Tag Archives: feminism

Zoe Quinn establishes support service for GamerGate victims

People who have suffered at the hands of online hate group GamerGate are being offered support by a new service established by Zoe Quinn. Crash Override describes itself as a new "online anti-harassment task force" and has, as seems to be the way, already been itself the target of abuse …

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Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia, but Devolver questions board claims

The Australian Classification Board has refused to classify Hotline Miami 2, effectively banning the game from the country. Kotaku reports that the board’s report cites the inclusion of violent sexual imagery that it believed alluded to rape – which, incidentally, has previously caused controversy, with developer Dennation having hinted at …

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45% of women in games think their gender dents prospects

45 per cent of women employed in the UK game industry have said they have experienced barriers to career progression due to their gender, according to new research. Next Gen Skills Academy’s Gender Balance survey, in which 40 per cent of women in the UK game industry took part, also …

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Square Enix was only publisher to approve Life is Strange’s female lead

Japanese publisher Square Enix is the only company that would agree to publish Dontnod Entertainment’s latest title with its female lead character unchanged. The French studio has released a new developer diary about its episodic new title, which sees players follow the story of a girl with the ability to …

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80 Days developer says depiction of women in games is ‘a disaster’

The creative director of iOS hit 80 Days has lashed out at the typical depiction of female characters in most modern games. Telling Develop that the situation was a disaster” Jon Ingold blamed what he described as the circular logic” of execs using sales data as evidence that male-led titles …

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Quinn: All GamerGate has done is ruin people’s lives

Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn has completely dismissed any notion that the online #GamerGate hate campaign has even the remotest link to ethics in games journalism. It’s all based on utter stupidity,” she told The Guardian. Every single thing they’ve done has been doublespeak, everything they’ve done has been harmful …

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Female journalist begins grassing up online abusers to their mothers

Upon realising that reasoning with the mob was a lost cause, one female games journalist has taken the step of approaching the ultimate authority. The Guardian reports that Australian games journalist and YouTuber Alanah Pearce has been approaching the mothers of boys who have been sending her abusive messages online. …

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Sarkeesian dubbed ‘Video Game Avenger’ on striking Bloomberg Businessweek cover

The increasing influence of game critic Anita Sarkeesian has been demonstrated yet again with a striking cover on Bloomberg Businessweek. The image carries the slogan ‘Video Game Avenger: One woman’s crusade to vaporize gaming’s grossest trolls’ while the accompanying article is dubbed: ‘The Gaming Industry’s Greatest Adversary Is Just Getting …

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Starcraft II player kicked from tournament for Twitter rape threat

A Ukrainian Starcraft II player has been disqualified from an eSports tournament for threatening to rape a female opponent on social media. Gonna rape some girl soon #fragbitemasters,” Mihaylo Hayda tweeted ahead of his scheduled match against Swedish counterpart Madeleine Leander, according to Deadspin. Leander later wrote: He is one …

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Mattel apologises for Barbie coding sexism book

A book that suggested Barbie would need the help of men to code a video game has been criticised by its own publisher. ‘Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer’ featured the following exchange: Your robot puppy is so sweet,” says Skipper. Can I play your game?”I’m only creating the …

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