“Unrestrained. That just about sums up Shadows of the Damned. A surreal, indulgent collaboration between Killer7 director Suda51 and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, Shadows of the Damned mixes the personal oeuvre of its creators without much thought for consequence. Stylish but vulgar. Inventive but mechanically routine. Contradictions lie in Shadows’ black heart. The thought of an auteur such as Suda51 embracing an attitude of punk-rock video game making is thrilling, but such exuberance needs channelling. Killer7 was focussed insanity; No More Heroes was shrouded in existential irony. Shadows of the Damned is a mariachi retelling of Dante’s Inferno with knob gags and big guns. You perhaps see the issue” […] –Tom Higgins, The Telegraph, July 05, 2011
Harlan Ellison, “I Have No Mouth…” Video Game Version
“In the 1995 computer adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream, Dante’s Divine Comedy is the book that contains a hidden mirror in the Lord’s Bedroom in Ted’s Scenario.” —Wikipedia
Dante at the Supreme Court
“From Justice Scalia’s majority opinion in today’s case involving violent video games, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn.: California’s argument would fare better if there were a longstanding tradition in this country of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence, but there is none. Certainly the books we give children to read — or read to them when they are younger — contain no shortage of gore. . . In the Inferno, Dante and Virgil watch corrupt politicians struggle to stay submerged beneath a lake of boiling pitch, lest they be skewered by devils above the surface . . . Justice Alito accuses us of pronouncing that playing violent video games “is not different in ‘kind'” from reading violent literature. Well of course it is different in kind, but not in a way that causes the provision and viewing of violent video games, unlike the provision and reading of books, not to be expressive activity and hence not to enjoy First Amendment protection. Reading Dante is unquestionably more cultured and intellectually edifying than playing Mortal Kombat. But these cultural and intellectual differences are not constitutional ones. Crudely violent video games, tawdry TV shows, and cheap novels and magazines are no less forms of speech than The Divine Comedy, and restrictions upon them must survive strict scrutiny[.]” […] –Marc DeGirolami, Mirror of Justice, June 27, 2011
Contributed by Patrick Molloy
Prof. Teodolinda Barolini on EA’s “Dante’s Inferno” Video Game
See also: “Abandon All Poetry, but Enter Hell With an Attitude” by Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times, January 29, 2010
Profs. Guy Raffa and Arielle Saiber on EA’s “Dante’s Inferno” Video Game
Jon Gordon interviews Arielle Saiber on Future Tense (now Marketplace Tech) February 17, 2010.
Read more about the interview on the Bowdoin website.
Benjamin Popper interviews Guy Raffa and Arielle Saiber for his article “Dante Alighieri: Epic Poet, Ass Kicker”
The Atlantic, February 2010.
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