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Anthropology of the Mushroom Kingdom

The so-called “Mushroom Kingdom” is a hotbed of biological discovery. We’ve already covered the intriguing evolution and ecology behind bipedal turtles, giant meat-eating plant colonies, egg-spitting tuatara and even ghosts, but that is still only scratching the surface of the … Continue reading

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Kirby Series Primer and Playlist

Kirby may seem at first glance to be an odd choice for this kind of article. Kirby is hardly an unknown property, easily being Nintendo’s 2nd or 3rd most successful franchise only behind Mario and Zelda. Kirby’s aesthetics have gone … Continue reading

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Pokemon 20 Years Later

Ash Ketchum peeled himself out of his sleeping bag. He vaguely remembered when the sight of the sunrise over Kanto was still inspiring to him. Now he just thinks of each new stiffness in his joints. Each morning the routine … Continue reading

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Pokemon Battles in Context Part 3 – That’s Just Not Cricket

In our last two entries into this series, we looked into the history of bloodsports such as cockfighting, dog fighting and animal baiting. We saw how our species’ weird obsession with forcing other species to compete has had significant sociological … Continue reading

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Pokemon Battles in Context Part 2 – Those Of Us About To Faint Salute You

Last time we looked at the origin of bloodsports, particularly cockfighting. Our species’ fascination with forcing other species to fight for our own amusement lead to the domestication of the chicken, and only after that to the development of the … Continue reading

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Pokemon Battles in Context – Part 1: Poffins and Circus

There are many things that separate humans from other animals, though few of them are things we may expect. Tool use is not one of those things, as apes and crows invent new tools when needed. Self-awareness is not one … 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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