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 […]

Post-Apocalyptica: Why We Love The End Of The World

Environmental collapse, complete social disintegration, ruins — ruins everywhere. How did we become so obsessed with the end of the world? If anyone unfamiliar with the medium tuned into watch gaming’s largest exhibition show, E3, in June, they’d be forgiven for thinking all games take place a few cataclysmic minutes after midnight. Of course, developers do try reimagine the end of the world. There are various shades of annihilation: the nuclear armageddon, set amidst the rubble of modernity; the resource-stripped Earth, now made up of endless desert; the post-pandemic landscape, where viruses ravage bodies and brains. When it comes to […]

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 […]