The Final Station: A Study In Great Low Cost Storytelling in Games

I had not played The Final Station (which you can find on Steam for fifteen bucks) before, and it was only by virtue of a Steam Code sent to my deadname email address (under which I previously wrote about games) that it arrived along with a code for the game’s new (excellent) DLC, The Only Traitor … More The Final Station: A Study In Great Low Cost Storytelling in Games

Library Days 004: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

A lot of rancor has been had at the film’s superficial adaptation, and it’s massive whitewashing of cultural roles. It’s a movie where the plot is literally the definition of cultural appropriation/whitewashing: an older white male businessman steals the identities of Japanese youths and remakes them as white people while erasing their ethnicity and stealing their mental labor.

It’s hard to ignore the blatant problems of cultural appropriation/whitewashing in the 2017 film. Outside of those, it’s fascinating as a loving pastiche of prior animated films and comic adaptations. … More Library Days 004: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Palmer Luckey’s Facebook Departure, and Confronting Political Reality in a Virtual Reality Age

I had the occasion to meet virtual reality innovator and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey twice, and had one long conversation with him after an Oculus Rift launch games event during Game Developer’s Conference last year in 2016 (shortly before I came out as trans, and was still living in the San Francisco Bay Area, under … More Palmer Luckey’s Facebook Departure, and Confronting Political Reality in a Virtual Reality Age