django

How to Frame The Debate Over Video Games and Gun Violence

on Friday, Jan. 11th

The Penny Arcade Report’s Ben Kuchera has a power house of an editorial up today.

Kuchera uses Quinten Tarantino’s stark refusal to play into an interviewer gambit to see his films– specifically the gun violence heavy Django Unchained– through the lens of the Sandy Hook massacare as a prototype for how game makers should deal with the mainstream press on the issue.

I’ve always said that we need to talk about violent games, but that’s a conversation I trust to take place between the artists who make them and the people who pay for them. It should take place between parents and their children. I believe retailers should make reasonable efforts to not sell adult material to children.

As the nation continues to find ways to process what happened and how to respond the gaming community is buckling down for the usual round of scapegoating. For those of us who care about both the freedom of expression and the public safety sides of this issue, Kuchera’s op-ed is a must read.

Use_of_Force_web_banner-600x336

Tribeca’s Storyscapes Returns For An Epic Second Year

The Tribeca Film Festival leapt into the vanguard of transmedia art last year with the inaugural edition of Storyscapes, an event led by TriBeCa’s Director of Digital Initiatives Ingrid Kopp.

Sponsors

BROWSE___Simple_Machine

Simple Machine Announces Micro-Festival Grants

We’ve been keeping up with Simple Machine, the independent film curation tool for festival and art house programmers, since running across their booth at South By Southwest last year.

Emma_Approved___Love__Lifestyle__Fashion__Emma

Transmedia Beat: Bernie Su’s “Emma Approved” Monetization Secrets

Disclosure: I’m one of the organizers of Transmedia LA, so take any excessive positivity with a grain of salt.

6802986127_99873e3e23_z

First Ever Crappy Awards Target SF’s Tech Industry

Inspired by the sly tradition of the Razzie Awards, which commemorate the worst of Hollywood, San Francisco fair housing advocates are kicking off “The Crappy Awards” tonight in the city’s art’s district.

flag-graphic

Image Disruptor: Flag Looks To Upend Photo Printing Through The Magic of Free

Flag, a photo printing start-up that is holding a barnstorming 14-day Kickstarter campaign right now, turned up on my radar this week thanks to John Gruber’s Daring Fireball.

placeholder