For the past few months I've been working on a monograph about cute aesthetics, games and play. This brings together two of my most enduring interests - videogames and cuteness. To kick this off and really commit to the personal project I gave a guest lecture for York University's Institute for Research on Learning Technologies on the darker and more aggressive tones of cute aesthetics and the implications these have for play with cute toys and games entitled Game Cutification: A Violent History of Gender, Play and Cute Aesthetics.