The Sega Dreamcast – Doc’D #67

In this video game-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the stories behind the rise, the fall, and the lasting legacy of the Sega’s final video game console, the Sega Dreamcast.

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So, HBO’s Looking debates whether or not Gordon Freeman is a character or construct…

Gordon FreemanThe 'is Gordon Freeman a character' debate continues with HBO's Looking photo

On a recent episode of HBO’s Looking, currently airing in its second season, the show tackled the issue of Gordon Freeman’s enduring legacy from the Half-Life video game series. Judging from his outfit — you know, the one in the picture above — is Gordon supposed to be a character, or just some construct of the player? In this episode (2.06, Looking for Gordon Freeman), series star Jonathan Groff dons his Gordon Freeman costume in preparation for a Halloween party, but is met instantly with criticism from his friend Agustín who asks “what are you supposed to be, a mailman from the future?” Continue reading “So, HBO’s Looking debates whether or not Gordon Freeman is a character or construct…”

The Walkman – Doc’D #14

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, the awesomeness and the legacy of the Sony Walkman. Continue reading “The Walkman – Doc’D #14”

Fan Film “Street Fighter: Legacy” to become Live-Action Series

I cannot get enough of fan films and fan shows based on video games! It feels as if, unlike Hollywood (for the most part), the gaming fans are the ones who really understand the game, its stories, and characters.  It is because of that, they are often very successful in translating an interactive entertainment medium into a passive, yet entertaining, presentation.  The creator of the incredibly popular Street Fighter fan film “Street Fighter: Legacy” announced last week at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) that he has partnered with Capcom — the creators of the popular fighting game series — to create a live-action series to follow-up on his original short film.   Continue reading “Fan Film “Street Fighter: Legacy” to become Live-Action Series”

China’s Dilemma of New Construction vs. Architectural Legacy/Heritage

The art and method of reusing building materials from older buildings for newer building is nothing new; the Romans harvested construction materials from older structures to build new monuments, just as later Roman monuments were harvested for new construction in medieval times.  This strategy, from the “pro” side, of considering the “design-science of the life of buildings” rather than just the “art of building” was a suggestion of futurist Steward Brandt.  A problem, the “con,” that could arise from that is the structures that could have been deemed culturally and historically significant were razed for the sole purpose of new construction.  Granted, the importance of historic preservation may or may not have been as important then as it is today, but now it has become a legitimate alternative, guideline, and preference in architecture.  Unfortunately for China, according to an article in Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects, they may have fallen into the “con” category.

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