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4:43 AM on 12.11.2012

Gaming Culture is in Our Hands

I long for the day when entire 4-block street lengths become dedicated avenues to appreciate, craft, play, and buy video games, much like like Philadelphia's Fabric Row is for textiles. I long for the day when I can turn on ...   read

2:45 AM on 11.13.2012

Barista Gamer Blues

I am not a suitable fit for my occupation. As a barista, I'm supposed to care about conversation more than cleanliness or even coffee. It was a struggle to adapt to this sort of work having only one job prior, and even then I...   read

3:39 PM on 07.10.2012

Mega Man 9's "Concrete Jungle": The Insistent Energy of Hyper Chipmusic

Years into my insatiable appreciation of hyper and intensely melodic chipmusic, I return to my origins and wonder why Concrete Man's stage from Mega Man 9 was so special to me - and what it meant for gameplay. (Originally pos...   read

4:41 AM on 06.12.2012

Samus Aran: A Figure of Power, Not Sex

If you want to acknowledge Samus Aran of the Metroid series as the original and most badass female heroine in video games, RESPECT DAT ARMOR, not dat ass. Zero Suit Samus is the worst idea Nintendo has ever had for a char...   read

12:14 AM on 05.22.2012

Headaches, Mindbend, and Zen: Reveling in Death

I explore playing retro-themed platformers as a means of enlightenment. I never used to get headaches. Only the rarest ones would come and go throughout my childhood and teen years, usually only due to not eating or sleepin...   read

6:19 PM on 07.18.2011

Need for Peace: Spiritual moments in a hyper arcade racer

I rented Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for the Xbox 360 because I like the Burnout series and the original series. I enjoyed over 20 hours of over-the-top racing and cop pursuit action, typically never dropping a car below 100 ...   read

4:09 AM on 06.18.2011

Chatroulette and Video Games: Flower as a tool for subtle and humble good

Chatroulette is a website in which two random people are instantly connected via their webcams and microphones across the web. When one person doesn't like what the other is seeing, they can quickly shuffle the connection to ...   read

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