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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, as a bisexual teenager, I sought out books and movies and TV shows that highlighted queerness—even…
Tracer

Cover Girl: Why It Matters That Overwatch’s Tracer is a Lesbian

With great gameplay and a cast of fun, diverse characters, Overwatch has been a smash hit and a truly global game, with characters from almost every continent in the cast. However, game developer Blizzard had remained mostly silent on…
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 Nineteen Eighty-Four about a surveillance state whose citizens are always reminded that their leader is watching…
Inside

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

In 2015, the game development world was simultaneously introduced to the word “Indiepocalypse” and also given a collective panic attack by the concept: a market so oversaturated with small, intelligent, auteur indie games that none of them could stand…
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 from Overwatch is a lesbian. For queer gamers like myself, this was gratifying; any positive representation…
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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

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 also the first real introduction to the character of Zelda herself, beyond a few headless shots…
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 month, you can enjoy pictures of barely-clad models showing off bronzed skin and coral toenails in…
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9 Board Games I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

There are a ton of games with a 2017 release date, and even more will be announced as we get further into the year.  Here are just a few of the board games (in no particular order) coming out…
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 what this huge piece of clockwork is doing in her head. In the room with you…
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 Yooka-Laylee to a whole new console with the Nintendo Switch. But what about games that will…
Super Mario Run

Casually Yours: Super Mario Run Exposes Problems in Mobile Coverage

Super Mario Run (iOS only for now) is out and it is Nintendo’s first real mobile game. To put it mildly, this is A Big Deal. It’s a big deal for many players and Nintendo fans who have been…
Chloe in Life is Strange

Life is Strange Told Through Tarot Cards

Besides telling a story of friendship and romance, Life is Strange has an air of mysticism to it. Dying animals, sudden snowfall, and an unexpected eclipse? The events of this game go beyond scientific explanation or human understanding; there’s…
Overwatch

Our Top 5 Games of 2016

2016 might have been a bad year for world events, but there were a lot of great games released this year. To narrow it down to the best, I queried more than a dozen of the women who’ve written for…
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 agreement to at least turn down the volume—and in best case scenarios really unplug from our…
YetiPie

Casually Yours: 8 Mobile Games to Get You Through the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and for many of us, that means lots of family meals and other communal events. For lots of these get-togethers you’ll be away from home and thus away from your computer and/or console. What’s…
GamerGate headlines from 2014 and 2015

From GamerGate to Pizzagate: How the Harassment of Women in Gaming Emboldened the “Alt-Right”

In February 2016, the Washington Post published an article by Caitlin Dewey entitled, “In the battle of Internet mobs vs. the law, Internet mobs have won.” In December of 2016 as we ask whether fake news generated for profit…
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 women in favor of telling a story about bro friendship didn’t sit well with me, especially…
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 the first Titanfall, the addition of a story mode made Titanfall 2 more appealing to folks…
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 of such video game representation. Unsurprisingly, the response was enthusiastic and varied, with over 400 total…
The Trail

Casually Yours: Peter Molyneux’s New Game The Trail is Exactly What I Needed After the…

I awoke with a start at 3am on the morning of November 9th. I already knew; I could feel it in the pit of my stomach. I had cried myself to sleep when things didn’t look good at around…

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