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    Tuesday
    Feb232016

    On The Subject of Comfort Levels

    Here we see Shoko feeling comfortable enough to risk getting pinkeye from her cat's butt.

     

    Okay, so I haven’t published a lot of my writing about games, or really anything, in recent months. The truth is, it’s really pretty rad. I’ve been able to dance and run more. I’ve been playing through my PS3/PS2 backlog. I built a gaming computer. Next month I’m hopping back into photography with a new fancy camera. Things have happened. Things are happening.

     

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    Monday
    Oct192015

    Tomb Raider And "Sensible Boobs"

    Just know that through all the hardships you may go through in life, your lips will forever glisten through the tragedy of it all.

    I’ve beaten the reboot of Tomb Raider weeks ago and I’m still befuddled as to why I didn’t like it. On paper, everything is there: great voice acting, diverse looking cast, non-killing activities and beautiful locales. I even cringe as I say, “they even gave her sensible breasts!” I’m still parsing what that even means in my small hetero dude-brain. I’m also processing what Tomb Raider games have to be in order to be deemed successful. I’m still figuring out why this game is another brick in the wall of why, even the best big budget games, are equal parts off-putting in their over-reaching goals.

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    Monday
    Oct192015

    Max Payne 3: I Aggressively Hate This Game

    Three Times Your Daily Allowance Of White Saviorism

     

    Max Payne 3 turned out to be the game people wanted after they realized realistic gun violence needs a better soundtrack.  I never was a Max Payne fan. I think this is a result of playing the PS2 games well after the Matrix hype died down. Shooting bullets at a slower rate of speed was cool. I mean “bullet time” became a known term because of Max Payne. What have you done for me lately Max Payne? Have you upheld all the current tropes in gaming? Yes, you have. This video game stars a white dude in a land of poor people of color. He shoots them and the developers made sure it felt mechanically great. This game is well liked in my friend group and I can see its charm, but outside of the dope soundtrack, Max Payne 3 a big budget fart of a game.

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    Monday
    Oct122015

    On the Failures Of Black Men Writers In Games Media


    I want to preface this by saying I have hope for games writing. I have hope, because I see Evan Narcisse, Zolani Stewart, Sidney Fussell, Austin Walker and the great catalog of work they’ve built over the years. They, among other men of color in games writing, have worked without a shred of the recognition they truly deserve to get on platforms like Kotaku, Boingboing and Giantbomb where their voices grow stronger. There are a number of black writers and specifically black men who write critically about games, but these are my favorites to reference when delving into today’s topic. Honestly, they’re my favorites in general.


    So, we kinda suck when it comes to writing about black women.

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    Tuesday
    Sep152015

    Breaking Dark Souls

    Her name is Inzillah, and she's not here for your s**t.

     

    It has taken me the better part of a month to write this and I’m not sure why. Writing about my 240-plus hour experience with Dark Souls may prove more difficult than playing the game. I didn’t have a bad time, I like Dark Souls. It does feel like I’m playing a different game all of my friends played years back. That part is cool. I kinda think this new age of patch updates and downloadable content means that someone who plays a game in 2009 is guaranteed to NOT have the same experience someone else has playing the game years later. This also means how we are challenged as players has to change with those times.

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    Tuesday
    Mar172015

    Choosing Your Own Misadventure

    [I promise you I’m gonna climb out of my little writing depression, but give me a little time y’all. It’s taking me long periods to organize thoughts. Thank you for reading.]

     

     

    So, I played The Walking Dead Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us within one week. Only, that week was about two months ago from the day of me writing this. In between that time I’d been thinking about how we choose our adventures with media -- and how that reflects our daily lives. Though I can’t predict how the average person who has a 9-to-5 plays games. I’ve just begun scraping the surface on how I decompress after a long day with games.

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    Saturday
    Jan032015

    2014's "S**t That Was Cool And S**t That Wasn't" Awards

    Still looking for that darn cactus.

     

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    Sunday
    Nov302014

    My Feelings On Public Displays Of Holding Hands

    Oh no, but what will the public think?

     

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    Monday
    Jun232014

    Demon's Souls: A Five Year Journey

    Sunday
    Mar092014

    Call of Juarez: Gunslinger -- My Journey, The Indigenous, The Omission Of Black

    I could die a happy man if this image never occurred in a game again.

     

     

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