Tag Archives: feminism

Blizzard to remove sexualised Tracer pose, provoking predictable outcry

Subsets of the games community are crying ‘censorship’ once again after Blizzard has said it will pull sexually exploitative Overwatch artwork. The pose in question depicts Tracer looking over her shoulder at the viewer, displaying her lycra-clad behind. It’s a position that nearly every female game or superhero movie star …

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Spencer apologises for school girl dancers GDC stunt

Microsoft has apologised for its use of female dancers dressed as school girls at a GDC party last week. That the platform holder chose to present an event in this way shortly after hosting a Women in Gaming lunch at GDC angered attendees further still. Now the company has said …

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Sledgehammer commits to portraying strong women in its Call of Duty titles

The co-founder and studio head of COD developer Sledgehammer Games has said that the industry must start confronting its diversity problem. As reported by Games Industry, a 2005 report from the International Game Developers Association found that 88.5 per cent of developers were male, 83.3 per cent white and 92 …

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Nintendo cuts controversial ‘gay conversion’ plot from Fire Emblem: Fates

A plotline that sees a lesbian drugged and tricked into falling in love with a man – yes, really – will not be included in the Western version of 3DS RPG Fire Emblem: Fates. In the Japanese release lesbian character Soleil is depicted as being so hopelessly attracted to women …

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VIDEO: Second season of Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs Women arrives

The first episode of the second series of Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs Women video series is now available to view online – and you can watch it right here. Called ‘Strategic Butt Coverings’, the short examines the different approach to gender character design in regards to how a player’s attention …

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Xenoblade voice actress doesn’t think cuts constitute censorship

The voice actress of Xenoblade Chronicles X character Lin has spoken out in favour of the alterations made to the game for its Western release. The US and European versions of the Wii U RPG omit some of the raunchier costumes and character mechanics found in the Japanese release – …

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Street Fighter V ‘butt slap’ removed to avoid risk of offence

Capcom has said that some recent tweaks to Street Fighter V were born of its want for the game to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The developer yesterday said that it had made several gameplay changes to try and ensure the game is accessible for as many …

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Retailer Play Asia labels Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 saga ‘SJW nonsense’

Import specialist Play Asia has chosen to use a pro-GamerGate anti-equality hashtag in its response to this morning’s Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 news. Developer Team Ninja said earlier that the game won’t be heading to the West due to fear of a backlash over the game’s representation of women. …

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Street Fighter V tweaked to reduce gratuitous close-ups

Eagle-eyed gamers have noticed that a recent update to the Street Fighter V beta has altered the way some of the female characters are presented on screen. Eurogamer reports that prior to the update, Cammy’s arena entrance featured an absurdly gratuitous crotch close-up. R.Mika, meanwhile, used to slap her already …

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Zoe Quinn movie rights acquired by Ghostbusters reboot producer

Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn has sold the movie rights to her upcoming memoir Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself. Deadline reports that the rights have been acquired by the producer of the Ghostbusters reboot and former Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal. The site adds that several …

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