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iconWill Legion Save WoW?

Panser gives her thoughts on the recent announcement that World of Warcraft: Legion sold 3.3M copies day one, and has had the highest number of concurrent players in nearly 6 years.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

4 Things Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Does Right, and 3 Things It Doesn’t

This article contains some gameplay and minor story spoilers for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the latest in the popular stealth/action RPG (with some cool cyerpunk elements), which follows augmented human and Interpol agent Adam Jensen.…

7 Overlooked Games from 2016

With only three months of the year remaining, we’re about to reach ‘silly’ season—the time of year when so many AAA titles are released that it’s near impossible to keep up with them. For the avid games player, it’s an…

iconTropes vs. Women in Video Games: All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games

In this episode of Feminist Frequency, Anita Sarkeesian examines the very limited range of female body types commonly seen in games, contrasting this with the much wider range of physiques that male characters frequently possess. When female characters appear…
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, I’m an ecologist, and whilst the specifics vary, lately there’s been a routine. Visit a particular…
Planet Coaster

Why I’m So Excited About Planet Coaster

Frontier Development’s massive upcoming theme park simulation game, Planet Coaster, has been in Alpha for several months now, and will finally be released for Windows PC on Nov. 17. With 20+ types of roller coasters, dozens of flat rides, shops, modular…

iconThe Truth About T.O.M.: Theory and Thoughts on The Turing Test

Warning: contains story spoilers for The Turing Test Confused about The Turing Test? Geek Remix can help! Mari explains the game’s artificial intelligence, and explores questions like: who is T.O.M.? Is T.O.M. deserving of respect, or simply a machine? Does T.O.M. pass as a being that…
Uncharted 4

What Playing Uncharted 4 Taught Me About Depression

Disclaimer: Spoilers for Uncharted 4! I’d also like to emphasize that my experience with mental health is not universal. Depression is experienced differently for everybody and should be treated with the utmost respect, and this piece is intended to…

5 Games as Overhyped as No Man’s Sky

Is No Man’s Sky the greatest game ever made? Is it overhyped and terrible? The answer to both those questions is ’not really’-it’s actually somewhere between the two statements. It doesn’t deliver on many of its early promises but…
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, even including robotic heroes like Bastion and Zenyatta. Blizzard have made it clear that they want…

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, let’s be fair, mostly a marshmallow thrown to hot, cranky bloggers who have to crank out…

5 Sad, Instructive and Fascinating Stories of Game Developers That Went Bankrupt

It seems as though dozens of developers disappear every year, some of them obscure, some flash-in-the-pans, and some fan favorites that cause a major outcry in the game community when they go. These five stories of game devs who…
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 and more delicately complex than politics, and even overtly political art must first succeed as art,…

Starbound Inspires Passionate Community Creations

Starbound’s countless procedurally generated worlds are a sci-fi lover’s dream. Flying through the galaxy you’ll find austere mountaintop settlements, eerie subterranean lakes, and deserted temples. There’s always something new to stumble across, spurring one’s curiosity and imagination. The game…
Camp Bucca

Who is a Torture Game Even For?

The Iraq prison simulation game Camp Bucca has received a lot of coverage recently. Frankly, not much is known about the game—there is no demo, no trailer, very few stills, and no release date announced—but the premise alone is…

The 9 Best New Board Games I Saw at Gen Con 2016

As usual, Gen Con 2016 was a blindingly beautiful blur of exciting new games with new unique themes and mechanics. Here are the nine best new games I saw. Kreo If you liked The Grizzled, you’re going to love Kreo.…

How Overwatch’s Gameplay Breaks (or Complicates) Its Narrative

Let’s start this off on the right foot: Blizzard’s lore—even when it’s bad—is kind of really great. I came to Overwatch after spending some time away from my last bright, colorful sci-fi FPS in the form of Destiny, and…
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 the other they can all too easily become bloated with meaningless filler, such as poorly implemented…

iconTop 5 Games on the PlayStation 2

Pam explains why these five PS2 games-from Beyond Good and Evil to Shadow Hearts: Covenent-are the best the console has to offer.
Saints Row 4

Everybody Wants to Rule the World: 6 Video Games with Political Themes

Politics is a rarely tapped theme in games. That makes very little sense when you consider that, on average, games players are more politically engaged than most Americans. A 2015 survey determined that more than 80% of gamers planned on…

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