Two links about video games and gender

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January 26, 2013 by tanineallison

First, an article compiling responses to the Dead Island Riptide marketing scandal in which they included a statuette of a decapitated female torso with the collector’s edition of the game. Ian Bogost is brilliant here (scroll down for his response), and there is also a discussion of a video games class talking about the scandal: http://www.gamespot.com/features/dead-island-riptide-and-the-problem-with-video-game-marketing-6402693/?tag=Topslot%3bDeadIslandRiptide%3bDeadIslandRiptideAndT%3bReadNow

Secondly, a link submitted by former Emory Video Games student Axel Ordonez. http://www.notinthekitchenanymore.com/  This is a blog by a woman gamer who provides transcripts of the abuse she receives as such in online matches of shooters like Call of Duty. This is what she has to say about it:

“And that’s essentially the focus of my blog- the dated, hostile, and sometimes downright weird reactions men, and occasionally even other women, have to interacting with females in an anonymous setting that is considered to be male dominated (online video games, specifically first person shooters). Obviously sexism isn’t the only problem prevalent in online gaming, it’s just the one I’ve chosen to focus on.

“This behavior is something that most female gamers will have to face at some point if they choose to game online. The aim of my project is education; some people genuinely have no idea this is going on. By exposing this type of behavior, I’m hoping to raise awareness- and possibly push people to remember that it’s a real live person on the other side of that microphone.”

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