Gamestudies.org http://gamestudies.org The international journal of computer game research Jacqueline Burgess, Christian Jones “I Harbour Strong Feelings for Tali Despite Her Being a Fictional Character”: Investigating Videogame Players’ Emotional Attachments to Non-Player Characters http://gamestudies.org/2001/articles/burgessjones This study investigated players’ emotional attachment to two non-player characters from BioWare’s Mass Effect trilogy. Qualitative analysis of forum posts found players expressed intense emotional attachments but from different viewpoints. These emotional attachments also influenced how players engaged with the game mechanics of Mass Effect 2. Adan Jerreat-Poole Sick, Slow, Cyborg: Crip Futurity in <em>Mass Effect</em> http://gamestudies.org/2001/articles/jerreatpoole Can science fiction stories imagine more just futures for disabled bodies? Turning away from a future where technology has eradicated disability, this article explores crip encounters in Mass Effect 1-3 and interrogates the complex relationships between technology, culture, and disability. Emil Lundedal Hammar Playing Virtual Jim Crow in <em>Mafia III</em> - Prosthetic Memory via Historical Digital Games and the Limits of Mass Culture http://gamestudies.org/2001/articles/hammar This article applies the concept of prosthetic memory to Mafia III in order to discuss the significance of both contexts of production and reception in determining memory-making potentials of historical digital games with attention to racialized oppression in and beyond games. Jess Morrissette I\'d Like to Buy the World a Nuka-Cola: The Purposes and Meanings of Video Game Soda Machines http://gamestudies.org/2001/articles/jessmorrissette Why do soda machines appear so frequently in video games? What purposes do they serve? What values do they represent? This article examines how virtual soda machines help anchor video games in a world we recognize as similar to our own, while simultaneously reinforcing the consumerist values of modern capitalism. Debra Ramsay Liminality and the Smearing of War and Play in <em>Battlefield 1</em> http://gamestudies.org/2001/articles/ramsay This article interrogates how war and play are smeared together in Battlefield 1, the first AAA game set in World War I. It advances liminality as a conceptual framework to investigate the ambiguities and contradictions that emerge in the tension between the history, memory and cultural meanings of World War I and the game’s ludic qualities.