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September 2009

Elegant Tramps: The Bodies of Lara Croft and Rubi Malone

The complicated reactions that gamers have to Lara and Rubi might suggest that their representations are, well, at least somewhat complicated.

ZA Critique: Left 4 Dead

A breakdown of the multiplayer elements of Left 4 Dead.

Punishing in All the Right Ways

Trials HD is a brutally punishing game that does everything it can to remove the frustration from the punishment.

Kickstarting the Iran Protest Game

An indie project to help raise awareness of the history and background of the Iran Riots.

Active Learning: The Pedagogy of the Game Tutorial

I launched a campaign, took one look at the board, and having no idea where to begin with the hieroglyphic of controls that I had just “learned about” promptly turned the game off and forgot about it.

Essays on Algorithmic Culture

A breakdown of Alexander Galloway's collected essays on video games.

The Fine Line Between Challenge and Punishment: Comparing Peggle and Trash Panic

A comparison of the hardest levels in Peggle with Trash Panic, and why the latter is considered punishing but not the former.

Strange Encounters of the MMO Kind

Two amazing collections of personal stories from MMO games have been posted online.

Are We Allowed to Hate Ourselves? Reconsidering the Prince of Persia

The conclusion of Prince of Persia invalidates everything that the player has been doing throughout the game or in playing a game at all.

Misconceptions About the Female Avatar

A closer look at a study on men and their relationship with hypersexualized female avatars.

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