Battlefield 1’s Diversity Failure Ignores History

Rumors that the next Battlefield would take place in World War I swirled for months. When Battlefield 1 debuted in May 2016, blood-soaked trenches,...

The Real Women Resistance Fighters that Inspired Call of Duty: WWII

After years of meandering about in modern and futurist space wars, Call of Duty is finally going back to its roots - World War...

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...

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...

Gender at E3: Nintendo

The Nintendo E3 press conference opened with a reel showing a diverse cast playing a bunch of Switch games, from Arms to Rocket League....

Videogames vs. ADHD

Continuing this week's unofficial theme of "scientific research to prove the haters wrong" (Stephanie coined that one in her piece showing the links between...
Ellie The Last of Us 2

Sony Must Not Fear the Female Protagonist

Recently, the Playstation exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn became the best selling new IP on the platform, shifting over 2.6 million copies. In fact, it’s...

New Steam Game Gay World Promotes Homophobia, Criminalizes Victims

Steam has been on a long decline ever since the good intentioned Greenlight program. A program that failed due to having no form of...

Sean Murray is Not to Blame for His Harassment

Sean Murray is too much of a nice guy for someone who has had his life threatened. Reflecting on some of the colorful ways...
Lucah: Born of a Dream title image, featuring a more human-like image of a blue Lucah surrounded in crosses of bright neon orange.

Art as an Evocative Tool: A Talk with Lucah Developer melessthanthree

On Tuesday, August 21st, indie game developer melessthanthree released their new title, Lucah: Born of a Dream. A Kickstarter funded action-adventure game that combines the...

Stop Hiding Behind Culture

The “defense” of culture stalls diversity. It's the argument people make when they excuse a game that fosters the industry’s series of male-driven story...
Promotional image of “Alien: Descent.” It shows four people wearing VR gear (visor headset, plastic gun, lightweight devices on their arms and legs) on a yellow metal lift, with facehugger aliens crawling around.

Going Out For VR with Alien: Descent

While virtual reality—or VR—seems to be gaining ground, I honestly haven’t seen the appeal of it. I like games, but haven’t felt the desire...

Wolfenstein 2 #NoMoreNazis – Genuine or Cynical Marketing?

'There is only one side' claims the video Bethesda posted last week to promote the Nazi stomping Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. And really, who...

The New Normative Trump Games Comb-over Spectacular

Here at New Normative, we're all about games branching out to niche topics, and there's nothing stranger than the thought of intelligent coders devoting...

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...

What is Being Done About the Lack of Females Playing Competitive...

Over a year ago, Celia Lewis discussed in a previous post the lack of female players in eSports and described the “near-complete absence of...