Non-Binary Characters in Mainstream and Independent Video Games

This essay was originally written in 2021 for the Game Design course at Middlesex University. Content Warning: This essay contains mentions of homophobia, transphobia and racism.  Question: Compare, contrast and assess examples of representation from two specific games, making reference to contemporary debate and discussion as well as established theories.  A non-binary person is someoneContinue reading “Non-Binary Characters in Mainstream and Independent Video Games”

How Can Video Games Be Most Accommodating of Gender Performance Through Avatars?

This essay was originally written for the Game Design course at Middlesex University in 2020. Content warnings: This essay features multiple screenshots of Genderwrecked (Aceae, 2018) featuring gore and body horror. Several quotes from Ryan Rose Aceae and from the game itself include overt sexual references, threats of violence including murder, and swearing.  On the itch.io page for Ryan Rose Aceae’s 2018 Genderwrecked,Continue reading “How Can Video Games Be Most Accommodating of Gender Performance Through Avatars?”

How Does Duolingo Use Conflict To Gamify Education?

This essay was originally written for the Game Design course at Middlesex University in 2019. In a 2014 interview with Forbes, Duolingo founder Severin Hacker said, “Free education will really change the world… If we achieve that, then all the other issues are… I don’t know, seem not to matter to me.”   Duolingo, Inc isContinue reading “How Does Duolingo Use Conflict To Gamify Education?”