Unchallenging Games

For the Stencyl project, my group mates and I decided to make a game based on accessibility. The game has the player play as a bee traversing through different environments until it finally reaches its hive at the end. The game contains no enemies and it is impossible to die. The only thing the player…

Problems With Immersion

In David Leonard’s article “Live In Your World, Play In Ours”, he talks about the problem of racial deployment in video games, and how games must be careful not to push racial stereotypes or enforce racism in their attempt to be more diverse. He starts with Grand Theft Auto and the reinforcement of racism that…

Is Pokémon Go a Racist Game?

It was interesting reading Allana Akhtar’s article Is Pokémon Go Racist?, as she points out a potential flaw in the game. She found there to be more PokéStops in predominantly white neighborhoods than that of predominantly black neighborhoods, and argues that both Hispanics and African Americans are both under appreciated and under represented in technological work spaces (for…

What Constitutes Inclusion in Video Games?

TreaAndrea Russworm, in her book chapter Dystopian Blackness and The Limits of Racial Empathy in The Walking Dead and The Last of Us, proposes four guidelines that help form a framework for critiquing and building racial dystopian narratives in video games. In her final guideline,  she writes that “…game design should be a dialogic process…