Artifact: Media

Which of the blistering array of transmedia forms does your tale manifest in? Is it a book, a film, a play? A tv show we’ll marathon for days and days?

  • Fenrir and Finality

    Fenrir and Finality

    Final Fantasy VII is a story where the main characters hopelessly battle against a self-proclaimed god who seeks to end the world. Naturally, this pulls inspiration from one of the oldest end-of-the-world scenarios in human history; the Norse myth of Ragnarok.

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  • Sin, Predestination and The Legacy of Kain

    Sin, Predestination and The Legacy of Kain

    A text that discards the whimsy of the previous decades to center on adult themes and antiheroism, Legacy of Kain and its sequel, Soul Reaver are games steeped in the concept of destiny, especially as examined through the lenses of Greek tragedy, the Judeo-Christian Bible, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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  • Re-Render Bender—Mario to Metroidvania
  • Fresh Painted Pixels: Graphic Recycling, Good and Bad
  • WTFighter: Powerful Franchises, Terrible Games
  • Street Fighter II: Cocaine Alpha-Turbo XXX

    Street Fighter II: Cocaine Alpha-Turbo XXX

    Welcome back to our in-depth look at the evolution and development of graphics and the role graphic art has played in digital media over the past several decades. Today we’ll examine the many, many iterations of the classic game, Street Fighter II, and what they are all about.

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  • Honorable Mentions: Holding Up Like Atlas
  • The Steady Lens: Dos and Don’ts of the Held Frame
  • Slayers and Horrors of HD Remastering

    Slayers and Horrors of HD Remastering

    Welcome back to our in-depth look at the evolution and development of graphics in digital media. Today we’ll be examining the television effects of the late ’90s, as exemplified by the series Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and Angel, its later spin off series. We’re also going to touch on the absolute mishandling of the remaster…

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  • 8-Bit Pizza, No Anchovies

    8-Bit Pizza, No Anchovies

    Welcome back to our in-depth look at the evolution and development of graphics in media over time. Today we’ll be examining the motivations and consequences of down-scaling of arcade classics for home console ports, specifically regarding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

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