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The Games We Play: Changing the Industry

I’ve sometimes wondered if the key to getting better video games made is getting a diversity of people into the industry to help commandeer the production. “Just imagine,” says I, “if we got together a diverse team of socially and progressively aware people in one room—surely things would... Read more »

The Games We Play: The Chainmail Bikini

One of my endless grievances with games is the ridiculous notion that just because I am playing a woman character I must have this desire to shake my derriere in three inches of... Read more »

The Games We Play: Role-Playing Morality

I don’t go looking to video games for entirely accurate depictions of reality. It is an escapist hobby for a reason, as I think it is for most people. I enjoy getting away into a world of possibility and imagination. It probably explains my tendency towards RPGs. I want to enjoy myself. I... Read more »

The Games We Play: The Female Character

here has been a quiet roster of characters from the annals of video games who have done the woman gamer crowd fairly well. If we are going to be stuck in the gender binary for characterization we might as well be looking for the best ones we can find. For every five or six tropes and... Read more »

The Games We Play: Mentally Evil

One trait I see portrayed frequently but not often discussed is mental illness and how it is used as a mechanism to propagate or explain away the actions of characters. Often, I see mental illness used as a tool to demonstrate just how terrible a character’s actions are when their actions... Read more »

The Games We Play: Imagining How Girls Play

When I was a wee sprite of a thing, I remember changing my idea of what I would be “when I grew up” frequently. I wanted to be a fisherman like my Papa and uncles at one point. I believe I spent some time thinking that being a firefighter sounded cool because the hose truck looked like fun. I am... Read more »

The Games We Play: In the Family Way

I’m a gamer, and a parent. Most people I know would never imagine that those two parts of my life could fit together so well. Read more »

The Games We Play: Did You Move Today, Fatty?

When the Nintendo Wii introduced the balance board I was over the moon with excitement at the thought of bringing exercise into my own home. I brought the thing home and happily plugged it in. Home gyms are expensive, and gaming is a pricey hobby. Two in one! How could I go wrong? Read more »

The Games We Play: Playing With Ashley Soriano

I had the wonderful pleasure of talking with Ashley Soriano, professional gamer, future game designer, and all-around swell gal. It was an interview that was so awesome I had to cut... Read more »

Swag Bucks, Now with Free Fat-Shaming!

I don’t play many video or computer games (unlike, say, the amazingly knowledgeable Ouyang Dan) but... Read more »

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Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people… and you expect to be taken seriously when you're “critique-ing” ...

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