Tag Archives: Imperialism

The US Government’s War on Buffalo

Awhile ago, I wrote about the New Zealand colonists’ attempt to wipe out local species as a reflection of their conflict with the indigenous Maori. While not done as a direct attempt to hurt the Maori people, both the stated … Continue reading

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Invasive species, invasive culture

What we consider “natural” is never a static form, but a constantly changing and mutating thing. Even human-based changes to an environment are “natural” and part of an important process. What changes when we add humans to this process is … Continue reading

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Conflict Minerals and Games

Trigger Warning: Rape and sexual slavery “The DRC’s greatest curse is its wealth.” – Jean-Bertin, Congolese activist, 2012 The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most resource rich places in the world. It is home to massive … Continue reading

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Tactics Ogre

While the first Ogre Battle was a familiar fantasy story with some interesting subversions of player expectations, it was its sequel, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, which pushed those themes into the forefront of both story and gameplay, as well as placing … Continue reading

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Ogre Battle

Many video games glorify war. A few attempt to make vague proclamations about how war is very, very bad while at the same time rewarding the player for killing as much as possible. Very few games have been able to make any meaningful … Continue reading

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Etrian Odyssey and Imperialism

Etrian Odyssey is a fantastic example of how to create a potentially immersive game within a well-worn genre. It uses the tropes and trappings of old school dungeon-crawlers to effectively draw the player in to its world but also leaves … Continue reading

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