Macabre Memories: Altered Beast

They say that survival horror is largely dead as a genre.  Who are “they”, you might ask?  Why, I’m referring to the mysterious voices that whisper out of the Internet Machine, dear reader, and kindly stop interrupting or I’ll beat you with this sack of belt buckles.  But while the genre itself might have seen…

Why Books Are Books And Movies Are Movies.

I’m getting sick of adaptations–even when they’re good. When I taught playwriting, there was always a very important lesson that I tried to put as early on in my schedule as possible.  The lesson was fairly simple, and began with a single question: Why are you writing a play? I didn’t (and don’t) mean that…

Bullets And Creativity: Thoughts On Shadowrun Returns

Everything about Shadowrun Returns intrigued me to the core.  Kickstarter-funded with some lofty ambitions, gamers all over the country were waiting to see if they would pull it off.  Because what the fine folks at Harebrained Studios were aiming for was simple, but at the same time something old-schoolers could salivate themselves into dehydration for. …

Quacking Down Memory Lane: Thoughts on DuckTales Remastered

There is nothing in the world quite as satisfying as crashing your life to a screeching halt with some finely cut lines of nostalgia.  Nostalgia has been the name of the game for years now–indeed, it’s easy to argue that nostalgia is our generation’s greatest commodity.  And between grindhouse schlockfests that spend millions to look low budget,…