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December 15th

…that every policeperson is a man, using the word gamer in a paper when you are not actually talking just about people who self-identify as gamers perpetuates the idea that ever person who plays videogames identifies as a gamer, which is far from the truth…

My issue with ‘gamer’ is not that people identify as gamers. My issue with ‘gamer’ is it is a word that when used in discourses around games is not actually representative of everyone who plays games and its uses as such often excludes and obscures a much broader and diverse spectrum.


On Medium, Liza…

September 7th

…a close look at how its impacting people, such as L. Rhodes, who responds to the demands and criticisms of “Fair-Minded Proponents of #GamerGate” in a piece on Medium:

That isn’t news to you, of course. You were quick to disavow that sort of exclusion. #GamerGate, you told me, is about inclusion. That’s part of why you placed so much value on the term gamer, and why you were so frustrated at the recent spate of articles suggesting that the gamer identity is dead or dying. Gaming had connected you with a community where you felt accepted, and to have

‘Imagination Lost’ – The Artful Gamer

Chris at The Artful Gamer writes about the recently released browser-based game ‘Legends of Zork’. He examines it from the perspective of someone who played the original as well as stepping into the shoes of a newcomer to the ‘Zork’ universe and ascertains that Legends of Zork “is the expression of the generational gap we find ourselves in today.” That is, the gap between the rudimentary, often obtusely complicated (not to mention visually sparse) 1980s gaming and post-2000s excesses.

When I stare at the map of the Great Underground Empire as the creators of LoZ imagine it, my eyes take

August 31st

…and we are getting, and will keep getting — tragicomedy, vignette, musicals, dream worlds, family tales, ethnographies, abstract art. We will get this, because we’re creating culture now. We are refusing to let anyone feel prohibited from participating.

Gamer” isn’t just a dated demographic label that most people increasingly prefer not to use. Gamers are over. That’s why they’re so mad.

In a community post, Devin Wilson goes one further than Alexander and speaks directly to industry members about the things professionals can do, starting right now, to be better:

We need to consider the very real possibility that…

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This Year In Videogame Blogging: 2018

…Studios Need Unions Too | Waypoint – Dante Douglas Dante Douglas brings up an often-forgotten sector of the industry when it comes to unionization– independent and freelance development–and how organizing benefits these creators as well.

  • Worse then Scabs: Gamer Rage as Anti-Union Violence | Rhizome – Lana Polansky Lana Polansky focuses on the other size of unionization: the efforts of union-busting. In the 1920s it was the strike breakers, now it’s the frothing masses of internet gamer rage. And yet, in the face of it, Game Workers United is optimistic about the future.
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    Kotaku UK archive

    …Pc Love 2014/04/22 Bioware Returns to its Roots in the Next Dragon Age 2014/04/22 New Legacy Kain Game Well Youd Expect 2014/04/24 One Year Simcity Better 2014/04/25 Please Stop Asking Jrpgs Making Comeback 2014/04/26 Sci Fi Skyrim Development Obsidian Time Travel 2014/04/28 Star Wars Lore Changing Heres Means 2014/04/30 Disabled Gamers Part World 2014/05/01 Defense Zombie Games 2014/05/01 Even Superpowers Cant Separate Seattle Dark Past 2014/05/01 Everything Marvel Willing Share Next Disney Infinity 2014/05/05 Pens Paper Envelopes Making Hearthstone 2014/05/06 Vlambeer Barbecues Car Accidents Student Projects Story Flock 2014/05/07 Watched Ten Game Developers Get Demolished Mma Champ 2014/05/07 Woman Puts…

    Assassin’s Creed III

    …something else once in a while. Again, this seems like what the Homestead missions are intended to do, yet, Connor’s basic inability to grasp any kind of common emotional response or behavior in the sorts of people that might allow us to see that he is more than a slow talking, stoic killer distances him further as a character rather than provides the player with any insight about him […].

    If Connor came across as righteous, helping the Patriots also diluted his cause. As Mike Williams at US Gamer pointed out, “even once Connor is a full assassin, the character…

    This Year In Videogame Blogging: 2015

    …Thomas and Catt Small — to discuss in a letter series “Videogames’ Blackness Problem.” Samantha Blackmon of Not Your Mama’s Gamer followed up on Narcisse’s piece to discuss another “blackness problem” outside of stereotypes and representations.

    Several months later, Evan Narcisse came back to the issue in “The Natural.” Sidney Fussell at Offworld also continued the conversation, going into the dehumanizing stereotypes of black bodies games deploy and the real world damage this inflicts.

    Juliet Kahn talked with her non-“gamer” sister to get the outsider perspective of what drove her away and continues to drive her away from games. It…

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    This Year in Videogame Blogging: 2014

    …need to acknowledge and deal with the problems that come with this identity.

    Similarly, BioWare’s Damion Schubert declared that he wanted to reclaim the term “gamer.” Most gamers are good people, he argued, and we should oust those destructive elements, because, to paraphrase Office Space: “Why should we change? They’re the ones who suck.”

    We lead out of this section with probably the most misquoted piece of the year, Leigh Alexander’s Gamers Are Over, in which she speaks specifically to an audience of developers on the diversity of current game playing demographics, in contrast to the omnipresent “gamer” stereotype which…

    September 9th

    …But that doesn’t make him an isolated, unconnected, free-floating Bad Person whose worldview, impulses, and actions come from nowhere and cannot be interrogated. His attitudes came from somewhere, and for every person like him who physically sexually assaults someone, there are dozens or hundreds who hold basically the same views, absorbed from basically the same sources, who “only” harass and intimidate and make gamer culture hostile to everyone who isn’t heterosexual, cisgender, white, able-bodied, and male.

    Finally, here’s the kicker. If past incidents in gamer culture are any indicator […] there will be no lasting consequences. A few more people…