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?
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!
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.
2014 saw the release of some eagerly awaited titles, some of which lived up to the hype and others that disappointed (*cough*Assassin’s Creed: Unity *cough*). Games like Super Smash Bros., Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bayonetta 2, and more, showed us what next-gen consoles could achieve and got us itching to see what could be accomplished next. Unfortunately, many of 2014’s games also left us wondering where they put all the women – because they certainly weren’t on the list of playable female characters. 2015 is set to be even a bigger year than its predecessor, with long-anticipated titles like Legend of Zelda for Wii U and Evolve planned for release, but will it take any steps towards righting the gender disparity in the industry? Without further ad, here are 5 games (in no particular order) that not only look fantastic, but also hope to answer that question:
Christmas may be over, but family and friends are still around – and I’d be willing to bet someone has a new console burning a hole through their pockets. What better activity to do with it than turn friends into enemies by beating the virtual bejeezus out of them? To facilitate this post-Christmas activity, I’ve come up with a list of the best games to play with others this holiday season:
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→
Every year, I start my E3 journey with a confident estimate of how much it is possible to cram into a two-hour live presentation. Every year, I totally forget that I started with an estimate, revel in the glow of gameplay trailers, and then, realizing I’ve forgotten my estimate, decide scientifically (judging by the exponential growth in giddy levels) that it’s been blown out of the water. E3 2014 has not broken this pattern. The presentations of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all satisfied and surprised their respective audiences, though there may have been a few unexpected bumps along the way (I feel for you, Conker fans). Without further ado, let’s see what each has brought to the stage thus far:
It’s that time of the year again: speculations abound, rumors fly, and the big names vie for the position of top dog…yes, it’s almost E3! Arguably the biggest event of the industry is fast approaching (June 10-12), and it’s never too early to begin rounding up all of the exciting possibilities that may await us at this year’s expo. So here follows the confirmed, the hearsay, and the wild ideas that I desperately hope for when I can’t sleep at night from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo:
In just a few short months, the next installment of the beloved Mario Kart franchise will be releasing, and it just might bring back the glory games of the no-holds-barred, best-friends-will-become-your-enemies racing game. But this title isn’t just the same ol’, same ol’ – the newly-released trailer has highlighted a bunch of new features and revamps of old elements that I’m itching to try out, and you should be too. Here’s what and why: