Thomas T

View Post

The Internet As Place Through Video Games

In A Sense of Place, SOP 2.0 by Thomas TLeave a Comment

I would like to begin my post with a quote I found for this weeks reading from Kazys Varnelis’, Place: The Networking of Public Space, “All places are non-places for those who have not accumulated lived experience within them. Nevertheless, our era is increasingly dominated by non-place, our existence doomed to solitude.” To be completely honest, when reading the prompt …

View Post

Fairly Odd Cosmos Experience

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Thomas T3 Comments

I have never left home for an extended period of time by myself until I came to NYU, primarily when I went abroad. Since staying at home was a consistent activity for me, studying abroad resulted in my mother worrying for me in ways I have never seen prior, such as melodramatically warning me to look both sides across the street …

View Post

Refusing to roam in Rome

In Placelessness, A Sense of Place by Thomas T2 Comments

While I was in Florence, I was fortunate enough to travel to many different places in Europe, which allowed me to view my time in Florence with a more experienced eye. I have never traveled outside of the United States before hand minus visiting the Dominican Republic, so while I enjoyed my time in Italy immensely, I was not sure …

View Post

My Take on “Urbanized” The Documentary

In News by Thomas T2 Comments

I want to preface this post by saying that I don’t like suburbs. I have walked around a few and from the short time I have spent I just never got comfortable with how similar houses looked, how quiet it was, and how “fabricated” (for lack of a better word) it is.  As someone who is born and raised in …

View Post

Il Duomo di Firenze

In Architecture, A Sense of Place by Thomas T5 Comments

Sometimes I reminisce about the times I have seen the Duomo in Florence, Italy, for it was honestly the closest image I had of what a “magical” building looks like. This was primarily so not because how detailed the exterior of the Duomo was during the daylight, although it was certainly beautiful in it own right, but because of how …

View Post

Atlantic Mall

In Social life, A Sense of Place by Thomas TLeave a Comment

Growing up, I would always see teenage drama TV shows depicting what life as a high school typically entails, but I knew characteristics of high school life in these shows would not translate well to a New York City high school. One of the tropes of American television is to depict “the mall” as the typical hangout spot, and while …

View Post

Almost Lost on Purpose

In Orientation, A Sense of Place by Thomas T2 Comments

The best way to adjust to a new city is to get lost in it, literally, at least for me. I remember during the first few days of arriving in Florence during the fall 2013 semester I was lost after taking a wrong turn from the Duomo. While the Duomo serves as mid-point to almost everything in the city, I …

View Post

A Place To Play

In Spirit, A Sense of Place by Thomas T2 Comments

It’s interesting to think about where can games, digital or not, can take you. It’s easy to think about where a game can take a player in context to graphics, story, and interactivity, but the space that a game creates in the real world is on that is often overlooked. What does “playing a game” look like? While this can …

View Post

“Where The Hell Am I?”

In Experience, A Sense of Place by Thomas T1 Comment

My name is Thomas Torchio, and I am currently a senior in Gallatin studying Applied Psych and Video Game Studies. Being the city slicker I am, my experience with nature is limited to New York’s seemingly bi-polar weather and the excitement (no sarcasm) I would get when buses are shut down due to snow and I have to walk around barren …