Tag Archives: game representation

Mass Effect: A simultaneously sexist/feminist text

There are a number of sexist tendencies in the Mass Effect series, most of which revolve around the way the Asari are represented and the role they play in the galaxy. Whether these are intentionally sexist or simple over-sights is … Continue reading

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Recommend/ Review: Perspectives of Computer Game Philology

Don’t be discouraged by the somewhat bland title, reader. The article I’m about to recommend/review is quite compelling. First of all, the author attempts to diffuse some of the problems and accusations that come with multidisciplinary approaches to game studies, … Continue reading

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Playing The Cutscene in Mass Effect

SPOILER AHEAD- When players can convince the final boss of a game to blow his own Turian brains out by manipulating the dialogue mechanic of the game, players are not only playing the cut scene; they are winning it, and … Continue reading

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The Magic Circle: Criticisms and variations

disclaimer: I have not read Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens: A Study of of the Play Element in Culture. I’ve only read other scholars’ descriptions. However, I still think I know enough to talk about it; trust me, reader =] I … Continue reading

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I’m in the Zone

or zones, as we will divide them. This will be a short but substantial post describing, which ultimately includes simplifying and abstracting, the three types of immersions experienced during game play. I would like to say that immersion is that … Continue reading

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Core, Shell, and Culture

Would Halo be Halo without the Master Chief? Could we identify the game if all the representational facets were changed or erased? What if we kept the core, but we played as a pokemon using a paintball gun? Would I … Continue reading

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Games Are Like Onions

but not really. However, one way to conceptualize a game is to divide the “core” game play aspects from their representational “shell” ( I know onions don’t have shells). Before diving into this post, you might want to check out … Continue reading

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