Gaming News

D'vorah from Mortal Kombat XFrom one of my favorite franchises, Mortal Kombat. D’vorah joins the lineup in X. Maggie and her pet trapjaw from Evolve also look really cool.

I Am Sexist. Eurogamer Editor-in-Chief Tom Bradwell confessing past mistakes and establishing a hopeful, more conscious tone for the future of the magazine.

Sex Role Stereotyping is Hard to Kill. Researchers Holz Ivory et al. at Virginia Tech (2014) discovered that when gaming online, players reinforcing common stereotypes receive the most friend requests, i.e. female gamers making “positive utterances,” like “nice shot,” or being silent and male gamers making negative utterances. Not surprising to me that those comments reinforcing common notions of masculinity attract the most response.

Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. The team of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) battle arena game League of Legends decreased abuse between players in their online game environments by removing opportunities for or placing hurdles to abusive behavior, e.g. defaulting chat to “off” during fights, and explaining reasons for bans.

Exciting news of forthcoming games from gaming convention E3:

Mirror’s Edge 2 featuring Faith Connors, parkour pro, daughter of activists, and courier for the revolution against a totalitarian state. I think this is lifted from my dreams or something. ❤ A female District B13 (2004)? Yes, please.

inFAMOUS: First Light, the inFAMOUS franchise’s origin prequel for girl-next-door turned superpowered ally Fetch, who smashes through the city with two purple-fire-glazed fists of glory. Can you tell I’m starry-eyed?

Sunset Overdrive fires challenge. Asked if players can choose female characters, associate community manager Brandon Winfrey said, “Of course. Self-expression is super-important to us. So you can be female, you can be male, you can be different skin tones, you can be different body types. All the clothing is gender-neutral, so if you want to be a dude in a skirt, you can be a dude in a skirt, all right? Just be who you want to be.”

See also Impa and Princess Zelda, traditionally franchise damsel in distress, own enemies in Hyrule Warriors. Read this Polygon article for more on coming female characters and developer opinions on diversity.

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