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We ride at dawn: A story of emergent gameplay in Planetside 2

We saw the Prowler before it saw us. Located on a ridge outside the Terran Republic headquarters, we were expecting to see a constant stream of enemy vehicles exit the base. The lone driver of the TR’s trademark tank, however,

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We ride at dawn: A story of emergent gameplay in Planetside 2

We saw the Prowler before it saw us. Located on a ridge outside the Terran Republic headquarters, we were expecting to see a constant stream of enemy vehicles exit the base. The lone driver of the TR’s trademark tank, however,

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If gamers are the "educated elite," then….

THE UNEQUAL PROVISION OF EDUCATION IN THE FIELD OF VIDEOGAMES Good morning. I’d like to begin this article with a short exercise. Accompanying this paragraph is a picture of Magdalen College, one of the largest and most prestigious colleges of

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If gamers are the "educated elite," then….

THE UNEQUAL PROVISION OF EDUCATION IN THE FIELD OF VIDEOGAMES Good morning. I’d like to begin this article with a short exercise. Accompanying this paragraph is a picture of Magdalen College, one of the largest and most prestigious colleges of

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Let's talk about how Assassin's Creed 3 depicts the American Revolution

Ed: We thought it might be interesting to compare how the American Revolution was taught to an American vs a Canadian in light of Assassin’s Creed 3 (made by a Canadian studio!)

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Let's talk about how Assassin's Creed 3 depicts the American Revolution

Ed: We thought it might be interesting to compare how the American Revolution was taught to an American vs a Canadian in light of Assassin’s Creed 3 (made by a Canadian studio!)

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Romancing the silicon wafer

Kim Moss recently penned an article here at Nightmare Mode entitled “You Know What’s Gross? We Often Play Nice Guys™ In Games With Romance Options.” In it, she makes a brief comparison between the capitalist lens through which “NiceGuys” view

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Romancing the silicon wafer

Kim Moss recently penned an article here at Nightmare Mode entitled “You Know What’s Gross? We Often Play Nice Guys™ In Games With Romance Options.” In it, she makes a brief comparison between the capitalist lens through which “NiceGuys” view

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Dot Matrix Story: Final Fantasy Legend

Let me tell you about some dumb kid: Imagine it’s 1993 and it’s summer and it’s time for this kid to go to California. So the kid’s parents buy him a new game for his Gameboy, to waste away the

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Dot Matrix Story: Final Fantasy Legend

Let me tell you about some dumb kid: Imagine it’s 1993 and it’s summer and it’s time for this kid to go to California. So the kid’s parents buy him a new game for his Gameboy, to waste away the

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To speak for the "…"

Have you ever noticed how we criticize The Silent Protagonist? We compare them to ourselves. “They’re not like me. I wouldn’t wear that. I wouldn’t do that. Why can’t I speak for myself?” Despite popular consensus, The Silent Protagonist is someone.

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To speak for the "…"

Have you ever noticed how we criticize The Silent Protagonist? We compare them to ourselves. “They’re not like me. I wouldn’t wear that. I wouldn’t do that. Why can’t I speak for myself?” Despite popular consensus, The Silent Protagonist is someone.

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Downtime is disappearing in modern games. Is that really a good thing?

TLDR version: Games are very direct now. They have to be. You demand it. This might be a problem.

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Downtime is disappearing in modern games. Is that really a good thing?

TLDR version: Games are very direct now. They have to be. You demand it. This might be a problem.

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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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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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