The Oldest Game

“The Oldest Game is a web-based newsgame that explores the complex issue of the legalization of the sex trade in Ontario and Quebec. Drawing inspiration from games such as Budget Hero, in which players learn the parameters of a complex system, and from role-playing games that provoke empathy and identification, “The Oldest Game” focuses on the motivations on the debate over legalized prostitution.” – The Oldest Game

Little Party

Little Party is a short story video game about your daughter’s all-nighter party. In short, it has you playing the mother of Suzanne during her all-night party hosted in your own house. You, as a single mother with nowhere else to go, have to patiently and rather awkwardlyendure. You can’t join in, you’re told not…

Mainichi

“Mainichi (Japanese for “everyday”) conveys some of the social struggles the developer faces daily as a mixed transgender woman by recreating the simple act of going to meet a friend for coffee. Once the player returns home, they wake again the next morning to the same scenario, which subtly changes based on how they decide to…

Cyborg Manifesto

“This chapter is an effort to build an ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism, and materialism. Perhaps more faithful as blasphemy is faithful, than as reverent worship and identification. Blasphemy has always seemed to require taking things very seriously. I know no better stance to adopt from within the secular-religious, evangelical traditions of United…

On Not Becoming Gamers

“I want to make sense of how players who fall outside the constructed norm of ‘hardcore,’ white, heterosexual, cisgendered male players within the U.S. context relate to this medium and how this might reform arguments for representation in the medium. Drawing upon the insights of feminist media scholars like Ien Ang (1991), Janice Radway (1988),…

From Barbie to Mortal Kombat

  #GameStudies101 selection: .@gamestudies101 Well, that and Cassell and @henryjenkins‘s From Barbie to Mortal Kombat… http://t.co/Dp9FtsDbpK — Casey O’Donnell (@caseyodonnell) March 24, 2015 probably already said, but From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games is a major #gamestudies101. even for non-gender focus. — Space Feminist Dorey (@Talc0n) March 25, 2015   Reviews: “Girls…

Stasis

Curator: Steve Wilcox Steve Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University where he researches & creates knowledge translation games. He is also the co-founder & former editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar.