This Week in Videogame Blogging

June 9th

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Welcome back, readers! E3 is next week? I guess? We’ve got a very timely piece this week on the damaging effects of hype, which I enjoyed a great deal and which you can find below. On the academic circuit, it’s also conference…

June 2nd

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Welcome back, readers, and happy Pride Month! Many of this week’s selections can be related back to the notion of inclusivity in some way. The decisions you make as a designer to include (or not include) accessibility and/or difficulty options affects who…

May 26th

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Welcome back, readers. So, gaming disorder, huh? That’s a thing this week. I’m interested to see what kinds of critical responses emerge on this topic over the coming weeks, and how that influences (or doesn’t influence) the turn by big publishers towards…

May 19th

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Welcome back, readers. While there has been no shortage of bad press about crunch in games development over the last several months (and rightly so), it seems that there are still large studios who haven’t fully committed to acknowledging that there’s a…

May 12th

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Welcome, readers (and Happy Mother’s Day to those who observe it today!). In reflecting on the major labour stories in games news this week, I think it’s important to keep in mind that while everyone under abusive management suffers, women, queer, and…

May 5th

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Hello readers! This week’s labour abuse spotlight is on NetherRealm, and the story runs pretty much the whole way through the studio’s history. I hate that my touching on this is practically a weekly feature in its own right at this point,…

April 28th

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Welcome back, readers. So, when I expressed the hope last week that there would be provocative critical takes on the new Mortal Kombat game released this week, I didn’t mean this. But why should I expect the Internet to have anything other…

April 21st

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Welcome, readers. There’s a lot of looking back in critical games writing this week, which makes sense to me, since for many it’s a holiday weekend and we are in kind of a lull period between GDC and E3. Big releases have…

April 14th

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Happy Sunday, readers. There’s new Deorbital this week, which under any circumstances kicks ass, but this time around it’s bittersweet news, as the publication is going on hiatus while the team seeks out new ways to keep the project funded. Deorbital produces…

April 7th

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Hey there, readers. Hope you’re taking care of yourselves. I hate that at this point I more-or-less expect to have a new big headline about labour abuse to talk about each week, but that’s the reality. This time it’s BioWare, and while…