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Cara Ellison

3 years ago

Feature: Consent And Education In Videogames

S.EXE: Adult Entertainment & James Deen

In 2010 stand up comedian Dara O'Briain said, "I love videogames... I enjoy saying that because half of the room are looking at me, going, 'Ah Jesus, you're 38.'...It's less embarrassing if I say 'I masturbate to hardcore pornography'." It wasn't the first time videogames and pornography were lumped together. In 2008 GamesRadar reported that psychiatrist Dr Jerald Block said that people feel more shame…

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4 years ago

Feature: Men and women can’t be friends

Full Throttle’s Great Relationship

This week I've been trying to think about a relationship between a man and a woman in a game where they become close, but don't actually have romantic involvement or a silly damsel in distress situation. There's a strange set up that is echoed throughout our culture that [heterosexual] men and women can't be friends, just like in Billy Crystal's famous speech in When Harry…

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Feature: Two Games As One

S.EXE: Come Together

In the middle of the sort of teen love you only seem to get in ‘edgy’ Channel Four dramas I heard the Primal Scream track Come Together for the first time. It played at the end of the British rave culture movie Human Traffic. Strange to me to hear such a slow, elated thing in an era where fast pop beats were ruling my life,…

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S.EXE: Seven Stories About Love

The first time I ever wrote anything about games, it was because I was still brokenhearted about a relationship that had dissolved years ago. PC Gamer edited the 4000 word essay into a six pager about Dota in 2012 and it is still one of the best things I have ever written. But wherever I go, whatever I do, games participate in a meaningful way…

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Feature: Not That Kind Of Dome

S.EXE: Romantic Encounters At The Dome

"You have made a career of playing stupid shit," my friend tells me, as she stares at me playing a 2D MS-DOS platformer that sees a naked man with a semi erect cock jump around collecting beer and pissing on doors to open them. "It may be true," I say, grazing the man's knob-end off the side of a floating platform that is strangely reminiscent…

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Feature: Hunkmas

S.EXE: Coming Out On Top (NSFW)

RPS, I have been having a good time. An extremely good time. I mean a good time in every way: A new gay dating sim has snuck into existence, it is called Coming Out On Top, and it is funny, sexy, nervewracking, tense, charming... and it has fully naked, good-looking dudes in it. Who kiss each other! And do other hot 18+ things. Also there…

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World Of Warships Gameplay Video Released

Well, Wargaming are releasing another World of Warthing game soon! World of Warships is in beta. *Takes DEEP BREATH* But what about World of Warbicycles? World of Warballoons? World of Wargo-karts? World of Warjetskis? World of WarVespas? How about SEASONAL World of WarSleighs? Anyway click 'more' to see the first gameplay trailer, I promise I'll shut up. Will I though

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One Cut: Samurai Duelling In Kiai Resonance Trailer

It's not knowledge I often get to use, but I have a shodan in Iaido, the Japanese art of the drawing of the sword. I practised Musoshinden Ryu in a budoukan on the quiet side of Kagoshima city, Japan. It is a precise and very frustrating martial art to learn: one learns first how to tie the hakama, or plaited trousers, then one learns how…

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Caledonian Antisyzygy: Beeswing Is Now Available

I haven't been back to Scotland, my motherland, for a long time. Beeswing is a game about small-town Scotland released a few days ago. It is written in snippets of philosophy and folklore. It is told through hand-drawn maps and gentle guitar strokes. It is Final Fantasy on a small scale, in the spirit of Yumei Nikki, hand-illustrated and studded with the kind of Scottish…

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What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Dear Rock, Paper, Shotgun, I miss your smile. I miss your comments on my previews wondering how much sugar I have consumed to write it and what the heck kind of quirky BS is this and whether I will or will not ever get around to writing about triple A video games for you. But I come to you today to ask you about yourself.…

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Feature: Meta-romance

S.EXE: Creatures Such As We

When Max Payne, the dark bullet-time Sam Spade-'em-up game came out in 2001, I thought it possessed a most ingenious game meta-narrative moment. (I was sixteen, and I was easily wowed.) If my memory serves correctly, at one point our raspy-voiced Phillip Marlowe stand-in Max is injected with an overdose of the drug Valkyrie, a heroinesque substance, and hallucinates for a few levels. At one…

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EGX Rezzed 2015 Leftfield Collection Submissions Open

Submissions for the EGX Rezzed 2015 Leftfield Collection are now open! It's free to enter your indie game into this showcase curated by the very talented and discerning David Hayward, with the opportunity to be shown at Eurogamer's big fancy games show. Indie developers are invited to submit their games before the 16th January. You can find more info after the jump.

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Off The Grid: Distance Available 9th Dec

French electronic music duo Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter often wear large shiny helmets to make up the sound of Daft Punk, headgear that often remind me of French firefighter Gallet F1-SF helmets. I like to think that they are not in fact firefighters in the future, but CYBERRACING CAR drivers just taking a break to chill in the club and create some sweet…

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On The Wide Plains With Colt55

As I roamed the murky, blustery undershelf of the PC gaming dark, snuffling through bright flashes and old command lines, little pinpricks of pixels making freckles over my skin, I heard a voice. The voice was Alice's, and she called to me from her outpost by the tea-make in Stepney. All of a sudden my hand thirsted for a rein, the noise of the electric…

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Women In The Wordplace: Words Are Power

A thing that video games have proved mostly garbage at is approaching issues of gender - now when I say that you might think I'm merely talking about how women are portrayed, but pretty much any portrayal of gender gets a simplistic portrayal in games. A simple way to deconstruct gender issues might be to look at how powerful language is at changing attitudes, making…

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Feature: Rock, Paper, Scissoring

S.EXE: Girlvania Summer Lust (NSFW)

Someone sent me this 'All-Girl Sex Simulation' Girlvania because I guess I have this reputation now. What I did was I got some All Girls together (women who have sex with other women) in the New York Museum of Sex bar, plied them with alcohol, and asked them to look at the game. Is this a thing you can count as your job? I guess…

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