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 […]

Azeroth, Part Deux: A Jig Versus a Jiggle

Awhile back, I received a comment by Hegar on my World of Warcraft (WoW) post about, in many cases, males looking far less attractive than females in the game.  He added to my thoughts by pointing out a very good observation about the differences between dances of the two sexes. After viewing a sample of […]