Female sidekicks in games have over the decades gone from being ‘damsels in distress’ to something more equal in terms of ability and story telling. Ruaidhri examines the games that led to this change in attitude with gender equality in games.
People scream from the rooftops about their love for football, engaging anyone about it whether they care or not, why can’t Ruaidhri do the same with Zangief?
Danika questions Marvel, and Disney’s, ability to present women in their superhero franchises. When the comic is such a strong source to pull from; why do films get Black Widow so wrong?
Megan questions the gender equality in pop culture. Why is it girls can read Batman but boys can’t watch My Little Pony? Where has this Brony explosion and hatred come from?
Megan discusses where her geekdom comes from and where we as a subculture draw the line for ‘geek or not’?
Like many geeks and nerds Megan is conflicted about the portrayal of women in games. But are we right to assume all portrayals of sexy women are negative?
With the rising number of visuals novels appearing on Steam and Steam Greenlight, are the stereotypes of “otaku basement dwellers” breaking, and is the genre of visual novels alienating a wider gamer audience in favour of those who fulfill the stereotypes?
A YouGov report has said that 61% of the public don’t believe games are art. Chris looks into this and questions why this may be.
Ruaidhri puts forward his thoughts on how open access to Twitter has caused the industry to look like a bunch of cry-babies.
Ruaidhri looks back on his father’s life and how gaming can be used to chronicle their relationship.
Ruaidhri talks Dungeons and Dragons and why video game fans should give it a chance.
Back in 2009 a level appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that no only became one of the biggest video game controversies in a while but also changed the way developers went about creating games. Love or hate the series, Call of Duty’s ‘No Russian’ has left an interesting legacy behind.
Ruaidhri looks at the legend (urban and otherwise) of Polybius, an arcade game rumoured be built by the CIA and with side effects ranging from sickness to suicide.
Welcome to There’s an app for that, the first in a running series that goes some way in proving there is an app for almost each and every human need in the world, highlighting their usefulness (or occasional uselessness) and hopefully improving the quality of life for all.
[Miss Part 1? Read it here]
Day one was a bit a slog for me and I will admit to aching a little bit the next day. My personal Fuel Print shows quite clearly that I lack in both fitness and athleticism (a fact it loves to point out by comparing me to the few friends I have with Nike+ as well as the prints of the two personal trainers). Thankfully, the folks at Nike aren’t in this to poke fun at fatties and cripples. The software has preselected which exercises it thinks I would most benefit from and it has allowed me to select precisely which days I can fit my new program in to. Unfortunately for me, my next session was the very next day.
To once again celebrate the famed month of loved, I thought I would compile a list of my favourite all time geek couples. Couples that have had me weeping in their saddest moments, and rooting for them to finally make it work when everything else seems against them. These couples are seriously awesome, and I doubt they would be spending Valentines Day handing over boxes of expensive truffles or toasting classes of champagne. No they would be side by side, fighting crime or battling monsters. So without further ado…
Rule 34. Those ventured in internet exploring will be well versed in the rule and undoubtedly have mental scars from its effects. For those that stay away from the darker corners of the web, choosing instead to use its browsing capabilities for looking at pictures of small puppies, Rule 34 is as simple as it is disturbing: if it exists, there is porn of it. Think of your favourite childhood cartoon. Think of the nostalgia, how warm and fuzzy you feel remember a time of innocence and youth. Now imagine the two main characters of that show having sex and someone, somewhere, jacking off to it. The internet is a horrible place.
In one last attempt to see if humanity does still have any last ounce of humility, join me on an epic quest to find the last remaining shreds of pop culture that haven’t fallen foul to the rotten rule. Lock your rooms and open up your incognito windows as this journey won’t be kind on internet histories.
This amazing piece of art is from our friends at 3D Broadcast Sales (Website here)! They created this fascinating Christmas Film Infographic featuring some of the greatest Christmas Movies ever (We recently listed our favourite alternative Christmas films here) Click through the image if you want to see it in its’ native massive size!