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Queer Glitches and the Outlaws of Meaning

I’ll end this article the way I began it: with a glitch. So there’s this point amid one of speedrunning genius Narcissa Wright’s cataclysmic all-medallion,...
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All Your Favorite Games Are Political

Battlefield 1, Watch Dogs 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Each of these games tackles political issues in a big way.  DICE's first-person shooter of...
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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...
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Why Doesn’t Social Status Affect How You Get Money In RPGs?

In the typical RPG, your relationship with money tends to follow a certain trajectory. Regardless of social status, you usually start out broke. By...

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...

Let’s Talk Historical Accuracy in Games

The new Call of Duty, poetically titled Call of Duty: WWII after its setting, will allow players to play as women in its multiplayer...

The Hypocrisy of our Love of Sheik: A Character to be...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, wasn't a very popular game in my social group. The Scottish kids I grew up with were...

Relatability and Symmetra’s Autism

Earlier this spring, Jeff Kaplan, game director of Overwatch, replied to a young fan's letter about Symmetra. She is the only autistic character in Overwatch, and perhaps,...

Gaming is a Drag

The Emmy award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race is currently in its ninth season, and shows no signs of slowing down. With drag becoming more widely accepted...

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...

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...

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...

Racist Rant Demonstrates Deeper Problems of Toxicity in Overwatch

Two weeks ago I wrote a long, long article about toxicity in Overwatch. This week, Matt “Dellor” Vaughn, formerly of Toronto Esports, destroyed his...
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Why Are Mass Effect Fans Obsessed With Romance?

Second only to the controversy caused by the game’s supposedly wonky animations, most of the talk surrounding Mass Effect Andromeda has been about its...

2064: ROM Devs Punished For Their Politics On Metacritic

One of the most effective ways to show displeasure with a company or product is to refuse to buy it. If you don’t like...
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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...