It's been a long time since I've posted an update and it's long overdue. It's been quite an adventure building this website. I've worked with several artists, spent hours fussing over website design, avoided a very elaborate phishing scam, and maybe most importantly, made profound discoveries about my writing and my vision for how I want things to continue. Since April, I've interrogated my original ideas and I've made major adjustments that warrant some discussion.Read More
I wanted to take a moment and talk a little more about what I'm about and what this space is about. Primarily on this platform, I intend to publish articles in a few capacities; for the most part it'll break down into posts about notable gaming news, reviews and pre-reviews as well as articles that will put an emphasis on analysis of video games for the sake of analysis rather than to suggest whether or not it is worth playing and then, of course, there will be times I'll be writing outside these spheres as well.
I place a high value on building a platform that centers people who participate in gaming culture who typically face erasure. As such, this is an all-inclusive space. And I'll be talking about issues from game mechanics to issues in relation to identity.
Also a statement on ethics. I'm going to do my best to give credit where credit is due on this site. If there's ever an error, let me know and I'll fix it.
And that's about it but before I go, below I'll give a couple of previews of what's already on deck.
First up is a multiple part article addressing Zelda: Breath of the Wild and why it's so difficult to criticize. I'll be taking look into the power of nostalgia, aesthetics and trying to lay out one reasoning behind how and why BoTW got away with so much.
I'll also be doing a review of Persona 5 and for the Persona Series' 20th anniversary I'll be doing a study of the aesthetics of the Persona series and holding Persona 5 against the conventions of the past entries in a separate article.
I'm also going to write an article about how in my eyes, Bioware and Bethesda ain't shit. This one is going to take some doing.
Thaks for reading.
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.