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A blog devoted to looking at games a little more closely.

Peruse essays on the intersection of gaming and philosophical inquiry.

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Talking about Games: Dehumanization

In talking about games, it can be surprisingly easy to forget that they don’t just appear from the sky. They’re made by human beings. And because they’re made by people, perhaps we should think about what it means to talk about games *as though* they’re made by people.

Talking about Games: The Curious Nature of Patience

Release dates for video games are so common that we almost expect them as a matter of course. But release dates also create all of these other expectations that can lead to unhealthy behavior – such as a developer receiving death threats when they delay a game. I want to examine what a “release date” really is and how we should treat it, and how this knowledge can help lead to healthier relationships with the things we enjoy.

100th Essay Retrospective

In this 100th essay special, I offer some brief reflections on the value of games media in its various forms.

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