You’ve heard about #Gamergate, you’ve heard about harrassment in online games, you’ve heard about Anita Sarkeesian — probably from conflicting stories or multiple sources covering different time periods and perspectives. Well, what if you could see it all in one convenient location?
In my last article, I detailed some of the many upcoming games that feature female characters or protagonists. It’s an exciting trend to see, and one I’m going to delve into in a little more detail about, giving each game a closer look as more information comes out. Up this week: Arkane Studio’s Dishonored 2.
A year ago, my coverage of E3 was, well, less than enthusiastic. It seemed as though the desire to design, develop, or generally direct attention at women and female characters was lacking. This, perhaps, was most clearly seen in Ubisoft’s excuse that it was “too hard” to animate female bodies, but exhibited also in the lack of women on stage to present the games they couldn’t see themselves in.
This latest season of ‘Game of Thrones’ can be summed up rather simply: bad things happen to good people. There are some exceptions to this rule, but this is largely the foundation upon which David and Dan’s Westeros is built. The problem with this is that the books cannot be summed up so – they can’t be summed up at all, really, and that’s a huge part of their appeal. No one is really bad or good in Martin’s Westeros; things happen, not always at the right time, to people who may or may not deserve it. Continue reading A Dance of Divergence: The Changing Landscape of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”
Well, here we are again – eagerly awaiting this year’s biggest event for video game news, reveals, and upsets: the Electronic Entertainment Expo. As always, there are some amazing things to look forward to, some suprises expected, and some inevitable disappointments. Every studio, every developer will be frantically trying to steal the spotlight and outdo the competition. So, what are the top things you should be keeping an eye out for? Read on to find out!
Last summer, Ubisoft explained that they didn’t include any female avatars in Assassin’s Creed: Unity because “It was really a lot of extra production work.” More animations, more voices, more everything. Though Ubisoft backed down from the “challenge” of including women (at least temporarily – it looks like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will include a female assassin), EA has stepped up to the plate, or, rather, the pitch: FIFA 16 will include women’s national teams for the first time in the series’ history.
**Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 6 to follow **
Last week, many Game of Thrones fans were upset by the rape scene at the end of the episode. While I certainly found the scene disturbing, I can’t say I found it surprising.
Having read the books first, I was dreading this inevitable scene since I first heard that Sansa would be taking the role that Jeyne Poole plays in the book. It was disturbing enough to read about Ramsay’s sick treatment of a minor character we had barely come to care about; how much more so when we saw it happen to a well-loved character in full cinematic detail.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases next week, and it’s already been getting some stunning reviews: Gamespot gave it a 10/10 (a score only awarded to 8 games since the site’s inception), Eurogamer called it one of the best open worlds they’ve ever seen, and Game Informer labeled it the future of RPGs. The positive press is a good sign for a game that has promised a lot, including a world that is 35 times the size of The Witcher 2. There’s always the worry that the hype will never live up to the gameplay, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for The Witcher 3.
It’s a game that famously includes anything you could ever imagine – chicken men, zombie pigs, scale models of people’s bedrooms, even a complete (and awe-inspiring) replica of King’s Landing from Game of Thrones. Minecraft is known as a “sandbox” game, because you can build and find and roam around in/as anything people can create. Except you can’t, by default, be a woman. Well, that’s about to change.
On April 1st, Nintendo released their latest Nintendo Direct and announced that players would now be able to vote on who they’d like to see added next to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. But this was no April Fool’s – Nintendo soon posted an official Smash Bros. Ballot on their website with four simple questions: your gender, what character you’re voting for, the title of the game that that character appears in, and your reason why that character should become a fighter. Greater representation in games is all about making our opinions heard, and this ballot provides the perfect opportunity to let Nintendo know that there are awesome women that would make a great addition to the game. Though the voting is now closed, this was a great step towards making games more inclusive, and we at the Daily Geekette hope to see some positive changes come from it. So, without further ado, here are the 6 female characters we’d like to see make it into Smash Bros.