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Jasmine Henry is a games and technology writer from the UK who has been playing video games since before she could tie her own shoelaces. She is also a serial games hoarder (thanks Steam sales!) and dreams of a day when the representation of women and minorities in games is no longer debated and is simply just the ‘norm’.
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Call of Duty: WWII’s Female Soldier ‘Rousseau’ Deserves Her Own Spin-Off

Call of Duty: WW2 is an awkward game. Its campaign strives to be serious (at one point touching upon the horrors of a concentration...

You Won’t Like the Solution to the Loot Box Problem

There's no such thing as a good loot box, all of them are capital 'B' for Bad no matter which way you slice them....
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The Problem With Subtle LGBTQ Characters in Games

Over the last few years, we have seen a steady increase in LGBTQ characters in games both as little-known NPCs and as characters at...
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There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Good’ Loot Box

In the last few weeks, much has been written about video game loot boxes. The articles and social media posts have raised some pertinent...
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Orc Slavery Highlights LOTR’s History of Racism

As reports and complaints about Middle-earth: Shadow of War's loot boxes abound, criticisms of the game's core content are beginning to do the rounds...

PSA: Making Video Games is Hard, Don’t Be a Dillweed

This just in: making video games is hard. Breaking news, I know! Each year thousands upon thousands of games, big and small, hit the physical...

Steam is a Nightmare for Marginalised Game Developers

Steam is undoubtedly the biggest storefront on the PC gaming block. Over 125 million people use Steam and its games market is worth over...
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Why Did EA’s E3 2017 Press Conference Include a Racist Madden...

The EA press conference wasn't...great. The use of influencers and the unclear commentary during the Star Wars Battlefront 2 gameplay portion led many to...
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All Your Favorite Games Are Political

Battlefield 1, Watch Dogs 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Each of these games tackles political issues in a big way.  DICE's first-person shooter of...
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Why Are Mass Effect Fans Obsessed With Romance?

Second only to the controversy caused by the game’s supposedly wonky animations, most of the talk surrounding Mass Effect Andromeda has been about its...

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a Jingoist Nightmare

Earlier this month, when the Bolivian government demanded that the French government take action against Ubisoft over Ghost Recon: Wildlands, a good many people...

Shovel Knight Body Swap : A Bold Step Forward for Gender...

A commonly heard excuse when explaining why a game couldn’t feature playable female characters is that it’s ‘too much work.’ It’s why Ubisoft found...

It’s Time to Retire the Phrase ‘Diversity in Games’

When discussing making games with characters who aren’t white, straight, male or cisgender, a phrase often used is ‘diversity.’ When publishers and developers disclose...
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Tracer Being Gay Is Ground-Breaking, But It’s Not Everything

Out of everyone, I have been one of the most skeptical when it comes to Overwatch's LGBT characters. I've been very vocal about my doubts...
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Why Are Black Video Game Characters So Controversial?

As a black gamer, 2016 felt like some sort of tipping point. After years of getting dumped on in the medium, relegated to offensive...

A Good Bundle Offers 151 Games for $20, Benefits ACLU and...

A Good Bundle wants to raise money for two very good and very deserving causes. "A bunch of creators are sharing their works to combat...