The Auteur Theory

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stanley-kubrick2Pictured is Stanley Kubrick, the greatest director of all time. He wasn't just an auteur, he was the living embodiment of the term. He doesn't really have anything to do with gaming, but the auteur theory does.

Pop quiz. Name the author of the last game you played. Was it EON? Corey Koniesczka? Jim Bailey? Rudiger Dorn? No matter who you name, you're wrong. The designer is undoubtedly an authorial impetus in the creation of game, but ultimately we are the authors of the games we play. Give yourself some credit.

That's what this week's Cracked LCD is about, and you have due warning that it's one of those smarty pants "I been to kolledge" articles about games that may not interest you if you are more into objective reviews or component lists. I haven't done one of these in a while, and I thought it'd be nice to break up the Summer of Reviews with some highfalutin academic talk.

Michael is a member of the Fortress: Ameritrash staff, and a regular columnist for Gameshark.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of and as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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