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  • The Social Construction of Sexual Orientation
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    The Social Construction of Sexual Orientation

    3 years ago

    Is sexual orientation rooted in biology or socialization? Is it fixed or fluid? Nature or nurture? When we answer these questions, we are engaging in the social construction of sexual orientation.

  • The Myth of the Gender Pay Gap Myth: Gender Roles, Stereotypes, and Sexism
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    The Myth of the Gender Pay Gap Myth: Gender Roles, Stereotypes, and Sexism

    3 years ago

    Is the gender pay gap a product of sexism or the different choices that men and women make when it comes to work? The unfortunate answer is that the problem may be deeper than either of those factors.

  • Modeling Sexual Identities: Intersex, Transgender, and the Gender Binary
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    Modeling Sexual Identities: Intersex, Transgender, and the Gender Binary

    3 years ago

    What does it mean to be intersex or transgender? What is the gender binary? This short guide to some core LGBT terms and concepts will help you understand why the way we frame the problem matters.

  • Do We Need More Playable Female Characters in Video Games?
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    Do We Need More Playable Female Characters in Video Games?

    2 years ago

    These are the results of my study of gender bias in over 400 video games.

  • Grouvee - A Goodreads for Video Games
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    Grouvee - A Goodreads for Video Games

    4 years ago

    Grouvee is a new social networking site for gamers. Record your catalog, rate and review your favorites, and make connections with other players.

  • How to Make a Custom Hireling in Skyrim
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    How to Make a Custom Hireling in Skyrim

    6 months ago

    Creating custom followers for Skyrim isn't hard, but they lack some of the polish of the original characters. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to take an 'easy' follower, like the one created in my previous tutorial, and turn them into a full-fledged hireling, complete with recruiting dialogue...

  • How to Create a Custom Follower and Marriage Partner for Skyrim
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    How to Create a Custom Follower and Marriage Partner for Skyrim

    2 years ago

    Bored of the vanilla followers in Skyrim? Can't find the perfect marriage partner? If you own a PC copy of the game, you can rectify this disappointing state of affairs by creating a companion of your very own. Although there are a lot of steps, it's not complicated to do, and this tutorial will...

  • How to Make a Skyrim Character That Looks Like Any Character in the Game
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    How to Make a Skyrim Character That Looks Like Any Character in the Game

    2 years ago

    Have you ever wanted a Skyrim character that looks like Aela or Ulfric? With the Creation Kit, you can make a new character look like any character in the game by following a few easy steps. This tutorial is noob friendly, so if you have no idea what you're doing, don't be shy.

  • Free Games Like Plants vs Zombies
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    Free Games Like Plants vs Zombies

    2 years ago

    If you're a fan of Plants vs. Zombies, or have always been curious about it, you may be happy to know that there are several clones which you can play for free in your browser. While not quite as good as the original game, all of these games are definitely worth checking out and can provide hours...

  • Invested: How Good Game Mechanics Hook Players
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    Invested: How Good Game Mechanics Hook Players

    6 months ago

    Why do people like some games, but not others? If good graphics don't make up for bad gameplay, why do developers keep making these kinds of games? Is 'dumbing down' a bad thing, or a good thing? What's the difference between casual and hard-core? In this hub, I explore these and other questions by...

  • Roger Ebert: Video Games Can Never Be Art, Just Because
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    Roger Ebert: Video Games Can Never Be Art, Just Because

    6 years ago

    Roger Ebert infamously predicted that video games could never be art. Is there some truth to his argument?

  • A Line Drawn in Blood: Survival Horror vs. Action Horror
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    A Line Drawn in Blood: Survival Horror vs. Action Horror

    6 years ago

    Has survival horror been swallowed up by big publishers and action-heavy game mechanics or is it on the brink of a new era? In this hub I discuss a couple of key points that distinguish survival horror from action horror and explain why and how some developers have failed to grasp the fundamentals...

  • Diablo - A Retrospective Review
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    Diablo - A Retrospective Review

    6 years ago

    With Diablo 3 just around the corner, I decided to go back and revisit the game that started it all. In this retrospective review, I take a detailed look at what makes the original game so great, and where it might fall short for modern gamers.

  • Titan Quest: Best of the Diablo Clones?
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    Titan Quest: Best of the Diablo Clones?

    22 months ago

    If you're looking for a good hack and slash RPG to tide you over until Diablo 3, Titan Quest is a safe bet. Titan Quest offers excellent visuals, addictive gameplay and a robust character build system. If you're a fan of Ray Harryhausen movies like Jason and the Argonauts, Sinbad, and Clash of the...

