Posts tagged "video games"

Instagram Specifically Bans Female Nipples, Is Totes Fine With Male Nipples

Instagram’s new guidelines specifically ban images of female nipples except in the case of breastfeeding mothers, post-mastectomy breasts, and artwork.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 17, 2015

Not An April Fools’ Prank: You Can Play Pac-Man In Google Maps

April Fools' Day pranks are the absolute worst, and the eighth circle of hell is tech companies that make ostensibly clever ones of their own. But instead of their usual Gmail prank, this year Google is offering one of its best Easter eggs instead: Pac-Man. All you have to do is fire up Google Ma…

By: Beejoli Shah / March 31, 2015

Google’s New CFO Ruth Porat Is Getting PAID

Plus! A "Game of Thrones" porn parody has an Iron Throne made of dildos; a closer look at Chicago P.D.'s sex crimes unit; and reviews for a few feminist videogames, all in Today's Lady News...

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 27, 2015

Monument Valley Will Blow Your Mind Through Your Phone

I’ve played a lot of video and computer games in my life, but most of them, I’ve just sampled - you know, I’ll play it for a half-hour, decide it’s not my thing, and then go back to the games I know I love. When I do love a game, I truly do fall i…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 12, 2015

12-Year-Old Madeline Messer Takes On Representation In iPhone Games

Because no one should have to pay to be a girl. …

By: Megan Reynolds / March 4, 2015

Tusmørke’s Oculus Rift Game Autumn Seeks To Help Rape Survivors

A forthcoming Oculus Rift video game is hoping to help rape survivors. [The Atlantic] An anti-gay group put out a pamphlet about how kids shouldn’t have to hear “the sounds of sodomy,” and of course the Internet ran with it. [RawStory] Why has there only ever been one Jewish Miss America? [The Daily Beast]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 7, 2015

The New Zelda, The Future Of Video Games, And Empathy

Despite the fact that I love video games, I don’t really keep up with news about them -- I just kind of hear about games, play them, and if I like them, keep playing them. So I didn’t know about the preview of the upcoming Zelda game that aired on the Game Awards on the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 11, 2014

On Death, Identity, Humanity In Video Games, And Why Majora’s Mask Is So Important

If you’re into pop culture blogs, but not so into Nintendo, you might have noticed that a lot of people are REALLY REALLY EXCITED about the release of the Legend of Zelda franchise title Majora’s Mask for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo announced the release for early 2015 just yesterday, and now us Zelda nerds are getting…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 7, 2014

“Assassin’s Creed” With Kittens Is Way Better Than Plain Old Regular “Assassin’s Creed”

Kittens really do make everything better -- even video games. In this little film, the game "Assassin's Creed Unity" becomes "Assassin's Kittens Unity", which is obviously way more fun for everyone involved. Also, I'm going to make the assumption that there is someone out there in the world who is employed to make patterns for…

By: Claire Hannum / September 30, 2014

There Are More Adult Women Gamers Than Gamer Boys Under 18

The face of gaming is still a pack of rowdy preteen boys, faux-blasting each other with pixelated guns for giggles. In the United States, adult women are an impressive 48 percent of all gamers — more than gamer boys under 18. A huge part of the increase is due to mobile games, like "Kim Kardashian:

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2014

Goat Simulator Is The Video Game I’ve Been Waiting For

I haven't been excited about a video game since I beat my brother at Tony Hawk: Pro Skater that one time in 1999, but my apathetic video game attitude is about to change, thanks  to a brilliant and poetically titled new game: Goat Simulator. Here's how its creator, game designer Armin Ibrisagic, describes it: "Goat Simulator

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 5, 2014

The Jane Austen Video Game Was Made For The Wicked

Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austena video game prototype currently crowdsourcing funding on Kickstarter, offers us the worst of real life without any of the escape. A world in which ulterior motives run rampant and gossip destroys lives sounds like celebrating the worst aspects of human behavior. Although the gossip and deceit of the Jane…

By: Sophie Leon / November 6, 2013

NSFW: Creepy Creeps Can Watch Ellen Page Take A Shower In Beyond: Two Souls Video Game

I don't even understand what is going on here, maybe because I'm not a creepy creep who regularly watches pixelated Canadian actresses showering. But here we are! According to the gamer blog Kotaku, this is Ellen Page as a character named "Jodie," in the vide game "Beyond: Two Souls," taking a shower. Yes, you ca…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 13, 2013

League Of Legends Gamer Posts Revenge Porn Of Girlfriend Because She Played The Game As A Character He Didn’t Like

Who knew a surefire way to incite rage in your  nerd boyfriend was to pick the "wrong" character when playing the video game League of Legends? According to The Daily Dot, when LoL gamer XJ9 -- described as a “a very skilled League of Legends player who could be pro if not for his emotional problems" -- found out his girlfriend…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 4, 2013

“Choice: Texas” Turns The State’s Abortion Struggles Into A Video Game

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,…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 2, 2013

6 Ways Smart Technology Has Made Things Dumber

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…

By: Cracked / July 31, 2013

Apparently Women Gamers Spend As Much Time And Money On Gaming As Their Male Counterparts

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…

By: The Mary Sue / July 10, 2013

Game Developers Comb Landfill For Worst Atari Games Ever

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…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 5, 2013

Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So His Daughter Can Rescue Mario

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 game…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2013

Anita Sarkeesian’s “Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games” Is Here!

Remember last summer when blogger Anita Sarkeesian of FeministFrequency.org started raising money on Kickstarter to fund an in-depth video exploring tropes of women in video games? Misogynist trolls lost their marbles, threatening to rape Anita and calling her countless ugly names like "bitch" and "slut" all over social media. It was quite the shitshow, prompting…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2013
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