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  • Sex, Romance, And Faction Wars In Dragon Age Inquisition

    Sex, Romance, And Faction Wars In Dragon Age Inquisition

    19:00, 23 Jun 2014

    Once upon a time, videogames were really horrible at depicting romance and sex. Plot twist: that time is now. Dragon Age: Origins, however, holds the dubious distinction of having some of the worst sex scenes in gaming, not to mention many relationships that ended in BioWare’s patented(ly pernicious) “give gifts until sex falls out” method. […]

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  • A New, Sexier Party: SpyParty

    A New, Sexier Party: SpyParty

    09:00, 17 May 2014

    SpyParty fits into a rather small list of games with the header “stuff I read about in PC Gamer for about thirty years but never actually tried” and also the “games Craig Pearson rather likes” one. They’re similar lists. For the unfamiliar, it’s a one-on-one espionage deal that pits a spy at a party against […]

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  • Live Free Play Hard: Oralphoning Is Not Sexual

    Live Free Play Hard: Oralphoning Is Not Sexual

    14:00, 06 Apr 2014

    Undercover cop at a cat show. Bladerunner interrogation. Bluetooth technology.

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  • BioWare’s Heir On Sexism, Racism, Homophobia In Games

    BioWare’s Heir On Sexism, Racism, Homophobia In Games

    19:00, 27 Mar 2014

    GDC was jam-packed with brilliant talks, and I missed far too many of them because infinity appointments beckoned. One of the absolute best I *did* see, however, was Mass Effect 4 designer Manveer Heir making an impassioned plea to developers for more diversity in games. He gave a talk equal parts well-reasoned and resolute, arguing […]

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  • Hotline Miami Devs Reconsidering Sexual Assault Scene

    Hotline Miami Devs Reconsidering Sexual Assault Scene

    13:00, 05 Sep 2013

    Hotline Miami has played like a dream since day one, so Hotline Miami 2 is giving the blood red spotlight over to story. Between multiple characters and scenarios, a running meta-commentary on the series’ fans, and ruminations on The End, Dennaton clearly wants to make a statement with this one. The blink-and-you’re-mincemeat murder masterstroke has […]

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  • The Hawkeneye Initiative: Meteor’s Sexy Poster Mishap

    The Hawkeneye Initiative: Meteor’s Sexy Poster Mishap

    09:00, 15 May 2013

    I love stories with happy endings. And uplifting middles. And only sorta upsetting beginnings. This is the rare tale that both rides that grin-coaxing emotional rollercoaster and focuses on issues of gender inequality in the gaming industry. A rarity? You don’t even know the half of it – mostly because I haven’t told you about any […]

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  • Misogyny, Sexism, And Why RPS Isn’t Shutting Up

    Misogyny, Sexism, And Why RPS Isn’t Shutting Up

    15:00, 06 Apr 2013

    There were two sessions in a row on Wednesday afternoon at this year’s GDC. The first was a panel of women in the games industry, discussing the causes and results of the #1ReasonWhy and #1ReasonToBe phenomena – the reasons to be and not be in the games industry. The second was Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian, […]

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  • Dragon Age III’s Gaider On The Impracticality Of Sexism

    Dragon Age III’s Gaider On The Impracticality Of Sexism

    12:00, 28 Mar 2013

    All this talk of sexism isn’t going away, nor should it. The gaming industry’s sick, and the symptoms are plain as day. Mystifyingly often, however, the immediate reaction to even the faintest hint of that suggestion is “No, nuh-uh! You just want to censor expression! Give me one good reason we actually need to change.”* […]

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  • Cloaking Quads: Planetside 2’s Sexy March Update

    Cloaking Quads: Planetside 2’s Sexy March Update

    12:00, 13 Mar 2013

    Brave soldiers of Vanu, I bring you news of the war. This is classified, so don’t let it slip into enemy hands. First off, manicures are now manditory. You are mean and nasty, but that’s no excuse for the level of nail-care I’ve been seeing. Buff, people. We are Vanu. We have standards. Secondly, there […]

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  • CDP On Role Of Combat, Sex, And Choice In Witcher 3

    CDP On Role Of Combat, Sex, And Choice In Witcher 3

    21:30, 06 Mar 2013

    Geralt has a beard now. We know this much for certain. Oh, and I suppose he’s also got that whole open-world thing going on. But adding a new number to your title’s a big responsibility, and a simple promise that you’ll feed it, water it, and add boats for some reason (because year of the […]

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  • “Blood To The Sexy”: Deck 13’s Blood Knights Revealed

    “Blood To The Sexy”: Deck 13’s Blood Knights Revealed

    10:00, 27 Jul 2012

    Blood Knights! They’re like normal knights, but much blooder. That’s (I am guessing) the design philosophy behind freshly announced action-slasher Blood Knights, which is being cooked up by Jack Keane devs Deck 13. They explain that their game is “a full blooded Vampire-Action-RPG that features intense combat, tons of weapons, items as well as vampiric […]

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  • Sex’n’Dogs’n’Wrack’n’Ruin: Total War Rome II Live

    Sex’n’Dogs’n’Wrack’n’Ruin: Total War Rome II Live

    19:00, 02 Jul 2012

    In-game footage of Total War: Rome II is being cruelly withheld until time indeterminate, but the important thing is that I’ve seen it and you haven’t, ner ner ner ner ner ner ner. Ner. I’ve even spoken to the devs about it. Ner! I suppose you deserve to see something for yourself though, even if […]

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  • CD Projekt On Game Of Thrones, Sex’s Place In Gaming

    CD Projekt On Game Of Thrones, Sex’s Place In Gaming

    14:00, 21 Jun 2012

    Yesterday, I mind-melded with CD Projekt CEO and owner of the most victorious last name ever, Marcin Iwinski, on all things Cyberpunk. Also, DRM. However, with those topics covered and safely underneath fluffy wordblankets of information, the conversation weaved its way toward the next natural stop. I’m speaking, of course, of Westeros. Read on for […]

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