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Graphic Novel Review: Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang’s IN REAL LIFE


“In Real Life” is one of this year’s most intriguing graphic novels as it raises questions not asked often enough. A New York Times bestselling graphic novel written by Cory Doctorow and drawn by Jen Wang, it is the story of Anda, a gamer, who discovers a black market system through the friendship she makes with, Raymond, a poor boy in China. The focus is on what exploited people must do in order to survive and what can be done to help them rise up and out of their circumstances. But it’s also about the avatars we use to hide from the world. As is clearly depicted here, Anda has problems with the real world and her place in it.

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Thanks to the power of Kickstarter, we have MOEBIUS, an awesome new spy game by veteran game designer Jane Jensen. MOEBIUS is currently in development. It is right in step with the trend in recent years to give a more cinematic experience to a game by having it fully integrate with the narrative so you really feel like you’re in an exciting movie. Who wouldn’t want to enter the MOEBIUS world of espionage?

Along with the spies, the story involves “a theory of time and space that has the world’s governments scrambing.” Currently on Comics Grinder’s mind is BROKEN REALITY by Jane McGonigal, a world-renowned game designer. She argues that we need games for a myriad of reasons including entertainment, stimulation, and for a good ole challenge. Well, MOEBIUS has got you covered.

You can view a new MOEBIUS trailer here. You can view the MOEBIUS website here.

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For gamers, everyone knows about “The Jace Hall Show.” But, if you happen to be new to it, you’ll want to see Jace take on the great debate over which is the ultimate game company of all time, ATARI (joystick) or INTELLIVISION (no joystick), in a very funny episode from last year that you can view here. Jace definitely has a knack for getting the most out of his guests. You wouldn’t expect the founder of ATARI, Nolan Bushnell, to be so funny. Or INTELLIVISION’s Keith Robinson. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re also in for a very special treat as Eliza Dushku raps about her game cred. You can go straight to Eliza’s music video, “My Console,” here. And you can check in on INTELLIVISION here. And visit ATARI here. Plus, you can see what Nolan Bushnell has been up to since “Pong,” a whole new way of looking at education, “BRAINRUSH,” over here.

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