February 2013 – ‘Reflecting Reality’

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We need a theme tune for Blogs of the Round Table. A jazzy big band fanfare. The red velvet curtains peel back and the spinning spotlights flare in the direction of… a giant projection screen with this website on it. “It’s Blogs of the Round Table… yeah!”, someone purrs seductively. Not me, though. I’m rubbish at singing.

This month’s theme isn’t about love or Valentine’s Day, because we did that last year. This month’s theme is Reflecting Reality:

"Fantasy or reality? Simulation or silliness? There’s a place in gaming for both documentary and drama, fact and fiction.

We hear of games becoming ever more ‘realistic’, but maybe they’re just becoming more intricate fantasies. Which is a more desirable style for games to adopt? Which tells us more about the world? Which do you prefer?"

Please email us your submissions or tweet them to @critdistance and @agbear with the #BoRT hashtag.

Don’t forget the Rules of the Round Table:

  • Blogs of the Round Table is not curated. If you write it, we’ll publish it, as long as it’s connected to the topic.
  • If your work contains potentially disturbing content, please include a warning at the start of the essay. Use your common sense.
  • You can submit as many articles as you like throughout the month, and it doesn’t matter if they are commercially published or available for free.

I’m going to get to work on this theme tune. You get writing. Let’s make this the biggest month ever for Blogs of the Round Table.