For the Last Fucking Time, It’s Not the Video Games

August 5th, 2019: “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence.”—Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States. One day before, on August […]

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Can Video Games Tell Stories? – Taboo Debates in Critical Game Studies

In doing research for my thesis (finished now, woohoo!), I stumbled upon something I probably should have a long time ago – the critical field of video game studies. Considering how often I write about video games from this perspective, I’m a little surprised I hadn’t heard of the field prior to this. The field […]

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Bandersnatch, or Why You Don’t Hire TV Producers to Make a Video Game

  Spoiler Alert for Bandersnatch! During my time off this winter (totally spent working on my thesis and not at all playing World of Warcraft), I managed to avoid hearing about Bandersnatch. For those, like me, who are out of the loop, Bandersnatch is an “episode” of Netflix’s hugely popular Black Mirror series. Black Mirror […]

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Retort: Red Dead Redemption 2 is True Art. But It’s Hardly the Only Piece Worth Examining

  I have a confession to make: I don’t like anything by Rockstar Games. To many, this is an outrageous statement. Rockstar is one of the largest developers in the industry, and produces games reminiscent in size, scope, and budget to Hollywood blockbusters. Their games are universally lauded by fans and critics alike, and are […]

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