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…

Video Game Accessibility

“Video game accessibility may not seem of significance to some, and it may sound trivial to anyone who does not play video games. This assumption is false. With the digitalization of our culture, video games are an ever increasing part of our life. They contribute to peer to peer interactions, education, music and the arts. A video game can be created by hundreds of musicians and artists, and they can have production budgets that exceed modern blockbuster films. Inaccessible video games are analogous to movie theaters without closed captioning or accessible facilities.” – Abstract

Play Between Worlds

“In Play Between Worlds, T. L. Taylor examines multiplayer gaming life as it is lived on the borders, in the gaps—as players slip in and out of complex social networks that cross online and offline space. Taylor questions the common assumption that playing computer games is an isolating and alienating activity indulged in by solitary…

Can I Play Gay?

“A listing that exists to answer the only question you actually care about: Does such-and-such a video game let me make my characters queer?” – Can I Play Gay?

The Epilepsy Thing

“In order to play upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title Charlie Murder, I had to ditch my beautiful Sony 3D LCD television and instead slum it on an old projection TV with a fading image. In addition to that, I had to bring extra lighting into my office, and wear sunglasses. This was in addition to…

 

Social Justice & Social Awareness Games

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" So what does it mean to 'play critically'? Critical play means to create or occupy play environments and activities that represent one or more questions about aspects of human life...[It] is characterized by a careful examination of social, cultural, political, or even personal themes that function as alternates to popular play spaces. "- Mary Flanagan, Critical Play