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Cameron Hays
Works at September High School
Attends University of Denver
Lived in Denver, CO
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Rowan only knows one genre of music: bebop. Here she is singing about it.
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Mordheim is an undeniably flawed game; it does it's best to make it hard to get into. But under all the warts is an addictive RPG experience.
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Another one of my video game reviews just went live. 
Darkest Dungeon earns its title by carefully crafting a perilous, stressful adventure full of tragic losses that could easily be a metaphor for depression.
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I wax nostalgic about my great video game love: Fallout. #fallout   #fallout4  
Fallout as a franchise has gone through a lot over the years, changing both developers and genres in the progress. But while the originals are often held up as 'why games were better', maybe it isn't the games that changed so much as we have.
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Another one of my rants about video games:
https://gameraven.com/editorials/why-i-play
What makes a great game for one person is specific to them, and that's important.
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" I get furious every time I see a review describe a game as having “RPG elements” because there is a leveling up system. I’m sorry, but that’s not what makes something an RPG. An RPG is a game where you take on a role and make conscious decisions that have meaningful effect on a story."

I agree with this part completely.
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Another one of my video game rants. This one is because I used to teach geography and a big part of that is thinking about mental maps: video game could be a great way to teach people how to navigate real places. Instead we get islands...

https://gameraven.com/editorials/why-is-everything-a-fucking-island
Video Games can’t do a 1:1 reproduction of a location but is there a better way to represent an environment than an island?
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Wherein I write about being a parent and playing a video game at the same time.

https://gameraven.com/editorials/octodad-vs-parenting-a-toddler
Octodad, much like parenting, has a high spectator value. Watching someone play Octodad is hilarious, even without the addition of the multi-player version.
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My wife and I played Dead Realm (and wrote about it) so you don't have to.
https://gameraven.com/reviews/he-said-she-said-dead-realm
Dead Realm buries a promising concept of haunted house hide-and-seek beneath a myriad of extraneous fluff and baffling designs. Even though it's labeled as Early Access, it feels more like pay-to-test rather than pay-to-play-early.
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A short rant where I complain about representation and inclusion in video games.
Games are one of the most limitless mediums out there; so why are so many of the characters so limited in their variety?
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I wrote a thing that was published today: 
https://gameraven.com/reviews/1979-revolution-black-friday
1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a poignant, powerful narrative that never forgets its roots as an interactive story.
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Wherein my wife and I discuss video games we have played together:
https://gameraven.com/editorials/he-saidshe-said-a-blood-bowl-retrospective
Blood Bowl is a great example of how fighting the odds can be fun. Not every game needs to focus on pure 'skill.'
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Another video game rant. This time I talk about my love/hate relationship with Assassin's Creed. 
https://gameraven.com/editorials/almost-a-time-machine-why-i-love-and-hate-assassins-creed
For all the things Assassin's Creed games do wrong, there's one thing they always do well: let us explore long-lost pieces of history.
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Education
  • University of Denver
    PhD Curriculum & Instruction/ Gifted & Talented Education, 2012 - present
  • Lewis & Clark College
    BA Ethnomusicology, 1997 - 2000
  • University of Colorado at Denver
    MA Educational Psychology, 2007 - 2009
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Male
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Other names
Cameron Hays McGilvray, Bipolar Bear
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Bipolar Bear
Bragging rights
2011 Westword Music Showcase Award winner
Work
Occupation
High School Teacher, Doctoral Student
Employment
  • September High School
    Social Studies Teacher, 2008 - present
  • Stygian Games
    Composer, 2011 - 2012
  • Choke The Word
    Bass Player/Producer, 2008 - 2012
  • LearnGizmo
    Educational Consultant, 2012 - 2012
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Previously
Denver, CO - Boulder, CO - Seattle, WA - Portland, OR - Akkaraipattu, Sri Lanka - Cambridge, UK