Summer Game Fest: The Journey to Evolve What E3 Left Behind

In July 2020, a PlayStation representative showed up at Geoff Keighley’s door with an unreleased video game controller in hand. Instead of being presented on a shiny, bright stage at E3, the PlayStation 5 DualSense would have its first hands-on demo recorded from a small, unassuming spare bedroom in Los…

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The Hopeful Beginning and Abrupt Shuttering of Funomena

In a 2020 Game Developers Conference Q&A, Funomena CEO Robin Hunicke advised, “We need to be okay with being less productive and more caring to one another. If we don’t do that, we’ll never get through anything.” She signed off a few minutes later on the optimistic note that people…

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The Hopeful Beginning and Abrupt Ending of Funomena

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Intimate Space: The State of Queerness in Mass Effect

In Mass Effect’s vision of the far-flung future, humanity has integrated into a galactic society. Long gone are the otherings and dissension of modern-day Earth, as humans take their place in the stars beyond. At least, that’s the future it posits on the surface. In practice? Mass Effect is an…

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