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

The labour of games

ArenaNET, the creators of Guild Wars 2, recently fired two long-time employees for what the company claims amounts to "attacks on the community", due to an alleged failure "to uphold our standards of communicating with players". Jessica Price and Peter Fries, both industry veterans, with Fries being with the company for 12 years, were summarily … Continue reading The labour of games