“Of recent, I’ve been fascinated with game consoles. Not, as one would imagine, in a comparative manner, where I debate the merits and follies of the PS4 and the Xbox One (PS4 all the way, baby!) Rather, I’ve been fascinated with game console as an idea, as a space of liminality. How do we think of the console as a critical tool, a piece of technology that enacts certain social spaces and ideas?”
“It has been a hard couple of weeks (months, years, decades) to play video games. Specifically, to play video games from any cultural position other than that of a straight, white, young, middle-class male. On some level, we know this already, and while I wish I could say that I’ve been surprised by the rampant, unmitigated vitriol, no longer “trending towards” but rather actively resorting to violent threats, against Anita Sarkeesian since she posted the most recent video in her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series, against female developers and critics guilty of no crimes save daring to exist, let alone work in the games industry—but the sound has turned to noise.”
“Assassin’s Creed is a complex game series. It blurs the lines between where the human player ends and where the assassin memory begins, with a digital human player somewhere in the middle of the two. It traces major events in world history, from the Crusades to the American Revolution to Transatlantic enslavement and most recently, the French Revolution. It has incredible graphics, awesome music, and an immersive gaming experience even as we play in third person. It is no secret, however, that the ACfranchise is primarily concerned with, well, assassinating.”
“As a kid, did you ever walk out of the theater after seeing a movie so good that you wished it were real? And more importantly, did you pretend to be the hero or heroine who saves the world from evil (or in my case, pretend to be the giant lizard that breathes fire and destroys cities)? I’ll call that imaginative/role playing, but whatever the name is, it was fun to pretend to be someone else as a kid. It still is for me and for many others I’m sure.”
In the Gaming World
BREAKING: Still No Female Assassins in AC Unity
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Pokemon + Tekken = Pokken Tournament. The makers of Pokemon and Namco have announced that the arcade brawler Pokken Tournament will be released sometime next year in Japan. Here’s hoping it makes its way state-side.