Posts Tagged: Video Games


The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Growing Up Gaming


“Is this inclusive or exclusive?” he asked with a creased brow. “I don’t like the idea that we’re being treated as a joke.” ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Andrew Ervin


Andrew Ervin discusses his debut novel, Burning Down George Orwell’s House, social media and writing, and how video games can serve as a way to understand the post-human world. ...more

Matthew Baker

The Rumpus Interview with Matthew Baker


"Master fictioneer" Matthew Baker talks about his new middle grade novel, If You Find This, artists as tricksters, his favorite comic strips, and why children are still capable of believing in impossible things. ...more


The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show #6: Oliver de la Paz


In Episode 6 of The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, Dave Roderick chats with poet Oliver de la Paz about his new collection, Post Subject: A Fable, video games, and his weirdest writing habit. ...more

Love (or Something), Virtually


And the winner of Best Opening Line Ever goes to: “I was a gay man playing ‘Warcraft’ as a beautiful woman, and he was a Mormon virgin. Our romance was a time bomb.”

Over at Salon, Elliot Glen tells the story of his pixel-mediated relationship with a callow, straight, Mormon virgin:

I first met SaltySaber in a dark and dangerous swamp, where he answered my desperate cry for help and rescued me from a gaggle of ruthless ghosts .


Pong Was Not For Boys


How did video games go from being completely gender-neutral to being the centerpiece of a male-dominated, often misogynistic subculture?

Polygon’s Tracy Lien investigates in a fascinating history of the industry’s relationship to gender.

It’s interesting whether you’re into video games or not—though, as the article points out, if you play Bejeweled, Angry Birds, or even Windows Solitaire, you may be more into video games than you think.


I’m Not A Novelist, But I Play One In a Video Game


The writing life isn’t a game—except when it is.

The Novelist, an indie video game by Kent Hudson, lets you play at being a author without having to put pen to paper…though the game doesn’t seem too much easier than the real thing:

…you’re presented with the same fundamental question in nine different ways over the course of the game, that you start to learn about your own values.


Alaska Native Culture as a Game—But Not a Joke


If you liked reading about narrative video games about the trans experience, you’re sure to enjoy this Polygon piece on “the first indigenous-owned games company in the United States.”

Like a heist movie, the essay introduces the players (an Alaska Native educator and two games developers), sets up the stakes (the stereotypes of Native Americans that saturate the media), and then delivers the goods: the game they created together, about a young girl surviving in the Arctic.