Overwatch’s Play Nice, Play Fair Update Misses the Point

Recently, Blizzard released a developer update titled Play Nice, Play Fair, which attempted to address Overwatch’s fundamental problems with toxicity. Game developer Jeff Kaplan described...

Mercy’s Rework is a Bad Direction for Overwatch

In a recent developer update, Overwatch’s game director Jeff Kaplan announced a substantial rework of the playstyle of healer Mercy. In between repeatedly telling...
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Of White Samurai and Internalized Racism

Flat nose. “Pinch your nose,” your family said to you, when you were a child. “Your nose is too flat. If you pinch it everyday,...

Though Flawed, Fortnite Promotes Teamwork, Not Toxicity

Compared to a lot of multiplayer games, Fortnite doesn’t have a lot of toxicity. In fact, in my experience, most players are wanting to...

Tacoma is Hopeful, and That’s Important

Tacoma opens with an empty space station; deserted by its crew in mysterious circumstances. Yet it doesn’t feel isolated. Protagonist Amy rarely speaks, but...

PSA: Making Video Games is Hard, Don’t Be a Dillweed

This just in: making video games is hard. Breaking news, I know! Each year thousands upon thousands of games, big and small, hit the physical...

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...

“No Skill” Heroes: Ableism With a Side of Misogyny in Overwatch

 Overwatch is full of heroes with a variety of abilities, including those who don’t require traditional first person shooter skills like aiming and twitch reflexes...

Summer Games Done Quick Champions Accessibility

Summer Games Done Quick is running all of this week; a 24/7 marathon of speedruns raising money for Doctors Without Borders. And this time...

Steam is a Nightmare for Marginalised Game Developers

Steam is undoubtedly the biggest storefront on the PC gaming block. Over 125 million people use Steam and its games market is worth over...
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Fire Emblem: Heroes Needs All The Shirtless Men It Can Get

So about Fire Emblem. This is a series that, in its recent entries, wholeheartedly embraces gratuitous, ridiculous, or even borderline distasteful fanservice. Yet despite—or...

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is Tearfully Beautiful

At this year's E3, Microsoft announced it's sequel to 2015's Ori and the Blind Forest: Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The trailer...
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‘Emily Is Away’ Is Good But A Female Protagonist Makes It...

With the recent release of Emily Is Away Too, I decided to revisit its prequel game, 2015's Emily Is Away.  For the uninitiated, in both...
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Why Did EA’s E3 2017 Press Conference Include a Racist Madden...

The EA press conference wasn't...great. The use of influencers and the unclear commentary during the Star Wars Battlefront 2 gameplay portion led many to...

E3 Presentations Featured Just 8 Female-Led Games

You might have noticed during my Gender at E3 series that I wasn’t exactly blown away by any of the press conferences when it...

The Price of Life is Strange: Before The Storm Devs Crossing...

When Life is Strange: Before the Storm was announced, many were surprised that fan favourite Ashly Burch wouldn’t be reprising her role as Chloe...