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No Rest for the Wicked: Villains as Cornerstone Characters

Everyone loves a good villain. An interesting and engaging antagonist is vital to a successful story, be that a physical being or an ethereal idea. From psychopaths to masterminds to literal gods, some of these characters even get more fans than their corresponding heroes. And you have to admit, there's something weirdly satisfying about that.… Continue reading No Rest for the Wicked: Villains as Cornerstone Characters

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Star Child – E3 Preview

E3 marked many firsts for me beyond simply my first time attending the game industry’s own convention. I played a Nintendo Switch for the first time which will likely lead to me buying that console this fall. It was also the first time I attended a con at the Los Angeles Convention Center. And it… Continue reading Star Child – E3 Preview

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The Sims 4 Gets a Very Big (and Cute) Update | The Sims 4: Toddlers

Since The Sims is a life simulation game, a large part of the previous iterations was watching a Sim grow throughout their life… and one of the biggest disappointments fans of the Sims got when The Sims 4 first came out was the lack of the toddler life stage. Young Sims would skip from being… Continue reading The Sims 4 Gets a Very Big (and Cute) Update | The Sims 4: Toddlers

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Butterfly Effect: Steins;Gate Review

Steins;Gate first came out for the XBox 360 in 2009. It was shortly thereafter adapted into a manga and, later, an anime series and an animated film. It was recently ported over to Steam* for Windows. Steins Gate.  Some know it as Fate; to others, it is the will of God. The game starts off… Continue reading Butterfly Effect: Steins;Gate Review

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Game on Mom: My Daughter’s First Games

It is not hard to get young kids interested in "screen time." Kids find screens just as captivating as the adults who carry them around in their pockets. I admit to using my screen as a distraction for lots of diaper changes when my daughter was barely old enough to hold it. It certainly cut down… Continue reading Game on Mom: My Daughter’s First Games

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The Sims 4 Updates to Allow for More Diverse Gender Expression

Last year, I wrote about gender expression in the Sims and how amazing it would be if the game introduced the concept of a gender spectrum, rather than a gender binary.... A recent Sims 4 update revealed something that I never thought would actually come about. “For the first time, you'll be able to customize… Continue reading The Sims 4 Updates to Allow for More Diverse Gender Expression

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Introduce Yourself (Right On!)

Hi there! I'm Mark. I want to introduce myself and give you my credentials. In short, what makes me qualified to be an ambassador on the Geek Embassy. Like most people, my interests are varied and I have several hobbies that I can talk about. Let me walk you through what sort of things you'll most likely… Continue reading Introduce Yourself (Right On!)

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SpellFall and the Problem with Pay to Win

About two months ago, I got a text from our editor, Ryan, telling me I should check out this game called Spellfall. I generally listen to Ryan's suggestions since he's pretty good at identifying mobile games I'll enjoy. On top of that, I was in the market for a new game to play on my… Continue reading SpellFall and the Problem with Pay to Win

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The Unfamiliar Familiar: The Joy of Auto Level 90 in WoW

When I started the research for my dissertation, one of the concepts in gaming identity I wanted to explore revolved around women selecting healing classes in digital RPG games. It was suspected that gender stereotypes mapped over into game spaces; that women wanted to be "caretakers" and that was the reason so many of them… Continue reading The Unfamiliar Familiar: The Joy of Auto Level 90 in WoW