The Fascinating Relationship Between Choice and Character in Firewatch and Night in The Woods.

As with my last post, this is a university essay that I wrote this term. I hope you enjoy it 🙂 I've written separate posts on Night in the Woods and Firewatch if you'd like to read those. Firewatch (2016) and Night in The Woods (2017) are independently developed adventure games created by Campo Santo … Continue reading The Fascinating Relationship Between Choice and Character in Firewatch and Night in The Woods.

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Female Friendship, Power and Forms of Control in Uncharted The Lost Legacy

This is an academic essay I wrote for a video game module I'm studying at university hence the more formal tone than my usual stuff. I hope its an enjoyable read nonetheless. Watch out for spoilers for The Lost Legacy. Uncharted The Lost Legacy (2017) is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and … Continue reading Female Friendship, Power and Forms of Control in Uncharted The Lost Legacy

In Praise of Donna and Cameron, Halt and Catch Fire’s Most Compelling Duo

A really great piece on my favourite show of this year and its two most compelling characters

Ari Talks TV

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After an uneven and underwhelming first season, Halt and Catch Fire reinvented itself in its second year by making one simple change: it moved its female characters into the foreground. Hardware engineer Donna Clark and coding prodigy Cameron Howe teamed up to launch an online gaming company called Mutiny, and suddenly everything that had been lacking in the show’s first outing–consistent energy, strong emotional hooks, and a unique narrative–was realized by their partnership. Halt and Catch Fire became must-watch television, and it did so by moving women’s stories to the center.

From the beginning, Halt presented itself as a show about industry outsiders, people who had to fight through fierce professional competition in order to be taken seriously. But Joe and Gordon, whose working relationship was the focus of season one, weren’t exactly facing any systemic barriers to success. They were both white men who had already been given every opportunity…

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