A quick What I’ve Been Reading this week to make up for not doing one last week.
- Ignore the inflammatory title; over at the Destructoid community blogs, Scrustle has a nuanced look at the genre of racing games and the classifications within it.
- At his personal blog, Fredrik de Boer explains how valuing a work’s politics over its artistry undervalues it. For me, this is a grey area. I believe that a work should first and foremost be examined on its own terms. However, a work’s failure to confront its broader social implications is sometimes itself an artistic failure. (See, for example, Watch Dogs.)
- Robert Rath of ZAM writes about dangerous video game marketing stunts. I’ve frequently complained about the gulf between video game marketing and the games themselves, and this is a drum that I will continue to beat until marketers grow the fuck up.
- Finally, Siobhan Roberts of the New Yorker writes about the father of information theory, Claude Shannon. He was an odd but brilliant man, and his work has had profound impacts on computing, engineering, economics, and many other fields.
That’s all for this week. Tune in next week for more linky goodness.