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September 2021

Hello readers, In September, Grace Lee dropped an interesting piece titled What Isn’t a Video Essay? considering the notion of boundaries and semantics when it comes to format/genre/categorisation, which while not strictly about videogames (hence my shoehorning it into this bit of introductory text rather than as part of the roundup proper) is about...

October 17th

Welcome back, readers. New Keywords! This week’s guest is games academic, legal scholar, and loot box expert Leon Xiao. Check it out! This Week in Videogame Blogging is a roundup highlighting the most important critical writing on games from the past seven days. Cross-Platform Our opening section this week brings together three critiques which...

Leon Xiao | Keywords in Play, Episode 15

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/rg4h73/15-leon-xiao.mp3 Download “Keywords in Play” is an interview series about game research supported by Critical Distance and the Digital Games Research Association. This episode we speak with Leon Xiao about the paper “What are the odds? Lower compliance with Western loot box probability disclosure...

October 10th

Welcome back, readers. Not much doing around the site to discuss this week, so we’ll get right to the heart of the matter with thirteen new cool and interesting critical works about games! This Week in Videogame Blogging is a roundup highlighting the most important critical writing on games from the past seven days. Milestones Our opening section...

October 3rd

Welcome back, readers. Hey! Connor’s back with a new TMIVGV, and this issue’s positively packed. Check it out! Elsewhere, the folks over at KRITIQAL recently wrapped an essay jam centred around forgotten games, producing a bunch of cool, offbeat, and interactive works. A few highlights show up in this week’s roundup, and since I haven’t read everything...

August 2021

Hello readers, Welcome to a rather delayed August vod roundup. It’s still a bit frosty here on the deep southern side of the planet, but it was a warm month for videogame video discourse, so I took my sweet time sifting through the content. I do hope you enjoy. Thank you again to everyone who sent in recommendations. This Month In Videogame Vlogging...

September 26th

Welcome back, readers. Videogames? Videogames. I’ve looked up from a packed-but-gratifying semester of teaching queer Twine games just long enough to put together this week’s latest issue, which features nihilism, Deltarune, story ideologies, and another out-of-context fish picture. Enjoy! This Week in Videogame Blogging is a roundup highlighting...

September 19th

Welcome back, readers. We’re running a shorter issue this week, albeit one that ended up being fairly tightly themed around history and memory, be it via how games depict history, or how they constitute it! But before that. . . . New Keywords in Play this week! This time around, our featured guest is Adrienne Shaw! Check it out. This Week in Videogame...

Adrienne Shaw | Keywords in Play, Episode 14

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/x9kyp3/14-adrienne-shaw-draft.mp3 Download “Keywords in Play” is an interview series about game research supported by Critical Distance and the Digital Games Research Association. This episode we speak with Adrienne Shaw about the paper “Encoding and decoding affordances: Stuart Hall and interactive media...

September 12th

Welcome back, readers. The past and future feature heavily in this week’s issue as writers re-evaluate prior legacies and weigh in on future trends. No major updates around the site to discuss this week, unless I’ve somehow missed something myself as I begin to flounder in lesson planning at the beginning of the semester and my other professional...

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