Archive for the ‘PC’ Category

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Harvesting the Little Sisters: Sexualization and Exploitation of Children in the BioShock Series

What springs to mind when you envision a child? Natural settings, asexuality, smallness, physical weakness, but above all, the notion of innocence. The construct of innocence is fascinating in that it can be broken down, smashed, cracked, and reassembled. The little sisters from the Bioshock series, specifically from the first two games, are exaggerated representations […]

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Too Good to be True

Last week a witch hunt pervaded the Hearthstone community. Like most witch hunts, it spawned from a baseless accusation: a top Hearthstone player is not who they say they are. This statement, which was little more than a rumor, quickly became accepted as fact as it spread across Hearthstone communities, especially on websites like Reddit […]

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Brave Boys and Monstrous Mothers: The Under-Representation of Boy Children in Horror Games

Among the Sleep delves into a fictional child’s innermost fears in a world where the shadows stretch impossibly long and coat racks look like monsters or shady strangers. While the game features some horror title standards, like a physically weak protagonist, poorly lit environments, and the occasional jump scare, there’s one thing that makes Among […]

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Power Hour Review: Tales from the Borderlands

As you may have surmised from reading some of my other posts, I’m a huge Borderlands fan. I love the game, I love the tone, I love the stories, and I love the unique world Gearbox has created. So, when Tales from the Borderlands was announced I bit my tongue and hoped for the best. […]

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Minecraft as carrot: engagement, gaming and the acquisition of transferable skills

Way back in early 2012, I bought my son a little mouse for his fourth birthday. He had played a few very simple computer games at preschool and at the library, and of course he loved the Xbox 360 and his iPad, but he hadn’t shown any real interest in our computers. The computers at […]

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Plate Armor Bikinis and Hot Pants: How Far We’ve Come!

As you may know, I’ve been re-subscribed to World of Warcraft for several months now and have been having a great time in the new expansion. One of the things that’s been most enjoyable is seeing the Outlands from a new perspective- this expansion uses a parallel universe as an excuse to go back to […]

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Power Hour Review: Never Alone (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The Alaska carefully crafted in Upper One Games’ first creation Never Alone is as beautiful as it is haunting; as enchanting as it is perilous. In some of the most treacherous lands in the continent a young girl named Nuna, accompanied only by an arctic fox known simply as Fox, must traverse the frozen tundra, […]

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One more time, with feeling…

World of Warcraft‘s new expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is out, an event that always revitalizes the nearly 10 year old game (for at least a few months). If you’re at all familiar with the game, you might be wondering to yourself “why did she put a picture from an old expansion (Wrath of the Lich […]

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Zombies, and Monsters, and Chainsaws, and… meh…

Last week The Evil Within released, a game I had some high expectations for the title, given that the design team design team includes the self-proclaimed “father of survival horror”, Shinji Mikami. However, while the game seems to tick off all the boxes (creepy hospital- check! Stoic, jaded hero- check! Zombies- check! Ridiculously metaphoric save […]

Borderlands the Pre-Sequel

Because Everything’s Better in Space, AMIRITE?

During last week’s podcast I chose the Borderlands series as my “guilty pleasure” games. The series as a whole is pretty irreverent, the characters are exaggerated, and the games repeatedly present unabashedly non-serious and goofy situations. In many ways, the series reminds me of classic cheesy horror movies- bad, but in the most entertaining and […]