Archive for the ‘Miscellany’ Category

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What Depression Quest Has to Teach Us About Living with Mental Illness

*Trigger Warning: brief discussions of suicide follow as well as discussions of depression below.* The news of actor and comedian Robin Williams’ death by suicide came to my attention from all sides this week. My family was talking about it in person as it buzzed across the daily news. Across my social media dashes pictures, […]

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Power Hour Review: Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas

Naxxaramas is the first expansion for Hearthstone, a free, online, digital collectable card game. Hearthstone is made by Blizzard, who is famous for games like World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. (For those who have been living under a rock.) Anywho, on July 22nd, Blizzard  released Curse of Naxxramas as the expansion. Like the game, […]

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On Being Bad

During the Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft I spent most of my time playing some decently hardcore PvP (player versus player content- battlegrounds and arenas) on my holy paladin. I wouldn’t say I was amazing, not by any means, but I certainly achieved a higher than average ranking, and I worked pretty hard to […]

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Why I Don’t Care About #Womenagainstfeminism

After months of being a homeless transient, often literally living in a van, down by the river, I have a home and an internet connection. I have really missed blogging and podcasting with you folks for the last couple months, and I’m ready to come back with a vengeance. Ok, well maybe not totally. But […]

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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: Wayward Manor

Audio books can be a disappointing experience. When the rich expanses of your imagination can people entire worlds, it can be disheartening to hear that all distilled into a single voice. Or, if a publisher is feeling particularly generous, two: one for either gender. But I still remember when a friend lent me an audio […]

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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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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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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 […]