Prescience 3: Against All Lore

Featured Image; Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. It looks like a video game map. Basically the only science fiction I’ve even engaged with in the last month has been Disney’s latest Star Wars series, Andor. This time of year always gets busy for me, and I’ve… Continue reading Prescience 3: Against All Lore

Presence 2: Cyberpunk In The Shell

Featured Image; Navy personnel pushing helicopters off the deck of an aircraft carrier to make more room on the deck for refugees fleeing the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. One of my favorite pictures of all time. Poetic in how simply it shows the defeat of advanced technology. Man, you… Continue reading Presence 2: Cyberpunk In The Shell

Prescience 1: In Which I Talk About A Specific Aesthetic That I’m Likely Misnaming

Cover Image: The Topanga Microwave Relay Tower, part of AT&T's Long Lines program, via this reddit post. In our popular imagination Science Fiction is grandiose and scales vast changes. Those could be social, technological, temporal, or even distances, but the point is that we generally think of Science Fiction as spanning some giant visible change.… Continue reading Prescience 1: In Which I Talk About A Specific Aesthetic That I’m Likely Misnaming

Prescience 0: Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex/Destiny: Lightbringer

Welcome, readers, to a new article series on The Story arc, from yours truly, DK! Here at Prescience, we ask the fundamental question: Why does the Sci-Fi future look the same?You see it everywhere. The same sleek iPhone brutalism, the same “80s” neon, that blocky gradient font that looks like an arcade game logo, the… Continue reading Prescience 0: Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex/Destiny: Lightbringer

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Propaganda and Top Gun: Maverick

Yes, this is a piece about the Pentagon and Top Gun. I know that’s old hat and everyone talks about it, but I think it’s important to interrogate the relationships here and be aware of them. Especially because this shit isn’t a recruitment commercial necessarily. We are all aware, in some sense, that it's propaganda.… Continue reading Propaganda and Top Gun: Maverick

RAMBLING ABOUT SPREE FOR A BIT

Spree is one of those movies that has weirdly flown under the radar. Part of it, I’m sure, is the pandemic, which has killed a lot of interest in movies in general (ironically, what’s at the core of the movie is only more relevant in our current endless pandemic). But it’s probably one of the… Continue reading RAMBLING ABOUT SPREE FOR A BIT

I’m bad at elden ring

OKAY! This is out of my wheelhouse a bit. This is a quick, kinda sloppy, post I made out of excitement when I was first playing this game. Think of it like reading a blog post in 2007. Short, sweet, and earnest.Like everyone else, I got Elden Ring recently, so I feel the need to… Continue reading I’m bad at elden ring

Seventh Gen Part 4: Finale

First, I’m going to have to apologize; In the last overview of the seventh gen, I forgot to mention that in 2008, Iphone OS 2 came out. How could I??? It’s one of the biggest things to happen to gaming in the past 15 years!!!!Iphone OS 2 introduced the App Store, and I’d argue it… Continue reading Seventh Gen Part 4: Finale

A Very Story Arc Christmas Post

It’s Christmas Eve! That Magical time of year where we all see that one Ace Attorney case on every social media site, everyone is driving or flying or doing “last minute” shopping for some insane reason, and we all collectively celebrate (for those who do celebrate christmas) with some hyperspecific, deeply held, sacred tradition that… Continue reading A Very Story Arc Christmas Post

The Seventh Gen Part 3: 2004 – 2008

In the last article, I went over the mood before the seventh generation started, the desperation and fear as the dreaded Shift To HD came. 2003 and 2004 were part of a weird transitory era, where a lot of trends - social, technological, and economic - came to a head. The feel of the era… Continue reading The Seventh Gen Part 3: 2004 – 2008

The Seventh Gen Part 2: And So It Begins…

So in my last piece, I introduced this series and went over the depressingly lacking preservation efforts of the seventh generation. I strongly recommend that you at least read the start of that, to get into the kind of headspace that I’m doing for this series. One of the other reasons I’m writing this is… Continue reading The Seventh Gen Part 2: And So It Begins…

Seventh Gen Retrospective Part 1: Preserving The New Retro Games

This year, it’s been 15 years since the PS3 first released. Coincidentally, the Playstation 3 came out 15 years after the SNES. Same goes for the Nintendo Wii. The Xbox 360 turned 15 last year. The Seventh Generation of gaming has become retro. It might not feel like it - everything from that gen still… Continue reading Seventh Gen Retrospective Part 1: Preserving The New Retro Games