What’s Up With Apple?

Any new product launch from Cupertino generates both positive and negative buzz, Apple’s recent product launches have generated more than the usual amount of controversy. Longtime Apple fans have come out of the woodwork, grumbling more than usual at the changes wrought with the new iPhone and Macbook launches. Does the elevated level of discontent signal Apple has stopped listening to its customers? Or do the new product launches represent omens of future strategies? Eric and I talk argue about […]

Podcast: PAX and its Meaning

Eric and David go to PAX, the gamer culture con hosted in Seattle the first weekend in September. They come back brimming with stories of cool games, cool gear, and cool experiences. While gaming remains the main focus, hardware vendors now show up in force, with the latest game-related gear. Both Eric and David offer tips for a fruitful and fun PAX experience. Tools Did you buy a 4GB GTX 970? Go get your refund! The GTX 970’s architecture resulted […]

Shared Universes And Fan Creativity

Star Wars. Star Trek. Mass Effect. The Elder Scrolls. Firefly. Lord of the Rings. What do these have in common? These are creative endeavors whose fans extend and enhance the original creations. Independent films, online video, game mods, cosplay are all creations of fans, and serve to extend and enhance the enjoyment of these shared universes, sometimes long after they’ve been abandoned by their creators. What is it about these universes, and not others, that generate such enthusiasm and devotion […]