Author Archives: Patricia Hernandez

You Know What's Gross? We Often Play Nice Guys™ In Games With Romance Options

A wise person once said, “Women aren’t vending machines you put kindness coins into until sex falls out.”

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You Know What's Gross? We Often Play Nice Guys™ In Games With Romance Options

A wise person once said, “Women aren’t vending machines you put kindness coins into until sex falls out.”

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What can we consider 'negative space' in games?

Most art can be boiled down to “the arrangement of items into compelling structures.”

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What can we consider 'negative space' in games?

Most art can be boiled down to “the arrangement of items into compelling structures.”

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Romero's Wives

Had to be Margaret Robertson not wearing skirts and not wearing heels Had to be Jenn Frank explaining equality is compassionate to all Had to be a handful of female main characters in a triple A sea Had to be

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Romero's Wives

Had to be Margaret Robertson not wearing skirts and not wearing heels Had to be Jenn Frank explaining equality is compassionate to all Had to be a handful of female main characters in a triple A sea Had to be

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How would a plant love someone?

How would a plant love someone? With this year’s release of Guild Wars 2, we were introduced to the sylvari, a species born of plants whose entire design is predicated on flora of some sort or another–from their leafy hair

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How would a plant love someone?

How would a plant love someone? With this year’s release of Guild Wars 2, we were introduced to the sylvari, a species born of plants whose entire design is predicated on flora of some sort or another–from their leafy hair

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Breaking out of a self-centered gamer mentality

There is one person  I think about when I’m playing a videogame. Here’s a hint: it’s not the characters I’m interacting with, nor the 2-dimensional cardboard cutout of a character acting as my avatar. It’s me.

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Breaking out of a self-centered gamer mentality

There is one person  I think about when I’m playing a videogame. Here’s a hint: it’s not the characters I’m interacting with, nor the 2-dimensional cardboard cutout of a character acting as my avatar. It’s me.

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What games teach us about guns vs real guns

There’s a line in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where a wizard describes a gun as “a kind of metal wand that Muggles use to kill each other.”

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What games teach us about guns vs real guns

There’s a line in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where a wizard describes a gun as “a kind of metal wand that Muggles use to kill each other.”

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Games for adults

So, a rabbi, a rabbit and a robot walk into a bar. The bartender sighs. Bartender: Is this another joke? Robot: What? No, we were just having a conversation and we thought we might get something to drink, maybe some

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Games for adults

So, a rabbi, a rabbit and a robot walk into a bar. The bartender sighs. Bartender: Is this another joke? Robot: What? No, we were just having a conversation and we thought we might get something to drink, maybe some

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Gaming the System: Oppression & Play

For teachers dealing with topics like racism, sexism, and classism, one of the hardest things to do is to get across the systematic, structural nature of oppression. I teach college classes, and most of my students have stewed for the

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Gaming the System: Oppression & Play

For teachers dealing with topics like racism, sexism, and classism, one of the hardest things to do is to get across the systematic, structural nature of oppression. I teach college classes, and most of my students have stewed for the

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The depiction of religion in games is awful for non-religious and religious alike

There are rockets crisscrossing over the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestine again. Among other things, it reminds us again that everywhere, not just in Gaza, the mix of religions, and even non-religion, is dense and complicated. But every time

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The depiction of religion in games is awful for non-religious and religious alike

There are rockets crisscrossing over the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestine again. Among other things, it reminds us again that everywhere, not just in Gaza, the mix of religions, and even non-religion, is dense and complicated. But every time

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Labyrinth of Someone Else's Memory: Mother

This article will make the most sense if you have already played Mother. No great effort was made to conceal spoilers or excessively summarize in-game events. The version played was the retranslation of the GBA port, available here. Mother is

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Labyrinth of Someone Else's Memory: Mother

This article will make the most sense if you have already played Mother. No great effort was made to conceal spoilers or excessively summarize in-game events. The version played was the retranslation of the GBA port, available here. Mother is

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