Author: cristina

“Save us!” The Objectification of Women in Video Games

“Damsel in Distress,” is a popular term utilized and personified in media such a literature, movies and of course, video games. But what does it actually mean?  According to Urban Dictionary, there are three definitions:

1. A stereotype of portraying an unmarried female who needs to be saved.

2. any female in need of aid

 3. A usually beautiful, virginal, virtuous, and hopelessly passive young woman constantly in need of rescue by the dashing hero.

None of which are all that flattering…

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This ever popular term can been seen in games as early as “Sheriff,” (pictured above) which was an arcade game developed by Nintendo in 1979 which displays a “female” character referred to as “The Beauty,” who must be rescued from a group of bandits.… Read the rest

Stick and Stones May Break My Bones But Virtual Characters Can Somehow Hurt Me?

Have you ever spent countless hours vigorously playing a specific game only to reach the end and be blindsided by this strong emotional reaction?  Well this exact situation happened to be not too long ago while playing TellTale’s The Walking Dead.The-Walking-Dead-title

Being a huge fan of the show and the graphic novels of Robert Kirkman, I anxiously awaited the release of the game and even pre-order it to ensure I could get my hands on it. When I finally began to play the game, I was slightly taken back by it’s game play. The game is split up into five episodes and takes place in the same fictional world as the graphic novels, with events following the onset of the zombie apocalypse in Georgia.… Read the rest

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