Courtney Holmes

Courtney Holmes

Courtney is Pixelkin's Associate Managing Editor. While working with the Girl Scouts of Northern California, she mentored young girls in teamwork, leadership, personal responsibility, and safety. Today, she spends her time studying adolescent development and using literary analysis techniques to examine video games.

Will There Ever Be Strong Women in the Nintendo Canon?

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Ever noticed how often Princess Peach needs rescuing?

When Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of the massively popular Super Mario Bros. franchise) designed the 1981 classic game Donkey Kong, he designed it for a male audience. After Donkey Kong took off and Miyamoto’s reputation and career skyrocketed, his game philosophy became more and more influential, not only for Nintendo (where he still works) but for all of the gaming industry. Read More

The Failure to Let Kids Fail, and How Gaming Can Help

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One of the many shortcomings of an education based on standardized testing is that it encourages students to fear being wrong. Multiple-choice tests don’t allow originality or give credit for creativity. “There’s a premium on knowing the right answer, being able to fill in the correct oval on a test,” explains Leah Hager Cohen, author of “I Don’t Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn’t).” Read More

Halo Explained

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Halo is a sci-fi first person shooter franchise created by Bungie, managed by 343 Industries and owned by Microsoft Studios. The Halo franchise includes 14 games, 13 novels, and seven graphic novels. The main games in the series are Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo Wars, Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 4, and Halo: Spartan Assault. Read More

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The Legend of Zelda Explained

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The Legend of Zelda is a critically acclaimed Nintendo fantasy adventure franchise, spanning over 20 games and a television series. The Zelda universe has a wide and complex mythos, numerous maps, and even a few alternate realities. In 2011, a 274-page book titled “Hyrule Historia” was published, detailing the history of the Zelda universe and its people.
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