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Mariko McDonald

Mariko McDonald
Mariko McDonald is a freelance writer and blogger based in Montreal, Canada. She likes writing about video games, playing co-op games (badly) with her husband and obsessing over her cats. Follow her on Twitter.
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A Brief History of Barbie Games

When it comes to female video game protagonists, there is one name that is conspicuously missing from any lists I have ever seen,…

Machinima Documentary Your Place or Minecraft Explores Players as Much as The…

Machinima, or films created using video game engines, has existed in some form or another ever since Doom (1992) included the ability for…
Alix Wilton Regan

Bioware Superstar Alix Wilton Regan on Life As a Voice Actress

Alix Wilton Regan is a British voice over actress probably best known for her work with Bioware, including providing the voice of the…
Rebecca Parnell

The Future Sounds Bright for Magicbrew Founder Rebecca Parnell

Rebecca Parnell is a BAFTA award-winning sound designer whose work in video games includes sound design and voice services for iOS game Rival…
Laurence Bouvard

Voice-Over Actor Laurence Bouvard on Letting Passion Push Your Career

Laurence Bouvard is one accomplished lady. She holds a BA in Linguistics from Harvard, studied acting at the London Academy of Music and…
Paloma Dawkins

Paloma Dawkins Is Helping Keep Games Weird

Paloma Dawkins is a relative newcomer to the world of game development, but her dreamy visuals and unique approach to game design make…
Jill Murray

Jill Murray on Forging Your Own Path as a Game Writer

Jill Murray is an award winning writer, novelist and playwright, probably best known for her work on the Assassin’s Creed franchise. In 2013…
Torchlight 2

7 Video Game Genres Perfect for Noobs

Most often when the question of accessibility is discussed in relation to video games, it’s in the context of making games playable for…
Renee Gittins

Of Potions and Unicorns: An Interview with Stumbling Cat CEO Renee Gittins

While there are a number of different trajectories that could lead someone to being CEO of an independent studio, the most likely path…
Victoria Prentice

Victoria Prentice on How to Build a Career in Sound Design for…

It’s probably fair to say that some jobs in game development are perceived as more prestigious, more desireable, or more ‘sexy,’ than others,…
Shirley Curry

Age Is No Barrier for YouTube Gamer Grandma Shirley Curry

With her positive demeanor and soft hint of a southern drawl, Shirley Curry seems like an unlikely YouTube star. And yet, the 79-year-old gamer…
The Last of Us

5 Popular Games that Should Have Local Co-Op

Back in the day, if you wanted to play a game with a friend or relative, you had to actually be in the…
Mass Effect

Sex & Consent & Video Games

Content warning: this article contains discussions of BDSM We all know that video games often have a rather dicey relationship with sex. Either it’s…

Why UnderTale Won the Internet

In a stunning upset, 2015’s UnderTale managed to beat out 127 established video game heavyweights like Mass Effect and The Legend of Zelda:…
Brainstorming at Gamerella 2015

Why Game Jams Matter

We all know that games have a problem with diversity, both on-screen and behind the scenes. The 2014 International Game Developers Association (IGDA)…
Jade Raymond and Amy Hennig

Jade Raymond and Amy Hennig on Managing Creativity and Building a Studio

Recently I spotted a tweet by Monica Rogati that advocated for a sort of “Bechdel Test for tech conferences.” The parameters for passing…
Tanya Short

Creative Director Tanya Short on Her Career, Game Design and Work-Life Balance

Tanya Short is a woman who wears many hats. Not literally of course (save the odd tuque during the winter), but she does…

Life Is Strange Is The Best Show About Supernatural Teens You’ll Ever…

**No spoilers** For years video games have strived to become more and more “cinematic,” viewing film as the art/media they should be most…

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