What Trolls Can Teach Us About Race

What Trolls Can Teach Us About Race

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Articles | No Comments

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

The Killer of Sheep of Videogames

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Articles | No Comments

[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

So Far Away

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Articles | No Comments

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

Fallout 3’s Curious System of Race

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Articles | 5 Comments

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

From Black Box to No Box

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Articles | No Comments

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

Coming of Age in Hillsbrad

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Articles | No Comments

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 […]

The Costly Stakes of Videogame Literacy

The Costly Stakes of Videogame Literacy

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Articles | 2 Comments

I had the opportunity to visit the University of Southern California’s Game Innovation Lab (GIL) last August. Directed by Tracy Fullerton, GIL is a significant component of the now vibrant indie game development scene. GIL is largely responsible for proving that academic game development can gestate innovative and relevant design that escapes the ivory tower and […]

Smuggle Truck’s Failed Satire

Smuggle Truck’s Failed Satire

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Articles | One Comment

From Representation to Experience I am always looking out for games that handle race and ethnicity in progressive ways. Unfortunately, they are rare. Certainly we see examples of detailed character creation systems that offer myriad options for visualization, and fighting for broader representational options is important, but we almost never see games, especially in the […]