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Jay Castello

Jay Castello
Jay is a freelance writer who specialises in cultural examinations of video games. You can find her on Twitter @jayplaysthings.

13 of AGDQ’s Finest Women to Watch

Awesome Games Done Quick, the weeklong non-stop speedrunning marathon that raised over $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, wrapped up last week.…
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Why Zelda’s Treatment in the Latest Breath of the Wild Trailer is…

There’s no doubting that the latest Breath of the Wild trailer is visually breathtaking,introducing a colourful cast of characters and locations. It is…
Belladona

Belladonna and the Importance of Games About Women

Belladonna opens with your player character awakening in a basement laboratory, with no memory of who she is, how she got here, or…
Hellblade

7 Female-led Games to Look Out For in 2017

2017 promises to be a very interesting year in gaming, with releases varying from highly anticipated games such as Mass Effect: Andromeda and…
Altitude

The Beautiful Variety of the Self-Care Jam

Self-Care Jam was a game jam created by Jessica Hayley dedicated to making “stuff that makes us happy.” I participated myself, (creating a…
Preston in Fallout 4

Flawed Exceptions: Who is “Good” Representation?

When researching for this article about what makes “good” representation in games, I asked survey respondents for characters that they considered positive examples…

What is “Good” Representation in Video Games?

Representation matters. Seeing ourselves and others in media shapes our self perception and how we see the world at large. This is becoming…

Journey vs. Reward in No Man’s Sky and Beyond

We all know how games end. You defeat the bad guy. You save the world, or rescue the princess; your hero gets their…
Firewatch

In Defense of the Mini-Map: Gaming with Spatial Awareness Difficulties

How often do you feel disorientated by a video game? For most people it’s uncommon, and either intentional on the part of the…
No Man's Sky

Viewing No Man’s Sky Through an Ecologist’s Lens

This morning, and every morning for the past couple of weeks, I went out to do fieldwork. When I’m not writing about games,…
Overwatch

Imagining Representation: LGBTQ+ Shipping in the Overwatch Fandom

Overwatch is a diverse game in many ways: characters hail from all over the world with a myriad of body types and ages,…
Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and the Limits of Open World Design

The open world format is a contentious topic. On one hand, open worlds can provide freedom and exploration for the player, but on…
Fallout: New Vegas

Playing These Video Games May Be Good for Your (Mental) Health

There are certain games that are commonly accepted to be easy and fun ways of implementing self care into your routine. Perhaps the…
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Why Nintendo’s Decision to Reject a Zelda Heroine is Especially Disappointing

As a woman who loves games, who spends much of her time writing about them, and who would see them become the best…
Overwatch

Overwatch’s Lúcio is a Cure for Multiplayer Anxiety

When I first dropped into Overwatch’s open beta, I was convinced that I wouldn’t enjoy it. As an introverted and anxious person, my…

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