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Nicole Hunter

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Nicole is a video game and pop-culture critic with a lifelong relationship with video games and the strange tenderness that can be found within them. She is an avid collector of DS games and a reluctant collector of Amiibos. She has a strong belief that the gaming community, with some work, can become an inclusive and nurturing environment to all who seek to belong to it.

Can You Enjoy Problematic Games and Uphold Your Values?

Because of recent events, a cultural conversation has risen about what we should do with content which is problematic. Whether it’s in regards to...

Why Video Game Criticism Exists

As defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, two of the three definitions of the word, “criticism” address the art of critiquing a work of art...

Super Mario Odyssey Continues the Series’ Struggles with Gender Politics

My first few hours with Super Mario Odyssey were really uncomfortable. In the first few minutes of the game, when Peach is being kidnapped...

The Dog Whistle Tactics of This is the Police’s Marketing

This is the Police is an indie, adventure/strategy game which released August 2nd, 2016. The game follows police chief, Jack Boyd as he comes...

Stardew Valley’s Diversity Problem and the Mod I Used to Fix...

Early on in Stardew Valley’s development, longtime fans of farming simulators such as, Harvest Moon and Rune Factory, had a few hopes for the...

One of Stardew Valley’s Bachelorettes is Emotionally Abusive and that’s not...

Abigail’s plotline in Stardew Valley begins rather innocuously. Abigail is nice and quirky. As you befriend her you play video games together, and play...