In Homo Ludens, the iconic treatise on the cultural importance and prevalence of play, Johan Huizinga makes one of society’s first attempts to systematically categorise the notion of play. It wasn’t a popular idea then, but we’re currently witnessing a Huizinga revival with similar discourses growing around video games.
From characters to developers, it's undeniable that women play a massive role in the gaming industry now. But that role can, and should, be bigger. So, as a woman in gaming I thought i'd turn this month over to reading about the impact that women have had over the industry in itself and the titles... Continue Reading →
Back in the so called Golden Age of video gaming, the rudimentary graphical technologies at the hands of developers meant it was much easier to create an in-game player-symbol that rarely changed its physical appearance. Animation costs were saved, as well as countless hours of work, and as a result many of the early playable... Continue Reading →
Disclaimer: This is not an attack on Snapchat. I love Snapchat and live both on it and shamefully vicariously through others' stories. Studying English, you quickly learn that everything can be considered a narrative. I decide to pick up a pen, i look at the pen, i reach over to the pen, and I pick... Continue Reading →
In 2014, the Virtual Reality world was reawakened by Facebook's controversial purchase of Oculus VR, the virtual reality guru that brought us the Oculus Rift. Since then, Sony's backed the enterprise with its Project Morpheus and Microsoft has taunted us all with the promise of the HoloLens. It's safe to say, however, some people are... Continue Reading →
With new information about gaming YouTube superstar PewDiePie's 2014 finances coming to light, it's no wonder so many gamers are turning to the popular video sharing site to create and share gaming content. The Swedish gamer brought home a cool $4 million last year, and it's easy to see why as gaming culture has effectively... Continue Reading →
January 2015 Grim Fandango has always been in my peripheral. Not because i've always known it existed, but rather because i've seen the art everywhere but never really bothered to check out where it originated from. This was changed with the Remastered version that has just been released for PS4, Vita and PC. While the... Continue Reading →
November 2014 Is there really a better way to convey the tone, genre, style, and overall sense of a game than through the good old screenshot? I don't think so, and this is why I am a lover of all things frozen in time and put on the internet. This is perhaps why i'm loving... Continue Reading →