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Video Games & Game Studies: Websites & Blogs

This is a guide for students researching video games and game studies.

The Brainy Gamer

"Thoughtful conversation about video games" the Brainy Gamer is a blog and podcast devoted to video games and the community of gamers.

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Moving Pixels

Moving Pixels is a part of the PopMatters blog and consistently serves up great articles on video games.

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Play the Past

Collaboratively edited and authored, Play the Past is dedicated to thoughtfully exploring and discussing the intersection of cultural heritage (very broadly defined) and games/meaningful play (equally broadly defined). Play the Past contributors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, domains, perspectives, and motivations (for being interested in both games and cultural heritage).

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Critical Distance

Critical Distance was established in April 2009 to serve the burgeoning field of games criticism by highlighting the excellent writing being produced by videogame bloggers and journalists.

Critical Distance is neither a wholesale aggregator nor news website, instead maintaining a curatorial focus and approach. We rely on submissions from both readers and contributors who are themselves members of the field of games criticism–some being scholars and teachers, others members (or aspiring future members) of the games industry, while others still are enthusiasts with a passion for games and writing about them. Critical Distance is staffed by a group of volunteer editors who have input on the goals and direction of the site.

With our coverage we aim to provide both an entry point into the wide network of like-minded blogs and websites, and to promote up-and-coming or lesser-known authors. We are not, however, a site for original writing that is criticism itself, instead we aim to capture the videogame criticism ‘zeitgeist’ and act as a ‘memory bank’ in this notoriously short-sighted and quick forgetting industry. We believe in the power of drawing upon our and our readers’ collective memories and experiences, gained by reading the diverse range of blogs and websites we frequent.

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Gameful is an online “Secret HQ” where you can connect with other people who believe in the power of games to make us better and change the world.

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