Violence in Video Games, Part One

If you have any experience with video games, you’ve probably experienced violence in those games at least once. And if you have any experience with discussion about video games, you’ve probably experienced the claim that video games cause violence in some way. In a series of essays, I’ll be examining the role of violence in games, the research surrounding that violence, and what we should be doing about it all as people who are ultimately immersed in this violence.

On Storytelling: Age-Old Ideas and Criticism

What does it mean for a theme to be “played out”? When is a game’s story boring because it’s just rehashing a theme we’re all familiar with? In this essay I explore two radically different stories – Aeschylus’s Oresteia and The Last of Us Part II – to talk about the theme of revenge, and some problems of media criticism.