Category Archives: ‘Real Life’

The Alchemy of Fandom

Fandom grows up around all sorts of things. I have long argued that ‘geek’ (or whichever similar term you prefer) is a label that can be applied more widely than it isĀ – it’s just that sports geeks, or fashion geeks, … Continue reading

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Gaming Stereotypes

My own partner BlueJay pointed me in the direction of a terrible, terrible opinion piece on a major national news website here, called ‘guide to going out with a gamer’. It is – as we perhaps should have expected – … Continue reading

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The end of an unofficial hiatus

Anyone who pays some attention to this blog will have noticed that I haven’t posted anything on it for a long time. The reason for this is that I’ve been working on my master’s thesis (in cultural anthropology), and the … Continue reading

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Employment and the Lack Thereof

Something made me really angry today. A friend of mine has been looking for work for some time – months. I sympathise; I was unemployed and job-hunting for around eight months before I returned to university to tutor and, eventually, … Continue reading

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Journalistic integrity and the games industry

As is so often the case, this very interesting piece was shared with me via Extra Credits. It starts with encouragement to consider and analyse this image: …and goes on to discuss the problematic relationship between games ‘journalists’ and game … Continue reading

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It must be hard to be a male gamer

I was directed today towards a post from one Erin Kissane called ‘How to Kill a Troll‘. It’s a good piece, which takes its starting point from the awful drama around Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter project and the hate she recieved … Continue reading

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How interesting…

I logged into my university’s website for the first time in a long while today, to access databases which are available to students through the university’s subscriptions. I’m about to head back for post-graduate study and I needed to find … Continue reading

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