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A conversation about concerns in videogame journalism

This is a Storify I made of a conversation I had with a #gamersgate advocate. There’s a lot to parse about the “controversy” that has been going on, but the short timeline of facts is this: Zoe Quinn’s ex-boyfriend makes … Continue reading

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Ego and Haircut

I get my hair cut about once a semester and my hair grows fast so I go through this process twice a year: my hair grows so long that it becomes inconvenient, I travel to a place where they cut … Continue reading

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Fanon on the evolution of forms of exploitation

For a time it looked at though racism had disappeared. This soul-soothing, unreal impression was simply the consequence of the evolution of forms of exploitation. Psychologists spoke of a prejudice having become unconscious. The truth is that the rigor of … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Team Fortress 2

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Raphael Sfeir’s “Other Side”

Other Side starts with two beings floating away from the player character, and after they’ve ascended, the player walks until she finds a set of stones. The stones light up, deliver tones, but very little else. The player wanders until she … Continue reading

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Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, and deliberate action

A few days ago Cara Ellison wrote a wonderful piece about Tomb Raider and the difference between the earlier and later games in the series. My experience with Tomb Raider as a kid was limited to buying it in a bargain bin and having … Continue reading

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On Alastor and Ifrit

1. A while back Oscar Strik wrote an article titled “An Ode To Objects” where he explained that the most wonderful items in games are ones that are clearly part of the game world itself. Essentially, if you can “plug … Continue reading

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