The Self-Perpetuating Violence of the Mortal Kombat series

(Preface: Most of my interest in games is in how they function as narrative pieces. As a result, most of the writing I do focuses on videogames, single-player games, games with a traditional story structure, games that rely primarily on cinematic and literary narrative techniques and the wide cross-section of all the above. Therefore I … Continue reading The Self-Perpetuating Violence of the Mortal Kombat series

Review: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection

[Originally posted on PopMatters] Dragonball was a manga written and drawn by renowned illustrator, Akira Toriyama. The sequel series, Dragonball Z was published shortly after to capitalize on the success of the original. However, most audiences in the west will probably best remember Dragonball Z as a goofy little cartoon from Japan that always played it … Continue reading Review: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection

Sexism and Tekken

Well, I’ve unleashed the dragon. I brought up the whole sexism thing again (“One Dimension: Women’s Bodies in Tekken.” PopMatters. Sept 25 2012). Sexism is the most heated discussion around games right now and probably among the most heated in many areas of the growing amorphous blob known as “geek culture” (Newitz, Annalee. “The Great … Continue reading Sexism and Tekken