Video games and Politics

How can video games be used in politics? What is the relationship between games and elections? Campaigning has grown increasingly mediatized, but little attention is given to the role of video games in both politics and elections. Games and their platforms are undoubtedly affected by politics. In our class, we got the chance to play Killbox that touched on the theme of drone bombing in Palestine. This game is an example of how games can depict real-life conditions that are the result of war or politics. But how can games go beyond just attempting to depict scenarios of political life? … Continue reading Video games and Politics

My Thoughts on “Self-Saving Princess: Feminism and Post-Play Narrative Modding”

I’m going to be honest, this article was pretty hard to read. As a woman, it was difficult to read about the horrible and cruel responses that Anita Sarkeesian and Jennifer Hepler received for the ways in which they “modded” games. The misogynistic and graphic threats made towards both women just further shows how toxic the gamin community can be. I wrote a blog post a little while back about the kids of topics that the gaming community seems to find acceptable to discuss, and this article really reminded me of that piece. Games can touch upon extremely heavy topics such as … Continue reading My Thoughts on “Self-Saving Princess: Feminism and Post-Play Narrative Modding”

Returning to Questions of Escapism, Identity, and Bias in Computer Systems

Everyone has different identities, and these identities in turn affect the material reality of one’s life; these phenomena influence how a certain game may or may not be an escape from someone’s reality. One of the class readings that touches … Continue reading Returning to Questions of Escapism, Identity, and Bias in Computer Systems