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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The Female Assassin in Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation isn’t Just Good for Women, But Gamers Too

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Rather than waxing lyrical as to why Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation is a more-than-worthy addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, following in the stabby footsteps of Ezio and Altair who came before him, let’s just talk about the fact that the inclusion of a female assassin in Ubisoft’s leading series is really cool, shall we?

As a woman, I’m absolutely delighted that finally, a leading game character of a leading game franchise is a badass woman, showing everyone that we are just as capable of carrying a game franchise as our male cohorts. On the other hand, as a critic of video games, I feel that Ubisoft’s decision to make the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation a woman is just as fantastic because it means that the conversation on women in games doesn’t have to be dominated by talk of the entirely ridiculous (and completely unrealistic) cup size that lady adventurer Lara Croft has been sporting for the past few Tomb Raider titles. No, instead we can all rejoice in the fact that a top video game developer has finally realised that a woman with a vengeance is just as lethal as a man with a vengeance and boy, oh boy, will she vent that anger.

And I know that plenty of people have criticised Ubisoft for the decision to star Aveline as the lead in Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation because it’s a handheld title on a console (the PlayStation Vita) that has yet to come into its own and frankly, I think that’s wrong. While I don’t think Aveline is a representation of me or any of the brilliant ladies I know, I think this because Aveline is fearless and brave and we are (for the most part) awkward and cowardly. But despite this, it’s terrific that Ubisoft understand that there is a woman out there (less inept than I) who is capable of embodying the role of a stone cold killer, regardless of the stage that she’s killing on. The fact that she’s in the spotlight at all is a huge step forward for the industry.

In turn, people have also been heckling Ubi for Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation because ‘women can’t be assassins, the protagonist should be a man!’, well, I tell those people to shush. This isn’t a case of ‘women deserve to star as the lead!’ (okay, it sort of is) but it’s a case for thought out and engaging protagonists too. Ubisoft cannot regress to the shaven-head, muscleman, hunky athletic archetype that so many male leads fall into, instead they have to really think about the character that Aveline is because this woman just wouldn’t fit that meathead soldier role – not down to her womanhood, just for the fact that it wouldn’t make any sense.

Just like Dead Space did for IPs, hopefully Aveline will lead the way for better written characters, eschewing stereotypes and pre-conceived ideals that the marketing teams of publishing houses think we want and will rather use their smarts to lovingly carve more characters that we will actually care a toss about after the credits roll.

And with that, I present to you the Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation E3 reveal trailer.

Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation E3 Reveal Trailer via ubisoft on YouTube.

The Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation release date is October 30th. – Click here to pre-order it.

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PS4 and Xbox 720 to be Revealed at E3, Everything they Should and Shouldn’t Do

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This post comes fresh off the news that Sony and Microsoft will be announcing the successors to the current gen of consoles at this year’s E3 in an effort to compete with Nintendo’s next console effort, the Wii U (source).

I’m a skeptical woman, both consoles are rumoured, even if they do come from a highly reputable source, but I’ll still refuse to believe either console’s’ existence until I have the actual, tangible product in my arms and the reality has set in that I now have no money or a social life thanks to them.

However, one can cross all of their fingers, toes and other crossable body parts that come June 2012, both will be confirmed by the Microsoft and Sony bigwigs themselves but until then I’ve put together a list of all of the things we should hope are included (or avoided) in the new next-gen platforms.

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NEC Memorabilia:Warriors Legends of Troy, Dead Space 2 & Medal of Honor

Written by Myles.

I had the chance to go to NEC Memorabilia in the weekend, needless to say it was an amazing experience. Of course, the whole expo wasn’t based around games, it was more based around films, TV Shows and wrestling, I had the chance to try out several new and or upcoming games.

First of all, the KOEI guys are simply amazing, one of the best companies and probably the only one where I’ve ever had the chance to meet and hang around with the employees for pretty much the whole day, I’m a massive Dynasty Warriors fan, It’s my life.

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I'm coming for you Hector!

Warriors: Legends of Troy

Although I played an E3 Build, the graphics were pretty damn good, with amazing lighting effects and shadows, apparently the graphics are a lot better in the later builds, the gameplay is like if God of War and Fist of The North Star: Ken’s Rage had a baby, it stands on it’s own feet, it isn’t just another Dynasty Warriors game. I’m honestly incredibly looking forward to this game after playing the demo.

Dead Space 2

Although I played very little of it, it looks to be more of Dead Space 1 and possibly more scary than the original. The atmosphere is outstanding and the graphics  are top notch, it’s certainly shaping up to be one of the better looking games for 2011. If you loved the start of Dead Space you’ll definitely love 2!

Medal of Honor

It glitched out at the beginning, enough said.


RAGE & Fallout 3 “They’re strikingly different games” – id Software

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Welcome to RAGE.

Image via kotaku.com.au

Here’s a post for all of you gamers out there who are just like me ; wary of the fact that while Fallout 3 was an awesome game, with plenty to do and amazing gameplay to boot, the graphics weren’t great and neither was the story. Don’t worry, friend, you’re not alone if you were thinking that.

I traded in Fallout 3 after many hours of playing it, simply because I didn’t think that it was as good as everyone said it was. How’s that for brutally honest blogging, eh? I’d much rather play RAGE.

RAGE = RPG-ness at its absolute finest. Customising cars, characters and weapons, the game is everything that Fallout 3 was, only better.

I was over the moon to read this interview that id Software’s Tim Willits (Creative Director of RAGE) had with That Video Game Blog where he said the comparisons between Fallout 3 and RAGE

They’re strikingly different games

Good to know Tim, I honestly can’t wait for RAGE (even if it isn’t out until next year, harrumph!)

Also, did you know that RAGE lets you use a boomerang killing blade? Well you do now, and I bet you think it’s awesome!

Comment Question : What did you dis/like about Fallout 3?

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