Posts Tagged ‘diversity’

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The Original Gender Reveal of Mass Effect’s Commander Shepard Means Nothing, and Here’s Why

Late last week, Jonathan Cooper revealed on Twitter that, in the earliest animation tests for Mass Effect, the character of Commander Shepard was a woman, and the online equivalent of confetti was thrown by fans who played, and loved, Mass Effect through a female-centric lens. FemShep, after all, is the only Shep, right? Except that’s […]


Definitely Not Cocktail Party Talk: On Taking Gaming Public

Yesterday I was sitting in the coffee shop reading Miguel Sicart’s latest book, Beyond Choices: The Design of Ethical Gameplay and giggling at the passage that read Cocktail parties are terrible places for doing philosophy. Yet when a polite stranger asks me what I do, I end up awkwardly explaining what ethics is, and how […]


A Memorial Day Manifesto: On Respect and Female Soldiers in FPSes

I want to start this post by paying respect and thanks to all of the soldiers, volunteers, and contracted folks who have served to protect our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. I would also like to take the time to give thanks for the friends and family that supported them and found themselves left […]


The Monster Within: Papo & Yo As A Meaningful Experience

So Papo & Yo (Minority Media, 2012) is a game that I have been interested in playing for a while. When the indie title appeared on PS3 about a year ago I did a bit of research to see what other folks were saying about the title. I was simultaneously intrigued and disturbed. If you […]


She Has No Voice So I Must Scream: On Voice and Agency in Video Games

So yeah, this post is going to be about voice. Voice has always been a huge issue with me. Not necessarily with how a voice sounds, but with the absence of voice and what that absence of voice actually means. It’s because of this that The Little Mermaid is one of my most hated Disney […]


I Was Born An Assassin: On Minorities, Agency, and Legitimacy in Video Games

I have been waiting a long time for Assassin’s Creed III (and ACIII:Liberation, but I’ll save that for another post). I pre-ordered my copy, mapped out my gameplay time, and did the happy dance when I learned that my mother would be visiting during the release window so that Pea would be entertained during my […]


The Cake is a Lie: Post-Racialism in Assassin’s Creed III and Games Advertising

The cake is a lie. Especially when you are talking about having your cake and eating it too. For years video game developers and company execs have been telling us that their use of racial stereotypes in games was not as racist as we wanted to make it seem. That it really wasn’t racist at […]


Not Serious Games, but Taking Games Seriously: Bioware Steps Up the Diversity?

As educators we talk about Serious Games, And it’s no small secret that I am not a fan of the serios game. Rather than creating small and less engaging games that focus on specific comment why can’t we just use commercial off the shelf games and look for the larger issues in there and use […]


Episode 29: Women Behaving Badly

Episode 29 : Women Behaving Badly (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) This week we are joined by guest co-host Nicole Marie and we talk about misogyny in the games industry in light of the Bioware/Jennifer Hepler. We also talk about our desert island game choices and tell why we chose […]


Episode 25 : The Lesbian Avenger: My MMO Can Beat Your MMO

Episode 25 : The Lesbian Avenger: My MMO Can Beat Your MMO (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) This week we talk about our MMO time capsule. We talk about our favorite MMOs and learn that Sam has been gaming longer than Alex has been alive! We announce the availability […]