“A Game of Chess”: Breath of Death Is The Waste Land of Video Games

[Originally posted on PopMatters] In the wake of the Great War and a Spanish flu epidemic, T.S. Eliot wrote The Waste Land with considerable help from his friend and mentor, Ezra Pound. Ostensibly, The Waste Land is a shell-shocked reaction to the spreading wars and disease that would define much of the twentieth century. But beyond … Continue reading “A Game of Chess”: Breath of Death Is The Waste Land of Video Games

Video Games and the Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction

[Originally posted on PopMatters] On May 20 of 2010, Pablo Picasso’s painting, Le Pigeon aux Petits Pois (The Pigeon with the Peas)—along with a handful of other paintings—was stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern art. The work of art, now destroyed, no longer exists. For visual art and even literature, there is usually a … Continue reading Video Games and the Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction