Trigger isn’t Coming to Steam, and Here’s Why

Note: This post contains screenshots of comments that contain transphobic slurs. Trigger is not coming to Steam. Not until some dramatic changes happen to the service. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to make this post. I thought that maybe the most recent drama surrounding Steam would die down and the service would become a […]

It’s Not About Power, Silly, It’s About Power

I came across an article today that tries to refute the idea that videogames are about power fantasies. Here’s a quote: Perhaps games aren’t really about power, they’re actually more about agency – the idea that we can have any sort of influence and control over what happens to us, and the world around us. […]

Finding New Narratives for Multiplayer

A lot of people say that mechanics and narrative don’t mix. When I watch deathmatch games these days, however, what I see are mechanics without context. I got that feeling watching this alpha gameplay of Descent Underground, a game I backed on Kickstarter. I don’t mean to say it looks like a bad game or […]

Let the Right Game In

My game Confessional is going to appear in an exhibition at Babycastles, a space in New York billed as “a collective … dedicated to building platforms for diversity in video games culture at every level”. It’s a really cool place and I wish I had the money to fly over to NY and check it […]

Ludo Gets Angry

This is Ludo. He’s a big lug who is surprisingly sweet. He doesn’t usually understand what’s going on. He does know his games, though. After all, he’s named after them! “Ludo” means “play” in Greek or Roman or something like that, and it’s all very serious business for academics. They constantly argue as to what […]