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
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”
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
TLAMINATOR wrote a great piece on the GBA and how certain games and game technologies evoke strong emotions for different generations. They specifically touched on Pokemon and how this game was a critical part of the Game Boy experience. TLAMINATOR’s inspiration … Continue reading I remember back when (pt. 2) . . .
When I was making the levels for Donny’s Dino Dash a main point in the back of my mind was to make the levels difficult. I think a good portion of the enjoyment people get from playing a video game … Continue reading Game Difficulty and Fun
Many people find that one is more important than the other, but which one? And why must there be a winner? I think there are games that focus entirely on one or the other, and some games that balance both. … Continue reading Story or gameplay?
Westworld season 2 premiered and it brought up a question for me, what is the future of gaming? For those of you that haven’t seen Westworld, the premise of the show is that humans can pay to play in this amusement … Continue reading The Future of Gaming