Deep Silver’s “Astrology DS: The Stars in your Hands” is a real video game, and it’s not half bad

“You’re a Taurus,” they barked from the front seat of their jeep. “I hate Tauruses.” “Oh” was the only sound I could make without opening my mouth, already inhaling a carpet’s worth of free-floating dog hair through my nose. “But you’re Scorpio rising, so we’ll probably get along.” I mulled over this seconds-long interaction for days, both off-put and lost. I may be a magic-using Pagan but I don’t know, astrology and future-sight have never been my jam. I’m used to the twelve Greco-Roman Astrological signs, although I get their order after Cancer mixed up all the time. I did […]

Play Like A Pagan! Ritual as an Opening to Game Studies

I returned to college for the “Fall” earlier this summer month, and my time has been a little harried. For it being my senior year, I have yet to see my opportunity to do the slide. I’ve crammed 15 credits into this semester alone and decided to take up the minor “Game Studies!” And to top it off, the core class I’m taking for it this Fall is designated for learning how to write and program in the span of five months. Basically . . . I’M MAKING A VIDEO GAME! Part of that process also requires me to engage […]

Tar-oh!

In the latest issue of Witches & Pagans, there was a short article from professional tarot reader Witch Hazel. While the article was on how to approach cards with negative connotations like Death or Devil in a way that isn’t intimidating, that’s not what I focused on. The bold header for the essay exclaimed that a “few tarot cards have permeated pop culture” (p. 8). Of course, I picked up on the words “tarot” and “pop culture” . . . and my thoughts summoned up the Yu-Gi-Oh! television show. It wasn’t a craving for poorly-dubbed 4KIDS cartoon mornings full up […]

Developing PRIDE: The Attendance of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Pagan Game Designers

We’re twenty days into June, which means that, for twenty days, my Facebook and Tumblr dashboards have consistently presented me an excess of rainbow flags, companions and couples and companies kissing for cameras, and the gender nonconforming and non-white reality of the Stonewall Riots. It also means that for twenty days, I’ve encountered (and, in more than one case, chosen to talk back to) posts that regard the Babbadook (from the eponymous film) an LGBT icon as well as arguments that claim all queer identities are linked to “fursonas” or furry-personas (delegitimizing queer Otherkin and theriomorphs). Tempers are running hot, […]

Pagan (Non) Presence at MayDay Parade 2017

Where was Pagan booth at MayDay Parade 2017?! Every year on the first Sunday in May, the Minneapolis-based community performance company In The Heart of the Beast presents a themed parade in Powderhorn Park. This parade, called the MayDay Parade, openly criticizes anti-populist and ecologically-ignorant politics. For example, the motifs of this year’s parade included the corruption that comes with capital, devastation in denying science, and the benefits of protecting the water. In addition to floats and walking sections dedicated to these topics, there were performances and dances from Minnesota’s Indigenous communities (representing both American and Mexican Nations) as well […]

Presenting “Technopaganisms + Videogames” at Metropolitan State University’s Student Research Conference

Today (or, Monday the 24th of April, 2017, as it will be known in the nearer future), I presented my poster all about Paganisms and video games to a room full of well-dressed folks at my university. I was awarded the Conference Organizers’ Award which included a lot of university swag including sunglasses, but I’m not sure why, maybe I ooze charm? Anyway, that 20-by-27 inch board of mine was absolutely littered with analysis and in-game footage (which I don’t know what to do with, posting it or not, so I’ll trust everyone’s imaginations for now regarding the pictures):   […]

Inquisitive Mage in the Dragon Age

When Dragon Age: Inquisition first came out in 2014, this third game of the Dragon Age series excited fans with its responsive, realistic, refined graphics as well as its inclusion of (positive) modern queer politics and positionalities in a fantasy realm, goals that BioWare really strove for during development. What was less expected from the company and many fans, however, was how adaptable a game with its own lore and histories involving magic would be for technopagans practicing through social media. Decoding the Codex Players are equipped with a “codex,” a collection of readings players gather as they play and […]

Installation Wizard: Setup

It’s the Spring Equinox and I’m finishing up a brisk sunrise ritual in honor of Baldr at the community wildlife sanctuary. I mutter my last prayer to Them before I pull my jacket out of my backpack and onto my body. Contentedly, I trek to the local library. Once I arrive, I log into my Facebook and Tumblr accounts. By way of my raucous clicking I connect to hundreds of other Pagans observing Sabbats and Blots on the very same day in a wealth of weird ways. I Like; I respond; I repost; I meme, and I celebrate. As the […]