Given all the video games that depict women in sexist and degrading roles, it’s about time someone made a video game offensive to men. (Sarcasm, people.) Meet “The Boyfriend Trainer,” in which a chick “trains” her boyfriend to behave by slapping and tasing him, is wholly inappropriate to be marketed to impressionable tween girls.
And impressionable tween girls, of course, are exactly who “The Boyfriend Trainer” is marketed to. Domestic violence is fun, kids! Keep reading »
Commercials are usually those things I fast-forward through on the DVR because they’re loud and try to get me to buy things I don’t need. However, every once in a while, there is one I love. Take, for example, this campaign for Sony Ericsson’s Experia Play smart phone, starring Kristen Schaal, totally cracks me up as Mel, the lone fan slash stalker on “Flight of the Conchords.” Message to companies: include awesome female comics in your ads, and I will consider purchasing your stuff.
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Real men may have been pussified by man-hating, hairy-legged feminazis, so it’s a good thing they have XBox 360 games as an outlet for lady-slapping, alien-killing machismo. The much-anticipated Duke Nukem Forever game from Gearbox Software is where enlightened gender relations go to die. The “Be The One Man Army Who Always Gets The Babes” theme encourages dudes to save us poor, helpless females from getting impregnated (i.e. raped) by alien invaders. While saving the little woman from the bad guy is a well-trod theme of video games (and “dick flicks”), Duke Nukem Forever‘s got a lovely domestic violence-y element. According to The Official Xbox Magazine, if the lady “freaks out” while she’s being saved from impending alien rape, Duke can smack her across the face until she “calms down.” You know, slap some sense into the silly bitch! Keep reading »
The Mary Sue, a new geek culture blog, just launched a hot second ago, and in one of the very first posts, a staff blogger explains to readers why a geek site “for women” is really necessary. It was an explanation I needed, frankly, because at first blush, I saw an Oscars roundup and a pic of a little girl dressed as a princess next to an R2-D2 and I wondered what made this site different from existing ladyblogs like The Frisky, Jezebel or The Hairpin — really, what made it needed. (By the way, the phrase “the Mary Sue” is a term used to describe a cliché, idealized female character often found in “dude literature.) After reading Susana Polo’s thoughtful first post, however, I can see why some of the existing spaces online don’t work for many geek girls who dig comics and “Star Trek” more than eyeshadow and “The Real Housewives.” Keep reading »
Sex and video games
are two of God’s greatest inventions, so it’s only natural they’d come together. As you can see in this NSFW commercial, WeDare is a silly-looking game in which friends/random geeks strip
at the direction of the Wii. You know, like Truth Or Dare but way more expensive. Parents, of course, are upset the game is branded ages 12+. But better kids are kissing and spanking than auditioning for “Teen Mom,” I always say.
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Here’s a suggestion for getting more makeout time with your significant other—make smooching part of video game! Hye Yeon Nam has created the Kissing Controller, a headset that makes it so you and your honey’s smooches guide the bowling ball on what appears to be Wii Bowling. Seriously, by the tongue motion and speed of your kiss, you control how fast the ball goes and the degree of spin. Fun? This video is totally awkward, but the applications here could get pretty interesting, especially if you’re dating someone who is addicted to World of Warcraft. [Engadget] Keep reading »