Phil Hartup

I Was Once a Racist, Sexist Jerk. Thank God I Didn't Have Twitter.
January 09, 2015

Those block lists, those grudges, those bridges we burn—we could be stuck with them. 

Why Is it So Appealing to Play as a Terrorist in Video Games?
June 06, 2014

In real life, we abhor terrorism and everything associated with it. So why do so many games manage to convince us that playing at it is fun?

A Video Game Without Rules Inevitably Devolves Into Lord of the Flies
March 26, 2014

In a game where players can act out any kind of sadistic fantasy on each other—from taking hostage to force-feeding poison to breaking kneecapswhat incentive is there for humans to express their humanity?