The eSports Glass Ceiling

In the realm of competitive gaming, every woman is the odd one out. Indeed, a female face is a rare sight beyond the audience's...

This Horizon Zero Dawn Photographer Brings the Post Apocalypse to Life

"Dear game devs You’re probably not going to like how I play your game." When I asked Gametographer SpiffSnaps to write something that he felt summed...

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...

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...

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...

Embracing Emotional Spaces in The First Tree

The First Tree brought me to tears. I find emotional reactions in games natural, as they often signify a desire for something greater than...

Dear Gamedevs : Long Hair Doesn’t Work That Way

Hair has always been a problem for game developers. The Witcher 3 managed to make Geralt’s mane grow in real time, yet it, like...

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...

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...

These Night in the Woods Soundtrack Covers are Everything

Infinite Fall's Night in the Woods has crimed its way into our hearts since its release early last year, even more so with December's Weird Autumn...

How to Fix Polly Bendleson’s Representation in HuniePop 2

In a recent video HuniePop 2 announced the addition of a character that had been asked for quite a bit. A trans girl named...

What Westworld Teaches us About Virtual Reality

“Welcome to Westworld” In HBO’s hit Westworld, adventurers come to the seemingly Grand Canyon sized theme park to live out their fantasies that their utopian...

Gone Home: A Four Year Retrospective

I never find myself at home in the horror genre; in fact, I actively stay away from it. Game trailers embroiled with slinky, dark...
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Counter-Strike Trolling Leads To Transgender Inclusion

Over the past few days, you might have come across a news story regarding a group of transgender women who were barred from participating in ESL’s...

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...

Link is Genderfluid

The release of Breath of the Wild is still on everyone’s minds and on everyone’s Switch consoles. This is a game that appeals to...