Freedom and determinism in video games pt. 2: the illusion of choice
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Freedom and determinism in video games pt. 2: the illusion of choice

In my previous post, I explored the wider debate about freedom and determinism with reference to the Bible. I explained the tension between experiencing free acts of will and decision, while simultaneously being predisposed towards certain tendencies by internal and external factors, as well as chosen and known by an omniscient God. The complex interplay … Continue reading

Women: The Last of Us’ Ellie, strength in weakness and fighting for love
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Women: The Last of Us’ Ellie, strength in weakness and fighting for love

[Warning: This post contains spoilers from The Last of Us and Left Behind DLC.] Everyone can relate to the sense of being in a battle. This might be a battle against time, circumstances, people. It might be the battle to survive, physically, socially or psychologically. Everyone can understand the sense of fighting for or against something. When I … Continue reading

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Women in video games: I want more

I am passionate about realistic and rounded portrayals of women in video games. I long for the day when this is the norm and not a feat to be celebrated. When female protagonists controlled by the player are not in the minority, and game developers are not driven by default to emphasise male protagonists to make games … Continue reading