GLHF – pt 4: Respect

GLHF is a series that looks to better understand the dynamics of sportsmanship in video games, today we are taking a look at how manners are being taught and propagated among players, and how respect is shown in competition.  If you like this article please feel free to check out the rest of the series: pt….

GDC: a showcase of passions

This year was my third GDC (Game Developer’s Conference), and my first as an industry professional, all developers from amateurs to veterans are welcome to attend, but it can be a rather daunting space to navigate early on in one’s career. Who do I talk to? How do I network? How do I get a job? How do…

Who brought the Wii U?: playing games with coworkers

One of the awesome benefits of working within the video game industry is that you and all your coworkers share a passion for gaming. Impromptu gaming tournaments on lunch breaks are par for the course.  Some of the best memories and friendships have been forged in competitive and cooperative play, whether playing Counter Strike in…

Insults vs Insights: how toxic talk hurts the video game community

Trash talk and competition When I was a young gamer, playing console games with the kids on my block, I remember we would play games against each other and talk trash. It was all in good fun and we would tease each other for an especially poor match.  In the match results for Goldeneye 007 multiplayer, I…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Forum for Creativity

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

The world that he wants: the aftermath of siding with Shaun

*Spoiler alert, this article contains descriptions of the events after completing the main story line in Fallout 4.*    A wandering lab coat My time in the Commonwealth took me in many directions.  To complete my first playthrough I focused on roleplaying as a scientist, curious about the science behind the things I encountered in…

Binge gaming part 4: looking at the clock

My friends are online The drive to binge play can be multiplied by the social dynamic of playing with friends locally or online.  With platforms from PC to console to mobile all developing the option to play matches against / with real players aka PvP (player versus player), it is more common than ever to coordinate times and…

Playing to a crowd: the social dynamics of Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a popular party game in which a player reads a card with a prompt containing fill-in-the-blank values for the other players to submit answers to anonymously.  Its collection of answers include crass and dark humor, sophisticated social commentary, adult themes, and cites both pop culture references and philosophical concepts. The social dynamics…

Companions: choosing your friends

You are the company you keep, this old adage speaks to the nature of how the people around us shape who we are.  In role playing games such as Fallout 4, planning out a path for your character, the powers they will attain and the narrative they will complete determines how you will interact with…