The Great Outdoors, Indoors – Gaming with Chronic Illness

I’ve been sick for 34 years. When I was younger, my disease would ebb and flow, painfully inflamming every joint in my body for months on end and then it would vanish just as quickly as it came. As I’ve gotten older, the unpredictable waves of illness and disability have become more of a dam […]

Courtney Craven4 minute read

Grief-Gaming: Exploring Fallout 4 Through My Partner’s Eyes

Grief-Gaming is a series in which I will explore video game worlds playing as my deceased partner’s avatar. Games have been a gift in my life. They’ve not only given me a career but after my partner’s first stroke in 2017, they served as the greatest tool in her recovery. My partner, Susan, had a knack […]

Courtney Craven6 minute read

Meet Christy!

Hi. I’m Christy. I do visually impaired reviews for Switch games. And I wanted to introduce myself a bit and tell you why I play games and why I decided to start writing for CIPT. I have albinism, which is a genetic condition that means I don’t produce pigment like most people. I have very […]

Christy Smith8 minute read

Love, Loss, and Video Games

In the days since Susan, my games writing/review partner and partner in life, passed away unexpectedly, I’ve turned to games to try and fill the hole her death has left in me. I don’t yet have words to give to what I feel, but I’ve had games, and in games I can lose myself and […]

Courtney Craven5 minute read

Collecting Warframes for OCPD

Every day when I’m leaving my home, I set the alarm and press the pad of my thumb into the tiny plastic holes covering its speaker until the pattern will remain on my skin for a minute or more. I pick up my backpack, walk out the door, and lock the deadbolt. I push the […]

Courtney Craven7 minute read

You Can’t Go Home – Revisiting the Life I Left Behind in RDR2

My beloved horse, Biscuit, is dead. Killed by my own hand after being ambushed by the O’Driscolls and caught with no horse medicine. Biscuit and I had bonded. We’d spent weeks together and we were as close as man and horse can be. He calmed when I reassured him, snickered at me when I gave […]

Courtney Craven9 minute read

Playing with Schizophrenia in Prey

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 17. It was right around my birthday in January, and I’d just started college the previous fall. I was living on campus because there weren’t any other students my age that had parents willing to let them share an off-campus apartment. My roommate was nice enough, but […]

Susan13 minute read

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