View From the Side

[originally posted on Unwinnable] Videogame interactivity is so great. Who wants to watch a hero when you can be the hero? That’s the promise games keep giving us on the back of the box, isn’t it? But they seldom deliver on that promise. Games welcome their players to a world, lay out a central conflict … Continue reading View From the Side

Deconstructing Another Castle: How the Damsel in Distress Trope Fails to Move Plots

I’d like to expand on some of what I’ve said in my article for The Border House on sexism in a scene of Breath of Fire 4 (“Sexism and Power Dynamics in Breath of Fire IV.” The Border House. Mar 13 2013). In the scene, a main character, Nina, must work for a minor character, … Continue reading Deconstructing Another Castle: How the Damsel in Distress Trope Fails to Move Plots

Remembering the Good Times: A defence of video game classics

[Originally posted on Joystick Division] Some time ago a friend of mine borrowed Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He hadn’t played it When it was released and since that time it’s constructed a very respected legacy. It’s one of those games that you just “should” play. To be high-minded about it, Prince of … Continue reading Remembering the Good Times: A defence of video game classics