The Bayonetta Reading List

by Maddy Myers

This past weekend, I attended the third annual GaymerX convention, and I appeared on a panel called "Bayo Studies Year One" with my delightful peers Todd Harper, Gita Jackson, and Katherine Cross. We discussed the writing that the four of us have done about Bayonetta, and I thought it'd be helpful to include a list of all of the pieces to which we referred. Enjoy!

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News! Judging Gears of War: Judgment, more on Tomb Raider, and podcasts (again)

by Maddy Myers

Some long overdue updates on work I've published about the ol' internet lately.

Two weeks ago, I wrote a review of Gears of War: Judgment for Paste magazine. I also wrote an editorial about Sofia for Gameranx. Tom Bissell, one of the game's two lead writers, responded in a comment on the post. We live in a magical world of accessibility now, where game creators can talk directly with critics and vice versa. Too bad I couldn't use that accessibility to tell Bissell how much I loved his game, because I did not.

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Middle Schooler Maddy and Tomb Raider

by Maddy Myers

Back in seventh grade, I thought at first that Tomb Raider was just a porn that all my guy friends liked. Oh, I knew that it was a game -- I just thought it was a porn game. My male friends talked in front of me without shame about their masturbation habits, their pornography preferences, and their wish for a Lara Croft "nude" mode. Middle schoolers, am I right? The guys did get their hands on the Nude Raider patch; I didn't understand until a couple years later that this patch wasn't included with the game, that it had been created independently.

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For the love of the game.

by Maddy Myers

If you've ever seen me speak on a panel about games writing, you've heard me joke around about sleep deprivation. "All the game reviews you read have been written by someone who hasn't slept for a week," I say to anyone who raises their hand to say they envy the life of a video game critic. "You think reviewing games is easy? You try it."

I say this in a joking tone so that I don't scare people, but it's not really a joke. I think reviewing video games is fun. I do not think it is easy. And I do think you should try it.

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Master Chief and Cortana: Weird relationship, or WEIRDEST relationship?

by Maddy Myers

Last Friday, I published a post on Cortana and Master Chief's relationship. I got inspired to write it when a friend referred to Cortana as Tinkerbell, but I've been thinking about Master Chief and Cortana's relationship since I played Halo 3.

I wrote a different piece about Master Chief, Cortana, and the Arbiter, as well as the experience of playing Halo 3 co-op with my then-boyfriend right before we broke up, and that piece can be found in Kill Screen's third issue, Intimacy ... which you can still buy for $15. I doubt this is the last time I'll write about Cortana and Master Chief. They fascinate and unsettle me.

In other news, my website has a Comment Policy now.