Posts Tagged ‘feminism’

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What Depression Quest Has to Teach Us About Living with Mental Illness

*Trigger Warning: brief discussions of suicide follow as well as discussions of depression below.* The news of actor and comedian Robin Williams’ death by suicide came to my attention from all sides this week. My family was talking about it in person as it buzzed across the daily news. Across my social media dashes pictures, […]

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As Seen On TV: The Impact of a Reluctance to Advertise on Female-Led Games

Sometime around the start of the holiday season in 2008 was when I first saw it. Mirror’s Edge had never been on my radar before, but as soon as I saw its advertisement during the commercial breaks of whatever show I had on at the time I became enchanted. Parkour and freerunning wasn’t especially popular […]

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When Smack Talk Goes Too Far: Discrimination in Professional e-Sports

The various federations and organizations devoted to professional gaming and electronic sports, known appropriately as “e-sports,” strive for legitimacy and professionalism. Although e-sports continue to grow across the world and have seen a recent surge in popularity in the past few years with the online accessibility of big name events like the Evolution Championship Series […]

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Same Face Syndrome or Why Scruffy-White-Dude Protagonists Don’t Help Anyone

The face of game protagonists is looking rather generic. If you were to poll gamers as to what the average playable character looks like, chances are there would be a general consensus among the answers. It’d almost certainly be a white man. He’d likely be in his late twenties or early thirties with a hardened […]

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Swimsuits for Sales: The Plague of Objectifying DLC Costumes

In an effort to promote Namco’s recent edition in the Soul Calibur franchise- Soul Calibur: Lose Swords, a free to play downloadable game available for PS3 – and perhaps in an attempt to boost the fighting franchise’s relevancy, Namco will be offering their players the chance to attain some “season appropriate” downloadable content for the […]

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Assassinating the Excuses

(Ignore the pun, I couldn’t help myself.) Since Ubisoft made their controversial comments last week regarding why they had decided to not include female assassins in their latest addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, I’ve seen a lot of problematic justification going around. While plenty of concerned players and developers alike (including myself) have taken […]

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Just too Inconvenient

E3 is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times to be a gamer. It’s a week of thrilling announcements, new games, and industry advancements. I know that I for one spent practically my whole day on Monday watching the press conferences and gaming chatter. The discussions and “meeting of the minds” is what I probably […]

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What is a feminist game, anyway?

“Why not just review a feminist game?” I was discussing several new games with a friend and trying to decide which one I would write a review for last week, when he asked me that question. At first I thought he was kidding, but he asked again— “No, seriously. It’s a feminist gaming site, right? […]

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Gamifying for Sex Positivity: Destigmatizing Female Masturbation

Last week, designer Tina Gong and her rather innocuous-sounding Happy Playtime app created controversy as it was officially rejected by Apple’s app review committee. Despite any attempts to appeal otherwise, Apple has insisted that Gong’s app will not be available for public access on their iOS store due to its content. The problem? Happy Playtime […]

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Debunking the “Lovable Pervert”

He flirts excessively and inappropriately with women, has an obsessive need to ogle all the attractive ladies around him, and may or may not partner his verbal sexual harassment with physical groping or “loose hands.” Sounds like a gross character right? Not always, because deep down this character might have a heart of gold. Maybe […]