Here is a great bit of news on the gaming front. Recently, BioWare released their newest role-playing game, Dragon Age II. In it, you have five companions your protagonist (who can be male or female and any race) can start a relationship with: one is chaste and available only to women protagonists (!), and the other four (two men, two women) are available to protagonists [...]
NOTE: As has been brought to light in the comments, there are major issues with this article. It would be inappropriate for me to make any changes to the original post at this point, but I would encourage you to read the comments which follow as well as my response, which attempts to address the concerns readers have expressed. Comparisons between Valve’s Portal (2007) and [...]
This article on Metal Gear Solid 4 contains major spoilers for the game.
A prequel to the entire Metal Gear storyline, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) has us following Solid Snake’s father, Naked Snake, on a critical mission he takes part in during the 1960s. The game features three female characters, all of whom serve consistently important functions and are never at any point reduced to tokens. We have Para-Medic, Naked Snake’s doctor; EVA, a spy; [...]
In our second installment of this four-part series on the Metal Gear Solid video game series, I’ll be taking a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001). The bulk of the game has you playing as the young special operative Raiden, who has been tasked to subdue a terrorist cell that has [...]
The Metal Gear Solid franchise is an odd beast. Written and produced in Japan, and primarily penned by now-middle-aged (and male) game director Hideo Kojima, they are to the world of “men’s own” action adventure what the spaghetti westerns were to the western genre: they are more “action story” than action stories, and yet at the same time are filled to the brim with complex [...]