Category: Video Games

Leaping Across the Spaces Between Us: On Relationships in Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian
As the people here grow colder I turn to my computer And spend my evenings with it Like a friend I was loading a new program I had ordered from a magazine (Are you lonely, are you lost? This voice console is a must) I press Execute “Hello, I know that you’ve been feeling tired I […]
FemFreq Fave Five: Anita’s Picks for 2016
At FemFreq, despite being deeply concerned with media and with how representations in the media impact our culture, we don’t always get to talk about the media we love. Sometimes it’s because we just don’t have time to review a particular work, and sometimes it’s simply that it doesn’t fall within the scope of what we […]
FemFreq Fave Five: Carolyn’s Picks for 2016
The books, films, games and television shows that spoke to me most in 2016 are linked by questions of identity: who we are in isolation and who we are in connection, how society pressures some of us to conceal our truest selves, and how brave and radical an act it can be for some of us […]
Dishonored 2 Review
For all of its immensely enjoyable stealth and combat mechanics and its terrific assortment of powers and abilities, the original Dishonored failed its female characters in a big way. With Dishonored 2, it’s clear that the developers heard these criticisms, crafting a game in which women populate all walks of life, while also improving on the […]
Watch Dogs 2 Review
In our hyperconnected world, where most of us carry around handheld devices that keep us linked to the internet at all times and tech companies monitor our behavior and purchasing habits constantly, a game in which you harness that technological web to disrupt the schemes of powerful corporations makes perfect sense. But with 2014’s Watch Dogs, […]
Sinister Seductress
This episode explores how female villains in games very often function to demonize femaleness itself, drawing on patterns of female representation that have roots in creatures from myth and folklore which reinforced misogynistic attitudes about women in their own time. We look at Grotesquely Female characters: those who communicate that femaleness is abhorrent and disgusting, and […]
ReCore Review
Man, I wanted to like ReCore. In its first few hours, both the game and its protagonist, Joule, exude such a scrappy, can-do attitude that I found myself really rooting for it. At a time when so many games are burdened with a grim, superficial self-importance that their actual narratives can’t support, dashing and double-jumping across […]
All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games
This episode examines the very limited range of female body types commonly seen in games, contrasting this with the much wider range of physiques that male characters frequently possess. We then illustrates that, when female characters appear who do have a body type that is notably different from the slender physique that games establish as the […]
Are Women Too Hard To Animate? Female Combatants
This episode examines the general lack of female representation among standard enemies as well as in the cooperative and competitive multiplayer options of many games, and the ways in which, when female enemies do exist, they are often sexualized and set apart by their gender from the male enemies who are presented as the norm. We […]
Gender Breakdown of Games Showcased at E3 2016
After last year’s E3, we produced a gender breakdown of the games showcased at the press conferences held by Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft and other companies. There was a lot of discussion during last year’s show about perceived improvements to female representation, and while the numbers indicated that things could have been worse, they also showed that […]