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Why I Play
 There is always something worth finding if you go to the farthest edges of the map. I don’t like to play mages or wizards. I do enjoy being an archer, a sniper, or an assassin sneaking through shadows. I value loyalty less than I value compassion. I natura...
There is always something worth finding if you go to the farthest edges of the map. I don't like to play mages or wizards. I do enjoy being an archer, a sniper, or an assassin sneaking through shadows. I value loyalty less than I value compassion. I naturally gravitate toward diplomacy and the ...
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hey kate, im not sure how to send you a message here.. google+ is confusing for me.. do you have an email i can reach you at? this is related to gaming.. you featured me in one of your posts on kotaku in august.. and watch to touch base with you.

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Seriously, I have zero valuable contribution or insight in this post, but it's got links to Mass Effect 3 score clips that have been made available so far and I just fangirl the hell out of this music, so the old video and the new audio are both there.
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In which Your Critic decides that the origins are the part that matter in Dragon Age: Origins. (Straight up personal blather and reflection on how I'm playing the game.)
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In which Your Critic takes a stab at trying to understand why she personally still thinks poorly of party-based RPGs and yet has spent all of 2011 neck-deep in them.
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Not a "Real" Gamer
It's amazing how easy a trap it is to fall into, really. As a working parent of a 6-month-old, there's always something to do. I pick her up from daycare on my way home from work, and my evenings are a maelstrom of dinner time and bath time and bed time and...
It's amazing how easy a trap it is to fall into, really. As a working parent of a 6-month-old, there's always something to do. I pick her up from daycare on my way home from work, and my evenings are a maelstrom of dinner time and bath time and bed time and cleanup and setup for the next morning ...
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I dunno if it's a trap you've fallen into. Redefining "gamer" as a someone in a specific subculture of the broader one of people that play games has a lot of currency to me. Mattie hammers on this point a lot. The "hegemony of video games" and the like. At this point, I'm more than happy to let the "gamers" wall themselves off from the rest of polite society, holding the label tightly like so many Gollums with their Precious, while the rest of us go about playing games, video and otherwise. And really, just about every human being on the planet plays games of some kind or another. What value is the label when we insist on a definition that is not all that far from "practically everyone"?

I'll probably never be able to dodge the label unless I throw all my video games in the trash and just stop playing them, which I'm not willing to do, but I'm not unhappy when people don't see me as one.

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In which Your Critic finally manages to get some of her many thoughts re: Dragon Age 2 down.

(Massive, massive full-game, end-game, and multiple-game spoilers within.)
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In which Your Critic decides that games are aesthetic experiences, not things, and that the arts are worth the money.
Holiday Shopping. It's the second week of December, so here in the USA at least nearly everyone's out buying something. Hanukkah and Christmas have a tight overlap this year, and in my circle ...
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In which one week of gameplay and 2/3 of Dragon Age II lead Your Critic to a revelation in how she approaches her attitude toward player characters.
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In which the Beyond the Girl Gamer series begins the discussion of marketing, by looking at female invisibility / unwarranted female prominence on game box art.
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Playing Ico has been a real reminder of just how much more... user-friendly?... games (especially console games) have gotten. No in-game instructions, guides, or hints, no guidance or assist on platforming-style jumps... on the other hand, the sum total of combat is "hit it with a stick" and "hit it with a stick again," and even I can remember which button that is.

It's an interesting experience, since I completely missed all PlayStation everything up until late 2008.
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I had a similar experience playing the game. What? Read the manual?
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Once a Boston baby but now dwelling in DC, I play games and then write about them and the culture that produces them.
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