How Super Nintendo’s Chrono Trigger Proves That Video Games Are Art

Check out this post I did on Upender and let me know what you think!

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By JOSEPH CARRO

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Many people will tell you that video games are not, and can not be art. The Guardian (UK) wrote a piece about it. The late Roger Ebert also. Search Google and find countless opinion pieces in which people propose all sorts of ways in which video games shouldn’t be considered art. Some of the reasons are simple, such as the Guardian’s claims that since video games don’t originate from one source, they cannot be artwork. Others are more heavy-handed in describing ways in which “high” art can make one think and feel where a game simply can’t.

Well, I’m here to tell you that video games ARE art. Not all of them, just as not all the things they hang…

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Happy Holidays. I Also Have Another Blog!

Happy holidays, everyone – if you celebrated. I definitely did celebrate and it’s been a whirlwind of family visits and events around the city, so I have been crazy busy. I am still working on a few reviews to add, but currently my internet is wonky and I can only post while at work on my half-hour break. So, until I can catch up (hopefully soon – maybe this week), I hope you’ll check out my other blog:

AWAY WITH WORDS

This review blog is something I have a ton of fun with, but Away With Words is a more serious (most of the time, anyway) blog where I showcase my friends, events in my life, and random musings. Check it out, pass it around. I update them both about equally – whenever the mood strikes. Thank you for reading, and I hope to see more of you during this exciting new year of 2015!

-Joe

Me in a Wonder Woman Onesie I got for Christmas from my "Secret Santa" at work.

Me in a Wonder Woman Onesie I got for Christmas from my “Secret Santa” at work.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a moment to give thanks for all the views, likes, and comments on my review blog. I hope that if you celebrate Thanksgiving, you eat lots of good food and spend time with friends and/or loved ones.

I have some reviews coming up soon. One for a novel or two I’ve finished, a couple new PS3 game reviews, some movies, at least one restaurant in the Portland, Maine area (maybe two) – and who knows what else is in store. Thank you for your continued support!

I'm very thankful for Pizza! (Hint - this was taken at a restaurant I'm reviewing soon!)

I’m very thankful for Pizza! (Hint – this was taken at a restaurant I’m reviewing soon!)

Still Alive

Still Alive

So, just so everyone is aware, I am – in fact – still alive. I haven’t posted much because I literally haven’t had time. I am supposed to get my MFA in July but I still have a lot of work to do and I have deadlines to do it by. So, while I do have a backlog of reviews to give on various things – I won’t be doing them until I make a little headway.

I did my taxes, got my car pretty much fixed and finally got a new laptop cord so that my laptop essentially functions like new again.

The reviews, they are-a-coming….but until then – here’s me in a steampunk eye patch.

Update!

So, I’ve been thinking about what this blog is.

For me, it’s sort of been a way for me to write as often as I can (if not every day) as well as to showcase my love for all things pop culture.

In a lot of ways, I’ve grown in my ability to write as well as review. That is due to me being with my MFA writing program for the past couple of years but also because I’ve reviewed quite a bit of material (and I have a lot of stuff backlogged, to boot).

So…this leaves me thinking, as I said above – what is this blog?

Well, it’s a review blog for the average person, for the “average joe”. Whenever I search for a review on something online, I don’t want an insane, in-depth critical analysis unless I’ve already read it, already watched it or already played it. This is why my reviews are so to-the-point. I wanted someone to find my blog, search for something they perhaps want to see or play or read and quickly judge whether or not it might be worth the time.

However, I do feel that my reviews could pack a little more punch. This is why I might go through and update some of the older reviews. Also, I may be adding more content than before to future reviews. If it’s a book, I could provide links to a sample of the book’s pages and/or a link on where it could easily be purchased. If it’s a film or video game, I might provide more screen shots and/or trailers.

I’ll be posting some more reviews soon!

Hello, Again

For those of you who don’t know me too well, I’m in my fourth semester with an MFA program called Stonecoast. Well, I’m stopping in to say that due to all the work associated with this program, I’ve been away for a couple weeks and over the next six months until I graduate, I’ll be working on my thesis – so I won’t be able to do as many reviews as I normally do.

Stonecoast has been amazing, thus far. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different and talented authors including Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Wench), Nancy Holder (Resurrection, Domino Lady, Buffy) , Michael Kimball (Undone), David Anthony Durham (Acacia: The Sacred Band), James Patrick Kelly (The Wreck of the Godspeed and Other Stories), Elizabeth Hand (Radiant Days) and Elizabeth Searle (Girl Held In Home) (. I’ve also had the pleasure of working closely with authors such as Mur Lafferty (Shambling Guide To New York City), Thomas Morrissey (Faustus Resurrectus), Laura Navarre (By Royal Command) and Magdalen Braden (Blackjack and Moonlight) among other many talented writers of all genres.

This is not to say that I won’t be doing any reviews, though. I have a backlog of both new and old pop culture items to post reviews on. Until then, here are a couple pictures of me at my residency in Freeport, Maine:

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Sorry to have been away for so long.

Sorry to have been away for so long.

So, I’ve been sort of sporadic about updating the blog because not only have I been busy with school (I get my Master’s Degree in June, hopefully!) but also….it has been Halloween/Comic Convention season during the past couple of months.

If any of you know me, you know what this entails: Lots and lots of time and money spent costuming.

So, I went to Coast City Comicon in Portland, Maine (where I live) and also to Super Megafest in Framingham, Massachusetts. Both were really fun, with Coast City Comicon being a true comic convention while Super Megafest was more of a pop culture convention.

I dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi for all of the events and was able to meet some really cool people. Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode One) stabbed me with my own lightsaber. I taught Ernie Hudson (Winston from Ghostbusters) the ways of the Force. I also got to meet Lee Weeks (Artist from Daredevil) and J.K. Woodward (Dr. Who/Star Trek).

Here are some of the pics to show you how busy I’ve been. 🙂

Me with my friends Spencer Doe (Snake Eyes) and Nicole Marie Jean (Shredder)

Me with my friends Spencer Doe (Snake Eyes) and Nicole Marie Jean (Shredder) at Super Megafest

Me with some other Obi-Wan cosplayers of various ages at Super Megafest

Me with some other Obi-Wan cosplayers of various ages at Super Megafest

 

Me with Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode One) at Super Megafest

Me with Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode One) at Super Megafest

Me with Sergeant Slaughter at Super Megafest! He was one of my childhood heroes!

Me with Sergeant Slaughter at Super Megafest! He was one of my childhood heroes!

Lots of other talented Super Megafest Star Wars Cosplayers.

Lots of other talented Super Megafest Star Wars Cosplayers.

Me, teaching Ernie Hudson (Winston from Ghostbusters) some new tricks!

Me, teaching Ernie Hudson (Winston from Ghostbusters) some new tricks!

Me with Slave Leia at Super Megafest

Me with Slave Leia at Super Megafest

Me with Chewie in Salem, Mass

Me with Chewie in Salem, Mass

Me with Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper in Portland, Maine on Halloween

Me with Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper in Portland, Maine on Halloween

Me squaring off against Vader in Salem, Mass

Me squaring off against Vader in Salem, Mass

Me with Strawberry Shortcake in Salem, Mass

Me with Strawberry Shortcake in Salem, Mass

Me promoting artist J.K. Woodward's site as Obi-Wan at Coast City Comicon

Me promoting artist J.K. Woodward’s site as Obi-Wan at Coast City Comicon

The Mandalorian Mercs finally got me as Obi-Wan at Coast City Comicon

The Mandalorian Mercs finally got me as Obi-Wan at Coast City Comicon