March 9, 2017

Going Beyond Strong Women: Positive Female Representation in Gaming

As the gaming landscape continues to shift, there is a big push from players to include more women in prominent playable roles. Simply having female characters in the game is no longer good enough. Players want to see real women taking on whatever life throws at them. Diversifying gamings cast […]
February 12, 2017

What Lies Ahead for Tracer and ‘Overwatch’?

"Cheers, love! The cavalry's queer!" reads the title of a reddit post introducing the Overwatch comic "Reflections" that reveals Tracer is queer. While some male players noted the supposed loss of a character about whom they had fantasized, the response from the LGBTQ community has largely been one of triumph and excitement.
February 6, 2017
Amy Hennig

Amy Hennig: The Brilliant Brain Behind Nathan Drake

Amy Hennig never planned to enter the world of video games. After a random contracting job brought her face-to-face with the Atari 7800, there was no way she could ever leave.
February 5, 2017

‘Beyond Good & Evil’ Gave Us One of Gaming’s Greatest Protagonists

Michael Ancel's opus stands as one of gaming's best examples of characterization – an involving study of a girl searching, searching for answers, for belonging, for truth, for a foothold in life at a time when footholds are hard to find.
December 31, 2016

Top 10 Gender-Bending Women of the Millennium

Before the dawn of the new millennium, women in gaming were ample, though, generally only in appearance. Very few striking females in games were nurtured into full characters prior to 2002; though that is not to say that women are no longer being misrepresented as sex symbols with gigantic flotation devices attached to their chests (2011's Duke Nukem Forever made that abundantly clear).
December 22, 2016

Let’s Give Lightning a Little Love

The Final Fantasy XIII trilogy got a lot of flack for a myriad of problems: linearity, weak storyline, generic collect-and-return quests, but most pertinently, the main female protagonist, Lightning.
June 11, 2016
The Last Of Us 2

How Ellie in ‘The Last of Us’ Challenges Tropes and Subverts Stereotypes

(Note: There will be pretty serious spoilers for The Last of Us throughout this article. If you haven’t played it, I’d suggest you stop reading and play the game, because it really does deserve to be experienced as it was intended.) When Bioshock Infinite launched in 2013, there were some who […]
June 8, 2016
Her Story

How ‘Her Story’ Changed the Way Women Are Defined in Gaming

There’s a moment when you’re playing Her Story where you begin to really grasp the depth and scope of what its creator is attempting. For me, it came when I looked at the scattering of post-it notes stuck to my laptop and realized I still wasn’t sure at all where […]
May 19, 2016

Top 5 Females Who Transcend the Supporting Role

From Bayonetta to Lara Croft, there are a good amount of female leads in games who are strong, intelligent, and badass. Unfortunately, most female sidekicks tend to be nothing more than eye candy or comedic relief. However, every once and a while we see a fantastic supporting female, like Alyx […]
March 31, 2016

The Lack of Representation of Older Women in Games

There’s a notably absent feature in Xenoblade Chronicles X’s character creation system that demonstrates an ongoing trend in the gaming industry regarding female characters. No, it has nothing to do with not being able to customize your avatar’s breast size in the North American release. The issue instead relates to […]