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Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So His Daughter Can Rescue Mario

Damsel In Distress
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Anita Sarkeesian on tropes of women in video games. Read More »
Girl Gamer
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Rape In Duke Nukem
You almost get raped in the Duke Nukem game and then slapped silly. Read More »
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Pauline Saves 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 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]

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

Girl Gamer
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Don't patronize me with your video game's "girlfriend mode." Read More »
Rape In Duke Nukem
You almost get raped in the Duke Nukem game and then slapped silly. Read More »
Challenge The Trolls
Jay Smooth calls on men to challenge the anti-feminist Internet trolls. Read More »
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Rescue Me
  • 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 a much-needed discussion about how women are treated when they “infringe,” so to speak, on traditionally male spaces. But this week, at long last, “Damsel In Distress: Part One – Tropes Vs. Women In Video Game” is online and here for you to watch. I highly recommend it.  [YouTube] Keep reading »

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

Japanese Digital BFs
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Japanese women realize that digital boyfriends are easier to handle. Read More »
Girly Games
Girly games and games for girls: an interview with Femicon's Rachel Weil. Read More »
UES Makeover Game
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Not even Serena Van Der Woodsen can abide this video game. Read More »
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Sure, My Apartment Looks Just Like That

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. Keep reading »

Tone Deaf NRA Releases New “Practice Range” App

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They deny any responsibility for the Newtown, CT shooting. Read More »
The Soapbox: Gun Control
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You don't have to be a parent to worry about guns. Read More »
Fearing Guns
How a gun-loving West Texas girl learned to fear assault weapons. Read More »

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 as an “information” tool, providing gun owners with safety tips (like “keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot”) and state-by-state gun law information. But the target practice portion of the program is on there, too. It looks a lot like any other first-person shooter video game — you know, one of the many things besides actual guns that the NRA blames for gun violence — except this one is put out by the National Rifle Association, and it’s ostensibly aimed at improving the skills of real-life shooters.

And the truly great thing about the app? It allows users to switch up between guns. So you may start out with an M16, but for just a $1, you can upgrade to an AK-47. So awesome — anybody with a smart phone can practice shooting an assault rifle.

And oh, the Target Practice app is recommended for shooters ages four and up. Sick. [Gizmodo] 

Japanese Women Realize Digital Boyfriends Are Easier Than Real Life Boyfriends

Give Up Your Cell Or Sex?
What did 70% of women choose? Read More »
Women Are Gamers
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Contrary to stereotype, the majority of online gamers are ladies. Read More »
Tech & Dating
11 ways technology can kill your relationship. Read More »
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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 screams “CAT LADY.” Maybe it’s time to leave Boo alone and make like a Japanese woman instead: I will find myself a digital boyfriend from a “role-playing love game”! You know, like a Tamagotchi … with a penis. Keep reading »

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

Girl Gamer
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Don't patronize me with your video game's "girlfriend mode." Read More »
Girly Games
Girly games and games for girls: an interview with Femicon's Rachel Weil. Read More »
Women Are Gamers
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Contrary to stereotype, the majority of online gamers are ladies. Read More »
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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” on the site like “Super Manicure” and “Super Hair Studio.” Animal New York reports the game was created by a Romanian developer who has never been to NYC, ergo, has ever met an actual woman who lives on the Upper East Side. “Gossip Girl” is a fictional TV show, sir. And even Serena and Blair did something other than brush their hair all day.  [Girl Games via Animal New York]

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