Chris Karnadi

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Chris Karnadi is a writer, journalist, and editor based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter @chriskarnadi.


Cover Photo: Promotional image via Guerrilla Games
The Naive “Post-Racial” Future of ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’

‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ is naïve in its progressivism, and to sing its uncritical praises is to underestimate the ability of video games to tell better stories.

Mar 23, 2022
Cover Photo: A screenshot from the video game Pokémon Crystal where the player is prompted to answer the question: "Are you a boy? Or a girl?"
Are You a Boy? Or Are You a Girl?

For those who want to play with gender, games are sometimes a safer setting in which to experiment and discover.

Jun 28, 2021
Cover Photo: An image of the farm simulator video game Stardew Valley; a farmer is picking melons from their farm, surrounded by trees, animals, and produce
How to Live Under Capitalism, According to ‘Stardew Valley’

‘Stardew Valley’ doesn’t challenge capitalism by trying to escape from it, but by teaching a lesson on generosity.

Jan 14, 2021
Cover Photo: A screenshot from Animal Crossing set in a field of black roses with the character in the game crying.
How My Depression Ruined ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

When I save, quit, and reload, I’m in control.

Sep 03, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of a wave in the ocean in the foreground and a snow-capped mountain in the background
Unlearning the Whiteness of Academic Art History

In Taipei, my disengagement with the silk scrolls wasn’t random. It was learned.

Mar 09, 2020