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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.

Adventurers are the Worst

If history is written by the victors, then games are written by and for the heroes, the fated ones of destiny. Unfortunately, adventurers…

Get Your Game Talk On Without the Hassle: Online Communities for Female…

“Don’t read the comments.” It’s widely cited as the cardinal rule of the internet, and for good reason. Internet trolls seem to have…

Is Survival the Ultimate Fantasy?

You can tell a lot about what makes a society nervous by its recreations. In the early twentieth century, toy soldiers were hugely…

OPUS: The Day We Found Earth Showcases the Sublime Possibility of AI

“A robot without a goal is nothing more than a calculator.” So Lisa, leader of the distant future space expedition to rediscover Earth…

Hyper Light Drifter and the Siren Song of Nostalgia

Gamers are a nostalgic bunch. Much like passionate readers, who regard print books with a kind of totemic devotion, gamers love to revisit…

1979 Revolution: Black Friday Is a Terrifying Lesson in Empathy

The sound of distant screams fills the air. I am already battered and bruised, sitting in an interrogation cell with my hands bound.…

Samorost 3 Awakens Your Child Mind

Children are masters of nonlinear thinking. It’s one of the reasons why going to the store with a small child can be so…

Adventure Puzzle Games in the Age of the Walkthrough

I remember a time before the internet. I fall on the tail end of Generation X, so the above sentence feels odd to…

What Do You Want? Romance Visual Novels Cater to Your Desires

“I’m way more open to this than I thought.” That’s the first thing that went through my head as I settled down to…

13 Video Game Kickstarters Worth Your Money This Month (April 2016)

Kickstarter is a marvelous laboratory for cool gaming concepts, but it can be overwhelming to sort through all the possibilities to find the…

Kona and the Magic of Specific Settings

There is tremendous power to specificity. If I tell you to imagine you are in a forest, you will either conjure up a…

Moon Hunters and the Philosophy of Modular Storytelling

“You represent the old ways of idols, chaos, and anarchy,” the sun cultist Sargon informs you. “But there is only one truth…It is…

Why Video Games are Failing as Art

The central commandment of art is to make new—whether that means creating something never seen before, or making familiar things visible again by…

Nancy Drew Adventures: How Video Games Rescued a Literary Feminist Icon

Nancy Drew has always been more than the sum of her blue-eyed, titian-haired parts. The original Nancy Drew Mysteries were the creation of Mildred…

An Interview with Game Audio Designer Alyssa Menes

Alyssa Menes is a composer and sound designer for video games and other media. She’s worked on games like Labyrinths of Astoria and…

What is a Game, Anyway?

What is a game? It’s a question I found myself asking as I sat down to play The Beginner’s Guide. I knew it…

Ark: Survival Evolved Uses Sandbox System to Unleash User Creativity

The success of Minecraft has been a tremendous boon to gamers who like to smash, but also like to build. Developers rush to…

Nina Freeman on Story, Game Development, and Cibele

Nina Freeman’s indie game Cibele is an autobiographical exploration of the experience of falling in love online—through a game. She’s hard at work…

Review: Cibele

Cibele is a game about love, sex, and the internet. You play as a 19 year old girl who has become close with…

My First Date with Minecraft

Prior to this week, my one experience with Minecraft had been downloading the app on my tablet, finding it entirely baffling, and never…

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