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 Fun: A Look Back at Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

[Originally posted on PopMatters] The dog days of summer are to video games what late winter is to film and the 1990s were to literature. For the most part, it’s filler between the spring and Christmas release periods. The triple A titles have already come and gone, the arcade lineup has dried up and the … Continue reading Remembering Fun: A Look Back at Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

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