Austin was preparing Langston Hughes for class tomorrow. I couldn't find my CD of him reading "A Negro Speaks of Rivers" so I played him some Paul Robeson. Austin hadn't heard of this bold man, or his amazing life; I was happy to share. As his rich rendition of "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night" resounded from my computer, I realized that this song - Paul Robeson singing Joe Hill, reflects much of what I miss in video games. A politically conscious person with a passion for current events and human justice, an informed view of struggle and history, sings with profound passion - a voice filled with quivering depth.
Today I was reading an advance review of Rockstar's upcoming Manhunt on GameSpot. Like the film Kill Bill, Manhunt appears to be the art of violence - reflecting media back upon itself in a bloody mirror. Months ago I was curious and eager to see it. Now I'm tired. I'm tired of seeing the language of violence used to express little more than irony and detachment. I want to see someone make a video game to express something they're passionate about, something that matters to people with more tangible problems than boredom.