• Your Interactive Stress-Ball. Do Videogames Help Your Mental Health?

    Cora-Laine Moynihan Over the years, studies about video games’ impact on mental health have provoked calls to regulate and limit their use. Researchers and developers in more recent years have shouldered the responsibility of investigating gaming’s true effects on well-being. Video games are the villains of our youth. They...
  • Cyberpunk 2077 is a Buggy Disaster

    Cora-Laine Moynihan Cora examines Cyberpunk 2077‘s disastrous, disappointing launch. After almost a decade, the wait was finally over. The open-world, action-RPG meant to inherit the throne of CD Projekt Red’s own The Witcher franchise was on sale worldwide. After seven years of development, it was hoped to be the shining...
  • Among Us With AOC: Politics and Games Done Right

    Emily Ash Emily examines the impact of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s presence on Twitch. Among Us has been the latest craze in party games, asking you to stealthily murder your comrades or scream your innocence the loudest if you fail. We’ve covered the games’ ridiculous success before. Despite that, I don’t...
  • The Genshin Impact Success Story

    Gemma Cockrell Gemma explains the runaway success of the new free-to-play RPG. Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action adventure RPG, developed by Chinese developer miHoYo Limited. A new wave of games is being released from China, as their gaming market matures. These games are seeing lots of attention...
  • The Among Us Phenomenon – Why Is It So Popular?

    Gemma Cockrell Gemma investigates gaming’s latest crowd favourite. Following the rise of Fall Guys a few months ago, there’s a new game on the block – Among Us. The game has seen 41.9 million downloads in September alone! The sudden popularity of the game was somewhat unexpected, seeing as...
  • Feminist Criticism In Games: Thank You, Anita Sarkeesian

    Emily Ash Emily celebrates the positive impact feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian has had on her life. A lot of negativity has been published about Anita Sarkeesian’s video essay series Tropes vs Women in Video Games (TvW); there was negativity at the time, and there’s still negativity now. So,...
  • How Not To Politicise A Video Game

    Myron Winter-Brownhill Myron examines how games publishers exploit political iconography for profit. On August 30th Ubisoft released a trailer for their new mobile game, Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. Setting out the game’s story, the trailer describes a shadowy cabal named UMBRA that aims to build a new world order...