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Donkey Kong 64: A Marxist Interpretation

Donkey Kong 64 is one of the most seminal games of the 90s. The collectathon platformer re-cast a former villain in a brand new role...

The Top 5 Androgynous Style Icons in Video Games

In an industry where queer representation leaves much to be desired, it's tough for gender-nonconforming gamers to find characters whose gender presentation matches their...

Nobody Wants to Buy My Global Game Jam Game

Man I'm so tiffed, nobody wants to buy my Global Game Jam game. The game is an experimental walking simulator called The Phone Call, where...
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...
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Tracer Being Gay Is Ground-Breaking, But It’s Not Everything

Out of everyone, I have been one of the most skeptical when it comes to Overwatch's LGBT characters. I've been very vocal about my doubts...
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Two Scoops Aims to Bring More Diversity to Dating Sims

Characters in Western dating sims are often similar: the protagonist, a transfer student or new employee, choosing between a slate of potential love interests...

Crumbling The Tower of Babel with Cinematic Storytelling

As technology advances, video game cinematics play an increasingly important role in games with heavy narratives.  Trailers and cutscenes become a shared talking point...

Gender at E3: PC Gaming Show

The PC Gaming Show at E3 showed off various bits of hardware and a bunch of upcoming games. Somehow, not one of these things...

Gender Representation at the Game Developers Choice & IGF Awards

Diversity can’t just be a numbers game, and certainly isn’t limited to gender, but having facts and figures can be crucial to addressing further examinations....
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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,...

New Normative Comment Clinic: Don’t Worry N4G, We’re Here to Help

It's been a sad week here at New Normative. As I'm sure you're all aware... we've been banned from N4G. Good old N4G, 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...

Connection Lost: You Can’t Take It With You

Hello and welcome to article two in the Connection Lost series: You Can’t Take It With You. If you didn’t read the first one,...

Confessions of a Gaming Addict

Hi. My name is Subject 16, and I'm a gaming addict. It's been... about six hours since I last touched my PS4 controller, and I...

Horizon Zero Dawn Shows the Problem with Game Reviews

Horizon Zero Dawn met rave critical acclaim earlier this year. Reviews praised its polished (if unoriginal) gameplay, its unique and compelling story, and the...

We Need to Talk About That Last of Us Part II...

The new trailer Sony just dropped as part of PGW 2017 for The Last of Us Part II starts out pretty grim. We see a...