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Can't Talk | February 19, 2019

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About Nat, Staff Writer



Nat is a writer, gamer, and generally nerdy person who lurks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Posts By Nat

SWTOR: Knights of the Eternal Throne Thoughts

December 9, 2016 |

Completing “SWTOR’s Knights of the Eternal Throne” (“KOTET”) was a bittersweet moment for me. It’s a feeling I’m used to experiencing in single-player RPGs, beloved television shows, and novels—not MMOs. It’s been two years (give or take) since the seeds … Read More

Westworld Review – Pilot

October 20, 2016 |

Television pilot episodes seem like they’re very stressful to write. Creators need to get viewers invested in the characters, make sure the rules of the world are understood, and raise enough questions to keep people tuning in to watch. It … Read More

And Maybe This Isn’t The End At All: Thoughts on Root and Shaw

July 5, 2016 | | One Comment

If someone had told me a few years ago that I’d be fangirling over a CBS show I’d probably have told them they were full of crap; network television tends to not skew towards my interests. And yet, here I … Read More

Storytelling, Tropes, And Feels

June 8, 2016 |

“Person of Interest” spoilers ahead…

From her introduction in the first season till her death on last week’s episode, Root from “Person of Interest” was one of my favorite characters on television. She had a wonderful arc—Amy Acker is absolutely … Read More

Of Nuclear Annihilation & Robot Friends

May 26, 2016 |

I’m not big on stories about the end of the world. It’s a genre—or maybe sub-genre, whatever—that has never appealed to me. I think it’s because it’s hard for a writer to make such a massive event personal and emotionally … Read More

Space Wants To Murder You

March 24, 2016 |

I recently watched “The Martian,” and I was intrigued by the fictional depiction of factual perils posed by space travel. Most of the science fiction I’ve consumed has focused on an external threat (usually extraterrestrial), while taking the basic, day-to-day … Read More

My Cats Hate Batwoman

January 28, 2016 |

I love my cats. They’re a comfort when I need it—though it’s mostly me doing the hugging and them trying to escape—they give my little apartment some life. They’re part of the the family I’ve made as an adult; a … Read More

Love Letter to Lana

January 21, 2016 |

Dearest Lana,

I remember the first time I saw you almost two years ago. I hadn’t been playing much SWTOR when we met in the months leading up to the “Shadow of Revan” release. I’d been a bit disappointed with … Read More

The Force Is With You (Unless You’re A Mother)

November 16, 2015 |

“Star Wars” is, at its core, a family saga. Yet it’s worth noting the focus has been on relationships between men. The original trilogy, in a nutshell, is about boy following in the footsteps of his father, finding his father, … Read More

Of MMOs and Parking Lots

November 10, 2015 |

Welcome back guest writer Stumpynat for a great piece on the fairness of charging for MMO content.

Many MMOs have gone the free-to-play (F2P) route in the last couple years. I think the notable exception is World of Warcraft—and even … Read More