For the most up-to-date list of my work at Polygon.com, refer my author page here.
Published Games Writing
Twin Cities Business Magazine
Twin Cities Geek
Non-Games Related Writing
Podcast Review: A Channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books
Twin Cities Business Magazine
Citizens Utility Board Minnesota
Midwest Energy News
I administered and lead on Midwest Energy News' 40 Under 40 campaign. I wrote, edited, and published all the landing pages. In addition to that, I coordinated nomination and judging efforts from dozens of partner organizations across the midwest.
Hosting and Appearances
Hi! I'm currently a host at MinnMax
I'm the host of Refreshed, a show highlighting the wonderful people, work, and ideas on the internet. It's an internet culture talk show that branches from traditional games journalism to examine the online cultures that often run analogous to them.
The Deepest Dive
The MinnMax Show
You can also see me cover more standard video games news as I appear on the show.
Also seen on...
"Open Worlds" - I appeared on the OUTSIDE/IN podcast from NPHR and NPR to talk about Skyrim and player relationships to its built environment.
Global Game Jam 2019
I made an interactive fiction game about making home in a cold place for the 2019 Global Game Jam.
Creative Writing & Story Telling
A nonfiction piece written for my upper level speculative and autobiographical fiction course.
"Coffee with a Tall Man"
An audio piece written, recorded, and produced by me to raise money for a local charity event.
College Undergrad Writing and Presentations
Senior Honors Thesis
This project looked at how one video game fit into Edward Said's theoretical framework of Orientalism. To translate that into nonacademic speak, I look at how an idea of "the East" is created through features unique to video games. This research was a wildly fun way to spend her senior year of college, and if you run into Ana, please talk to her about it.
Abstract: This paper draws attention to the potential for interdisciplinary enrichment between post-
colonial theory and videogames studies. Although some scholars have accounted for Orientalism in video games (Consalvo 2016; Tucker 2006), there has yet to be a thorough engagement between post-colonial theory and video games scholars. This paper starts by elaborating on the colonial nature of games and establishes video games as a fruitful site of post-colonial discourse. After applying post-colonial frameworks from Blaney and Inayatullah (2004) and Nandy (1983) to the video game Earthbound (Ape and HAL Laboratory, 1994). I find that the character Prince Poo and his region Dalaam, are spatially and temporally othered in its depiction and mechanically. For the second case, I find Mr. Saturn challenges these categories of difference.
The Mac Weekly
The Politics of Fear and Hope
Macalester College Institute for Global Citizenship
I presented a part of my honors thesis research for the 2018 international Roundtable. I did a comparative analysis of Undertale and Earthbound to illustrate ways to promote empathy with video game characters.