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JK Evanczuk

JK Evanczuk
Likes bubbles, robots, and surrealism.

Would someday like to be a literary rock star, but will settle for time being as a literary busker.

julia@litdrift.com

Are Video Games the New Literature?

By JK Evanczuk on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - View Comments

Are video games the new literature?Well, it’s safe to say video games have done well for themselves. No longer are they considered the “junk food” of entertainment. Nope, now slaying the dragon and saving the princess (or whatever you’re into) might be considered a literary genre.

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Does This Mean I’ll Have to Get Off My Couch and Go Back to the Cineplex?

By JK Evanczuk on Sunday, March 29, 2009 - View Comments

He thinks he's feeling up the protagonist.Is this the beginning of a 3-D revolution? Time has an article online discussing the upcoming wave of 3-D films fueled by such notables as Stephen Spielberg and James Cameron. The technology takes more time—and let’s not forget cold hard cash—to author, but many in the industry are betting it’s worth it. And some, like head of DreamWorks Animation SKG Jeffrey Katzenberg, are even going so far as saying that it will be the third wave of change to affect movies, after sound and color. Read more »

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Twitterature is All the Rage These Days

By JK Evanczuk on Saturday, March 28, 2009 - View Comments

Yup, Lit Drift has hopped on the Twitter bandwagon.The blogosphere has lately been all a-flutter about Twitter. Twitter poetry! Twitter book clubs! Twitter books (“Twitterature,” perhaps?)! Twitter ghost writers!

Wait, what? Read more »

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My Attempt to Reconcile My Many Issues With the Kindle

By JK Evanczuk on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - Comments Off

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I’m just going to say it: as much as I love technology, I feel uneasy about the Kindle.

Yes, I realize there are some good things about it: compared to printed books, digital books are better for the environment; you can virtually carry around an entire library in your pocket (no pun intended, heh); and you can even read blogs on the device. For example, you might want to use the Kindle to read a certain blog you are viewing now…? Read more »

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Fix All of Bush’s Mistakes in Storytron’s Balance of Power: 21st Century

By JK Evanczuk on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - Comments Off

Computer game designer Chris Crawford’s Balance of Power, which took the gaming world by storm in 1985, has been reimagined for today’s geopolitical landscape in Balance of Power: 21st Century. Crawford’s new release is built on the fundamentals of “storyplay,” a unique brand of interactive storytelling that presents players with nearly unlimited opportunities to influence the narrative. Crawford’s company Storytron also provides a system for creating and publishing your own storyworlds. Read more »

“Flow,” “Cloud,” and “Flower”: Gentle Video Games for the Gentle Gamer

By JK Evanczuk on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - Comments Off

p>...definitely not your typical video game.Just in time for Ada Lovelace Day, CNN has published an interesting profile on up-and-coming video game developer Kellee Santiago. She creates and distributes “soft and gentle” video games, an alternative for gamers who aren’t interested in all the “spray-and-slay” video games dominating the market. Santiago’s games include such titles as “Flow,” “Cloud,” and “Flower,” the latter of which Santiago describes as “the video game version of a poem.” Pretty. Read more »

New NASA Space Station to be Named “The Colbert”?

By JK Evanczuk on Monday, March 23, 2009 - Comments Off

Colbert wins.This could have been really cool.

Maaaaybe I’m biased because Serenity/Firefly is one of my favorite films/tv shows (mmm Joss Whedon). But really, think about it: a little-sci-fi-tv-show-that-could gets cancelled, then gets turned into a little-sci-fi-movie-that-could, then has the chance to get turned into a space station! (Sort of.) What a great way to pay homage to both the series and its dedicated fans. Read more »

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The Lit Drift Manifesto

By JK Evanczuk on Monday, March 23, 2009 - Comments Off

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While our great-great-great-grandparents looked to books and theater to enjoy a good story or two in their day, today we watch movies, TV, and short films on our computers. We listen to/watch podcasts on-the-go, watch video and listen to music on our cell phones, and play video games on our computers and consoles. And books? We still read them,
but not necessarily in the same way our great-great-great-grandparents did. Read more »

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