Author: njenning

Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice seems to be everywhere in recent movies and videogames. The themes of her adventures in Wonderland resonate still. Several popular recent videogames have referenced Carrol’s classic work. Many of the references, direct or indirect, include puzzles and other in-game interactions.

Bioshock, a game which this class will begin playing shortly, has a character who is obsessed with Alice’s world. (WARNING POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!) Orrin Oscar Lutwidge, a character who you think is an antagonist briefly, established an organization known as the International Order of Pawns. Lutwidge, the head of this organization, referred to himself as the Red Queen. This is an obvious Alice reference, but the first of many.… Read the rest

Sci-fi’s Technological Brilliance

(Warning: Lots of Links!) For as long as science fiction has been a popular genre there has been a flood of new technology that has been introduced. In many cases, the technology which has been created over the years has somehow made its way into reality. One of the best examples is Martin Cooper crediting his inspiration for the cell phone to Capt. James T. Kirk’s use of a communicator in TOS. This was included in the 2005 documentary How William Shatner Changed the WorldOther examples of tech which have come into reality are not at all uncommon.… Read the rest