Dragon Raffle 12/6 – 12/9

This weekend only! Enter for a chance to give one of twelve little dragons a good home. Each dragon is approximately 7 inches long, 5 inches high and wide, made of felt, hand-sewn and stuffed. Every $5 increment will equal a single entry, and the more entries, the higher your chances! There are at least … Continue reading Dragon Raffle 12/6 – 12/9

Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play

It's here! Available today, Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play is a celebration of women's accomplishments in the video game industry, ranging from high-level executives to programmers to pro-gamers. This insightful and celebratory book highlights women who helped establish the industry, women who disrupt it, women who fight to diversify it, and young women … Continue reading Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play

The meaning of death and Red Dead Redemption 2

Major spoilers for Red Dead Redemption 2 up to the Epilogue Part 1. Video games are nothing if not weird. They love to tell us our playable character has “died” when the character’s life-bar has depleted, whereas the characters are just temporarily unavailable until we reload a checkpoint or saved game. Most of the time, … Continue reading The meaning of death and Red Dead Redemption 2

It’s time for the @INeedDivGms 2018 Winter Giving Campaign!

2018 Winter Giving Campaign We’re a 501(c)(3) and Patreon is currently our only funding source. We are operating on a string & a hope most months. It’s why we occasionally do fundraising streams, etc. It takes money to do anything as you know. We’ve helped small conferences, done what we can but we want to do more. … Continue reading It’s time for the @INeedDivGms 2018 Winter Giving Campaign!

Should games get lower review scores for poor labour practices?

Simply: Yes. I don't review games with scores or numbers, but it seems strange to assert criticism  should be looked at in isolation from the energy that went into it. Whatever aspect of a game you're engaged with, someone created it. While of course love and passion were no doubt part of the reason it … Continue reading Should games get lower review scores for poor labour practices?

Thoughts So Far – Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Ancient mythology doesn’t tell us about whether the gods exist but about the people who believed in them. We tolerate histories that go so far back into the haze of history we shrug our shoulders that kings of old rubbed shoulders with deities. The lines blur between myth and fact: We can point to statues … Continue reading Thoughts So Far – Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Ways to support our Work

It's near the end of the year, our coffers not looking too flush and we could use some $$ help (as always, tbh). We're working on a fall/winter giving campaign that will launch after our attendance at TwitchCon at the end of the month. In the meantime, here's how you can support our work until … Continue reading Ways to support our Work

Spider-Man: The mediocre and the magnificent

Peter Parker’s Spider-Man is a superhero designed to cater for the “Every man”: he’s got little financial security, struggles with rent, isn’t in a long-term secure relationship and has close ties to his family. However, as with many ideas of “every man”, assumptions are ignored: Peter Parker is a white, able-bodied, fit young man and … Continue reading Spider-Man: The mediocre and the magnificent

Witch Spring, Fantastic Racism and Colorism

by Latonya Pennington Witch Spring is a series of RPG games created by Korean developer Kiwi Walks. There are currently three games in the series, with a fourth tentatively scheduled for release next year. Each game revolves around a magical female deity living in hiding from human warriors. The humans have labeled the deities as … Continue reading Witch Spring, Fantastic Racism and Colorism

On criticism and reviews

When examining a piece of art, we’re examining a human-made object from all its corners: We remove it from the wall of the present, holding it up to the light of the past, casting its shadow into the future. Framed by the context of its circumstances, all creations manifest the particular biases, quirks and prejudices … Continue reading On criticism and reviews