Golf Story Does Some Pretty Cool Things with Text

Golf Story, an indie, released on the Switch last week, is reminiscent of old Gameboy Advanced games. It has beautiful 32-bit artwork which is animated with a smoothness that makes proper use of the modern hardware. You play as a young man with a technically obtuse, but extremely effective, golf swing who wants to be a professional golf player. The game’s narrative arc follows the boy as he convinces the folks around him that, despite his odd swing, he can play a good game of golf.  While the story isn’t groundbreaking, the overall premise is serviceable and the writing is pretty good. But, the way that the dialogue is presented makes Golf Story give some of the most charming storytelling I’ve experienced this year...

Read More

How Harvest Moon Taught me how to get Through College

One of the first games I got really good at was a game called Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. It's a farming simulator in which you are required to manage the daily operations of a farm as one singular man. Your daily duties, depending on the season, range from courting a bride, caring for your child, befriending town folk, milking cows, shearing sheep, watering crops, collecting eggs, feeding the animals, grooming animals, training your dog, riding your horse, mining for ore, foraging in the mountain, chopping wood, breaking stones, and cooking. All in a game where the clock is set to move ten minutes in-game for every second real time.

Read More

The Black Sidekick in Games

Very rarely do you have a game where you play as a Black person, the entire time. Sometimes you get the curve ball playable character option or the technically playable party member but, it's always very clear that these characters are not intended to be the center of the story. These characters are relegated to the role of sidekick.  Any representation, at face value, seems like a step forward for an industry which, just a matter of a few years ago, rarely ever included Black people at all. But, view it in a larger context and things get tricky. What is the effect of the Black character almost always taking on the role of a side character?

Read More

Loving Something Problematic Doesn't Make you Less of a Feminist

There are issues here, deep issues which keep me from ever thinking of Bayonetta as a truly Feminist game. At the same time, Bayonetta also passes the Bechdel test with flying colors and has a lot of good things going for it. And I have no shame in saying I am an Intersectional Feminist who has issues with Bayonetta, but also I fucking love it too.

Read More

A Small Introduction

I'm Nick, a Black Queer Girl bred and born in the Midwest. And I am a gamer by serendipity. I had a Gameboy when I was a kid and my first gaming love, like so many 23-year-olds, was Pokemon Blue. Beyond that as a kid at first the only games my parents let me play were, that Toy Story game that came in 1995 and maybe Tetris. In other words, my parents weren't exactly parenting with the intention of raising a gamer, but that didn't stop my brother and me from begging. I remember watching my older cousin play Digimon World at my grandparent's house and being absolutely desperate to be able to play. But my parents wouldn't budge.

So, it seemed like really ultimately, I wasn't really intended to be the colossal nerd that I grew up to be, but the new millennium changed all of that. You see, in 2000 when the PS2 was coming out, my parents were intending to give one to that same cousin I mentioned before but, somehow it ended up wrapped, under our Christmas tree with my brother's name written right on the label. And if there was a camera in the room I love to think what the juxtaposition of my brother and my faces light up against my parent's utter shock. They withheld it while my brother learned his times tables and then, once he was proficient, it was ours. And all bets were off from there.

From then on we devoured games and my parents gave into our asks for new consoles and pretty soon, I was immersed, in love, obsessed with animation and video games. And all the while, while I was diving into this incredible, vibrant world, I was Black, Queer and a girl. Everything about being not white, not straight nad not a man on the internet is an awkward negotiation because especially in gaming circles, you're assumed not to exist. Most people I know just in life can count the times they've been called a nigger or a faggot on one or two hands. 

I was called both many times before I started counting but I stopped after 60 and that was after about two months. So, in summary, it was strange. 

Which brings me, finally to what this is. And if you're still with me, truly, thanks. This is a Blog where I'm gonna talk about games. I'm going to write reviews, about happenings in the industry and about game theory all from my perspective as a  Queer Black Girl who games. And I hope that you will continue to read.