On Red Dead Redemption and historical accuracy

In Red Dead Online (RD:O), players who take on the role of black characters find themselves the frequent target of racial slurs. This is hardly news to most of us. The toxicity of the gaming community is nothing of not notorious; a known gateway drug to more noxious forms of bigotry. Gamers either dive headfirst … Continue reading On Red Dead Redemption and historical accuracy

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

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?