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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 31 2013

A beautiful game you should buy

I wrote a little essay on the indie title Gone Home. I’m not sure I conveyed just how much this game meant to me; it cements that games, like books, comics, film, is a medium not a genre. It can be as meaningful or -less as we want. Many games have this effect (the Mass …

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Aug 29 2013

In which I yell at kids to get off my lawn (apparently)

I started writing some lighter pieces for a South African women’s site. In my latest, I list some things I think we need to stop saying – in cyber- and meatspace – such as “That’s just your opinion”, “Just saying”, etc, and why. I’ve already thought of more, such as discussions of the weather and …

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Aug 21 2013

“Please don’t call me that” is not the same as PC or censorship

Imagine you’re at a nice social event: drinks are passed around, you’re amidst friends and new, amicable strangers. Your friend introduces you to one of her friends. Imagine, like me, you have a very uncommon name for those here. You introduce yourself. I can replay this scenario, because it’s happened to me 3,456 times. “Sorry?” …

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Aug 16 2013

Punishment and criminal HIV infection

A recent case in SA raised some questions for me about justice and stigma, and how – in some cases, like HIV – the two can’t be easily separated. That they relate at all was surprising enough. In my latest at Big Think, I try to outline some dimensions some might be overlooking in their …

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Aug 13 2013

I wrote a letter to Straight Male Gamer

And it allowed me to convey what I keep trying to say in other ways. This isn’t solely about games but the dismissal of those who are not what John Scalzi calls “the lowest difficulty setting” in life: the straight (white) dude. The frustration can turn turn to apathy and giving up. I don’t want …

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Aug 03 2013

There’s nothing we can’t poison

Hate and ugly criticism. If we try harder, as a species, we can eventually convey it to everyone thanks to tools like the Internet. It’s not enough to threaten non-violent or non-hurtful women who campaign for bank-notes depictions; it’s not enough to threaten complete strangers with death, hate, pain for changing stats in imaginary weapons …

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