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Power Hour Review: Destiny (XBox One)

The FPS is not my favorite genre of game and that’s for two reasons. First, I love narrative in my games. I want to know the characters in my game. So when a new FPS comes out I usually only rent them and play through the single player campaign since they are usually only a […]

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Because It’s Not a Bad Thing

While we realize the current connotation of the phrase Social Justice Warrior, some of us have decided that fighting (and gaming) for social justice is not a bad thing. While people may be reductive in their perception of what we, and other feminists, around the interwebs do in our critique and production of various media […]

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Not All Female Player Character Options Are Created Equal

I have a love-hate relationship with Harvest Moon DS Cute. For those who are (perhaps blissfully) unaware, Harvest Moon is a series of farming simulation games that incorporate elements and tasks of real, and even ordinary, life. In addition to planting and tending crops, collecting wild plants, fishing, digging, and animal husbandry, the games all […]

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Revisiting The Sims

Last week, I was accused of making fun of people who play The Sims. I don’t know if this was in jest or not, but I took it to heart, either way. (And perhaps “accused” is too strong a work, but I can’t find a better one.) It’s true that I’ve tried to play variations […]

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My “demands”

Recent conversations on our blog, with my friends, in the gaming community, and generally spread throughout my daily life, have lead me to start thinking about what my personal “demands” for the future of gaming are. I put demands in intentional scare quotes- obviously I’m not really in a position to demand that anyone do […]

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Why It’s Sexist Vol. 1: She Made It Up (For Attention)

**I’ve peppered in real threats women have gotten playing video games, for those who don’t believe it’s a problem** “u act like ur good u down syndrome cunt ill rip ur ovaries out n make u eat em u mother fuckin spawn killin pathetic whore.” Today marks my first installment of my new “Why It’s […]

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Power Hour Review: Hatoful Boyfriend

Last week, the world went to the birds. Or, at least, the world of dating simulators. Hatoful Boyfriend is a visual novel developed by Moa Hato and PigeoNation. The protagonist is a female barbarian/cave dweller who is the only human student attending St. PigeoNation’s Institute—an elite, all-bird school. Your goal is to guide your human […]

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Come Together Right Now…

Games bring people together. This is something that many of our ilk (gamers) seem to have forgotten. When I was a kid in the 70s we came together over handheld games with little blips playing various kinds of sportsball games. We came together to show each other what we could do, to teach each other […]

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Moving Real World Consequences Into the Game

It was only just a few days ago that I watched NFL athlete and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice attack his wife in a brutal case of physical domestic violence. I’d heard about the incident in passing but it wasn’t until someone told me about it in detail that I really knew I had […]

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Episode 85: Down the Rabbit Hole and Back Again: More on “Gamergate” and Women in the Gaming Community

Episode 85: Down the Rabbit Hole and Back Again: More on “Gamergate” and Women in the Gaming Community (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) In this episode we talk about “gamergate” and community building among diverse gamer populations.