The Outcast’s View: Ghost in the Shell

The Outcast’s View: Ghost in the Shell

The new Ghost in the Shell(GitS)¬†movie is going to be released on March 31st. I’ve already told you that it’s one of my most anticipated spring movies. Now, I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading “The Outcast’s View: Ghost in the Shell”

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The Strong Female Character Cannot Win the War

The Strong Female Character Cannot Win the War

The Strong Female Character is all the rage these days. There are not many works of contemporary fiction that do not include at least one. These Strong Female Characters are seen as a cure for one of society’s long-festering ills: sexism. But recent history suggests that this approach yields poor results. Continue reading “The Strong Female Character Cannot Win the War”

Grief, Sadness, and Failure in Xillia

Grief, Sadness, and Failure in Xillia

In many, if not most, video games the narrative is one of hope. Hope that the protagonist and his allies will make it through the challenges that lay before them and achieve their ultimate goal. Often this goal is a kind of self-actualization or a long denied validation. When achieved it gives meaning to all the struggles that the protagonist has gone through; changing them in the minds of the audience from unpleasant obstacles to necessary stepping stones. But as we all know, or will come to know, life doesn’t always work this way. Continue reading “Grief, Sadness, and Failure in Xillia”