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My preferred form of normative play: Sniping in-game assholes and cheaters.

The War of Art, Part 2: Self-Definition Through Video Games As Art

I’m starting a mission with two friends – a 32-year-old mother of two from Sacramento, let’s call her “LadyBoss” and a teenager from somewhere in middle America judging by his accent whom I just call “Crab” – and a random player, some low-level novice I don’t recognize, let’s call him “UnluckyBastard”. As we start the […]

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The War of Art, Part 1: Tryhards, Trolls and Emotional Play

The evening gloom is gathering in consensual virtual city that is Los Santos. My character is sitting high on a rooftop above the city in the growing darkness, standing atop a skyscraper with a ridiculously massive semi-automatic heavy caliber sniper rifle held lightly in his hands. I’m barely seeing him; my attention is on the […]

Not a meme.

Banality and Transgression: The Meanings of Memes

The meme is the defining visuo-textual medium of our time. Understanding how our society makes and consumes memes is a vital condition of participating in culture. Ignorance of this phenomenon means missing out on what’s going on. The modern trend towards information-dense succinctness is arguably an outgrowth of memes (or at least a concomitant result […]

Yup, it's a meme.

Synchronicity and Resonance: The Qualities of Memes

Every meme has a synchronicity – a coincidence, a convergence of meanings of the textual and the graphical. Memes are used in communication between people when their message or intent coincide with what that person wants to say. Did you ever get a greeting card from someone with a witty little phrase on it? Have […]

Yeah, that's your face when you do that.

Please Stop Searching For The Following, Episode 13: My Pokemons’ Hidden Power

SEARCH QUERY: baby delivery movies ANSWER: OH GOD THIS IS THE OPPOSITE OF PORN OH GOD NO SEARCH QUERY: what is my pokemons’ hidden power ANSWER: THE EVER-LASTING LIFE OF CHASTITY THEY WILL INFLICT UPON YOU. SEARCH QUERY: how did the u.s colored cavalry get their name ANSWER: From… having… horses? SEARCH QUERY: what kind […]

NO NOT THERE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD ANYWHERE BUT THERE

Please Stop Searching For The Following, Episode 12: WHERE IS HUNG KUNG

SEARCH QUERY: in email marketing what does ctr mean ANSWER: It means that you apparently lied your ass off about what skills you actually had in order to get your email marketing job. SEARCH QUERY: WHERE IS HUNG KUNG ANSWER: I DUNNO MEBBE SOMEWHERE NEAR CHYNA SEARCH QUERY: fun stuff to do when your bored […]

It's not like Daniel-san's about to start punching a dude now is he?

Please Stop Searching For The Following, Episode 11: What Does Miyagied Mean

SEARCH QUERY: what does miyagied mean ANSWER: It means you were taught arcane, impractical martial arts from a tiny Japanese man while your more practical peers took up the arts of boxing, wrestling, gunfighting and soldiering. Just keep telling yourself when you crane kick four armed burglars in your home it will all pay off. […]

Don't mess with the Joohn gang. They'll school you.

Please Stop Searching For The Following, Episode 10: Thug Life Chose Me After I Scored 1420 On The SAT

SEARCH QUERY: what the White Man did wrong ANSWER: I’d say picking the name ‘the White Man’ was probably the first thing he did wrong. SEARCH QUERY: trade for islamic wife ANSWER: A few AK-47s or some sheep ought to do it. These days, you’ll get top dollar if you have an IR-absorbent camouflage shroud […]

Heed the sage words of Karate Kyle.

Please Stop Searching For The Following, Episode 9: RICHARD ALAN TUCKER BOUT YOU ME TAREN OVER HIS AND HIM SELF OLNY ONE HEAR CARE YES YES DO HELP YOU TRUE DEEP FEELING I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU LIFE CARE RAEO

SEARCH QUERY: can a string be used to stretch my penis ANSWER: Why, yes, anonymous Internet search engine user. It can. Please proceed. Make sure to tie a tight knot and maybe tie the other end to a door handle that you slam. SEARCH QUERY: RICHARD ALAN TUCKER BOUT YOU ME TAREN OVER HIS AND […]

Meet Lee Seung Seop. In 2005, he became the first human being in history, and perhaps the first living creature EVER,  to die from being so stupid that it stared at something too long and forgot to drink, eat or shit.

Please Stop Searching For The Following, Episode 8: Selling Pre-Owned Kids

SEARCH QUERY: selling preowned kids ANSWER: Well, condition and mileage matters. As for price, future earning power is a big one too. Are they Asian? SEARCH QUERY: i cannot get motivated to go outside anymore ANSWER: Well I guess they’ll just find you in two weeks with your legion of adopted cats nibbling at your […]