Expert Blames Sexual Video Games For A Rise In Sexual Violence
(Kotaku): "The worst part is apparently the use of sexual innuendo-laced phrases to describe the game's Skill Shots, creative ways of killing your opponent. Terms like "gang bang," and "topless" supposedly tie the graphic violence together with this sexual innuendo."
Visceral Games hears disabled gamer, adding customizable controls to Dead Space 2
(Joystiq): "Garratt is trying to play the horror sequel on PC, partly by pushing a mouse with his chin, and is unhappy that he can't assign the "walk forward" command to a mouse button. Plenty of games allow for customizable controls, he says, so why can't Dead Space 2
Avatar Reality Releases Blue Mars iOS App
(Blue Mars Blog): "This first version of the application allows users to view and rate avatars and fashions from Blue Mars, which populates the results on the "Top-Rated". They can also use the "Recents" option to track avatar updates and see the latest fashions." (Author Note: A Hot or Not for avatars?)
The blog names I'd rather see go away
(The Pink Pigtail Inn): "It’s about time that we stop presenting ourselves as “girls” and start looking at ourselves as “gamers”. No matter how good the intentions are, I think the “girl that games” blog names make more harm than they help to make female gamers into fully accepted members of the community."
Skirts? Where This Game Is Going, It Doesn’t Need Skirts
(Kotaku): "Thanks to a bug, the newest Dream Club, Dream Club Zero, goes further and simply does away with the skirts altogether. Bar girls dance on stage in their drawers, without those pesky skirts to get in the way. Remember, this is a bug and not a game feature (apparently!), but with this much on display, is it really worth players getting their underwear in a bind over?"
Girls Who Play Video Games With Mom and Dad Are Better Behaved, Study Shows
(Bloomberg): "Coyne’s study involved 287 families with children from ages 11 to 16 years old, who were interviewed in their homes and completed questionnaires about the children’s behavior. Girls were more likely to play collaborative games like Rock Band, where players work together, Coyne said."
So You've Made A Rape Joke: A Guide to Responding to Feminist Criticism
(tacky_tramp, LJ): "Another important thing to keep in mind is that many scholars are interested in rape. They are troubled and confused by rape's frequency, and wonder how to reduce the number of rapes that happen. A great deal of excellent research and theory exists on this subject. You don't have to be an expert, but it helps to have a basic grounding in the subject before talking about rape."
Gendered Battle Gear
(Sociological Images): A comic about gearing up male vs. female heroes in games.
Watch this Shower Scene, and Someone Else Might Find Out
(Kotaku): "The Tokyo-based game is using the game's data logs and Square Enix Members connectivity to track how many times players have viewed the shower scene. According to an official release from Square Enix, it's been viewed over 80,000 times."
Representation is not enough: Coming out of the gaming closet
(Bitmob): "I would answer the rhetorical question I posed earlier by saying that game designers can do much more than simply visually represent gay and lesbian characters in their games. By using “procedural rhetoric”, by building these identities into their game mechanics, game designers can make being gay an integral part of playing their game."