Tag Archives: gender equality

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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The Sims breaks down more gender barriers

EA’s ongoing efforts to make its games as inclusive as possible continue with news that The Sims 4 is opening up even more of its gender play. While the game has always allowed for things such as same-sex relationships and marriage, until now there have been a number of customisation …

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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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Uncharted 4 set out to introduce strong female characters

Creative director Neil Druckmann has revealed how the Uncharetd 4 development team went about ensuring strong women were represented in the game. When I’m introducing and describing a new character to our lead character concept artist, constantly she will ask, ‘What if it was a girl?’ And I’m like, Oh, …

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Tensions over gay and black characters drove increased diversity in Fable 2

An extensive and excellent report on Eurogamer has shed light on what it was like to work at Lionhead. Among the dozens of fascinating snippets it reveals (including that Microsoft had several offers for the studio prior to deciding it would be closed – a fact MCV knows to be …

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The games industry employs fewer women than any other creative sector

The UK games industry is lagging behind other creative sectors when it comes to female employment rates. Creative Skillset’s Employment Census 2015 has revealed that 19 per cent of employees in the games industry are female – this lags behind every other creative sector in the country. That does at …

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