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King criticised for cancellation of Gaming Ladies event

Candy Crush Saga maker King has been criticised by Vlamber boss Rami Ismail for its decision to withdraw support for for a woman-only games event in Barcelona. Gaming Ladies had been scheduled to take place on July 27th but its announcement was met with huge hostility from small parts of …

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Arkane says Dishonored 2’s Emily was a response to gender criticism

Developer Arkane has explained the motivations that saw it offer a playable female lead in its recent release Dishonored 2. Speaking to Anita Sarkeesian in an interview for Engadget, co-creative director Harvey Smith responded to criticism of the first game’s handling of female stereotypes. Your comment, which I’ll always remember …

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Anita Sarkeesian releases final Tropes vs Women episode

Five years on from its debut, the last episode of Tropes vs Women has been released. Created by Anita Sarkeesian, the series which examined the depiction of females in video games initially started as a Kickstarter looking for $6,000 of backing. Instead, the project went on to raise $160,000 from …

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Female co-op character was considered for first Gears of War

The Coalition studio director Rod Fergusson hassaid that he suggested offering players the ability to choose between a male and female character in the the first Gears of War’s co-op multiplayer mode. When I first joined Epic, one of my first ideas I had for Cliff [Bleszinksi] was ‘Hey, how …

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Harada says Tekken sexism criticism is ‘very ill-informed’

Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada has said that criticism of the depiction of female characters in his games is unfair and does not take cultural variances into account. Harada has previously reacted angrily to unease at the sexually provocative way Tekken’s females are presented. Now the developer has told Eurogamer that …

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Number of sexualised female characters has fallen ‘significantly’, study finds

A new paper from a group of researchers at Indiana University has suggested that the treatment of female characters in games has drastically improved over the last ten years. "In the 1980s and early 1990s, a lot of the graphical integrity just didn’t allow for the characters to be sexualised,"explainedlead …

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Mass Effect Andromeda trailer’s female trailer star shows industry progress, BioWare says

Did you notice how there was precisely zero fuss made about the female star who appeared in the Mass Effect Andromeda trailer? Pretty cool, huh? Back in 2011 EA, with much fanfare, proclaimed that a female version of original Mass Effect trilogy hero Shepard would star in one of Mass …

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole will offer female character option

Players of upcoming South Park RPG The Fractured But Whole will have the choice of playing through the saga as a boy or girl. In [predecessor] Stick of Truth we got halfway through the game, and we had narratively come up with the big Girls’ Quest halfway through it. [The …

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OPINION: Of course Link can be female, Nintendo

The annoying thing isn’t so much that there isn’t an option for Link to be female in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s more the weakness of the excuse given for that decision. Speculation about either a female Link or the option to choose the character’s gender in the new …

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Valve sued over alleged transgender discrimination

Dota 2, Half-Life and Portal creator Valve has been struck with a $3.1 million lawsuit from a former staff member who claims she was discriminated against for being transgender. The anonymous litigant was reportedly called ‘it’ by her supervisor following sex reassignment surgery in 2012, resulting in a ‘hostile work …

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