The Women of Metal Gear Solid (Part 3)

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 […]

The Women of Metal Gear Solid (Part 2)

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 […]

The Women of Metal Gear Solid (Part 1)

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 […]

An Anti-Racist Historian Reflects on Gaming

Awhile ago, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to join their Harry Potter RPG. I was a bit wary of the RPG aspect — don’t those involve math? And nerd-boys? I hate math. And nerd-boys. But — I love Harry Potter. It really sounded like an elaborate game of pretend — combined with […]

Game Marketing: Giving the Audience What it Wants

While Ifritah (who normally covers the crazy world of gaming for us) takes a hiatus from posting, I was lucky enough to run across some interesting stuff about gaming. Sensing the potential for higher profits, Nintendo is expanding their reach to include female gamers and baby boomers: Obviously a big part of that is a […]