Last week, we published an article that sought to explain the proliferation of toxicity in gaming spaces, most especially from angry men. The article was heavily shared on social media and through other outlets. We asked you to send your comments and criticisms to us, and you did so. Here is a selection of responses emailed to us by some of our readers, expanding on the piece, offering personal experiences and giving cogent criticisms. We also received a number of emails that were critical of the piece’s existence, a point of view that is also prevalent in toxic social media spheres and online spaces. We have not included responses that were vulgar, hateful or nonsensical. All letters have been edited for brevity. Overly Stereotyped Being around the age discussed in the article, I found myself not agreeing with a lot of things. I found exactly one thing to be correct, that being about how young males don’t think that there is discrimination towards their female peers. This … [Read more...] about Your responses to ‘Gaming’s toxic men’
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Ever wanted to make your own video game? Chances are that if you’re serious about gaming, and it’s one of your main hobbies, you’ve considered the possibility. Or maybe you fancy a change of career, and you know heaps about games, but simply find the idea of diving into the world of game development intensely intimidating. After all, taking that first step from playing games to actually creating them is a massive decision, and it’s usually driven by a little more than curiosity. You have to want it.“As far as I could see from the outside of the industry looking in, I had two options,” says Tom Reiffer, a second-year student on the Games Design and Development course at the National Film and TV School, in the UK. “I could go into QA and "work my way up" while teaching myself code and design on the side (being my two specific areas of interest), or I could shell out for a course and learn one or both of those things full-time.” He’s … [Read more...] about The kickboxing instructor, the neuroscientist, and the copywriter who quit their jobs to make video games
PCG Q&AEvery weekend, the PCG Q&A asks our team a question about PC gaming. Past editions include:Do FPS games still need a singleplayer campaign?Which game is just too damn long?What's the most disappointed you've been by a game's ending?The first weekly PCG Q&A asked the PC Gamer team to reminisce about the first PC games we ever played, but what were the first games that really hooked us? Which games did we obsess over so much the soundtracks turn up in our dreams? Which games were so good we decided to make a whole career out of writing about them? Once you open the nostalgia box there's no going back, which means that almost all of us jumped in to answer this one. The precise question: What's the first game you really loved? Let us know your first gaming love in the comments.Wes Fenlon: Prince of PersiaPrince of Persia enchanted me in that way a videogame can only completely do when you're young. I hadn't played other platformers, come to understand the common … [Read more...] about What’s the first game you really loved?
Here at PC Gamer we try to love all game genres equally. First person, third person, turn-based, realtime, MMO, MOBA, adventure, card game—all genres have given us classics that have come to define PC gaming. Some of them are rubbish though, right? As individuals there are genres we can't face playing. Let's explore that bitter seam and have a nice wholesome argument along the way in this week's edition of the PCG weekend Q&A. You'll find the rest here. Jarred Walton: I hate sports games Oh, this is easy. I hate sports games. I don't care if it's NFL, NHL, NBA, FIFA, cricket, or curling, I have no interest in playing a digital sport. I think it stems back to my youth, where I spent all of my free time cultivating my computer skills instead of worrying about sports--much to my mom's chagrin, I might add. But if I don't care much for playing a sport in the real world, why would I want to play it as a computer game? Answer: I wouldn't. Okay, so I wouldn't want to run around a … [Read more...] about Which game genre do you dislike the most, and why?