The War on Everything

As the United States finally begins to take haphazard steps at taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, several politicians have already begun comparing the global health crisis to a war. Joe Biden made the comparison numerous times during the Democratic debate on Sunday and President of France Emanuel Macron has declared war on the virus while …

No Solace in Shadows – A Review of Liyla and the Shadows of War

Much of the current debate around video games revolves around whether or not games should be viewed through a political lens. There are many gamers who advocate for better representation of women, people of color, and LGBTQ people in games, and there are others who reject these demands as “politicizing” the ostensibly non-political. For those …

The Internet of Despairing Things

“Hi, thanks for checking in. I’m still a piece of garbage.” Is melancholy a dominant emotional state of many internet users? Why does everyone seem so sad and depressed? Are websites like Upworthy a response to this negativity? A feeble attempt to inject the positive into an all-consumingly depressing world? We all see those Facebook …

War Games – Gender and Violence After Gamergate

Why are political criticisms of video games so often treated as declarations of war? Gamers may understandably find the question of politics to be rather tiring. To debate whether or not video games are political is, in itself, an exercise in politics, insofar as debate is the process by which the limits of acceptable speech …