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Spotlight on Women

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Throughout the month of March we are celebrating women in the video game industry from analyzing portrayals of women in popular culture to discussing the best female characters in video games.

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.
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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...
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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....

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...
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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....
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The Mother of Gaming, Samus Aran

With Mothers’ Day long gone in the U.K. (though still on the horizong for you Yanks) and the undercurrent of childish guilt now a...

Aya Kyogoku: Nintendo’s Rising Star and Secret Weapon

As gaming evolves and becomes a more socially acceptable hobby for women, the makeup of the design teams are subtly shifting as well; more...

Ikue Otani: The Voice of Pikachu

When fans think of the “voice” of Nintendo, the first things that come to mind are the “woo-hoo” and “It’s a-me, Mario" of Charles...
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Bayonetta is oh, so close to being perfect

Ah, Bayonetta. One of Hideki Kamiya's flagship characters, this powerful witch doesn't let anyone or anything stand in her way. She is ruthless, yet...

Women’s Month? The Odd Gender History of Birdo

It's Women's History Month, and to celebrate we've been writing about female game characters and women in the industry that have made and continue...