Splendor and Loving the Treadmill: Final Fantasy XV

Reading through the criticisms of Final Fantasy XIII and the recently released Final Fantasy XV, all of them agree the graphics are beautiful. These titles undoubtedly have the most advanced graphics of the franchise. But I feel, as I read these review and essays, that they leverage the games’ advanced graphics against them as a sly way of implying that the game succeeds only superficially.

I Felt as if I were Walking Through a Hollow Diamond

JAYME RUSSELL: The plastic covering has pulled up from the spine and also the middle of the book’s cover. It is what you see first when you look at this book, as well as the menacing dinosaur shrouded in these misty bubbles. Yet, if you hold the book at a certain angle you can also see a billowing volcano filling the giant cavern with a sky of reddish-grey smoke, giant trees towering so high that they seem to bend, and rocks of different textures and colors. These things, that you can barely see, are what the book is really about.

Mise (Marvel) en abyme

JESÚS COSTANTINO: But what if Ms. Marvel’s message had instead been stuck in the Dead Letter Office for the entire month of November? What if all copies of Ms. Marvel #13 were sitting with other dead letters and parcels in a room in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Jacques Derrida had first seen “an inscription barely erased on a wall” marking the place where dead letters are “kept for a period, after which dead letters are destroyed”? This might explain why, in the wake of the election, Kamala’s image and her various messages have proliferated and been adopted by feminist and pro-immigrant activists.