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Video Game Art

Posted by The Linguist, 23 February 2011 - - - - - - · 192 views

This has probably been posted by someone else on the site, but I couldn't find it.

The Smithsonian is putting together an exhibit on the Art of the Video Game, and they're seeking input. You can vote for the "most visually spectacular" games across several eras.


You choose your favorites from groups of 3 games within va...

Attn: Wii Pervs, Your Days of Perving are numbered!

Posted by The Linguist, 14 March 2009 - - - - - - · 376 views

I think we can all agree that there is no media outlet more highly informed and attuned to nuance than your local TV news. We recently had evidence of that in Missouri when they reported on a tremendous threat to our children: Child predators on the Wii!

Apparently some kids were contacted by strangers (read "perverts") online while playing Animal Cross...

Does your TA have an accent?

Posted by The Linguist, 05 February 2009 - - - - - - · 344 views

On a recent CAGcast Cheapy was talking about difficulties understanding instructors who were not native speakers of English. I'm sure any of you who attend(ed) universities with graduate programs in math, engineering, the sciences, etc. are familiar with this issue. Even though most schools require that their international TAs and professors pass some kin...

Why cheat (in school)?

Posted by The Linguist, 04 February 2009 - - - - - - · 267 views

I gave a quiz in my class last week - I'm a college professor. This was just a simple, 5-point quiz meant to check that the students had done the reading assigned for that day and had been paying attention to the previous day's lecture. Basically if you came to class and read what was on the syllabus, you couldn't fail, and if you did fail, it's not a big...

It's good to be old

Posted by The Linguist, 26 September 2008 - - - - - - · 286 views

At just north of 40, I am old, by CAG standards anyway. While this comes with some downsides, such as sucking at most games. It has certain advantages. Of course, there's the absurd overabundance of wisdom thing as well as the ability to make mowing the lawn in black dress socks and shorts work.

Recently I've come to realize a couple of other benefits of...

A little linguistics, anyone?

Posted by The Linguist, 02 September 2008 - - - - - - · 180 views

After weeks of reading blogs on CAG, I’ve come to realize that there is one huge gap in the coverage here. Sure, there are lots of you who write about games and your gaming habits, and there are a troubling number who share the minutiae of their lives (e.g. what electrical equipment they have surgically implanted in their chests, how messy their sisters a...