[Game Criticism]: Fun in Port Malaya? Philippine Representation in Ragnarok Online’s Port Malaya
Hi everybody! I’m super excited to share my first foray into game criticism with you.
Originally titled “Is It More Fun in Port Malaya?”, this essay started as a final exercise for my Art Criticism class last year. Now, I’m honored to be part of the game history zine “Memory Insufficient,” edited by Zoya Street and co-edited Krish Raghav.
In this essay, I talk about problematic aspects of the Philippine-inspired RO Map and why it’s important to take them into account. We’ll be examining the use of Philippine mythological creatures, religion, race, visual motifs, and even pop culture references like the Jejemon.
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