Recent Articles

My most recently published articles on race, gender, sexuality, and power in videogames and digital media.

What Trolls Can Teach Us About Race

Mar 3, 2014 | No Comments
What Trolls Can Teach Us About Race

I’ve got a new article out in Fibreculture that I’m proud of and think readers of this blog would enjoy. It’s called “/b/lackup: What Trolls Can Teach Us About Race” and it’s an adaptation of some research and writing I did for my dissertation. This is an article years — I think about four total — […]

The Killer of Sheep of Videogames

Mar 9, 2013 | No Comments
The Killer of Sheep of Videogames

[NOTE: A version of this work was presented at the 2013 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference. Here is a PDF of the slide deck.] Measured Representation We’ve seen the fight for diversity in videogame culture gain ground in recent years. Women, people of color, and LGBTIQ identifying individuals and communities have productively re-framed and countered the […]

So Far Away

Nov 9, 2012 | No Comments
So Far Away

In Red Dead Redemption, the build-up to crossing over from the United States to Mexico is tangible. Up to this point you’ve been confined to New Austin, the mythical 1911 region of south Texas that is your training ground. Like Grand Theft Auto, RDR funnels movement cleverly. The player is faced with a region that is expansive but just […]

Fallout 3’s Curious System of Race

Jan 4, 2012 | 5 Comments
Fallout 3’s Curious System of Race

Fall In Non-fantasy roleplaying games don’t often allow the player to choose a race.  However, Fallout 3, Bethesda’s open world roleplaying game set in post-apocalyptic Washington DC, allows players to select from four races: African American, Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic, with Caucasian—unfortunately but not unsurprisingly—the default choice. An explicit breakdown of races in this way, along lines […]

From Black Box to No Box

Dec 12, 2011 | No Comments
From Black Box to No Box

We’re used to Nintendo’s E3 press conferences being awkward and odd. It’s part of their charm. But this year was particularly strange because many audience members, especially those watching at home, were utterly baffled: was Nintendo announcing a new console or just another Wii peripheral? It wasn’t long after the Nokia Theater emptied that journalists […]

Coming of Age in Hillsbrad

Dec 5, 2011 | No Comments
Coming of Age in Hillsbrad

When first entering World of Warcraft’s (WOW) world of Azeroth, you’re provided an intensely guided and relatively safe area, called a starting zone, from which to learn about the game and experience it in microcosm. Depending if you’re Alliance or Horde and what race you choose, you’re located in a particular geographic region, well guarded […]