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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 […]

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 […]