Category Archive: Other Site Articles

Apr 16

Kotaku: Why Fanboys Act Like Jerks by Keza MacDonal

A fascinating article on fanboys and why many of them act like jerks written by Keza MacDonald.   I think it’s a little scary to know that most of the angry fanboys are actually psychopaths, at least that’s what the article suggests but then again, the internet as a safe haven for their violent tendencies …

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Apr 12

GAME_JAM – How Not to Run a Game Making Reality Show

I know this is pretty old news, but have you heard about GAME_JAM? It was this YouTube reality show that completely crashed and burned because the people making it had no respect for the indie game developers of whom they were hoping to exploit. For every reason mentioned in the linked to article, I am …

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Apr 11

Polygon: “Snobbery and fear drive criticisms of free-to-play games and ethics” by Ben Cousins

Here is a pretty interesting article by Ben Cousins over on Polygon. In it, Cousins counters the criticisms often laid upon free-to-play games which he claims are holding back the business model and is forming a kind of gate-keeping, elitism amongst gaming communities. He does this by first of all pointing out the hypocrisies of …

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Apr 10

BBC: Aggression from video games ‘linked to incompetence’

An interesting study reported by the BBC, that video game aggression is more linked to incompetence rather than violence. You can read the details about the study for yourself, but the gist of it was that the study found players playing a modded, non-violent version of Half-Life 2 became more aggressive as they struggled with …

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Apr 10

Ian Bogost: What Games Need – Does Game Criticism Really Exist?

Game designer, critic, and researcher Ian Bogost gave a talk about game criticism, specifically in what the medium is not here to do. It’s an interesting read, though in typical Bogost fashion it’s very flowery, a tad bit pretensions, and more than just a little divisive.   As a game designer and a bit of …

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Apr 04

Gamasutra: “The Reality of Sexism in the Game Industry by Jennifer Allaway”

It still really alarms me by how many people there are in the game industry that don’t see the sexism problem that seeps through every undesired crack and hole. Even when get a study that takes a fairly subjective approach to it, such as this Gamasutra article by Jennifer Allaway. Various first hand testimonials seem …

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Mar 27

“Hyper Mode: How to Be Visibly Femme in the Games Industry” by Maddy Myers

Here is an article from Pastemagazine.com about appearing feminine in the game industry and some of the hurdles and challenges that some women might face in just trying to appear the right amount of feminine or masculine in the game industry. It’s a perspective and an issue that I never really thought about, but from …

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Mar 26

“Indie Reality Check – Guidelines” By Ben Chong

A blog post I found on Gamasutra by Ben Chong providing a list of things that indie developers should remind themselves from time and again. It’s a good list and one thing that echoed around the various indies I had the pleasure of listening to or talking to at GDC last week. The best on …

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Mar 19

Polygon: “Game designers talk about making the transition to academia”

A pretty good Polygon article talking about how some well known game designers like John and Brenda Romero, and Warren Spector, are moving from making games to teaching college students how to make games. It’s actually really great that these master craftsmen are getting opportunities to teach, since I remember my first game design classes …

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Mar 19

Nintendo Enthusiast: Being a Metroid Fan Sucks

This editorial from Nintendo Enthusiast sums up how I’ve been feeling recently about the Metroid series, namely that it sucks being a Metroid fan.   While Metroid has faced some problems on the corporate side of Nintendo, the biggest problem with the franchise has to be it’s fans. While generally Metroid games have been praised, …

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Mar 15

Kotaku: “The Guy Looking To Expose Online Gaming’s Worst Jerks”

Remember that blog I posted a few days ago that set out to expose that bigotry was alive and thriving within parts of the gaming community? Well, Kotaku ran an article interview with the person running it, who wished to remain anonymous that discusses some of the reasons why he started it. He talks about …

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Mar 14

Refuting Common Arguments for Why “South Park: The Stick of Truth” Shouldn’t Have Playable Female Characters

So the article I’m about to link to and this article has major spoilers for South Park: The Stick of Truth. If you wish to remain spoiler free for a very funny game, then I suggest book marking this page and returning to it later.   Okay, so I found this article on Polygon discussing …

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Mar 12

The Bigot Gamer: Exposing Some of the Worst People in Gaming

It’s really shouldn’t surprise anyone that game spaces like Xbox Live are filled to the brim with racists, homophobic, bigoted individuals who may just represent the worst of not just gaming, but of people. So it still blindsides me when I hear people say that it doesn’t exist, or that it is a minority. Well, …

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Mar 11

JustJill: The REAL Reason Men Play Video Games as Women

An interesting blog post about the real reason men like playing as female characters in games by Jilly Bean.   I can definitely see the reasoning here and I think, like one of the comments pointed out, that it’s a hard truth that our conscious selves will protest strongly. I don’t think people ever want …

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Mar 07

Polygon: “The final years of Irrational Games, according to those who were there”

A Polygon article that goes in depth about the history and culture of Irrational Games and looks deeply at the kind of person Ken Levine is.   The environment at Irrational seemed crazy. Everyone competing against each other to gain Levine’s favor, dress rehearsals so that everything goes smoothly, a casual yet intense atmosphere. I …

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