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Amanda Jean

Amanda Jean
Amanda Jean is an editor and the host of The Hopeless Romantic, a podcast all about queer romance lit. When she's not wrangling manuscripts, you can find her watching documentaries, gaming, reading too many books on true crime, and caring too much about fictional characters.
Dorian in Dragon Age

Gaming While Queer: LGBTQ Games that Shaped Me

A crucial part of being LGBTQ is finding places to see yourself, whether it’s in your community or in the media. For me,…
Overwatch

LGBTQ Representation in Video Games in 2016

One of the biggest video game news stories of 2016 came right at the end of the year, with the revelation that Tracer…
Final Fantasy XV

How I Feel About Final Fantasy XV After Playing It

When I wrote about Final Fantasy XV before its release, I knew I was going in as a pessimist. The blatant erasure of…
Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 Is Two Games Best Played as One

The single-player campaign in Titanfall 2 breaks away from the precedent set by the first game, which was multiplayer only. While I enjoyed…
Dishonored 2

The Morally Ambiguous Women of Dishonored 2

I knew right away that my first playthrough of Dishonored 2 was going to be as Emily rather than her father Corvo, the…
Overwatch

Overwatch’s Gender Problem

Of the roster of twenty-two playable characters in Overwatch, nine of them are women. While that’s not an equal ratio, it’s still pretty…
Attack on Titan

How Does the New Attack on Titan Game Stack Up Against Other…

Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin in its native Japan) fans have no shortage of media to enjoy through 2016 and to look…
Overwatch

Why Promotional Free Play Will Probably Make Me Buy Your Game

As someone who is not naturally great at FPS games, I wasn’t sure what to make of Overwatch. First, as an AAA release,…
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

4 Things Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Does Right, and 3 Things It…

This article contains some gameplay and minor story spoilers for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the latest in the popular…
Ghostbusters

5 Sad, Instructive and Fascinating Stories of Game Developers That Went Bankrupt

It seems as though dozens of developers disappear every year, some of them obscure, some flash-in-the-pans, and some fan favorites that cause a…
Camp Bucca

Who is a Torture Game Even For?

The Iraq prison simulation game Camp Bucca has received a lot of coverage recently. Frankly, not much is known about the game—there is…
Pokemon Go

How to Cope with the Physical Demands of Pokémon Go

The Pokéstop nearest to my apartment is a little bit of a walk, maybe a quarter mile, and it’s located on flat ground…
Warcraft

Is Warcraft Understandable to a World of Warcraft Newbie?

warning: movie spoilers Considering that I’ve written a lengthy article on movies based on video games I’d like to see done well, it…
FFXII

Final Fantasy XII Remaster is the Series Dark Horse

Square Enix announced a remastered version of Final Fantasy XII, known as Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, is coming in 2017. There…

7 Movie Adaptations of Video Games I Want to See (Done Well)

The premiere of Blizzard’s (pretty universally panned) Warcraft film and the history of hit-or-miss video game movie adaptations has me thinking wistfully about…
The Sims 4

The Sims 4 Loosens Gender Constraints, But Could Do More

Electronic Arts just announced that The Sims 4 is making a major step forward in terms of character creation: they’re loosening gender restrictions.…
Elveon

5 Cancelled Video Games I Would Have Loved Playing

There are hundreds of games that never made it past pre-production, and for a litany of reasons: budget issues, creative differences, market trends,…
Persona

North American Fans of Persona 5 Should Look to E3 to Tide…

Over the last few months, an increasing amount of details have come out about Persona 5, the latest installment in Atlus’ popular RPG…

Why Battlefield 1 Has Me Torn as a History Buff and a…

Here’s my deep, dark secret: I’m terrible at the Battlefield games even though I enjoy (most of) them. I’m one of those people…
Hearthstone

Hearthstone’s Whispers of the Old Gods Makes Things Creepy, and Makes Free…

Whispers of the Old Gods, the third expansion for Blizzard’s popular collectible card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, was released April 26th. Whispers…

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