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Queer Games Criticism in 2021 (so Far)

Welcome back gaymers! Pride Month is a year-round affair here at Critical Distance–the same goes for Wrath Month–but all the same it feels timely in June to highlight some of the best damn queer-themed writing featured in our weekly roundups through the first half of 2021. So let’s do exactly that! For this issue, the cool thing I want to plug first...

June 13th

Welcome back, readers. For this issue, the cool thing I want to plug first is the TTRPG Charity Bundle for Trans Support currently being hosted over on Itch throughout the month of June. There’s some stellar talent included in this package, and I’m glad to see a focus on tabletop games, which don’t always get as much attention! Check it out of you...

Alenda Y. Chang | Keywords in Play, Episode 13

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/cmes65/13-alenda-y-chang.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 Alenda Y. Chang about games, ecology, literature, and environmental relations. Alenda is an Associate Professor...

June 6th

Welcome back, readers. Remember that bundle on Itch we mentioned last week, with the proceeds going towards aid for Palestine via UNRWA? You’ve probably read this elsewhere already, but that bundle is live, bringing together over a thousand different games, works, and pieces of art. Check it out while you can! This Week in Videogame Blogging is...

May 30th

Welcome back, readers. There’s a big bundle of games, art, and other work being put together by some folks on Itch, with the proceeds going towards aid for Palestine via UNRWA. It doesn’t appear to be live yet but when it does go up, this thread from the organizers will be updated. This looks cool! This Week in Videogame Blogging is a roundup highlighting...

May 23rd

Welcome back, readers. Last week, I very briefly used the official Critical Distance Twitter account to express my gratitude to the IGN staff who took the initiative among major US games press outlets by speaking up about the humanitarian crisis Palestinians in Gaza are facing and directing their readership to organizations and charities providing...

April 2021

Welcome back, readers. April was a relatively quiet month for critical videos, which was frankly relieving after the madness of March. Still, there’s a lot here that I’m pleased to share with you. My boundless thanks, as always, for your many submissions and recommendations. This Month In Videogame Vlogging highlights the most compelling critical...

May 16th

I’d appreciate it a bunch, friends and readers, if you can take a bit of time today to look up ways you can support and render aid to the Palestinian people currently suffering through ethnic cleansing, displacement, and colonial brutality at the hands of the IDF. Here is a good list of charities, orgs, and funds, some of them local. Around the site,...

Aaron Trammell | Keywords in Play, Episode 12

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/jvvq8j/12-aaron-trammell-nohistory.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 talk with Aaron Trammell about challenging canonical thinkers, race, torture and TTRPGs, with special reference...

May 9th

Welcome back, readers. Once again from last week, here’s a thread detailing local orgs you can donate to in India, which is dealing with an unprecedented surge in Covid cases. Check it out if you can. No major news around the site this week. Hope you’re taking care of yourself, playing something cool, and using the #TWIVGB hashtag if you write something...

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