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.

Not Another Year: VGX

This weekend’s VGX (the Spike TV Video Game awards show with special guest, the letter X) was a new high in the ongoing television pursuit of alienating video game players. Most years, I tuned in to see what won and … Continue reading

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An Error Has Occurred in the Following Launch

An error has occurred in the following application. (CE-34878-0) Battlefield 4 TM Reporting this error to Sony Computer Entertainment helps improve PS4 hardware, software, and services. This report might include personal information. To send the report, carefully read the [About … Continue reading

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PCA/ACA Panel Presentation at Chicago in April

Laquana Cooke, Jason Coley, Stephanie Jennings, and I will be in Chicago for PCA/ACA Conference in April.  We’re doing a panel together, talking about how agency and identity are accessed and established by the various roles available players in video games. Joshua … Continue reading

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The Wolf Among Us: A Gaines, Nick, and Stephanie Review

So, what’s the deal with The Wolf Among Us? Well, I’m only just now getting around to playing through The Walking Dead, so I called in some reinforcements on this one: Stephanie and I did two play-throughs together, and Nick … Continue reading

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360 No Scope Corny Shoot: The 7th Generation of Games

By Gaines So, Critical-distance.com does a segment called Blogs of the Round Table (BoRT), which I like because it often pulls the occasionally disparate communities of video games bloggers together around a single topic, building the community, and it has … Continue reading

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Troll Shit Rolls Downhill -or- Game Experience May Differ During Online Play

By Gaines “This is some really petty bullshit.” [Sounds of gunfire]. “Why? Why would you do this?” [Sounds of gunfire]. I open my phone and deposit my cash in my bank account because that’s something you do in the middle … Continue reading

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The Trials of Wilsted Kerman

By Gaines Wilsted Kerman is the hero of Kerbin.  Wilsted Kerman was a victim of a youthful, exuberant, and careless Kerbin space program, the Kerbin National Aeronautics and Space Administration (KNASA), which having finally discovered the combination of fuel, lift, … Continue reading

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Nuances of Satire: Falling into GTA V’s Biopolitical Trap

By Erik and Gaines Ever since Grand Theft Auto V’s (GTA 5) release, there have been a series of blog posts concerning the deviant and aberrant behavior one can engage in within the game. Topics of discussion have ranged from … Continue reading

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