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Megasphere Is Too Sexy For Its GIFs

Megasphere Is Too Sexy For Its GIFs

09:00, 17 Jun 2015

Let me tell you a secret: games journalists are rather like cats. Many are fluffy. Most sleep at weird hours. And most importantly, we all have an inexplicable attraction to fast-moving, glowing things. Which is probably why I can’t stop staring at Megasphere [official site], an action platformer with lots of shiny, kinetic bobs and […]

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The Complete S.EXE, Cara Ellison’s Series About Games, Sex and Relationships

The Complete S.EXE, Cara Ellison’s Series About Games, Sex and Relationships

21:00, 01 May 2015

From 2014-2015, RPS’s Senior Scottish Correspondent Cara Ellison wrote S.EXE, 29 columns about games about sex, games about love, games about the space in between those two things, games about sexuality, and games about schlongs. Unfortunately the series is on indefinite hiatus as Cara takes a break from writing about games after her spectacular but […]

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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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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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