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  Earlier this month the Intel Corporation, one of the world’s largest and most profitable chip makers, pulled ads from the website Gamasutra, a gaming site that publishes articles about the social side of gaming culture, after receiving complaints about a specific piece of content.  The content in question was written by freelancer Leigh Alexander, and criticized the white, male culture that dominates the gaming world. Intel’s decision to ... Read More
  This week the gaming community received national attention as the heated debate known as “Gamergate” exploded with explicit threats of rape and murder to various feminist critics. What is Gamergate? Essentially, it is an online debate concerning journalistic ethnics, the gaming press and the social responsibility that games may or may not have, but it is also deeply ingrained with issues of sexism, misogyny and threats of violence. The feminist ... Read More
Anita Sarkeesian, an academic, video game critic and outspoken feminist, has chosen to cancel a speaking event at Utah State University (USU). Sarkeesian is the founder of a popular Youtube series and website called Feminist Frequency, a video web series that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Though Sarkeesian is no stranger to graphic and violent threats, she did not feel safe going to this event. Earlier this ... Read More
  Video game critic Anita Sarkeesian, who has tackled issues like the Damsel in Distress archetype, Manic Pixie Dream Girls and the Smurfette Principle in her series Tropes vs. Women, was driven out of her home last week by violent, sexual threats in which an internet troll named her parents and posted her address.   After publicizing the threats by reposting them in an image on her Twitter feed, @femfreq, she reassured fans by posting the ... Read More
“Sarang” is the Korean word for “love.”  It is also the name of the 3-month-old baby who died from malnutrition in 2010 while her parents were out on a 10 hour online gaming binge.  The couple, a Mr. and Ms. Kim, spent 6-12 hours every day playing the online game Prius which, ironically, involves raising a virtual child named Anima.  Unfortunately, Anima took precedent over Sarang, their real-world baby.  “The ... Read More
Long live the 90's craze! To complement that $60 flannel shirt you just bought from Urban Outfitters, why not dig even deeper into the age of Nirvana and scrunchies with the Tamagotchi App?! You heard me right, people. Now you can care for your totally useless, pixilated virtual pets on your mobile device of choice. Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. (Love is fun everywhere, duh!) allows you to select from two modes: old school, and a newfangled, fancy-pants mode. Whoever would ... Read More
Jane Austen is one of the few writers who has truly survived the test of time. Countless salacious sequels, PBS specials, and costumed meetups continue to thrive despite the fact that Austen hasn't produced much work since 1817. So really, it was only a  matter of time before everyone's favorite witty woman made her way into the virtual world. Yes, I am talking about a Jane Austen video game.  Ever, Jane, an MMO currently campaigning on Kickstarter, ... Read More
Okay, so I know a lot of gamers--of all genders-- who are sick and tired of seeing women sexualized in video games. Disturbingly, recent research has suggested that women are damaged by playing as over-sexualized avatars in games. So why does the industry continue to churn out female characters in barely-there outfits? Warface, an online shooter features female soldiers in skimpy, highly ineffective fighting attire. What's holding them back from making it more ... Read More
  The Proteus effect, the influence of virtual and digital identities over offline behavior, has been studied mostly in boys: “Does video game violence encourage boys to be more aggressive in real life?” But Stanford University just published a new study in Computers and Human Behavior that examines the effects of online role-playing and avatars on girls, and it turns out that virtual representations of women can be harmful to young women’s ... Read More
If you’re a lady who has ever even looked at a Playstation, you know the sort of backlash that girl gamers are constantly confronted with. I can’t even count the number of times I have gone to the checkout counter of a video game store only to be asked by a guy with a neckbeard if I need a gift receipt for my boyfriend or brother. Or all of those times where I logged on to Xbox Live to play Halo and was met with a lovely stream of pre-pubescent males ... Read More
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