Nameless: The Tragedy of Anonymity in Death

Death is a subject we find difficult to discuss. Strangely, it’s the only thing we all have in common. Though we’ll each feel its inevitable grip, we also experience its tragic totality in the loss of those we love. Usually when somebody dies, we celebrate their passing with a fitting memorial. We hope to receive the same, almost as some grand punctuation mark to our lives. We expect a headstone, of some description, or the grim dust of cremation’s ashes. Whatever we might choose as an epitaph, our hope is that our earthly names may at least remain.

For some, however, such immortality has been cold in its desertion.…   [continue reading]

Death of a Legend

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It seems, as gamers, that Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom associates have been with us from the beginning. ย Of course, they haven’t. ย What’s important about Shigeru Miyamoto’s work on the Mario series is that it almost invalidated everything that came before. ย With some, indeed many, exceptions, mostย that preceded it suddenly seemed like mere experimental prodding towards something of greater importance. ย Perhaps i’m overstating Mario’s power but that’s, at least, how it seems on the wide open surface. ย Having already set the watermark high with his first outings, he would only continue that trend for the decades ahead – reinventing the platforming genre at every turn and outclassing his peers with ease.…   [continue reading]