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Jay Castello

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Jay is a freelance games writer specialising in intersectional feminist critique, how to improve games and use them to improve the world, and cute dogs. She loves inhabiting digital spaces in all their forms, and being constantly surprised by just how weird and wonderful games can be.

Gender at E3: Ubisoft

The Ubisoft E3 press conference was hard to parse. Not just because of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, but because of the shadow that...

The Ugly Past And Uncertain Future of The Last Night

Immediately after the Xbox press conference I wrote about the women that they had on stage and on screen. But one of the games...

Gender at E3: Devolver Digital

The Devolver Digital presser was less of a conference and more of a surrealist skit, but it was a surrealist skit with plenty of...

Gender at E3: Bethesda

The Bethesda E3 press conference opened with a bunch of kids talking about what their parents – mothers and fathers – did for a...

Running of The Trolls benefits The Trevor Project

World of Warcraft’s Running of the Gnomes has been going on since 2010, seeing thousands of pink haired gnomes race to raise money for...

Queerly Represent Me Showcases LGBTQ+ Games

Happy Pride Month! There’s no better time to play some games with LGBTQ+ characters – but how to find them? You would be forgiven...

Gender at E3: Xbox

The Microsoft press conference featured more women on stage and on screen than EA’s did within the first 14 minutes. They started out with the...

Gender at E3: EA Play

There was a segment in the EA Play press conference pumping up their new esports project, which is designed to encourage more new competitors....

The Importance of Playstation’s Pride in London Sponsorship

Playstation Europe recently announced that it would be sponsoring Pride in London. Now, normally corporate sponsorship of our events wouldn’t ping my radar, but...
life is strange

Life is Strange 2 : Please Don’t Let It Be a...

Life is Strange is important to a lot of people, myself included. I started playing it after episode three was released in May 2015,...
two scoops

Two Scoops Aims to Bring More Diversity to Dating Sims

Characters in Western dating sims are often similar: the protagonist, a transfer student or new employee, choosing between a slate of potential love interests...

500+ Devs Pledge to End Crunch Culture

Think of any video game you like. You probably know that a lot of work went into it, but you probably don’t consider crunch....

A Movie Can’t Capture the Feeling of Papers, Please

To play Papers, Please is to be stressed. Stamp, stamp, stamp immigration visa after immigration visa as fast as you can, because if you...

Kindness is Key: How You Can Improve Games Culture

Some days, it can feel like games are inextricably embedded in a swamp of hostility. Kindness just isn't something traditionally associated with gaming. That’s...

Happy Birthday Overwatch: A Look Back

On May 24, Overwatch celebrates its first anniversary. And it’s been a hell of a year. The game has been front and centre in major...

Narcissa Wright sets Breath of The Wild World Record

Narcissa Wright is one of the people who made speedrunning what it is today, famous for her work with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina...