Video Games and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Community
Feminism / Internet / Video Games

Video Games and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Community

As someone who likes video games, these past few weeks have been horrifying and embarrassing. Two women in the community, a developer and a critic, have been subjected to incredible harassment that affirms the image of gamers as misogynist babies. Zoe Quinn, creator of Depression Quest, was targeted around the time her already controversial game … Continue reading

Surprise, Battlefield Hardline Makes a Game of Police Militarization
Video Games

Surprise, Battlefield Hardline Makes a Game of Police Militarization

Compared to Call of Duty, EA’s Battlefield series is the marginally more realistic military shooter franchise. The upcoming newest installment, Battlefield Hardline, lives up to its family’s “I shot fifteen men and healed my wounds by waiting behind a park bench” traditions, but its setting is one predicated on an issue that recently has become … Continue reading

Promotion Through Separation: The Gender Divide in eSports
Feminism / Internet / Video Games

Promotion Through Separation: The Gender Divide in eSports

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play digital card game, released back in March by Blizzard. It’s a card battling game similar to Magic: The Gathering, heavily simplified for the casual gaming market while still maintaining strategic depth for the more tactical-minded. After word of a Hearthstone tournament banning female entrants made the online rounds, … Continue reading

Watch Out Indie Kid, Corporations Are on to You
Advertising / Culture / Video Games

Watch Out Indie Kid, Corporations Are on to You

It’s an eternal struggle: Young people start valuing individuality and being unique, and shun the venerable old brands. They’re too stuffy, they say, too much a part of the old way. Despite hipsters’ efforts to avoid uncool brands and give their support to small, indie producers, these powerful companies stick around. And it’s through adaptation. … Continue reading

Media and Social Justice 101: How to Create Responsibly
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Media and Social Justice 101: How to Create Responsibly

This is Part 2 of the three-part series. This post should really just be called “How to make your media not suck.” People look at social justice constraints as an obstacle because they’re afraid of getting in trouble and offending people. They’re afraid they’re going to say yes to too many angry fans and their … Continue reading