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Author Archives: Mattie Brice
Mattie Brice is starting up a video series on free indie games over up at her site Alternate Ending and will be also be featured here at The Border House. Games Discussed: Depression Quest; dys4ia Notes: This post discusses depression, … Continue reading
“Why do you act so white?” Her name was Shanti. I will always remember the exact look on her face, how her head floated in my vision surrounded by the artifacts of a high school classroom. It was the 10th … Continue reading
There is an app taking the world by storm. It’s hot in Japan, it’s free, it’s Boyfriend Maker. Indeed, this is an unusual game to talk about on The Border House, because it does play up and exploit heteronormative stereotypes … Continue reading
This will be a design article on my game Mainichi, aiming to be insight to my thought process during its creation and serve as a guide for others to make games. To get the most out of this, download Mainichi … Continue reading
I’ve come to enjoy the scene of fog rolling down the hills. Where I’m from, fog is ephemeral; it rises from the dewy grass in the morning and floats off by noon. Walking to the market here feels like I’m … Continue reading
Let me come out with it now: my favorite Final Fantasy characters tend to be the classic cheerful and energetic archetype, like Aeris, Selphie, and Vanille. It’s usually because I bring a lot of myself into games, and want to … Continue reading
At long last, the latest episode of The Border House Podcast! We’re changing up the format to be a monthly release and hopefully tackle more serious and current topics to make each especially worth it. Anna and Kim join … Continue reading
(Trigger warning for the recounting of sensitive transgender-related experiences) Around the turn into the 20th Century, there were many questions about women. One of them was “Why aren’t there many women writers?” The typical answers ranged from men’s predisposition to … Continue reading