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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #480 on: September 17, 2016, 04:45:44 AM »
This is slightly off topic, but I thought this thread was a good place to share a post on civic consciousness and programming.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Learning-to-code-must-be-matched-with-working-9141932.php

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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #481 on: October 09, 2016, 05:11:23 AM »
Are any of our female cupcakes still reading Feminist Frequency? I'd be interested in hearing your perspectives on her interview series.

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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #483 on: November 04, 2016, 01:03:11 PM »
Good link, thank you.

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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #484 on: August 27, 2017, 08:59:24 AM »
Spoilers ahead:

If I were the sentience of a planet and my chosen voice asked me "Och, lassie!  What's got ye all in a tizzy?" I would smite him to rubble and find another dwarf.

I like that they've given a reason for turning Magni into a statue, but if that's the best they can do with the dialogue they should have chosen Moira instead.

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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #485 on: September 27, 2017, 02:37:48 AM »
This Motherlode article discusses sexual harassment for players who hang out too long in the tavern in Goldshire. Trigger warning: Parts are unpleasant to read. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb7b9q/world-of-warcraft-has-a-rape-problem?utm_campaign=VICE+NEWSLETTER+926&utm_content=VICE+NEWSLETTER+926+CID_455169cb062cfaf3f512d397e9966646&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Campaign+Monitor

While the article acknowledges this isn't as much of a problem for experienced players, who know how to block harassers, the article is concerned about new and underage players, especially since the Goldshire tavern is the first one human characters encounter. Of course, there's the point that no one should have to experience harassment in the first place.
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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #486 on: November 08, 2017, 04:56:03 AM »
The less skilled you are, the more likely you are to be a sexist jerk.  At least, that's how I read this article.

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0131613

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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #487 on: July 25, 2018, 07:18:31 AM »
i haven't posted much about this topic because the transformation of my country into the political equivalent of a Superfund site has rather captured my attention. But this (from a friend of a friend) I just had to share:

https://twitter.com/emmahvossen/status/993516183138766849

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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #488 on: October 12, 2018, 04:40:30 AM »
Steam is highlighting "International Day of the Girl Child" (which I didn't even know was a thing) with "Great games featuring female protagonists".

https://store.steampowered.com/sale/dayofthegirl/?snr=1_41_4__42

Leads with "Her Story" and "Gone Home". Not a whole lot of depth, sad to say.

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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #489 on: October 16, 2018, 05:49:21 AM »
Women in Games Boston is doing an event in January and looking for participants: https://twitter.com/WIGBoston/status/1051912714644312065?s=19

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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #490 on: January 07, 2019, 02:58:05 AM »
As I've mentioned elseforum, I'm homebound for a few weeks and was looking for a game to pass the time. (Why not WoW? Er...) I finally found one: Final Fantasy XV. It's no Horizon: Zero Dawn, but it's a pleasant enough RPG. I'll have a review eventually.

Except: The very first female character players see in the game is Cindy. She's got a chest that only exists in the world of computer graphics, and wears a car mechanics outfit of the sort you see models wearing in magazines like Hot Rod. She speaks in a Southern Belle accent and generally acts like a sex kitten. You can see an image of her here:

http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Cindy_Aurum

There are other women in FFXV, and they dress and act sensibly. But so far in the game (I've played about three hours), those women are background NPC figures that are easily overlooked or skipped over in dialogs.

FFXV was published in 2016, well after awareness of representation in video games had become an issue. There was no excuse for this, other than to appeal to young Japanese boys who are presumably the target audience of the Final Fantasy series in its country of origin. If I hadn't just paid $50 for the game, I would have ragequit when I saw her. As it stands, I cringe every time I see her; this is fairly often, since she's a frequent quest-giver and is responsible for maintaining your character's main mode of transportation.
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Re: Gender issues and gaming
« Reply #491 on: January 07, 2019, 08:24:56 AM »
There was indeed no small amount of controversy when the game was released that it was pretty much "Bro Trip" with no female primary characters or protagonists. It's possible there was planned to be but that didn't work out in its troubled development cycle and constant flux.

Definitely awkward and uncomfortable.