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Stacey Mason is a writer, critic, and researcher of games and interactive narrative. Her work focuses on bringing the expressive potential of AI to the process of designing games and interactive stories. She is currently a PhD Fellow in Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz, and is formerly an editor of digital literature for literary hypertext publisher Eastgate Systems. She also writes about feminism and gaming culture, and advocates for women in gaming and tech industries.

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Posted by Stacey Mason on Wed, 09 Sep 2015 07:20:00 EDT in Design, Indie
While literature, music, and theater enjoy a storied tradition of allusions and discourse in creative works, allusions in games are generally either passing, flippant references or are absent entirely. Where's the critical discourse in our games?

Posted by Stacey Mason on Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:28:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Social/Online
A young game designer finds herself apprehensive about engaging with the online FPS community, but overcomes her anxieties to discover that they might have been unfounded in the first place.

Posted by Stacey Mason on Sat, 29 Mar 2014 06:21:00 EDT in
Underneath the flashing LEDs of the stage’s lights and the proud strutting of VIP badge-holders, I saw an industry of outsiders who have suddenly “made it” drunk on external validation and the praise of other outsiders, trying desperately to be Hollywood.

Posted by Stacey Mason on Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:38:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
We all seem to know that there is more to the aesthetic value of a game than the technology used to create it, or its overplayed story about space marines, but we seem to be increasingly bad at articulating what that value actually is. We can do better.