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Uzbekistan Ban Lends New Angle to Violent Video Games Debate

It seems that wherever video games travel, controversy inevitably follows. The central Asian nation of Uzbekistan has officially banned 34 games from import and...

Checkpoint Harnesses Power of Video Games to Tackle Mental Health Issues

Founded by Dr. Jennifer Hazel, Checkpoint is webseries with the goal is to “raise awareness about mental health issues and those affected, using the power...

Far Cry 5 Makes The White Male Power Fantasy Accessible To...

Ubisoft isn’t exactly shy about courting controversy to sell video games and the new trailer for the next Far Cry promises more of the...

Kindness is Key: How You Can Improve Games Culture

Some days, it can feel like games are inextricably embedded in a swamp of hostility. Kindness just isn't something traditionally associated with gaming. That’s...
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Breaking Down Gaming’s Socioeconomic Paywall

“Do you own a Nintendo 3DS?” my homestay brother once asked. His question genuinely surprised me. I had yet to see a video game...

Happy Birthday Overwatch: A Look Back

On May 24, Overwatch celebrates its first anniversary. And it’s been a hell of a year. The game has been front and centre in major...

The Wall Looks to Make Racist Trash Fun

Whenever a developer feels the need to open their crowdfunding campaign with a disclaimer stating neither they nor their game is racist, it should...
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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...