Pleasure Circuit Overload

Jim Munroe’s video art series Pleasure Circuit Overload (42 minutes) is a series of seven pieces about videogames. Through movie preview spoofs, in-game machinima, quirky short drama and documentary interviewing, this diverse collection aims to deepen the cultural discourse around gaming. From his experience as the maker of DVDzine Novel Amusements to the two years writing a games column for alt-weekly Eye to his science fiction novels, Munroe has a relationship with technology that is sympathetic yet critical. CTHEORY journal called one of the pieces “a great work of pop culture commentary,” and other pieces in the collection have been featured on CBC’s, Rooftop Films in Brooklyn and the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany. It was made possible through a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

You can watch them all here. If you’re an institution looking to screen this series, Vtape is the place to go.

Novel Amusements Goes DVD

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Amazing cover art by Lisa Smolkin.I’m kind of sad to leave behind the CD-ROM format for my digital zine, we’ve had some good times together, but with more and more people owning DVD players and burners and media costing less and less, it was a no-brainer. Not to mention that a poll on the site indicated that given a choice between a $5 CD-ROM and a $15 DVD, twice as many people prefered the new format.

The format change’s slowed me down a little, so the new deadline for submissions has been extended to May 1st [UPDATE: Passed.]. Check the submissions page if you have an odd or interesting vid you want to be considered for the new disc. It doesn’t pay anything, but these damn things have a way of getting around — thanks to Astria a bunch of the vids from #2 and #3 are being screened in Germany at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, My Trip to Liberty City among them. According to my stats counter, it’s been viewed 20,000 times so far. Not bad for something I made last minute because it fit in with the Dress Up theme of #3. If you’d like to see it, keep reading… Continue reading »