February 26

This week’s roundup asks where violence fits in political discourse and how to care for yourself in a troubled environment.

Interesting Times

(Content Warning:discussions of violence and racism)

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  • On mortality and Mario Odyssey | Eurogamer
    Ellie Gibson muses on death and Mario Odyssey, wondering in equal parts humorous and sinister what kind of weird circumstances led Mario into the uncanny simulated New York and its resemblance to all the real version’s problems.
  • The transformative violence of Yakuza 0 | Pshares
    Patrick Larose compares Yakuza 0 with a number of literary works in a discussion of hyper-violence in fiction as a form of political resistance.
  • A Game Developer’s Digital Fight Against Fascism
    Nathan Grayson of Kotaku interviews Ramey Nasser about protest and the role of violence in activism. The whole interview is pertinent to how those of us involved in games—in whatever small way—engage with today’s political climate.

Nasser made Dialogue 3D in particular because he wanted people to realize, on their own, that bickering while other people play by entirely different rules will, inevitably, put them at a big disadvantage. He didn’t want to just say it. He wanted people to understand intuitively and systemically.

Joking Matters

If you are an Influencer, your continued support from your backers is contingent on your compliance with whatever non-disparagement language you’ve agreed to. Almost every platform available to you is offered by a private entity. Surprise! Welcome to Capitalism!

A Better Alternative

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Traditionally, apocalyptic literature was a form of religious writing that dealt with the supernatural destruction of the current order, but the destruction itself was not meant to be the focus. Rather, the writers used stories of destruction to impart wisdom about the true nature of reality. By envisioning the end of the world as they knew it, the audience could glimpse beyond their own experience to the underlying fabric of the world.

A Rabbit Hole

How to Tell Stories

In the UK, I am often treated as an outsider because of my ethnicity. On many occasions, people are genuinely surprised when I open my mouth and a completely British accent comes out. When in India, Indians do not regard me as Indian because I come from the UK, the nation that ruled over India for almost 200 years. Of course, it doesn’t help that I don’t speak an Indian language and, even more importantly, don’t follow cricket. So where do I fit in?

A Second Look


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  • Visual Essay Jam
    Friendly reminder that we have rounded up our recent jam, and it’s ripe for your viewing pleasure
  • Blogger of the Year
    Lastly, our blogger of the year, Miguel Penabella, reflects on the award and recommends some of the work from our journalist and video essayist of the year, respectively Heather Alexandra and Chris Franklin. I want to add my personal congratulations to all three of our featured writers and it’s such a joy to see all the well-earned support they’ve been getting. Take a look at our announcement to see more of their work.

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