Author Archives: Gaines Hubbell

About Gaines Hubbell

Gaines Hubbell is a lecturer of English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His dissertation tracks the history of topoi and loci of invention in twentieth-century rhetorical theory, pedagogy, and criticism. His research focuses on the historical and contemporary development of rhetorical theory and its adaptation for newer media environments.

Leadership, Rhetoric, and Videogames

I find myself thinking about leadership often. Perhaps I think about leadership because we rhetoricians get press (for good or ill) for a few months every four years when our nation chooses a leader based on “mere rhetoric.” But, I … Continue reading

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First anniversary: What we’ve learned

For Higher Level Gamer’s one year anniversary, I thought we’d share what we learned while writing for HLG this past year. So, what follows is the result of us sharing what we’ve learned in a google document dialogue for the … Continue reading

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On the meaning of a name: Higher Level Gamer

Next week is the first anniversary for Higher Level Gamer, and next week we’ll have a post about what we learned in the past year while blogging here. But, since almost a year has gone by, I figure it’s time … Continue reading

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Child of Light, Children, and Authorship

I bought Watch_Dogs this week. I played it. It’s a game. I have to admit that while I was playing Watch_Dogs this week, I was thinking about a different Ubisoft game. I wanted to finish my new game+ on Child … Continue reading

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Always in Alpha Podcast, Ep. 2: Titanfall and Hype

We’re back for another Always in Alpha Podcast to talk about Titanfall and its hype–just in time for you to listen before Titanfall comes out on Xbox 360. Streaming:

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Always in Alpha Podcast, Ep. 1: Twitch Plays Pokemon and Genre

We’ve recorded a podcast! Laquana Cooke, Nick Hanford, Candice Lanius, and myself sat down at Finnbar’s, our local pub last week. This is the first of two or three podcasts that came out of that conversation. Laquana had to leave … Continue reading

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Dialogue Options: Where’s the Rhetoric?

Last year, Stephen Beirne pointed out the way dialogue in video games is treated as an obstacle—not a part of gameplay. Beirne’s right. But, I’m going to look at why Beirne’s right, particularly for games with dialogue menus. Simulation is … Continue reading

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Introducing the Journal of Games Criticism

I’m happy to announce that the Journal of Games Criticism‘s first issue is published at http://gamescriticism.org. Many of us here at Higher Level Gamer are editorial board members for JGC and have been working hard to release this first issue (even while … Continue reading

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Game Criticism Conference

You might have noticed that mention of a video game criticism conference in the works a few posts ago. Well, it’s a real thing now! Critical Proximity is a game criticism conference in San Francisco on March 16th (the Sunday … Continue reading

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Critics Speak a Language and It Speaks Us

Laura Parker argued recently that BioShock Infinite made it clear, at least among critics, that a video game can be art, and Chris Suellentrop responded with a defense of the vibrant state of video game criticism in 2013. For what … Continue reading

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