic cut-scenes? It’s hard to tell. Mostly cause I don’t know what I want either.

Breath of the Wild wowed me with it’s perfect blend of embracing old Zelda traditions, while experimenting with some wild (no pun intended) ideas. Can we expect the same of Metroid? Or will it perhaps just be a return to form with some typical but fun Metroid gameplay?

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What do you want from a new Bioshock game? https://the-artifice.com/what-do-you-want-from-a-new-bioshock-game/ https://the-artifice.com/what-do-you-want-from-a-new-bioshock-game/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:23:58 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/what-do-you-want-from-a-new-bioshock-game/ Bioshock was a revered and renown franchise but except for a remaster of the original 3 games, the series has been quiet since Irrational games closed. With the recent announcement of a secret new Bioshock project called “parkside”, there is a chance we will see a new game from the series. What do you want to see out of a new Bioshock game? What new setting would fit a new game? What mechanics would you want to see?

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Expanding the word “Art” https://the-artifice.com/expanding-the-word-art/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:49 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/expanding-the-word-art/ I believe the word “art” is becoming a broader term as time goes on. “Art” no longer solely refers to paintings and sculptures. Art has expanded to include photography, graffiti, abstract sketches, and more. But now it’s 2018, and digital media, the evolving monster, continues to grow. Now, things like Instagram profiles and blogs on Tumblr are becoming somewhat reminiscent of works of art, at least in the world of the internet. Many internet-lovers refer to these “artistic” accounts as having an “aesthetic.”

I do think these aesthetically pleasing accounts have artistic qualities about them, but is it right to consider this art? Does the internet and social media change the ways in which we perceive art? Does social media create limitations or opportunities for art and the definition of art itself?

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The rise of text-based gaming https://the-artifice.com/the-rise-of-text-based-gaming/ Sun, 22 Apr 2018 22:57:14 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/the-rise-of-text-based-gaming/ When one opens the usual source for their gaming apps there seems to be a plethora of text-based gaming role-playing-games, beyond what we once were seeing. Is this simply due to the ease of making such games versus a visual game? Or is there actually a rise in the market for such game play? Has this then replaced the popularity of the choose-your-own-adventure book? Many questions, does anyone have the answers?

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Over sexualization of teenage characters in tv shows. https://the-artifice.com/over-sexualization-of-teenage-characters-in-tv-shows-2/ Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:35:59 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/over-sexualization-of-teenage-characters-in-tv-shows-2/ Has the over sexualization of teenage characters in tv shows gone to far?
The argument of whether it’s glamorizing unacceptable behaviour and provocative themes for the young fans?
Or trying to show the reality of what the lives could be for children at such a young age?

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Has social media destroyed a our relationships or empowered them? https://the-artifice.com/has-social-media-destroyed-a-our-relationships-or-empowered-them/ Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:30:45 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/has-social-media-destroyed-a-our-relationships-or-empowered-them/ Analyse the facets of human relationships.

Do we know our friends or a version of them?
We have the ability to connect with anyone at the end of our fingertips. Are we really connecting?
Has social media given isolation an environment for community spirit?
Are all social media platforms beneficial and if not what are the benefits and troublesome tendencies?

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Video Game Delusion: Are They As Addictive As Alcohol or Drugs? https://the-artifice.com/video-game-delusion-are-they-as-addictive-as-alcohol-or-drugs/ https://the-artifice.com/video-game-delusion-are-they-as-addictive-as-alcohol-or-drugs/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:22:55 +0000 https://the-artifice.com/video-game-delusion-are-they-as-addictive-as-alcohol-or-drugs/ Since the inception of video games, a pervasive mythos has been established that video games are not only addictive but are also destructive to ones psyche, health and life. However, we need to be able to shift through gaming fact over gaming fiction. Through an analysis of the literature on gaming addictiveness to exploring new insights into the benefits of gaming, this article will attempt to provide some answers on how problematic gaming addiction is in modern society.

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