  • Art and Integrity: The Mass Effect 3 Controversy
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    Art and Integrity: The Mass Effect 3 Controversy

    4 years ago

    Do fans have a right to demand new endings for Mass Effect 3? Does BioWare have a right to ignore those demands in the interest of preserving artistic integrity? I don't think it's a cut-and-dried issue, and I think there's a lot to be learned from it.

  • Is Skyrim a Role-Playing Game?
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    Is Skyrim a Role-Playing Game?

    2 years ago

    Is Skyrim a role-playing game? For some reason, people are very divided about Skyrim's classification as an RPG. While labels don't affect the quality of a game, you can often learn something useful from investigating how they are applied. In this hub, I explore some of the reasons why Skyrim both...

  • Open World, Free Roaming, and Sandbox Video Games
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    Open World, Free Roaming, and Sandbox Video Games

    2 years ago

    In my opinion, many of the best games that have ever been made have been open world, free roaming sandbox games. In this hub, I talk a little bit about the difference between linear and non-linear gameplay elements and provide a short-list of my favorite open world game franchises.

  • Digital Dolls: Our Obsession with Making Hot Characters
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    Digital Dolls: Our Obsession with Making Hot Characters

    2 years ago

    Anybody who spends a lot of time in forums for video games that allow you to customize your character's appearance know just how seriously some players take it. In this article, I explore some of the impulses behind this fixation and some of the implications of character customizability.

  • How to Build Interesting Characters in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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    How to Build Interesting Characters in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    5 months ago

    Skyrim grants players the freedom to create any type of character that they can think of. For some this can be too much of a good thing. How do you create a compelling character that you can role-play with for hundreds of hours without getting bored? Read on to find out . . .

  • Where Did the Challenge Go? The Problem with Skyrim
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    Where Did the Challenge Go? The Problem with Skyrim

    2 years ago

    One of the biggest complaints that players have about Skyrim is how easy it is. It is often compared unfavorably with Dark Souls, which seems to satisfy a masochistic urge that many gamers have to challenge themselves. In this hub, I talk about Skyrim's difficulty settings and a simple way that...

  • A Little Evil Goes a Long Way: Why So Many Children in Horror Movies are Evil
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    A Little Evil Goes a Long Way: Why So Many Children in Horror Movies are Evil

    2 years ago

    Evil children are a staple of horror films. What is it about children in horror that does such a good job creeping us out, and why do people have such strong reactions to these characters?

  • Skyrim: Simple Fixes (They Should Have Made)
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    Skyrim: Simple Fixes (They Should Have Made)

    2 years ago

    Here's my list of simple fixes that could have gone a long way toward improving most players' experience of Skyrim. These are all very easy fixes that don't make any radical changes to the way the game plays but that help to shore up the weak spots and make the game feel more polished and...

  • Creating Skyrim Mods with the Creation Kit
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    Creating Skyrim Mods with the Creation Kit

    6 years ago

    The Creation Kit is finally here! If you're a Skyrim fan and a PC gamer, you no doubt already know about this amazing tool. Now you can finally get your hands on it (for free!) and start creating mods for one of the biggest games of 2011-2. Create new towns, dungeons, and quests or customize the...

  • The Rules of Immersion: Why RPG Gamers Fight All the Time
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    The Rules of Immersion: Why RPG Gamers Fight All the Time

    2 years ago

    Anyone who's spent any amount of time in a forum dedicated to RPGs know that defining what is and what isn't a role-playing game is something of an irresistible temptation. Conflicting definitions tend to lead to misunderstandings between players that then leads to division instead of cooperation....

  • What Makes a Great Role-Playing Video Game?
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    What Makes a Great Role-Playing Video Game?

    2 years ago

    How do you define role-playing video games? What exactly are 'RPG elements'? Having spent a lot of time playing these games, I've decided to talk about a few of the common elements I find in most, if not all, computer RPGs to one extent or another.

  • Warrior, Wizard, Thief: Class, Balance and Archetypes in Computer RPGs
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    Warrior, Wizard, Thief: Class, Balance and Archetypes in Computer RPGs

    2 years ago

    Think it's easy to balance a computer role-playing game? Think again. This article explores some of the issues that face designers of RPGs when trying to balance different class and skill combinations. For serious gamers. Not light reading!

  • How to Change the FOV in Skyrim
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    How to Change the FOV in Skyrim

    2 years ago

    If you're getting headaches or suffer from motion sickness when playing Skyrim, you can often alleviate these symptoms by changing the FOV. Learn how to do that and increase your enjoyment.

  • How to Download and Create Saved Games for Skyrim
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    How to Download and Create Saved Games for Skyrim

    5 years ago

    One of the great things about PC gaming is the ease and convenience of sharing saved games. If swapping game saves seems like an odd idea to you, think again. Save game sharing provides many interesting advantages and can be a great introduction to the wider world of modding.

