Author: Zainabb Hull

“What Matters is I Helped”: On Being Human With Cole In Dragon Age: Inquisition

I recently finished Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest game in one of my favourite series. I’d expected to be cut up by the finale, which I definitely built up in my head, but instead I found myself affected by an unlikely favourite among the Inquisition: Cole, the spirit. Cole doesn’t often crop up on my social media feeds. He doesn’t seem to be much of a fan favourite. In fact, I didn’t know he existed before playing the game; he was the only companion I hadn’t seen in previews or fan theories. Yet it was Cole—part mystery, part weirdo—who...

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Heated Gaming Moments: What’s Acceptable? (Not Racism)

Felix Kjellberg once again has said something racist. In a livestream last week he used a racist slur. Noted buffoon Ian Miles Cheong chose to mischaracterise this as understandable; as Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, let loose the term whilst in a “heated gaming moment”–angry because he was momentarily losing at a game–Cheong suggested that both the phrase and its use were meaningless. In fact, of course, what a person has allowed themselves to become comfortable proclaiming (internally or externally) is what will come out of their mouth when they are excited and cross. If Kjellberg is comfortable with...

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