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Tag Archive: video games

Jul 29 2014

In response to those who tell me how to write about diversity

This actually isn’t specifically about games. But this is the context. A little while back, I wrote a review for a slo-mo, Nazi murder simulation┬ácalled Sniper Elite 3: Afrika. I found the game problematic in a number of areas, notably the lack of character (development) or meaningful plot, dull graphics, dull story, and homogenous character …

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Dec 12 2013

Misconceptions about gaming by non-gaming people

IGN Africa recently launched and I contributed a thinkery piece about misconceptions about games. I examine common claims like it’s only for kids, it’s not art, etc. The claims are, of course, largely – if not totally – wrong. It annoys me to no end that because a work is a video game it’s assumed …

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Nov 19 2013

The ethics and integrity of consumer media

I made noises (wrote a Medium post) about maintaining a sense of integrity when reporting and criticising and writing on media that is popularly consumed: particularly tech ones. It’s really an elongated reaction to the frequent, dirty habit of game and other tech journalists Tweeting pictures of amazing technology, that they didn’t themselves pay for …

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Oct 10 2013

Being a critic and being a fan

In my latest for Big Think, I argue that – in many cases – fandom runs counter to proper criticism. This can be about films, comics, games, whatever. Passion for the thing can blind us to its flaws, making any form of negative criticism (or, indeed, adaptation) tantamount to an attack in passionate fans’ eyes. …

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Sep 23 2013

Essay on villains (and video games)

I wrote a long piece on villains – as they appear in video games, but it doesn’t necessarily apply solely to video games. I’ve had this villain stick that I’ve been beating my favourite creative medium with, for some time. I’m considering turning this into an ebook for Press Select (a digital publisher aimed at …

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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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Jul 03 2013

Why ‘The Last of Us’ still sticks with me

As you might know, I write on pop culture things, like TV series, films, comics and video games. I recently penned a little article trying to articulate precisely why the Playstation 3 exclusive, The Last of Us, had such a profound impact. If you’ve also finished it, let me know your thoughts at my infrequently …

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Jun 14 2013

I need your help with an article on video games

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Some of you might know I’ve written some pieces on video games and also sexism. At the moment, I’m doing some research into a piece on sexism and video games, trying to find an effective way to undermine much of the horrible responses that my non-male friends receive who speak out against misogyny and sexism, …

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