How Some Women Use the Title of Gamers to Put Down Other Women

There seems to be a trend among some women, where they try to distance themselves as much as possible from other women in order to be seen as different or unique. These women tend to put down other women by saying things like, “I’m not like other women, I do this.” For example, some women pride themselves on the fact that they’re just “one of the boys” and do not engage in stereotypically feminine activities. This attitude is rooted in internalized misogyny. One of the ways in which this manifests itself is when women who identify as gamers use their … Continue reading How Some Women Use the Title of Gamers to Put Down Other Women

My Thoughts on “Self-Saving Princess: Feminism and Post-Play Narrative Modding”

I’m going to be honest, this article was pretty hard to read. As a woman, it was difficult to read about the horrible and cruel responses that Anita Sarkeesian and Jennifer Hepler received for the ways in which they “modded” games. The misogynistic and graphic threats made towards both women just further shows how toxic the gamin community can be. I wrote a blog post a little while back about the kids of topics that the gaming community seems to find acceptable to discuss, and this article really reminded me of that piece. Games can touch upon extremely heavy topics such as … Continue reading My Thoughts on “Self-Saving Princess: Feminism and Post-Play Narrative Modding”

Will Video Games be Remembered?

For exam four, there were two articles that we were meant to read that talked about whether or not future historians would be able to accurately explain the Internet. The articles were super interesting, and they pointed out that the current world we live in, a world that relies more an more on the Internet, will probably not be remembered very accurately. It’s almost impossible to explain the Internet to someone, and it’s even harder to explain things like what it’s like to use social media, and the impact these sites have on people’s lives. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram: … Continue reading Will Video Games be Remembered?

Are Indie Games more Accessible than AAA Games?

To some, the answer to this question may be obvious. However, as someone who has very limited experience playing video games, it’s something that I’ve only just started thinking about. As I played Assassins Creed: Liberation, I couldn’t help but compare the game, and my experience playing it, to indie games I’ve played for the class. Overall, there’s no denying that Indie games are much more accessible, and not just for “inexperienced” players. Off the bat, indie games tend to be significantly cheaper than AAA games. There are hundreds of Indie games on Steam that are less than $5. Although … Continue reading Are Indie Games more Accessible than AAA Games?

Ragdoll Physics in “Shooting to Kill: Headshots, Twitch Reflexes and the Mechropolitics of Video Games,”

In Amanda Phillips’ article, “Shooting to Kill: Headshots, Twitch Reflexes and the Mechropolitics of Video Games,” the term ragdoll refers to ragdoll physics, or the way games simulate limp bodies falling to the ground. By using ragdoll physics, a computer can animate various unique ways something can die in the game. The goal of ragdolls are to offer more realistic and varied ways a body can die. However, ragdoll physics are often a source of (unintentional) humor because of the glitches associated with ragdoll physics. By introducing the concept of ragdolls, Phillips shed a light on the ways in which the … Continue reading Ragdoll Physics in “Shooting to Kill: Headshots, Twitch Reflexes and the Mechropolitics of Video Games,”

“Retro” Games and the Nostalgia They Bring

I love playing two interesting classic games: Pac-Man and Invaders. These games are really old, and yet most people would recognize them. I was really excited when I found out were playing these games because I remember playing these games with my brother when I was little, and I wanted to relive that experience. Both games are really simple, and even people who have never played before can pick up the mechanics easily enough. Playing these games made me reflect on the idea of nostalgia, and how powerful that feeling is when it comes to bringing people together. When I offhandedly mentioned to … Continue reading “Retro” Games and the Nostalgia They Bring

CYOA Novels and Undertale: How do the two relate?

The CYOA book I chose was Journey Under the Sea. In it, the main character (the reader) is an underwater explorer that is part of an expedition meant to find the lost city of Atlantis. There are a variety of paths the reader can take, some of which may result in death, while others may result in the reader finding Atlantis. I chose this novel because I’ve always found the sea fascinating, and because it reminded me of the movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire, which I like. The first time I read the book, I had the option of exploring … Continue reading CYOA Novels and Undertale: How do the two relate?