Subtle LGBTQ characters in video games

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...

What’s One Angry Gamer So Pissed Off About?

What you're about to read has the potential to piss you off, but for all I know you may find it funny. With that...

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...

The Fortnite Fortnitemares Update Is Cool, But Doesn’t Fix Loot Boxes

Fortnite's new update brings players Fortnitemares, an appropriately spooky event arriving just in time for Halloween. The event contains 25 new story quests, Spooky...

Horror Games That Don’t Rely On the ‘Mental Illness is Scary’...

If I asked you to think about the average horror game setting, then chances are that your mind probably wandered to an abandoned mental...

Birdo : Gaming’s First Transgender Character

As time goes on we're seeing more and more transgender and LGBTQIA game characters introduced to the world. When LGBTQIA people are included in some...

Town of Light Dev’s $10k Take This Donation is Another Win...

'Although we're ok, telling each other about our gaming experiences, we're not really comfortable talking about ourselves, things we think will make us seem...

Are Horror Games Becoming Gradually Less Ableist?

It's dark, you're alone, and you find yourself walking down a long, dank and dirty hallway. Something is groaning and screaming in another room,...

Halloween Events: A Great Way to Thank Your Fav Devs

It's easy to burn out on your fav game if you play it non-stop. One way game devs work to bring you back is...

The Difficulties Of Being A Transgender Livestreamer

If you've read my bio or the title, I guess, you're aware that I'm a transgender woman and an active livestreamer. But it’s not...

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...

Weapon Dating Sim Boyfriend Dungeon Looks Bae AF

I've never really clicked with dating sims like Boyfriend Dungeon before. Not because I'm an emotionless husk with no ability to forge meaningful relationships....

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...
Bad versus good examples of loot boxes in video games

There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Good’ Loot Box

In the last few weeks, much has been written about video game loot boxes. The articles and social media posts have raised some pertinent...

It’s Time to Question the Good Guy Narrative around CD Projekt...

I knew I'd found something special in Cd Projekt Red's The Witcher 2 when I saw this achievement: Friend To Trolls – Spare all Trolls in...