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Sophie Weeks

Sophie Weeks
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Sophie Weeks received a Masters degree in English Literature from Mills College in 2006 and completed her PhD in Victorian Literature at Rice University in 2013. She is the author of Outside the Spotlight, Unsettled Spirits, and The Soured Earth.
Orwell

Video Games Give Voice to Fears—and Remembrances—of Authoritarian Regimes

Big Brother is watching you—it’s a phrase that’s immediately recognizable, even to those who haven’t read George Orwell’s 1949 dystopic science fiction classic…
Inside

Are You Going to Finish That? Why Small or Endless Games Mean…

In 2015, the game development world was simultaneously introduced to the word “Indiepocalypse” and also given a collective panic attack by the concept:…
Naval Action

Sunshiney Video Games to Beat the Midwinter Blues

For decades, the fashion industry has dedicated January to showing off their “resort” collections, and if you open up a fashion magazine this…
Midvinter

Cozy Winter Video Games—From Teddy Bear Noir to Snow Brawls with Mei

The weather outside is frightful, but we’re coming to the quiet time of the year when most of the world has a tacit…
GamerGate headlines from 2014 and 2015

From GamerGate to Pizzagate: How the Harassment of Women in Gaming Emboldened…

In February 2016, the Washington Post published an article by Caitlin Dewey entitled, “In the battle of Internet mobs vs. the law, Internet…
Gauntlet

How to Prepare for Comfort Gaming

You’ve had a rough week. Your boss/client/coworker has been an ass, the world’s a mess, your life’s a mess, and you’re in desperate…
Ember

Why Retro-Style RPGs are so Appealing

If I were trying to explain to an outsider the particular genius and downfall of the video game industry, the best metaphor might…
ArcheAge

The MMO Is Dead—So Where Are We Going After the Funeral?

The MMO is dead in America—so says PC Gamer, so says Ten Ton Hammer, so says Rock Paper Shotgun—indeed, so says the Fresno…
Destiny

The “Seasonification” of Video Games Expands Beyond MMOs

Games have always been subject to iteration, whether it’s in the form of a humble update, a long-awaited sequel, or a lavish franchise.…
Science games

Science Games for Dummies

I’m not a very sciencey person. I fumbled my way through Physics for Poets and Biology as an undergraduate to complete requirements, but…
RimWorld

Scifi Colony Sim RimWorld Sets the Stage for Player Storytelling

If there’s one thing that unites us as human beings, it might just be a love of story. From the toddler begging for…
Battlefield Hardline

This is The Police: Violent Cops in Video Games

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a profession that requires equipping a firearm must be represented in video games as incredibly violent.…
We Happy Few

Is Early Access Fueling the Indiepocalypse or Fighting It?

Indiepocalypse: the belief that the recent flood of indie games released on Steam and mobile makes it more difficult for indie game devs to succeed Since its…
Pokemon GO

Pokémon Go and Adults Gaming in Public

The summer of 2016 is coming to an end, and while there’s no real consensus on the “song of the summer,” which is,…
Song of the Deep

What Makes a Video Game Character Feminist?

When we discuss the politics of art, it’s easy for the results to be flattening and reductive. Art, at its best, is greater…
Inside

Why 2D Game Design (Still) Has an Important Role to Play

At a time when even most high-level indies incorporate three-dimensional design into their games, it’s easy to see two-dimensional games as less than—the…
Overwatch

When Will Mainstream Media Outlets Cover Games Like Movies?

On any given Friday, you can open up your news site of choice (or newspaper, if you’re one of that dwindling tribe) and…
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is Death by a Thousand Minigames

Modern incarnations of Sherlock Holmes tend to be combinations that draw in whatever Victorian weirdness captures the creator’s fancy. Sherlock Holmes and Jack…
Space Pirates and Zombies

Successful Games Struggle with Fans’ Desire for “More of the Same”

We live, for better or worse, in the age of the franchise, when nearly every big, expensive property brought before us is in…
The Sims 4

Can Video Games Teach Us to Love our Work?

Truck driver. Shopkeeper. City planner. Restaurateur. Amusement Park Engineer. Oil prospector. These are all things that either someone can pay you to do,…

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