Tag » Video games
Like many fledgling gamers growing up in the early 2000s, I spent a sizable chunk of my childhood trying to rescue Princess Peach. Jamming the buttons of my silver Gameboy SP with primal ferocity, I crossed harsh, distant lands and ground-pounded pixelated Goombas for her, collecting bonus coins, mushrooms, and 1-ups along the way.  She was the perpetual damsel in distress – the delicate, classically beautiful prize waiting in a flouncy pink ball gown at the end of every Super Mario Bros. adventure. Read More
As gaming enthusiasts can attest, the video game industry hasn't been very welcoming for women, and the way women are often depicted in games can be problematic. The Boston Globe reports on the atmosphere for women in gaming stating, "The billion dollar video game industry is growing quickly with the explosion of mobile gaming, but... Female game characters are hyper sexualized, and female workers are frequently subjected to unequal treatment, harassment, and hostile atmospheres. Read More
    I attended my first game jam ever this weekend at NYU’s Gaming Center and I was incredibly nervous and intimidated. I was invited by one of the ladies of Code Liberation, an all-girl organization that aims to level the playing field in the game world and provides free game programing classes to women in order to create gender equality in the gaming industry. This particular event was hosted by a research center centered around game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art. Read More
  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. 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. 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 year, she had to leave her home for safety reasons. 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 following (again, on her Twitter feed): "I’m safe. Authorities have been notified. Staying with friends tonight. Read More

Movie Review: Love Child

BY Emma Tilden in TV

“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 couple didn’t realize that the baby will starve to death. 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 choose the latter just needs to stop.  I, for one, could not be more excited about this new development. 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, invites you to navigate the world of England's Regency Period and all of the intrigue, impropriety, and ball invitations that entails. Read More