Valve’s New Stance on Gamedev Trolls : Censorship, or Step Forward?

In a new blog post released on Steam, Valve have vowed to cut down the numbers of 'troll' games. This most likely refers to...

Middle Earth: Shadow of War goes full Gollum with Exploitative Lootboxes

Clearly not satisfied with the dank cave dwellings and raw fish for dinner that comes with being a corporate board member of a huge...

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...

Andromeda’s All About Women

Mass Effects' Milky Way galaxy was cool and all, but right now, Andromeda is where it’s at. Sure, plenty of people have finished the...

Nier: Automata’s Refreshing Take on Gender

Sci-fi and fantasy have long explored topics related to the borders of consciousness, of technological beings that almost breach the threshold of humanity. These...

New Normative Comment Clinic: Don’t Worry N4G, We’re Here to Help

It's been a sad week here at New Normative. As I'm sure you're all aware... we've been banned from N4G. Good old N4G, the...

No Moss Makes Mindful Tiny games

No Moss Studios is a small Indie developer that is currently developing ‘tiny’ games. These titles really are tiny. They’re mainly doing this through Patreon,...

Fighting The Stigma of Depression and Anxiety With Games

Though approximately one in four people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime, there is still far too much stigma and misunderstanding...

Explore the LGBTQ Game Archives

The internet is a vast, wonderful playground of information and arguably, video games have benefited it's creation and release on the world more than...
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Prepare to Die: Gaming with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a common behavioural disorder that is often overlooked. It is usually noticed at a young age, between...

Take a Proper Gander at Post/Capitalism

Here's some delightful facts about capitalism:  It allows you to buy projectors in the shape of adorable trash-can, R2-D2  It regularly dropkicks you in the...

Dishonored’s Heart, Micronarratives, and Heroic Elitism in Game Stories

There's a heavy, acrid quality to the air in Karnaca tonight. I can't feel it, of course; there's a controller, a screen and a...

Should Games Have Social Commentary?

"Make America Nazi Free Again" is controversial to say in 2017. This is a sad bellwether of where we're at, generally. But the fact that Bethesda...
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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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New Normative is one of the few gaming outlets that's unapologetically left leaning. We're not coy about our agenda.  We pay our writers to...

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....