Texas’ most recent spate of anti-abortion legislation has effectively destroyed women’s access to reproductive healthcare in the state. Your chances of getting a safe abortion in Texas are now dependent on factors related to class and privilege: where you live, the flexibility of your job, access to transportation, and financial resources. It’s a terrifying reality, and it’s also the premise of a new video game called “Choice: Texas,” created by two Texan pro-choice activists, Allyson Whipple and Carly Kocurek.
The game will feature 5 female characters in need of reproductive healthcare, all facing different struggles and personal obstacles. “None of them have it easy, because even if you have the privilege of money and paid sick days at work, there are still other obstacles to deal with,” Whipple said in a recent interview. “But certain characters will be much harder than others. The obstacles each character faces (geography, money, time, transportation) will influence what choices a player can make throughout the game.” Keep reading »
People are pretty technology-happy these days. We pore over rumors and specs on technology websites, we stand in line to get the newest gadgets, and we beat up people who dare own phones a couple years out of date. New technology isn’t just anticipated, it’s damn near fetishized. Witness the growing trend of “unboxing,” YouTube videos dedicated to providing loving, tender footage of someone delicately taking a new product out of its packaging. Look them up if you want, but maybe make sure there’s no one else in the room when you do it; they’re seriously almost pornographic. Read more at Cracked…
A report shows that women gamers spend as much time and money on consoles as male gamers do, and that gamers are not, in fact, all teenage boys who lock themselves in their rooms to play Xbox Live for hours on end. Wait, gamers can be women? And adults? Gasp!
The social media network Pixwoo.com commissioned the search, and had this to say about their results: “The image most people have of a gamer is usually a young boy, holed up for hours in end in their bedroom, only stopping the game for food, drink and toilet breaks. But these results show that the stereotype couldn’t be more wrong. Not only are women just as likely to be gamers as men, but we are talking about fully grown adults who work, have a family and are in a relationship.”
Exasperated sigh. Read more on The Mary Sue…
If you’re a lady or gent of a certain age, then you remember Atari, makers of the first video games (along with Coleco). When my parents first got an Atari, they played for hours — I was too young to try my hand, but I remember how exciting it seemed to have this new home technology. Some games were great (hello, Pong, first game ever), but others, not so much. And those often ended up in a landfill outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico, near where the Atari company was based. The games were allegedly dumped in the landfill illegally, under cover of night.
Video games developer Fuel Industries believe that many of the company’s worst-selling games ended up in the landfill — including their “E.T.” game, which has now become a cult favorite — and have received permission from the local government to excavate. The company has six months to dig around in the landfill, which is locally known as an Atari Graveyard. Fuel is hoping to revive some of Atari’s “worst games” and cult favorites. [Alamogordo News]
Rescuing the “damsel in distress” is one of the most common stereotypes in video games. But this game developer wanted daughter to be able to save the day, as a girl, so he hacked Donkey Kong and enabled Pauline to rescue Mario. “My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together,” he explained on YouTube. “Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Peach in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that.” A little bit of hacker magic and voila! [Polygon]