11 Arguments Against Women in Games, Refuted

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Those ruddy feminists love to muck things up don’t they? They storm in with their man-hating ideals and feminine wiles muttering about how ‘every gender deserves to be equal’ and other nonsensical claims such as ‘women should be allowed the right to vote’. Oh, what’s that you say, women have been voting and wearing trousers and putting their children into daycare to swan off and get jobs for some time now? Well I’ll be damned.

But of course for as long as those feminists have come along to level the playing field (I, including myself in that category of equal rights hooligans, also known as the Daily Mail’s favourite bogeyman) people are still far too quick to chalk down the sudden surge of ‘women in games’ discussion as another en-Vogue response to the PC vitriol that those darned feminist hippies have been spouting. And, while I could invite naysayers to the kumbaya, feminist peace picnic, that’s not taking place until next week, so for those who’ve stumbled across this post before then, I present to you, 11 responses to the common ‘women in games’ arguments.

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5 Reasons Why Disney Infinity Will Reinvigorate Your Love for Gaming

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If the endless slew of cookie-cutter sequels and recycled gameplay and story ideas are the poison, then consider Disney Infinity as the fast-acting, family friendly antidote.

Disney’s upcoming figuring based video game brings life to the many Disney characters that we know and love and lets us run wild with the animated characterisations of our favourite cartoon cohorts.

While spin-off titles are almost never done correctly (E.T The Extra Terrestrial we’re looking at you), Disney Infinity will no doubt be packing that Disney perfectionism that we’ve come to know and love. It’s this Disney promise to be great that could see Disney Infinity setting your love for gaming alight once more.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag – All of the Need to Know Facts

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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag is nigh. We have five Assassin’s Creed games’ worth of gameplay and timelines and three individual protagonists each with their own backstories to take into consideration. We’ve visited nearly every continent and taken a look at 5 different eras in time, so for Ubisoft to announce yet another AC game, that has to be just as unique and fresh-faced as the first day we were introduced to Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s brilliant adventures (his games are critically the best in the series), it’s a move that is just as bold as the font of their logo.

But have they succeeded? It’s a good question, and with the Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag release date over 7 months away, we won’t know how the full game reviews for a while, but does that stop us from speculating? Of course not, and we can make up our minds on the plot points and promised gameplay now as Ubisoft have released Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag info in the shedloads, all collected here for you to peruse.

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GRID 2 – Everything You Need to Know

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Ask a PS3 user what they’re go to racing sim is and they’ll likely tell you Gran Turismo 5, an Xbox 360 user might tell you Forza Motorsport 4 or even the original GRID that hit consoles way back in 2008. Now, the developer and publisher of that critically acclaimed game (who are also the team behind both DIRT games and no fewer than five F1 video games), Codemasters are back again with GRID 2, the sequel to one of their many stellar drivers.

The question on everyone’s keyboards is ”will GRID 2 be better than Gran Turismo 5?”, the latter of which is regarded as one of the best (if not the most-delayed) racing sim in history and while none of us can really answer that question until the GRID 2 release date of May 31st, 2013, there are some other questions that can help give you an idea as to whether or not Codemasters’ next best racing game should get a much-deserved look in.

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Four Ways That Dishonored Will Be Like Assassin’s Creed (And Why That’s a Good Thing)

DISCLAIMER : The author is looking forward to both Assassin’s Creed 3 and Dishonored, both of them stand the chance of being incredible. This post just takes a look a how Dishonored will best certain aspects of what we’ve seen AC do before and is not meant to hate on either upcoming titles.

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One is a slice of globe-trotting, stab and stealth action where freedom and a fight against the power-hungry Templars take the lead, whilst the other is based around a dystopian Industrial-era society that has you using supernatural powers as you battle for your innocence against the corrupted leader(s) who framed you for a crime you didn’t commit.

Although they include a much different range of methods to get to their end-goal of putting the warped members of the aristocracy in their places, both are centred around the idea that they must kill for what is right.

These games? Dishonored and Assassin’s Creed.

As the two assassin genre supertitles go head to head later this year (the latter in the form of Assassin’s Creed 3), it’s inevitable that comparisons between them are going to be drawn. But how deep do the similarities go? That’s what we’re here to find out.

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Crysis 3 – Release Date, Gameplay, Everything Else You Need to Know

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Where Call of Duty fails (and thus gets nominated as one of our ‘must-avoid’ games as a result), Crysis succeeds, or at least, tries really hard to make up for.

