Author: Cathryn Sinjin-Starr

Heated Gaming Moments: What’s Acceptable? (Not Racism)

Felix Kjellberg once again has said something racist. In a livestream last week he used a racist slur. Noted buffoon Ian Miles Cheong chose to mischaracterise this as understandable; as Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, let loose the term whilst in a “heated gaming moment”–angry because he was momentarily losing at a game–Cheong suggested that both the phrase and its use were meaningless. In fact, of course, what a person has allowed themselves to become comfortable proclaiming (internally or externally) is what will come out of their mouth when they are excited and cross. If Kjellberg is comfortable with...

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Dreamy Dads of DDADDS: Our Dadveal

We in the Games Section, like the rest of the internet, are obsessed with Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, or DDADDS for short. Over the next few weeks you’ll see a variety of opinions and essays from us about this new cultural icon, but first: our Dads! *Corissa Haury’s Dreamy Dad: Doc Strixes “I’ve been out of the dating game for awhile now, taking care of my precious peach of a daughter as a single dad. I like to flirt but you might need to do the convincing. HMU 😉 “ Cathryn Sinjin-Starr’s Dating Dad: Jules Harlow “Likes rom-coms....

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Lines of Pride: LGBTQIA+Webcomics About Life

Users of the LINE Webtoon app were greeted Monday with a notification from the service advising that there had been a rash of abuse with the reporting tool to get LGBTQIA+ comics shut down. They responded promptly to explain that they are inclusive website and would be contacting creators to get their pages back up. Another notice was received on Tuesday to announce that a specific webcomic “Hey, I’m Gay” by Gerard Fulcarà was now back up. No other comics have been announced as back so far, but the initial reports does mention more than one series was affected....

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Mass Effect: Andromeda – Seeing Myself in Another Galaxy

Vetra, Drack, Peebee, Jaal, Cora, Liam … That is my present list of favourite party members in order for Mass Effect: Andromeda, roughly 80 hours in. You think this will be about Vetra? You would be incorrect. Whilst I can rant on how Vetra’s character is woefully neglected in spite of her badassery, how Jaal’s emotional openness is at first swoony but then a little too strong, or how Liam is just a damn tool (thank you for that apt description of him, Gil), I have found myself both bored by, and yet drawn to #5 Fav: Cora. The following will...

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Batman: Arkham VR – Storytelling Gamers Deserve

Most VR games are fine sitting down, but this one recommends standing. Confident from my demo at EGX, I’m ready to don the cape and cowl, standing vigilant with a Move controller in each hand. I press “Start.” Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for the first two acts of Batman: Arkham VR. After a movie-esque title screen, the scene fades in. My smile immediately slips away, and I tense. This is an alleyway. Martha Wayne is consoling me. My mind and voice both shout out, “Oh no. No no no. I do not want to be here. Nope.”...

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