Posts tagged "video games"

“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websites, we stand in line to get the newest gadgets, and we beat up people who dare own phones a couple years out of date.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…

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,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2013

Disney Video Games Shows They Know Exactly What It’s Like To Be A City Girl

The fabulous career as a fashion designer! The penthouse apartment! The closet filled with clothes!

Oh, yes, Disney, this is exactly what being a “City Girl” is like.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 27, 2013

Tone Deaf NRA Releases New “Practice Range” App

Just weeks after the Newtown tragedy, and merely days after another shooting at a California high school, the fine folks of the National Rifle Association have decided that now is the perfect time to release a new mobile target practice app, aimed at helping gun owners to become more accurate shots. The app is packaged…

By: Julie Gerstein / January 14, 2013

Japanese Women Realize Digital Boyfriends Are Easier Than Real Life Boyfriends

My roommate and I joke that her cat is kind of our joint boyfriend. Like a human boyfriend, Boo is very affectionate, loves to pick food off our plates, and throws the occasional temper tantrum which can only be quelled with cooing and snuggles.

Hmm. I just re-read that last sentence and it…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 17, 2012

Not Even Serena Van Der Woodsen Can Abide This “Upper East Side Makeover” Video Game

If I was a rich girl … I would play with eyeshadow all day? That seems to be the idea behind “Upper East Side Makeover,” an online video game by Girl Games. The “game” — yes, I “played” it — involves such brain-twisting tasks as exfoliating skin and applying makeup. It’s one of many “games”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 23, 2012

Girl Gamer: Don’t Patronize Me With Your Video Game’s “Girlfriend Mode”

You’d think that by 2012 game designers would have stopped insulting our intelligence by giving us female characters with gigantic conical boobs and tiny there’s-no-way-she-has-any-internal-organs waists. You’d think they would have created some virtual woman we can get behind. You’d especially think that since it’s been shown female gamers outnumber male gamers, designers would respect…

By: Lauren Hunter / August 15, 2012

Gamer Couple Meets For First Time In 5 Years, Won’t Let Each Other Go

I really don’t know whether to laugh or cry after watching this couple embrace each other for an excruciatingly excessive amount of time. I feel a huge amount of secondhand embarrassment for having what I presume is someone’s friend videotape their first schmoopy moment. But my heart also melts when they kiss for the first…

By: Daley Quinn / July 18, 2012

Jay Smooth Calls On Men To Challenge Anti-Feminist Internet Trolls

All feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian wanted to do was create a new project aimed at examining common tropes in video games through a feminist lens. Sarkeesian, who blogs at FeministFrequency.com, was hoping that the new web series “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” would offer a new, in-depth view on gender representation in video game…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2012

Here’s A Video Game With Sexy Nuns Being Punched And Shot For You To Be Offended About

Much like the hair and costume folks for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, the marketing folks for video games know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to getting attention for their product. And as we’ve seen all-too-often with video games, the go-to advertising strategy is sex, sex, more sex, followed by a healthy dollop of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2012

Super Mario Brothers + Lana Del Rey = Awesome “Video Games” Parody

This is absolutely genius. Princess Peach of Super Mario Brothers fame rocks this parody version of “Video Games.”And that duck face. Wow. I can’t stop watching.  [Buzzfeed]…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 26, 2012

Macho Urinal Game Makes A Splash In Japan

Three years ago the “Toylet” was just a pipe-dream for developers at Japanese video game maker Sega, but now the urinal video game has been rolled out at pubs across the nation.

Users target their urine at a sensor inside the toilet which measures volume and speed, with software then matching that to…

By: The Huffington Post / January 22, 2012

Contrary To Stereotype, Online Gamers Are Actually Women

Gamers get a bad rep: They’re typecast as plump, basement-dwelling man-children who lead reclusive lives and collect actions figures. Apparently, that’s way off base. A study by GameHouse says that 55 percent of online gamers are actually female. Not only that, but in comparison to female non-gamers, they are happier, more social, and get it on more often!

By: Stefanie Blejec / December 2, 2011

Video Games & Boobs: Hooters Opens An Arcade In Vegas

Food, sex and video gaming: it’s the ideal trifecta for any run-of-the-mill male and Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas is making it a reality. The Joystixx (yes, that’s really the name) is 21+ and calls itself the “best new place to score in Vegas.” Joystixx opened last month in the infamous chain’s casino, offering “classic…

By: Stefanie Blejec / December 1, 2011

7 Reasons Why Gaming Is Great For Your Relationship

At some point in time, “gamers” got a bad rap. Let’s stop stereotyping the “gamer” world as a place exclusively for basement dwelling social pariahs in dingy underwear who subsist on Hot Pockets microwaves with love by mom. Those of us — yes, women game too! — who play video games also enjoy socializing with friend…

By: Sophie Leon / October 17, 2011

New Video Game “Catherine” Is All About Cheating

Wow, this new video game “Catherine” sounds pretty twisted. Here’s the concept of this anime game: the player is Vincent, age 31, a boy-man whose girlfriend Katherine (left) is smart and hot, though a little stodgy—as denoted by her glasses, naturally. Basically, Vincent just isn’t ready to commit to her. He is at a bar…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / July 27, 2011