When Crysis is not able to best the mega-franchise that Activision continuously boosts its bank balance with, it makes up for it with a stellar level of graphics that no matter how lacking some of its other features may be, the visuals will never fail to make you succumb to its most eye-pleasing asset, having you weak at the knees before you can say ‘holy nanosuit!’.

Imagine my delight then, when Crysis 3 was leaked and subsequently announced formally by EA, keen to add a third outing to the super-soldier sandbox-em-up franchise. This is big, BIG news as Crysis 3 will be the “first blockbuster shooter of 2013”, pipping closest rival Call of Duty to the 2013 line-up top spot, with COD’s 2012 release not even officially revealed yet.

With the first images, first gameplay trailer and a whole host of other info out in the open about the game, this round-up is a good place to board the Crysis 3 hype train.

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Risen 2 : Dark Waters – What It Is & Why You Need to Know About It

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Before we posted this little thing showing off the brand new Risen 2 : Dark Waters screenshots, we didn’t come to the table feeling relatively enthusiastic for the game.

Risen 2 looked pretty, intriguing, fun and was clearly not set out to feature a good majority of old, tired role-playing game plot tropes, instead trying to carve out a little niche for itself. We knew that it allowed you to make decisions and we knew that it was coming from a developer (Piranha Bytes) who were willing to make up for past mistakes (players had some issues with Risen 1) so there were very few complaints from me in those departments.

No, the problem for me was the fact that the game’s entire premise was that of my archnemesis….pirates.

Pirates don’t wash, have scurvy and don’t usually translate to video games very well. Dragon Age 2’s Isabela is only loved by a minority and Pirates of The Caribbean’s Captain Jack Sparrow only converted well because a few of the PotC video games received the LEGO treatment – and let’s face it, unless it’s embedded deeply into the tender, naked skin of your bare foot – it’s really hard to hate LEGO.

Because of my ninja-rivalling distaste for pirates, I was apprehensive to cover Risen 2 : Dark Waters on the blog but I was wrong. I have never been more foolish in my life. Of all the RPGs to stand up to a laggy Skyrim and the piss-poor controversial ending of Mass Effect 3, Risen 2 : Dark Waters is the rightful heir to the thrones and I’ve detailed everything you need to know in anticipation of its release.

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Six of Nathan Drake’s Finest Moments

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Commander Shepard is my favourite character. So much so that I wrote an entire post about it.

Nathan Drake, the cool, calm and always collected hero of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted games, is a close second.

Breaking out of the generic super-soldier mould like the precisely sharpened blade of character on the block of ice that is the ‘norm’, Drake bests his peers, showing them up with his charm, his enthusiasm and his insane daredevil feats.

He’s also the winner of last month’s Nathan Drake vs Lara Croft poll (this month’s poll is FIFA vs Madden, vote in the sidebar, winner gets a special post!) which is why I’ve put together a list of Nathan Drake’s finest moments. Enjoy – and if you think there’s something that I missed – comment!

WARNING : Includes Uncharted 2 & Uncharted 3 spoilers.

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8 Reasons Why Commander Shepard is the Greatest Video Game Character Ever

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It’s no secret around these parts that I love Commander Shepard. Possibly even more than puppies. Also cake. Definitely more than the Spike VGAs.

I love Mass Effect’s protagonist more than any sane person should love a fictional character ; Shepard takes up the entire chunk of cells in my heart that should be reserved for a really good book, your favourite meal or that one Starbucks barista whose name you don’t know but still have a crush on anyway.

My point is, Commander Shepard, in my opinion, is the greatest video game character of all time (settle down, Kanye West) and I suspect that some of you share that thought nugget, hence this list – read on, share and enjoy!

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5 Reasons It Pays *NOT* to be an Early Adopter of the PS Vita

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Like the shadiest of ‘doctors’ in the uncleanliest of back streets, this week, I’ve been trying to hawk vital organs on the Internet (only my own, I can assure you).

On Twitter I proclaimed ‘who wants a lung? I’ll even give away a kidney, for a price!’ and such, multiple times, hoping, begging and pleading that someone with a screw loose would take a body part in exchange for money – money I wanted, no, needed, to spend on a PS Vita – which comes out today.

For the most part, I was joking (though I did come very close to offering plasma up on eBay), I’ve become so convinced that I need a PS Vita that I probably would have (and maybe still will) do anything to get my hands on that delicious, powerful, slice of handheld gaming heaven.

It may, perhaps, come as a massive shock to you that I am now providing you with a handful of reasons why you shouldn’t invest in Sony’s latest gizmo.

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