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Dismantling The Default: Homophobia, Feminity, Misogyny and The Default in The Gaming “Community””

For a community of outcasts screaming for mainstream legitimacy, the gaming world is remarkably exclusionary: especially towards women and queer gamers. From the aggressively inarticulate teenagers on headsets to the famously putrid comment sections across the gaming blogosphere, homophobia runs … Continue reading

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Gamers Gamely Game Games: A Review of The Metagame

You have five cards in your hand, each one bearing the title of a different game. For fun, let’s say you’ve got World of Goo, King’s Quest, Prince of Persia, Silent Hill and Myst. The judge turns over a card … Continue reading

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Dishonored, Kickstarter, and the Nostalgia Delusion

I’m tempted to think this is all Tim Schafer’s fault. At the beginning of 2012, “indie” meant the same thing that it did with Kyle’s article in April, just after the release of FEZ: 8-to-16-bit platformers with a twist. At … Continue reading

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Offensive Play: The Politics of Cards Against Humanity

A joke has two functions. First, it reveals something hidden; even the lowly pun will reveal a connection between two words that wasn’t obvious (what do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator.) Some claim the shock of … Continue reading

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Response: Kicking and Screaming: Penny Arcade and Kickstarter

Steven Sukkau People like Penny Arcade. They like giving them money, and no one is a fan of ads or “The Man”. I accept these statements as truisms, so you can imagine my surprise when the Penny Arcade founder’s campaign … Continue reading

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Klopstock and Kickstarter: Crowdfunding and the 18th Century

Mark Eichhorn Kickstarter is old news by now, but many would be surprised by what an old idea it is – several centuries old, in fact. Back around the 18th century in Germany there were a few profound changes in … Continue reading

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Against Diluting Censorship

Lana Polansky “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” -Soren Kierkegaard The past few weeks have been dogged by some rather unsavoury aspects of videogame subculture regarding rape culture and … Continue reading

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What If the Double Fine Adventure Sucks?

Let’s just get this out of the way first: There’s no reason for it to suck. Double Fine are moving into production of their new adventure title, invigorated by the success of their Kickstarter and four smaller, download-only titles, and we’re going to witness a game made by a creative team arguably in its prime.

Even so, what would happen if it didn’t turn out to be The Adventure of Yore that we’re all pining for? Would the games press be forced to take back its claims about Double Fine revolutionizing game publishing? Continue reading

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