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.
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.
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.
Is there enough female representation in video games? These are the results of my study of gender bias in over 400 video games.
Grouvee is a new social networking site for gamers. Record your catalog, rate and review your favorites, and make connections with other players.
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 and turn them into a full-fledged hireling. (This tutorial does not cover the creation of custom dialogue.)
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 create a companion of your very own. Although there are a lot of steps, it's not complicated to do, and this tutorial will guide you, even if you're a Creation Kit noob.
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.
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 similar games you can play for free from your browser.
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? I explore these and other questions by revealing the intimate relationship between player investment and satisfying gameplay.
Roger Ebert infamously predicted that video games could never be art. Is there some truth to his argument?
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...
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.
If you're looking for a good hack and slash RPG that is similar to the Diablo series, "Titan Quest" is a safe bet.
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.
For some reason, people are very divided about Skyrim's classification as an RPG. In this article, I explore some of the reasons why Skyrim both is and is not a traditional role-playing game.
In my opinion, many of the best games that have ever been made have been open-world, free-roaming sandbox games. In this article, I discuss the difference between linear and non-linear gameplay elements and provide a short-list of my favorite open-world game franchises.
Anybody who spends a lot of time in video game forums that discuss customizing 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.
"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 . . .
One of the biggest complaints that players have about "Skyrim" is how easy it is. In this article, I talk about "Skyrim's" difficulty settings and a simple way that they could fix them.
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?
Here's my list of simple fixes that could have gone a long way toward improving most players' experience of Skyrim. These are all 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 professional.
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...
Anyone who's spent any time in a forum for RPGs know that defining what is a role-playing game is kind of an irresistible temptation. Conflicting definitions lead to division instead of cooperation. In this article, I take a look at why players play RPGs and what they hope to get out of them.
How do you define role-playing video games? What exactly are 'RPG elements'? Having spent a lot of time playing games from this genre, I've decided to analyze a few common elements I find in most, if not all, RPGs to one extent or another.
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. This is for serious gamers. Not light reading!
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.
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.
This tutorial will show you how to create better-looking characters in "Skyrim" by combining theory, observational skills and lots of practice.
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!
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.
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. Here, we look at the lowly bandit and show how, from humble origins, a great game mechanic was born.
In spite of the game's 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.
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.
"Skyrim" is a fantastic game, but if you're a hardcore 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.
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.
Learn how to change your "Skyrim" character's name and appearance later in the game by using the console.
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!
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.
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...
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 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...
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.