Fandom: Arcadia

Some have called these lands the Oasys. Some the Matrix. Others the ‘grid. Where players gather and the sprites live and die, this is where it’s written.

  • Where Are They Now—Series Conspectus

    Where Are They Now—Series Conspectus

    An introduction to a slipstream meta-commentary on the evolution and current status of video game franchise icons and how they’ve mutated and grown across multiple platforms! Time is kinder to some than others, and some of these… well, clearly came from a different era. An enthusiast invites our readers on a somewhat more visceral examination than most.

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  • ‘Super Mario, this is your Extra Life!’

    ‘Super Mario, this is your Extra Life!’

    Nintendo and its mustachioed plumber stood alone atop the video game console mountain in the ’80s. Then came an upstart, spiky-haired blue hedgehog leading the charge for Sega and its console. In this installment of Where Are They Now? we explore the beginnings of the console war between Nintendo and Sega.

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  • From Quill to Quest Item—Series Conspectus

    From Quill to Quest Item—Series Conspectus

    There’s more to your favorite interactive entertainment than meets the eye! Join us for an examination of video games as a reimagined presentation of tropes from classical theater and text as seen and interpreted through the eyes of an enthusiast of all three.

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  • For Whom the Box Boops

    For Whom the Box Boops

    Music does far more than just soothe the savage beasts of our psyche. The sonic experience viscerally brings virtual and cinematic worlds to life. Join us in our examination of the evolution of video game and synth music in tandem with storied and largely influential arrangements used in film and animation.

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  • ‘It’s a Mario!’ Musical!
  • A Study in Stairways – Series Conspectus

    A Study in Stairways – Series Conspectus

    Come with us on our first look on an in-depth analysis of the history of illustration, animation, and the counter developments and competitive symbiosis of Eastern and Western influences, as its shaped the marketplace and culture of modern illustrative art.

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  • An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    Join philosophy student and avid gamer Ben Steiz in his examination of the various ethics, world views and metaphysics encoded across much of pop culture. This will include both a broad survey and robust analysis of the numerous speculative fiction works and franchises.

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  • Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    A trained linguist and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast guides us through an examination of the various languages and surrounding cultural effects of numerous ‘constructed’ societies throughout  speculative fiction, from Dothraki to Klingon, with a side of Fus Roh Da!

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  • Some Assembly Required

    Some Assembly Required

    Having poured over the “who,” “what” and “why” of this endeavor, we shift focus inward a bit towards the training, recruitment, revision of process which comprise “how.”

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  • Princess, Prophecy and The Hero of Time

    Princess, Prophecy and The Hero of Time

    If the Mario series is Nintendo’s best-known line of games, the Zelda series isn’t far behind in terms of popularity and critical acclaim. From the NES to the Wii, The Legend of Zelda and its many sequels have rivaled the Mario series in terms of fan love.

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