Posts Tagged "Culture"

Why Do Games Still Stereotype Women?

Why Do Games Still Stereotype Women?

If someone in a gaming community says, “Hey, let’s have a conversation about the portrayal of women in games,” the response is never, ever apathetic. There is rage. There is eye-rolling. There are myriad “Get over it, ladies” and accusations of misogyny. These varied, often colorful responses indicate that the issue of women in games is as hot as it was back in 1985, when female Nintendo enthusiasts wondered aloud why Mario had to save...

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Funware Attacks! Games Invade Real Life

Funware Attacks! Games Invade Real Life

It’s already been a surprisingly good fall season for the concept of gameification, or making everyday activities more game-like. First, Mike Swift at the Mercury News reported that Google will seek to bring game mechanics to many different applications and features. Second, Facebook recently unveiled its Places application – the social networking giant will undoubtedly bump up its gamification offering to connect location, achievement and fun. Here are...

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Redefining Video Games

Redefining Video Games

Matthew Gallant recently posted on Defining Video Games over at the Quixotic Engineer. For the record, here’s the definition of video games that he proposed: Software which displays images on a video screen, interacts with a player or players, and is intended to provide challenge and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer. I replied that the inclusion of provide challenge was both redundant and prejudicial to a particular type of video game and could...

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Who is the Real Wii Audience?

Who is the Real Wii Audience?

I attended a wedding on September 11, which, to the bride and groom’s credit, makes for an unforgettable anniversary date. Vows were exchanged, rings were bonded to fingers. I celebrated by tucking into a couple of pints of Rickard’s Red. A gaunt werewolf of a man joined my husband and I shortly, and started talking about video games without any provocation. Interesting that, seeing as we didn’t wear our matching Zelda shirts for the ceremony. We...

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Are Educational MMOs Failing Students?

Are Educational MMOs Failing Students?

Many video game fans and professionals like the idea of educational massively multiplayer online games (or at least acknowledging the real learning opportunities present in entertainment MMOs). Similarly, educators like the idea of gamified curriculum to engage what they perceive as a gamer generation of kids, so there has been momentum for educational MMOs for many years now. There are two general approaches that I have noticed again and again in discussions...

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