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Of Monsters and Men

I’ve been watching a lot of Mortal Kombat this week. Watching, because I never really played fighting games, growing up (I’ve always been more of an RPG kind of girl), and because I have a mild aversion to my boyfriend’s XBox (because it’s an XBox. Not because it’s his…I prefer my PS). It became something […]

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Power Hour Review Throwback: Max and the Curse of Brotherhood

I’m breaking the rules a little this week and doing Max and the Curse of Brotherhood (Press Play 2013) a game that was released in December of 2013, but just went free for XBox Live Gold members. I have to admit that I didn’t buy the game at release (digital download only) because of the […]

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As Seen On TV: The Impact of a Reluctance to Advertise on Female-Led Games

Sometime around the start of the holiday season in 2008 was when I first saw it. Mirror’s Edge had never been on my radar before, but as soon as I saw its advertisement during the commercial breaks of whatever show I had on at the time I became enchanted. Parkour and freerunning wasn’t especially popular […]

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Power Hour Review: Whispering Willows

Whispering Willows is a horror puzzle game. The game starts with Elena lost in the family catacombs as she tries to find her missing father. The game starts off pretty slow, but somewhat creepy. The graphics are great: not realistic enough that I found them scary, but they are beautiful. As Elena continues through the […]

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Episode 82: Tears from a Gamer: Video Games as Emotional Catalysts

Episode 82: Tears from a Gamer: Video Games as Emotional Catalysts (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) In this episode we talk about emotional game, games that have made us cry or just think more deeply about emotional issues in our own lives. Join us as we think about games as more […]

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The Road to Hell…

Early this summer we did a podcast where we talked about all of the games that we were going to play this summer. My gaming intentions were to play some catch up on the pile of shame that sits on my media stand in the game room. I was going to finish Infamous: Second Son, […]

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When Smack Talk Goes Too Far: Discrimination in Professional e-Sports

The various federations and organizations devoted to professional gaming and electronic sports, known appropriately as “e-sports,” strive for legitimacy and professionalism. Although e-sports continue to grow across the world and have seen a recent surge in popularity in the past few years with the online accessibility of big name events like the Evolution Championship Series […]

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An American in Scotland: Always on Alert

This weeks post is not about games, but rather about why we continue to write about and criticize the way women are portrayed and treated in games and media in general. I’m staying in Dundee, Scotland right now. It’s a nice little town, not too crowded (unlike Glasgow and Edinburgh). Before I came here, I, […]

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Failing the The Zombie-Cat-Dresser Test, Divinity: Original Sin Power Hour Review

Divinity: Original Sin promises to give players the “freedom of a pen and paper RPG” in a video game. As any one who’s spent any amount of time playing pen and paper RPGs will tell you, that’s a pretty bold claim. So, does Divinity deliver on this promise? Personally, I’m not sure it’s really possible […]

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The Price of Play

**I know trigger warnings are so not the thing these days. But really, this one gets kinda ugly** Play is free. Fun. Natural—like breathing, the desire to eat (or love), or do other things that are inappropriate to write about in the blog. Except that nothing is really free, play is often not fun, and […]