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Portfolio #1: EL 250 (Draft)

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This is the first installment of my Blog Portfolio for the 2006 J-Term Semester: EL250 MWG: Viedo Gaming. For those of you that did not follow my Blog the prior to now I will give you a brief exposition about me. My name is Leslie Rodriguez and welcome to my weblog sponsored by Movable Type. I am a sophomore at Seton Hill University and as part of my EL 250 class and the New Media Journalism program I write and respond with blog entries on various topics.

These entries are then posted for public view on my blog. This entry acts as an introduction to my blog portfolio which includes selected entries that reflect on our in class discussions, published news articles and various texts that Dr.Jerz has assigned. The following topics will be examined and discussed in my blog portfolio:

The Collection
My best blog entries that demonstrate intellectual growth.
Entries are categorized accordingly.

Coverage for Assigned Readings:
My Trip to Liberty City- An analysis of the short movie we watched. I commented on the class blog as well and posted a link at the bottom of this entry. We don’t see the character going to the far left and then getting stuck walking into a building, etc. (Depth)

A Rape in Cyberspace- On my blog I made arguments that Mr. Bungle's actions were not all that horrible in relation to real life violent crimes. Thoughtful commentary from Puff, Evan & Jerz included. (Interaction)

New Games Journalism I- I relate the State of Play article to my own experiences reading game journalism, which includes reviews. I also go in depth about Bow N*gger. (Depth)

Interactive- This was my interpretation of the IF based movie Interactive. It was a bit abstract, but my entry helped Kayla, who was previously unfamiliar with IF to better understand the genre of game. (Interaction)

Koster Foreword to Ch 4- I think I may be one of the only people to have blogged about this book so far. This is my introductory response and initial reaction. I related my own playing of Super Mario 3 to an important point Koster made about memory functions and gaming. (Depth)

Coverage for Discussions/Comments:
Red v.s Blue- On the class blog I explored the concept of video game characters having other lives than just being part of the game. You don’t normally associate this type of high level thinking with video game characters, but in Red v.s Blue this occurs.

Rhino Feeder- I commented on my experience playing this delightfully simple game that had strange subtext about positive and negative reinforcement.

Secret Collect- I commented on the game and how it was entertaining in its primitive and seemingly pointless objective. My classmates seemed to agree with those statements.

A Rape in Cyberspace/Puff's Blog-I commented on Puff's blog about my feelings involving actual hurt; emotional & mental; that could be caused by this case. In the physical definition of the word he wasn't hurting anyone at all.

Interactive Fiction- An account of my not so nice time playing Adventure. Ps, I used the annotated version up to a point. A look at Interactive Fiction games through my first hand experience.

Movie Responses Each is an in depth analysis of the assigned movie that can be found on my personal blog. SK3D,Wargames,Groundhog Day

Movie Commentary
SK3D Class Entry- These are some additional thoughts that I did not include in my personal blog entry on the movie. The issue of cut throat gaming and competition comes up in discusion.

Wargames Class Entry- These are some additional thoughts that I did not include in my personal blog entry on the movie, but I added to the class blog.

Groundhog Day- These are some additional thoughts that I did not include in my personal blog entry on the movie, but I added to the class blog.

Xenobloging
The Comment Primo- My response to A Rape in Cyberspace on Stephan Puff's blog.
The Comment Grande- An elaborate response to the movie Wargames on the class blog.
The Comment Informative- My response to New Games Journalism II on the class blog. I e-mailed the author of the Rez + Sex article and hope to post any response.

Wildcards
Wildcard- My Wildcard entry is one that I wrote Dec. 30 prior to the start of the class. It shares in detail my personal experiences with video gaming over the years. I thought it was a nice introduction to me as well.

My Game Review- I was really proud of the way this game review of Nate Adams Motocross (FMX) turned out. I wanted it to be professional, but also readable and fun. I put together the screenshot sequence myself.

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Great presentation of your hard work, Leslie!

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