Tag: Social

“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

“Social” Single Player Games

While watching the Playstation 4 (hereafter PS4) event on February 20, I noticed that there was a heavy emphasis on the social capabilities of the PS4. The PS4 has the ability to share game-play footage and screenshots with very little difficulty, and can even allow the player to take control of another player’s game in order to aid that player. The PS4 even has a dedicated “share” button on the PS4 controller, implying the importance of social interaction in the PS4.

 

Now, all this talk of “sharing” in the PS4 seems to imply the overall importance that social interaction will have in the future of video games.… Read the rest