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Must I Say Goodbye?: Leaving Behind jRPGs

The idea of Japanese RPGs vs. Western RPGs seems like a false dichotomy. Rather, it’s just jRPGs vs. everything else.

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How Could He?: Exploring Social Issues Through 'Dragon Age II'

No one is implying that the LGBT community turn into blood magicians and that the religious march out to cage and murder them, but this conflict still echoes the tensions felt in the lives of real people.

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Narrative Is a Game Mechanic

If game mechanics are meant to provide players with experiences such as fun and anxiety, then narrative actually is a game mechanic, as much as game mechanics can also be narrative elements.

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Mass Appeal vs. Accessibility in Video Games

Video games reflect themes and skills found in boys’ styles of play as children, and any introduction of qualities that are different from that (especially if tagged as feminine) are cast out as inferior “casual” games.

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Those Games Left Off of the "Game of the Year" Lists

Why can't free-to-play games or extremely niche titles be featured on end of the year lists?

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Storyline? In 'Skyrim'? No Thanks!

The narrative rests in the relationship between the environment and the items found in it, specifically placed for the player to find and create an explanation.

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On Men’s Sexualization in Video Games

Because pornography typically has straight male consumption in mind, its politics leak into games by highlighting how they look at women and other men in porn. We would have to look to pornography made for women and gay men and apply how the camera looks at the performers for a holistic approach to sexualizing characters.

Mattie Brice
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Speaking in Accents and the American Ethnocentrism in Video Games

The cultural politics that voice acting implies often escape analysis.

Mattie Brice
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Why You Should Give 'Dragon Age II' a Second Chance

It’s possible that gamers haven’t figured out a use for criticism. But one of its uses is the possibility for encouraging new perspectives and second chances.

Mattie Brice
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Wikiocracy, or We're All Doomed... Citation Needed

Forget trying to read Wikipedia for the articles. The real story of the human condition is found in their behind-the-scenes creation.

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Locked Content: The Wrong Approach to a Pre-Order Bonus

Why would a game's developer choose to rub in its audience's face the presence of a no-longer-available pre-order bonus?

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Video Game Connection to Tragedy

A look at some of the responses and coverage to the recent school shooting in Germany.

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RIP EGM

Some thoughts on the demise of the one-time top dog of gaming magazines.

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What's Barack Doing In My Burnout?

Ryan Smith takes a look at the sudden onset of political ads in video games.

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Jack Thompson Finds Rock Bottom

Jack Thompson has finally ticked off enough people to get disbarred. The final step on the way to that disbarment was just kind of sad.

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The Power of the Meta

Is it wrong to be a little bit uneasy about the use of Metacritic as part of the criteria with which to cleanse Xbox Live?

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A Four-Leaf Clover Goes Platinum

Clover Studio has returned as PlatinumGames, complete with a publishing deal with Sega. It's time to celebrate, people.

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Why We Can't All Just Get Along

The parallels between those taking sides in the battle over the merit of Grand Theft Auto and the battle over the merit of blogs as journalistic devices are striking.

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A Bucket of Chicken With a Side of Guilt

Google unwittingly sent me to PETA this week. I have to admit -- I was surprised at what I found...

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£s of Flesh

The release of Rock Band in Europe has finally been announced, but the price announced with it has some recoiling in horror.

Arun Subramanian
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Analyzing State of Massachusetts House Bill 1423

What would the so-called Massachusetts "Games-as-Porn" bill really mean?

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