Interview: eSports casters Bil “bcJUMPman” Carter and Joshua “PiscatorJosh” Lee

Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing two of the English casters for the League of Legends: Ladies Battle in Korea. We talked about women in e-sports, the job of a caster and cultural differences and challenges that come along with the job. You can watch Bil and Josh in action on the Ladies Battle AfreecaTV channel where you can also find more details on the league. I talked with Bil and Josh separately on Skype text chat on July 30th 2015.

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Is Rising Thunder the most accessible fighting game yet?

Currently in Technical Alpha, Rising Thunder is already set to be the next big thing in the fighting game industry. It’s also probably the closest thing we have to a Pacific Rim game minus the destruction of environments (can this be in the game please?). What truly sets the game apartĀ  from other fighting games is the simplicity of the controls (without being as simple as Divekick) and the emphasis on keyboard controls. But is the game really as newbie friendly as it’s design makes it out to be?

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Musings: Disney Princes and Fairy Tales

Looking at Snow White in several different iterations in the context of bricolage and palimpsest can help contextualize the mythos and conventions of the fairy tale genre. We see Snow White and other fairy tales prevalent in many forms of media and varying degrees of adaptations because of the basic nature of fairy tales being presented as instruction for morality. The characters, settings and plot lines are not developed so it is easy to add on to these elements to create a new story and the fantasy settings have a pre-established audience drawn to these kind of adaptations. Continue reading