Engineering Evolution

What Self-Determination Theory can tell us about Magic: The Gathering’s Metagame


Pierson Browne is a PhD student based out of the University of Waterloo’s Department of Sociology and Legal Studies. His research focuses on metagaming, community formation, information diffusion, game theory, and social network analysis. He is hopelessly addicted to card… Continue Reading

A Union for Videogame Developers?


The videogame industry is often criticised about its working conditions and has been accused of treating its developers poorly. According to the 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey (DSS) of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), 32% believed that there is a negative perception of the game industry. When asked why, working conditions was the top response. Continue Reading

Controlling Fathers and Devoted Daughters

Paternal Authority in BioShock 2 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


Sarah Stang is a first-year PhD student in the Communication & Culture joint program at York and Ryerson Universities in Toronto, Ontario. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. Her work focuses on… Continue Reading

Mobile Games, SimCity BuildIt, and Neoliberalism

A screenshot of a city in SimCity BuildIt

Bradley J. Fest teaches at Carnegie Mellon University. His essays on contemporary literature and culture have appeared in boundary 2, The b2 Review,Critique, David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing”, The Silence of Fallout, and Wide Screen. He also blogs… Continue Reading