Rethinking the Homo-Bro-cial Order in Broforce

[Originally posted on PopMatters] Satire and parody are words that get thrown around a lot around videogames—often inappropriately (Anhut, Anjin. “You Are Not Getting it.” How to Not Suck at Game Design. Sep 26 2013.)—and while mainstream games seem to struggle to reconcile certain traditions with their offensive subtexts, it’s possible to have fun with problematic content without endorsing the … Continue reading Rethinking the Homo-Bro-cial Order in Broforce

The Inelegance of the Videogame Satire

[Originally posted on PopMatters] Theoretically, there’s nothing holding back games from being an excellent vehicle for satire. Because they require the player to simulate a behavior—rather than just view that behaviour performed by someone else—games should be in a great position to illustrate how ridiculous or destructive certain behaviours are. I say in theory because there … Continue reading The Inelegance of the Videogame Satire