Opinions: My Personal Examination into Video Games and Gender!

I missed posting yesterday, thus ending a successful streak of content where I praised many of the women who have touched my life in games, music and beyond. To make some mild amends for that, I’d like to take a moment to spotlight some pre-existing content I have done regarding women in video games over…

Gender Gazette: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

UPDATE – UBI Soft has changed their stance on the DLC; see below for details. Assassin’s Creed has had some issues in the past when it comes to its women characters. The series has shied away from having women in leading roles in many of the earlier entries, and even gone to bat justifying the…

Gender Gazette: SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Pt. 2

Didn’t expect to immediately be writing about this game again…but the week after I wrote that article decrying its horrid narrative arc and recruiting the player to help play along in its voyeurism brought along this revelation: So…there’s a fair amount to unpack here. Gender swapping protagonists or other major characters is a fairly common…

Gender Gazette: SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

While I have been praising SNK a fair amount over on LVLS lately, their Switch fighter SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is setting off a gazillion alarm bells. As reported by Nintendo Life, the storyline for SNK’s spiritual successor to their Neo Geo Pocket title SNK Gals Fighters has several of the company’s prominent women…

Gender Gazette – Praising Shovel Knight’s Body Swap Mode

This series won’t just tackle problematic issues in the gaming industry; there will be times where it will celebrate advancements in gender, or a particularly fantastic character or moment within a game. And today I wish to spotlight Yacht Club’s Shovel Knight, a splendid game that went above and beyond in gender representation with last…

Gender Gazette: Bloodstained and its Presentation of Heroine Miriam

It’s been a while coming, but I want to talk about Koji Igarashi’s spiritual Castlevania “sequel” Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Now, if you read my non-academic/critical work over at LVLS, you might know that I find Castlevania to be the greatest gaming franchise of all time. So any sort of news of a game…

Gender Gazette: Red Dead Redemption

Yesterday saw the release of the latest Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, which tackled the complicated issue of women serving the role as “background decoration” in modern AAA games. I haven’t played the majority of the titles Anita covered in the episode, but I have played a few: Bioshock and Red Dead Redemption. I…

Gender Gazette: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a tendency to play as female characters in video games, if the option presents itself. I’m still searching for the exact motivation for me to do so, but I think I’ve recently come to one of the reasons: it allows me a glimpse into a perspective I don’t get…