Rape as Trope: Next Gen Games and Last Gen Misogyny

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  1. Cynthia says:

    Awesome post, dr. b.
    For women who need those trigger warnings, playing games like this is a bit of a minefield.
    A related question: is there any game, or any potential for a game, to deal with sexual violence in a positive way? I mean, literature can. Maybe something on the level of a Bioshock can?

  2. dr. b. says:

    Dare I say that there is the potential. I think that if we are going to learn to appreciate video games as cultural artifacts (and even works of art) then we are going to have to allow them to deal with such issues skillfully. Depictions of rape will always be disturbing no matter what the medium. I think that there have been some games that are approaching meaningful and non-gratuitous manner. One such game that comes to mind is the apartment scene in Heavy Rain. It was deep and it took me fast. I had to quit playing for the night after I played that part, but it felt different from the scenes above and others that I have seen.

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