  • How to Create Beautiful Characters in Skyrim
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    How to Create Beautiful Characters in Skyrim

    6 months ago

    This tutorial will show you how to create better looking characters by combining theory with practice.

  • Ten Tips for Better Role-Playing in Skyrim
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    Ten Tips for Better Role-Playing in Skyrim

    2 years ago

    Are you looking for a deeper role-playing experience? Skyrim was made for role-players, and gives you plenty of ways to lose yourself in another time and place. These 10 tips can help make your role-playing experience even richer!

  • A Tale of Two Exploits: Skill Perks and Character Leveling in Skyrim
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    A Tale of Two Exploits: Skill Perks and Character Leveling in Skyrim

    2 years ago

    One of the hottest topics in the Skyrim forums these days is whether or not certain skills are too under- or over-powered. This article takes a look at some of the complex factors that go into designing these game mechanics and whether and how they might be fixed. Do you agree or disagree? Share...

  • The Well-Appointed Bandit: The Case for Level Scaling
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    The Well-Appointed Bandit: The Case for Level Scaling

    2 years ago

    Level scaling has been a hotbed of dissent in the Elder Scrolls community for years and reached its peak with the introduction of outrageously well-armed and armored bandits in Oblivion. In this hub, I'm going to take a look at the lowly bandit and show how, from humble origins, a great game...

  • Is There a Right Way to Play Skyrim?
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    Is There a Right Way to Play Skyrim?

    2 years ago

    In spite of the games enormous popularity, there is a veritable tempest in a teapot over at the Bethesda forums about how to play Skyrim. Is it a 'true' role-playing game? Is it 'broken' or 'completely unbalanced'? Here's my take on the subject. Set your flamethrowers to annihilate.

  • Fast Travel and Narrative Elision in Skyrim
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    Fast Travel and Narrative Elision in Skyrim

    7 years ago

    Love it or hate it, fast travel is a bone of contention among RPG gamers. This article takes a closer look at the misunderstood mechanic to see where it goes wrong and how it could be fixed.

  • How to Remove the Compass and Crosshair in Skyrim
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    How to Remove the Compass and Crosshair in Skyrim

    2 years ago

    Skyrim is a fantastic game, but if you're a hard-core role-player, you may find even Skyrim's minimal HUD interface a little distracting. (Or helpful!) In this tutorial, I'll show you how to disable the crosshair and compass.

  • How to Turn Off Quest Markers and Fast Travel in Skyrim
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    How to Turn Off Quest Markers and Fast Travel in Skyrim

    2 years ago

    Do you find the quest markers in Skyrim a little distracting? Is fast travel a little too convenient and a little too tempting? Do they make completing the quests a little too easy? You can turn off quest markers and floating quest markers and diable fast travel by following these simple steps.

  • How to Change Your Appearance and Name in Skyrim
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    How to Change Your Appearance and Name in Skyrim

    2 years ago

    Learn how to change your Skyrim character's name and appearance later in the game by using the console.

  • How to Take Screenshots in Skyrim
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    How to Take Screenshots in Skyrim

    3 years ago

    This guide will show you how to take a screenshot with or without the HUD and how to take them using the Steam screenshot manager. You can use the images as wallpaper, too!

  • How to Change the Timescale in Skyrim
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    How to Change the Timescale in Skyrim

    2 years ago

    Does the time in Skyrim move too quickly or too slow for you? Find out how to change the game setting that controls this so you can play at your own pace.

  • How to Translate, Rotate, and Scale 3D Objects in Blender
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    How to Translate, Rotate, and Scale 3D Objects in Blender

    2 years ago

    Have you always wanted to create your own 3D models? Would you like to create beautiful CG art and stunning 3D animations? Do you need to create assets for your game and can't afford 3D Studio Max or Maya? This tutorial will get your foot in the door with Blender, a fabulous, free 3D modeling and...

  • Modding Video Games
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    Modding Video Games

    4 years ago

    Ever wanted to change something in a game you were playing? Ever wished you could change the way your character looks or make enemies harder to kill? Then what you want is a mod. This hub explains the wacky and wonderful world of modding. Your game just got better.

  • Blender Free Open Source 3D Modeling and Animation Software
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    Blender Free Open Source 3D Modeling and Animation Software

    4 years ago

    Blender is a free, open source 3D modeling and animation suite that comes with a built-in game engine. Although it is not as widely known or supported as 3D Studio Max and Maya, it has a large and enthusiastic following. Blender has been used to create short animated films that rival the production...

  • The Lefkoe Method
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    The Lefkoe Method

    4 years ago

    Is the Lefkoe Method for eliminating limiting beliefs and behaviors too good to be true? I tried the sample, and it made me curious for more; but what are other people saying? Try it yourself and let us know what you think.

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