Are Gamers Happy with the Number of Female Characters?

The underrepresentation of women as characters is perhaps more pronounced in video games than in any other entertainment medium. How do gamers feel about the issue? We went to find out. Sony is starting to do better with its AAA titles, featuring women in the leading role of 2017’s game of the year, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and in upcoming The Last of Us 2. Still, progress across the board is slow, and we’re far off equality of gender representation. RPGs have often gotten around the issue by having the player select the gender of their character. Still, when a character […]

Looking Ahead: Is PlayStation Already Winning the Next Console War?

It’s the fifth year of this console cycle and time to peak around the corner to predict what might be next. The battle for top spot will be won or lost by the ability to get into our wallets. So which console are gamers planning to invest in when the next generation comes around? The major differences between Sony and Microsoft’s premier gaming consoles have begun to dissolve in recent years. A decade ago it would have seemed unimaginable that Metal Gear Solid, a series which is practically written into the DNA of PlayStation, would ever dare to grace a […]

Front Lines: Historical Accuracy and Diversity

The gaming industry has suffered from a lack of diversity more severely than most. But as the tide begins to turn, it raises questions about the appropriateness of some progressive choices. Is it ever okay not to be diverse? A few weeks ago, EA and DICE announced the latest Battlefield game. Due to a caricatured, cinematic tone and the presence of a woman with a prosthetic limb, the trailer for Battlefield V was poorly received; but, though there is no excuse for the abuse that fans are hurling at women in general, it is important to understand why they are hurling it. After all, the gaming industry […]