Category Archives: Gaming

Fire Emblem’s Demographic Catastrophe

I’ve been a fan of the Fire Emblem series of video games by Nintendo ever since my high school days, when I saw Marth and Roy kick ass in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Set in medieval-style worlds beset by evil … Continue reading

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Yorha-2B: Literal Objectification

A week ago, the PS4 game NieR:Automata was released in North America. Its director, Taro Yoko, did an interview about various aspects of the game. At one point, the interviewer asked him why the main character, combat robot Yorha-2B, wore … Continue reading

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A Game that is Pro-Woman without being Anti-Man

A lot has been made of female representation in video games as of late. There’s a series of videos intended to shame video game developers for transgressing against feminism. There’s a pronounced movement away from sexualized character design, especially among … Continue reading

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Censorship: This Time, It Is the Government

“It’s only censorship if the government does it.” Every time there’s news that a developer is removing content from a game, the social justice crowd rushes in to remind us all that “censorship” can only be done by governments. Pretending … Continue reading

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Video Games Don’t Need to Grow Up

“Video games need to grow up.” How many times have we heard that phrase? There’s always some group of cultural critics who wants video gaming to “engage the culture” or “embrace its potential” or some other thing. If only they’d … Continue reading

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Games Are Easier Today, and That’s Fine

Once upon a time, video games were difficult. Many had to be finished in one sitting, or you had to remember many passwords. Tutorials were rare — that’s what manuals were for. The games themselves were quite difficult to clear, … Continue reading

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