Ymir’s New Battlestation

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It’s no secret that I’ve become a bit of a PCMR snob lately. I like gaming on PC, I like tinkering with PC bits, and I like it even more when I can tinker with someone else’s bits (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) I therefore did not hesitate one second when Ymir asked me to help him build a new PC for him, because his laptop kept blue screening.

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VALUE Field Reports #19: A Rainbow of Articles

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There are so many articles in this Field Report, it almost feels like it’s overflowing. Overflowing with AWESOME, and BEAUTIFUL, and THOUGHT PROVOKING articles that is! Some are incredibly long and wordy (I’m looking at you, speedrunning and female hacker/inventor stories!), some are interactive (click on that Macintosh, I know you want to), and some allow you to kick back and watch (like our Herald stream!). Whatever path you chose in this lovely adventure that we call Field Reports Issue 19, I’m confident you’ll enjoy it! Have fun filling up your grey matter with gaming news!

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VALUE Field Reports #18: Walls

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Walls are peculiar and versatile things: you can build them to keep out the weather, others have used them as a canvas for their art while some see them as the perfect place for a wallride with their skateboard. The walls of London burned down in 1666 but you can see them in Minecraft, the Berlin Wall still separates East and West  in a Cyberpunk game, people have been running into metaphorical walls in The Witness, you can play a wall in Everything, and if you have a short attention span this Field Report could be considered a wall of text.

Wall, wall, wall, wall, wall? Wall wall! Welcome to Field Report #18!

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VALUE Field Reports #17: Alternate Histories

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Civilizations rise and fall, cities are built and burned, consoles are the must-have thing and then outdated, but video games remain a source of fun and learning! Video games, artists, and writers create alternate histories (or futures) that show what our world would look like if something had gone slightly differently. Most of the times these are intended designs, but sometimes the misrepresentation of facts unintentionally create a world that never was. Sometimes, these alternate histories and our ‘real’ history overlap and create interesting insights or funny stories. Two things will always remain the same: Dwarf Fortress is complicated as heck, and I love writing these bulletins!

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VALUE Field Reports #16: Revisiting the Past, Revisiting Ideas

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Video games form portals into the digital past, allowing us to see things from a different perspective. There’s digital pasts that were, that may be, or never have been. These pasts all form their own self-contained world with a culture, history, traditions, and practices: yes, even Pacman and Pong. But sometimes this digital past needs preserving, rescuing, or adjusting. There’s dozens of institutions and organizations that try just that, but more importantly there are thousands upon thousands of gamers that keep a watchful and critical eye. Let’s all work together to preserve and improve our digital pasts.

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Games We Dig – Herald

Where do I belong? Ymir finally got to play Herald on his (not so functional) laptop and got all existential as he delved into the many narratives of the game and its social and political messages of inclusiveness, gender, sexuality, and more!

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