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Category Archives: General Gaming
It’s been quite awhile since we’ve done one of these, so let’s get together and chat a bit. What’s going on in your world? Or for some inspiration, answer this question: If you could only bring one videogame with you … Continue reading
Game Changer Chicago Design Lab seems like an interesting and worthy cause to stand behind here on The Border House. This initiative, run by Patrick Jagoda (game studies teacher at University of Chicago) and University of Chicago doctor Melissa Gilliam, … Continue reading
There is all this talk about the concept of the “fake geek girl” — essentially geek culture’s way of othering women by presuming they can’t possibly really be into geeky things for any reason aside from the attention. It’s a … Continue reading
Playing mainstream video games is an increasingly expensive pastime. The largest barrier to entry is a video game system, which can run anywhere from a hundred dollars for an out-of-date console to thousands for a state-of-the-art gaming computer. Beyond that, … Continue reading
Gamasutra announced today that all content from this year’s Game Developer Conference is now available on the GDC Vault. The vast majority of the videos are for subscribers only, but there are a number of talks available to stream for … Continue reading
Last week, our own Mattie Brice launched re/Action, an online zine of critical games writing. The goal of the site is not only to become a safe space for diverse games criticism and storytelling from the margins, but to pay … Continue reading
I’m not sure what happened or where it came from, but one minute I was browsing Twitter, and the next everyone in my feed was playing Candy Box, a quirky ASCII browser RPG by computer science student aniwey. Punk Arcade … Continue reading
During the last weekend of April, I had the privilege of traveling to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN to be on the “Sexism in Video Games” panel at their inaugural ETSUcon. The panel consisted of Kat Haché, Jennifer … Continue reading
GTFO is a documentary project by Shannon Sun-Higginson that seeks to cover the experiences of women in game development, game journalism, and pro-gaming. There are a few things I like about this project. While the phrase “women in games” has … Continue reading
“Let me just close the door so the other instructors don’t find out I’m letting you play Halo,” I joked to my Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 100 class. I knew I was taking a risk on this teaching activity. I was … Continue reading