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Weekend Reading: The Good Taste Of Bad Things

While we at Kill Screen love to bring you our own crop of game critique and perspective, there are many articles on games, technology, and art around the web that are worth reading and sharing. So that is why this weekly reading list exists, bringing light to some of the articles that have captured our attention, and should also capture yours.

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On Sonic ‘06, Zolani Stewart, Mammon Machine: ZEAL/Medium

Sonic the Hedgehog. Not any Sonic the Hedgehog, but T H E Sonic The Hedgehog from 2006, a last-gen-next-gen start for Sonic that’s as confusing today as it was 10 years ago. A decade onward we’re still trying to figure it out, and Zolani Stewart’s deconstruction is as good an attempt as any.

The Mom Who Moderates Her Daughter’s Rowdy Twitch Chat, Cecilia D’Anastasio, Kotaku

Society has somehow ended up in the place where online comments are understood to be a necessary evil, because as a planet we’re routinely adamant about needless self-destruction. So it’s unsurprising that it’s a total rollercoaster of a story when Cecilia D’Anastasio profiles a mother who reigns over her Twitch-streaming daughter’s infamously horny comment section.

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You Should Be Terrified That People Who Like Hamilton Run Our Country, Alex Nichols, Current Affairs

As someone who instinctively links that Rap the Musical skit from Mr. Show every time Hamilton comes up in Slack, yes, I will also share with you this essay about how, by tickling certain liberal sensibilities, Hamilton becomes some real bad historical revision.

My Father, the YouTube Star, Kevin Pang, The New York Times

Growing up with American sensibilities in a Chinese household, Kevin Pang and his father locked horns in confusion and haven’t always been the most thorough communicators. This is partly why it must feel so surreal to the food writer to discover his father has become a celebrity chef online.

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