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Women on Video Games: Nov. 2, 2016

This week from female game journalists: politics, Final Fantasy XV, and closeted Telltale characters. Commentary Leigh Alexander weaves together Westworld, video games, and the election to argue that it’s time for a new power fantasy. Danielle Riendeau wrote…
Uncharted 4

How Uncharted 4 Challenges Gender Stereotypes in the Adventure Genre

Uncharted’s inspirations are about as classic as they come. Epic set pieces, exotic locations and witty banter; these are all ingredients in a recipe that we know well. Nathan Drake’s globe-trotting escapades owe a lot to the classics of…
Overwatch

It’s Raining Men: Explaining the Appeal of the Boys (and Bots) of Overwatch

In their first article, Cora and Amanda broke down the romantic appeal of Overwatch’s female characters. In this second installment, they deliberate how the rest of the roster breaks down in terms of dateability. Yes, even the cool science…
Rose of Winter

Why Rose of Winter is a More Progressive Otome Game

I’m a strong and reasonably confident woman. I don’t need a romantic partner, but that doesn’t stop me wanting one sometimes. An increasing trend in many games, as well as movies, is that it’s ‘all or nothing’. It’s a…

iconWhat We Know so Far About Mass Effect Andromeda’s Gameplay Mechanics, Exploration, and The Kett

In the first video, MD discuses what we know so far about the gameplay mechanics in Mass Effect Andromeda, including combat, multiplayer, classes, and more. In the second, she discusses what we know so far when it comes to Exploration and the…

What is “Good” Representation in Video Games?

Representation matters. Seeing ourselves and others in media shapes our self perception and how we see the world at large. This is becoming a widely accepted reality, yet attempts at improving representation often fall flat. In games especially, problems…
Dishonored 2

The Morally Ambiguous Women of Dishonored 2

I knew right away that my first playthrough of Dishonored 2 was going to be as Emily rather than her father Corvo, the fan-favorite protagonist of the first Dishonored. For a deeper view of the story, it’s best to…
Fruit Ninja

Casually Yours: Mobile Games are Boring Too

Recently, Brie Code, a 14-year veteran of the gaming industry, issued a clarion call to game developers and gamers everywhere. In her tour de force piece, she posited that all video games are boring and asked: what if everything…
Overwatch

Girlfriend Material: Exploring the Appeal of the Women of Overwatch

From the reams of Overwatch fan fiction and art created—not to mention the unofficial Overwatch dating sim in development—it’s clear that players are more than a little obsessed with the characters in Blizzard’s popular first-person shooter. To explore this phenomenon, two of remeshed’s resident bisexual…
Ember

Why Retro-Style RPGs are so Appealing

If I were trying to explain to an outsider the particular genius and downfall of the video game industry, the best metaphor might well be the mind of a four-year-old. Sometimes that fertile little brain will exercise combinatorial creativity…
Starbound

Starbound is the Cooking Simulator I Never Knew I Wanted

In 2010 I discovered Restaurant City on Facebook, and ever since I’ve always loved cooking simulators. Maybe it’s because my mother never taught me how to cook so the process seemed magical, or maybe it’s because I’m always hungry…

iconBlizzCon 2016 Wrap-Up

Dodger gives a recap of the major news announced at BlizzCon 2016 last weekend, and discusses her experiences at the annual Blizzard convention. Topics include Necromancer, Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.
Battlefield 1

Is World War 1 a Distasteful Setting for a War Game?

I’m no historian but I grew up with one, and I found the idea of Battlefield 1 fairly uncomfortable. Throughout my youth, my father would teach me about World War 1 and tell me stories of my great grandfather,…
Women on Video Games

Women on Video Games: Nov 4, 2016

This week from women across the web: hard-coded gender roles in RimWorld, creating a historical atmosphere in Red Dead, marrying a wereolf in Skyrim and the crowning achievement of Civ VI. Note: there won’t be a WoVG column next…
Overwatch

Overwatch’s Gender Problem

Of the roster of twenty-two playable characters in Overwatch, nine of them are women. While that’s not an equal ratio, it’s still pretty great—and the diversity of the characters is also worth commending. While I would prefer a 50/50…
Pokemon

What’s Wrong With ‘Feminine’ Pokemon?

Despite the Wii U’s slow and sad death (seriously, there’s nothing coming out this Christmas), Nintendo’s 3Ds is still going strong; the handheld’s next big release is Pokemon Sun & Moon. Nintendo have been gradually stoking the fires of…
Women on Video Games

Women on Video Games: Oct. 28, 2016

This week from women across the web: thoughts on Skyrim, Titanfall 2, Watch Dogs 2, World of Final Fantasy and more. Commentary Skyrim is so relatable because it’s a fantasy that isn’t really a fantasy, according to Alice Bell;…
Nintendo Switch

Reactions, Questions, Theories and Speculation About Nintendo Switch

How long will the batteries last? Will it be truly portable, or just “travel-friendly”? Can it compete with the Xbox One and PS4? These questions and many more have been pondered by game journalists and gamers alike over the…

Journey vs. Reward in No Man’s Sky and Beyond

We all know how games end. You defeat the bad guy. You save the world, or rescue the princess; your hero gets their happily ever after and you get the satisfaction of victory. You beat a game; you win…
Women on Video Games

Women on Video Games: Oct. 21, 2016

Another week, another round of great gaming journalism by women across the internet! Commentary Tina Amini does a deep dive on why it’s so hard to create a video game. Holly Green explains the 5 most significant changes coming…

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