During our class discussion on Gamer Gate and whether it “mattered,” I was reminded of hashtag activism, a concept I encountered last year. My first exposure to hashtag activism came in the form of #CancelColbert by self-proclaimed hashtag activist, Suey […]
On a recent post I made on this blog, I received a comment that “disagreed” with my point that although it’s fine (and cool and awesome) to cosplay as a character (from any medium) of any ethnicity – even your […]
Talking about representation in media and fan cultures reminded me of this article I wrote for AC Voice so I’m reposting it here. Disclaimer: these are my thoughts, and my thoughts alone. I do not speak for all Asian American women, nor […]
Say what you will about its lackluster story, offensive stereotypes and occasionally clunky mechanics, Grand Theft Auto V is unequivocally one of the most detailed video games of all time. Its emulation of sunsoaked SoCal is a masterpiece of painstaking and […]
The concept of microaggressions is something that keeps popping up in and outside of class every once in a while. It was mentioned in the (brilliant) Fox Harrell talk, it was brought up by each of the four game groups, […]
In light of Professor Harrell’s talk on digital phantasms and his focus on Bethesda’s long-running fantasy series The Elder Scrolls (my favorite video games of all time), I thought it would be interesting to do a deep dive on the […]
While inarguably well-written, the arguments running through Ian Bogost’s bluntly-titled “Video Games are Better Without Characters” Atlantic piece are hard to get behind. While the titular postulation is an interesting one to consider, Bogost’s alarmist sentiments smack of the half-assed […]
I love Aveline. But wait, I don’t think you understand. I love Aveline.
Emergent side quests get dull, and that’s the truth. There are only so many times you can chase a quest marker to a randomly selected cave and kill a wolf pack for a sack of virtual coins before you just […]
After reading Marina’s post, I wanted to respond to some of the questions she posed but found that I got carried away and it turn into a semi-post.