I’m alive, I swear! There are just a few weeks left in the quarter, so I’m swamped with school work. Hopefully I’ll be able to kick lots of posts out over spring break. In the mean time, here are some links to what I’ve enjoyed reading lately.
Through Guilded Lilies, two blogs I recently discovered, by graduate students studying video games from a feminist persepctive: Netwoman and Joanna’s Adventures in Academia.
the play girlz gaming blog: The Women in WoW: Blogger Ingrid analyzing the results from the WoW survey I posted in December. I just plunked down the words from those who obliged me a response without much public analysis, so it is great to see others looking into what was said.
Wonderland: The Shopping Game: This line, in response to a Sega shopping/fighting game targeted towards teenage girls, made me crack up:
It’s a well-worn and well-loved cliché that in order to get more females playing video games, you need fewer violent, murderous games and more games about.. er.. shopping. And things. Puppies, maybe. Cooking. Singing, dancing. Torturing people. Woops, who said that?
Yay for irony! And properly pointed out, the guys are going to enjoy this game just as much (I say more–look who enjoyed Final Fantasy X-2 and Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball) as the official target audience.
Man Bytes Blog: It’s Just a Game: This post debunks the “it’s just a game” defense us “sensitive” types have thrown at us when we oppose racism, sexism, or in the case of this post, homophobia in video games. Corvus offers this chilling observation:
Chillingly, I suspect those who quickly cry “it’s just a game” as an attempt to deride arguments, or to justify inappropriate behavior, are being consistent. If that’s the case, I can all too easily hear them saying, “It’s only one restaurant,” or, “it’s not even a very good movie theater,” every time they are exposed to an argument about injustice. But of course, it’s never just a single game, or one restaurant, or a single theater. When people feel free to express hateful views or act upon unspoken bigotry, it’s always a sign of deeper issues within our social space.
And I liked to hope that comments like this were just confined to the internet, where there are fewer consequences for being an ass.