The Sims Isn’t Just a Game, It’s a Therapy Tool

There’s always been a bit of controversy around The Sims. From the way Maxis/EA handles monetizing content, to the frequency in which they implement...

Stream Etiquette For Trans Allies

I’m sure you’ve all seen some variation of Twitch etiquette for different Twitch streamers. They typically have suggested rules that will make the viewing and...

Diversity Experiences of IndieCade 2017

One thing that really stands out about indie games is the plethora of non-traditional games. I don't just mean in terms of mechanics, but...

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...

One of Stardew Valley’s Bachelorettes is Emotionally Abusive and that’s not...

Abigail’s plotline in Stardew Valley begins rather innocuously. Abigail is nice and quirky. As you befriend her you play video games together, and play...

Ninja Theory’s Mental Health Day Support Matters

Earlier this week, developer Ninja Theory released this heartfelt trailer for the PS4 and PC action adventure game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. I could attempt...

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...

What Can We Do About Dev Crunch?

Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan recently made a forum post talking about the dedication of the Overwatch team. Most read it (correctly) as a statement of...
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Tropico’s Glorification of Dictatorships and Banana Republics

Anyone that's versed in Socialist/Communist thinking will understand that any transition that takes place within a 'people's republic' also includes a removal of the...

Sex In The Raccoon City

If you’ve played the Resident Evil games, you’ll notice the hallmark of the franchise has always been zombies trying to eat you thanks to the...

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...