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With Friends Like These: Screw Ups and Patterns of Power in the Games Industry

Randy Pitchford is a happy man. Sure, the last couple of major titles he’s overseen as head of Gearbox Software have had their share of detractors, but that’s not going to be any skin off of his nose. If someone … Continue reading

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Authentic Authenticity: On The Real of Games

“It’s as close to the real thing as you can get without being there!” has become the philosophy behind use of the term “authenticity” as it pertains to video games.  Notably, the word was used as part of a public … Continue reading

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“It’s Not About You”: Marathon II: Durandal

One of the most common games of nerd one upmanship is “I knew them before they were cool.” Bands, movies, whatever. For games, the phenomena is even more prominent. Although some classics still play as easy as the day they … Continue reading

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Hired Guns: The Real Price of Game Violence

Adam Maresca America is slowly recovering from a flashpoint of public violence. Having learned nothing from the warnings of experts in the past, our news media has fostered an environment for a succession of copycats in the slaughter of the … Continue reading

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Horror Done Right: Being Gordon Freeman

by Karl Parakenings “…His figure is synonymous with the darkest urges of instinct, ignorance, and decay. Some of the worst excesses of the Black Mesa incident are laid directly at his feet. And yet, some continue to imbue him with … Continue reading

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Heart of Darkness: E3, Violence, and Context for Outrage

by Adam Maresca To everyone who has been finding some of the content from this year’s E3 to be pushing the boundaries of sexual politics and highly graphic violence: what kept you? In case you think that question was rhetorical, I’ll give you my best guess. It’ll scare your mom! It’ll scare your little sister! It’ll SCARE YOUR DOG. (And also the ESRB.) As a particularly new medium, video games have been the target of moral fervor since the introduction of gory violence, with plenty of memorable flashpoints along the way. Mortal Kombat and Night Trap were hounded by Senator Joe Lieberman, David Grossman demonized imaginary Doom levels in the aftermath of the tragedies of Columbine, Jack Thompson led a failed two-pronged crusade against Grand Theft Auto, and Breivik’s self-implicating statements have name-dropped Call of Duty. We were fortunate in many ways that the vocal opponents of these games chose to resort to Continue reading

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