Let’s explore our unending curiosity about virtual worlds together…
Hi, I’m Dia Lacina, an award-winning freelance writer working in the liminal space between games, society, and narrative. Whether I’m reviewing the latest large budget shooter, photographically exploring the virtual spaces in games, or doing a deep dive into how game mechanics reflect our cultural values — I’m always driven by the space gaming occupies and the reciprocal loop it forms with players.
I’ve invested myself in critical essays exploring how games express and interrogate colonialism and indigeneity, the politics of how games are made, gender and sexuality, canonical and alternative narratives, and the ways in which we interact with virtual space and narrative. And lately, I’ve started providing cultural consulting for games. When I’m not consumed with writing, I’m curating the micro-genre games journal CapsuleCrit as its founding editor.
Here you’ll find a catalog of my writing about games, photographic inquiries into gaming (and the “real world”), any experiments in making tiny games myself, as well as writing that couldn’t quite find a home elsewhere.
If you’re interested in working with me, I’m available for contract writing, paid speaking engagements, and other opportunities. Drop me a line and let’s create something interesting together.