Every year, millions of gamers look forward to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3. Since I was not able to make it to E3 in person, I did the next best thing and attended the event virtually. June 14th and 15th I dedicated to watching the Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3. This will be the recap of only day 1. I felt the need to give anyone out there who couldn’t attend in person or virtually an in-depth recap of the most anticipated upcoming video games. Us gamers have to stick together, right?
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.
In honor of the holiday (from which my stomach is still recovering), I thought I’d continue the theme of thankfulness that’s circling around and share the three games that have had the biggest impact on my life. It was tough to choose, but when it came down to it these were the games I simply couldn’t do without.
Though the biggest gaming news from SDCC may have been the announcement of The Last of Us movie (possibly starring Arya Stark, no less – I can only imagine the crossover fiction), there were enough exciting tidbits to keep our tanks – running low after the smorgasbord that was E3 – running. Let’s take a look at some of the more important announcements, and the women featured in them.
On Monday, Nintendo announced the addition of three new characters for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, two of which have never been in a Smash title before now. Check out the trailer below to watch the earth-shattering entrance of Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin.
Captain Falcon, who has made previous appearances in all four Super Smash games, is a easily recognizable face (and punch, for that matter). Lucina and Robin are less familiar but more important – after all, no one was doubting the inclusion of Falcon for a second, but the inclusion of not one but two female characters was a surprise. The two Fire Emblem: Awakening characters are the 9th and 10th playable female characters to be included in the game (not counting Jigglypuff or the female Ice Climber), a record for the series. Yes, it’s fantastic to see Sakurai and his team stepping up to the plate in terms of better gender representation, but you might be wondering just who are these women anyway? Well, Robin is the Grand Master (a combination of mage and swordsperson) that you play as in Fire Emblem: Awakening and, like in many games, can be chosen to be either a male or female. The inclusion of a female skin for Robin in Super Smash is a reflection of this choice. Lucina, however, is a bit more complicated – and she, along with some other interesting women, is who we’ll be focusing on today.
There’s a lot of negativity – much of it well-deserved – surrounding the industry’s portrayal of the female gender in games. I myself recently wrote an article criticizing developers for not including more women in their stories. But there are many times when video games get it right, when they write a great story with some strong, believable girls in it. Of course, there are the well-known examples of bad-ass video game women: Samus, Lara Croft, Sarah Kerrigan, Zelda, Fem!Shep, Alyx Vance, Lightning, to name a few. But there are others that are not acknowledged as often, but are just as deserving of praise. Lucina is one of those, and today we’ll talk about her story and the stories of five more Game Dames (as I personally like to call these awesome characters). Because as much as it is necessary to criticize what is being done wrong, it is also necessary to celebrate what has been done right. Continue reading The Lesser Known Women: A Look at Time-Travelling Daughters, Wolf Gods, and More→
I think it is necessary to begin this review with an admission: while I love the Zelda franchise and will ruthlessly defend Majora’s Mask against anyone who badmouths it, I’ve never played A Link to the Past. Does this discredit my review of A Link Between Worlds? I don’t think so, but if you’d rather read a strict comparison between the two rather than an exploration of ALBW itself, then this article is not for you.
That being said, from what I know of ALTTP I can understand how people who have played it may find that ALBW is re-treading too much old ground – some reviewers were disappointed when they discovered how much they knew their way around the overworld – but I think that the re-designed dungeons and new mechanic of wall-merging (more on that later!) puts enough of a spin on the game to offer something for new and old players alike. For me, this Hyrule was completely fresh and I loved it, which perhaps speaks to how devoted most players are to ALTTP: if the excitement I felt exploring this world is anything like the excitement others have felt for ALTTP’s Hyrule, then I can understand the hype.
It’s that time of year again! Flowers, chocolates, and tiny, naked babies with bows abound; displays of sappiness alternate with exhibitions of misery, and most people are just happy when it’s over. But here at the Daily Geekette, we’d like to take the time to celebrate the mess that is Valentine’s Day in as nerdy of a way as possible, because love comes in all shapes, sizes, pixels, and platforms. So, without further ado, here’s a list of some memorable video game relationships (and some relationships we included just because we love them):