The Importance of Player Agency

Agency (noun): the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power. When we talk about the greatest games of all time, we often only talk about the games that were in one sense or another “innovative,” games that did things that have never been done before, thing that were unique or interesting, thats … Continue reading The Importance of Player Agency

How Golf Story Helped Me Through My Depression

About a month and a half ago, I fell into deep depression. Having left behind the comfort of my sunny southern California home in pursuit of a graduate degree over 400 miles north, I struggled to find peace of mind in a new, high-stress environment. My lack of confidence, friends, and a social safety net … Continue reading How Golf Story Helped Me Through My Depression

Women in Tech is an Exposure Problem

Earlier this month, an internal memo authored by a (now former) Google employee went viral, coming under intense scrutiny by people both inside the company and out. The document, in which the author attempts to rationalize the disparity of representation between men and women in the technology field (i.e. the gender gap), attributes the issue … Continue reading Women in Tech is an Exposure Problem

E3 and the Evolution of Gaming Industry Fandom

When the Electronic Entertainment Expo first opened its doors to attendees at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 1995, only those with a proven connection to the gaming industry were allowed in. The show would, for the first time ever, allow unprecedented access to hundreds of video game developers and publishers all in one place. … Continue reading E3 and the Evolution of Gaming Industry Fandom