Tag Archives: rape culture

Presented Without Commentary: Aeria’s Scarlet Blade Ad

  I just, I don’t even know what to say about this advertisement for Aeria Games’ free to play game, Scarlet Blade.  But I’m sure you all have plenty of opinions, so the comments are below.

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Sexism and Power Dynamics in Breath of Fire 4

Recently, I’ve started replaying Breath of Fire 4, a game I remember affectionately. Like many, my video game diet growing up was rich in JRPGs and, while the genre tends to offer little more than empty carbs anymore, it’s fun … Continue reading

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Games Imitating Life: Rape Culture In MMORPGs?

The following is a guest post from J.E. Keep: J.E. Keep, and his partner M. Keep, write romance and erotica, administer their adult forum Darknest (a fantasy erotica site for gamers) and read simply everything. All while playing games and … Continue reading

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Oh look, it’s time to talk about gamer culture and rape culture again.

The following is a guest post from Scott Madin: Scott Madin is a software engineer and yeller-on-the-internet. He lives in the Boston area with his partner and two cats, and on rare occasions blogs at Fineness & Accuracy. He also … Continue reading

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Lara Croft Reboot Link Roundup

Trigger warnings: discussions of rape. I quickly wrote my post last week, Lara Croft Reboot: Vulnerability Galore!, in order to make a quick assessment of the new Tomb Raider trailer and now widely sited Kotaku E3 interview with the game’s … Continue reading

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Lara Croft Reboot: Vulnerability Galore!

Trigger warnings: rape, violence against women. Tomb Raider holds a fond place in my heart as a cultural icon, if only for the sexual awakening I shared with many other teen girls when I found myself infatuated with Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft. … Continue reading

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Wind-up Knight: An entertaining iOS game with questionable elements

  While confronted with a few plane trips and long delays at the airport a couple of weeks ago, I browsed the App Store and downloaded a game for my iPad.  Wind-up Knight is an “endless runner” style iOS game … Continue reading

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Feminism and Video Games 101: The Solution is Both/And Not Either/Or

As I mentioned in the round-up about the Hitman trailer, there are a whole lot of things wrong with this blog post by Tycho Brahe at Penny Arcade, but the thing I want to focus on for this post is … Continue reading

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Link Roundup: Hitman: Absolution Trailer

This week has seen another round of discussion of rape culture in video games, prompted primarily by the release of a trailer for the upcoming Hitman: Absolution, which I will not link. Instead, I will offer a round-up of some … Continue reading

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On Taking Seeing Sexism For Granted

Brendan over at Critical Damage has an excellent article (TW: discussion of sexual violence and rape) about  the implicit and complicit participation of video games in rape culture.  It was sparked by a video trailer for Hitman: Absolution that is a complete sexist … Continue reading

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