Episode 36 – The Hows and Whys of TWIVGB

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 36 – The Hows and Whys of TWIVGB)

Welcome to another episode of the Critical Distance Confab! We are taking a mid-summer break from our series on video producers and critics to talk about Critical Distance. Senior Curator Zoya Street and I have decided to talk about the site and our process of curation, mainly in the This Week In Videogame Blogging feature. …
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June 26th

June 26th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on June 26th)

I am spending a few days staying in a cheap Bed and Breakfast in an run-down Victorian seaside resort in the North of England. It is a spooky place where nothing seems to make sense. At one point I saw a white horse just hanging out on its own in a park, no humans and …
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June 19th

June 19th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on June 19th)

It is hard, in the context of this week, to feel able to do justice to many of the themes that come up often in these roundups: queer liberation, decolonization, safe spaces, and of course, the fraught relationship between violence and media. I feel aware today more than ever that games are at once liminal …
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June 12th

June 12th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on June 12th)

This week, I’m at Doc/Fest Sheffield, watching documentary films, trying out some exciting new VR projects, and listening to people talk about truthful storytelling in screen media. So far I’ve seen software allowing a holocaust survivor to keep answering people’s questions long after he passes on, a black British comedian fighting racism by dressing as …
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June 2016: ‘Parenthood’

June 7th, 2016 | Posted by Mark Filipowich in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on June 2016: ‘Parenthood’)

Welcome back to part two of our spring season Blogs of the Round Table! In May we called for any post concerned with ‘Childhood’ and games; for June we want to hear from the other side of that relationship in posts on ‘Parenthood’! How does being a parent influence play? Have games changed during parenthood or even with different …
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June 5th

June 5th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on June 5th)

This week there has been an upswing in articles about mental health and gaming, in no small part because of an excellent series run by Not Your Mama’s Gamer. I’m very glad to see this conversation  gaining traction, and it sits well next to another emerging theme: well-rounded player-character development. This does mean that there is a substantial …
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May 30th

May 30th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on May 30th)

This roundup comes a little bit late, as I was kept busy this week by a conference about care and technology. As it turns out, the topic of care is not a bad lens for looking at this week’s blogging! Stardew Valley People are starting to talk about how unsatisfying it is to care for …
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May 22nd

May 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on May 22nd)

This week sees some fantastic thoughts on role-playing. Which roles are represented in narratives, what it would have been like to play a particular role in its historical context, and how we deal with the pressure to perform in a particular role. A dance teacher once told me that she sometimes tries on different people’s walks, …
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May 15th

May 15th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on May 15th)

Welcome back! I’m filled with determination after spending three days running a small exhibit of games, talking with artists who are more familiar with work in other mediums about some of the things that make this form critically interesting. I did most of the reading for this round-up sat in that public gallery space, feeling soothed by the …
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May 2016: ‘Childhood’

May 10th, 2016 | Posted by Mark Filipowich in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on May 2016: ‘Childhood’)

This spring we’re going to do something a little different for Blogs of the Round Table. For May and June we’re going to discuss ‘Parenthood’! But for May we’re going to try to keep our writing focused on the experience of being a child, while June we’re going to turn to the experience of being …
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