You Gotta Pay Somehow

In news that was somehow simultaneously both expected and unexpected, today The Elder Scrolls Online announced that they’ll be moving from a subscription payment model to buy-to-play. Subscribers will be given bonuses, but otherwise once you have the box you’re free to explore Tamriel. The right honourable Belghast had some words to say on this topic: Don't like pay to win air drops, or overpriced early access schemes?...

Being a moderate in extreme times

Hi, this is kind of.. like general small-p political stuff so feel free to skip it if you’re not interested! Well, one more post related to all the recent mess becase it’s been weighing heavily on my mind this week. I’ll be talking about the G-word hashtag movement itself over the weekend on the Contains Moderate Peril podcast (thanks for the invite, Roger!) along with some other folks, and you should listen in if...

This is not a GamerGate post.

For you fortunate souls who don’t know what “Gamergate” is, beyond a very poorly formed word, it is a current huge drama storm in the gaming community that involves accusations of corruption in games journalism, a great deal of trolling, and our old friend straight up misogyny. As someone who loves games, loves media analysis, and has done a lot of reading about feminism this would initially seem to be a subject that...

Extra Life Intensifies

Is it that time of the year already? Extra Life 24-hour game-a-thon for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is two months away! Over 2012 and 2013 myself and Ellyndrial have raised over $2000 for the BC Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Oakland. $2000! You guys are amazing. I have a ton of plans for this year, including another wacky donation drive video, a big raffle to give games away to donators, and...

Game Journalism: not really that important

There were a few events this week that got everyone pontificating about game journalism and bias. I’m not going to get into the specifics of the events because they involve harassment and violation of privacy*, but at issue is potential collusion between game journalists and developers because of personal relationships. I mentioned on Twitter that I don’t care about relationships between journalists and developers and...

Confessions of an Easy Mode Gamer

A bunch of folks on Twitter this morning were lamenting the fact that playing a game on the “easy” setting is somehow considered not true gaming by people who care about that kind of thing. And they’re right — I’ve seen this attitude, and it’s silly. Coincidentally I was going to write a post about this subject anyway because over the weekend one of the first things I did in Saints Row IV was turn...

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