Video Games – Feminist Frequency

Category: Video Games

Gender Breakdown of Games Featured at E3 2019
2019 represents our fifth year doing a statistical breakdown of the games featured at E3, and analyzing what the data tells us about the representation of women in video games. This year, we ran the numbers on E3 events from Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, EA, Bethesda, and Square Enix, as well as the annual PC Gaming Show, […]
The Premiere of Queer Tropes and our Patreon Launch!
We’ve got so much amazing news! Today is the premiere of our eagerly-anticipated Queer Tropes vs. Video Games series, and we can’t wait for you to see it! Queer Tropes is the follow-up to our hugely influential series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Hosted by Carolyn Petit, this three-episode miniseries takes a close, critical look […]
Queer Tropes vs Video Games: Video Games’ Relationship Status – It’s Complicated
In this installment, we examine the complex history of gay relationships in games, from Fallout 2 in 1998 to much more recent games like Dream Daddy and The Last of Us: Left Behind. For a long time, even those rare games that included any opportunities at all for players to pursue queer romance or sex options […]
Queer Tropes vs Video Games: Are You Gay or Just Coded That Way
Video games have inherited a thing or two from the movies, including a troubling tendency to equate being gay with being evil. From The Legend of Zelda’s most flamboyant antagonist to a sadistic butch lesbian psychopath in Dead Rising to a murderous “crossdressing freak” in Resident Evil, we take you on a guided tour of gaming’s […]
Queer Tropes vs Video Games: Press ‘B’ To Hate Gay People
Throughout much of game history, from early Leisure Suit Larry adventures to the latest installment of Grand Theft Auto, gay and trans characters were rarely depicted at all except to serve as cheap punchlines, perpetuating harmful stereotypes in the process. Sadly, it’s still not unheard of for queer characters to be nothing but objects of ridicule. […]
FFR #63: Life Is Strange 2, Episode 2
This week, Ebony takes the host’s chair as she and Carolyn share their thoughts on the first few episodes of Life Is Strange 2. LIS2 follows the Diaz brothers, high schooler Sean and his younger brother Daniel, as they flee from their Seattle home after their father is murdered by a police officer. We talk about […]
Carolyn’s Top Five Games of 2018
Each year, the barrage of game releases feels bigger and more unmanageable than the last. In some ways, I suppose that’s a good problem to have, but it does mean that there are some much-talked-about games that I simply haven’t played, or haven’t played enough to know what I think of them. These games include Return […]
FFR #47: Top Gun
On this week’s FFR, we fly into the danger zone with Maverick, Iceman, Goose and the rest of the best of the best with the cultural juggernaut that is Top Gun. Is it a film carefully calculated to represent masculinity in such a way as to maximize navy recruitment efforts? Is it a film dripping with […]
FFR #45: Searching
On this week’s episode of FFR, the gang discusses Searching, a new thriller starring John Cho which takes place entirely on computer screens. As David Kim, a father searching for his missing daughter, John Cho navigates Facebook, Tumblr, creates spreadsheets, makes phone calls using FaceTime, and otherwise employs technology in the ways that many of us […]
FFR #43: Live from XOXO!
This week, we bring you a very special show recorded live at the XOXO festival in Portland! We decided to liven things up by playing a special game in which each of us presents one piece of media we loved when we were younger to the crowd, and asking them to vote: Can we still love […]
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