Manliness in Video Games

Video games, a form of media far too reliant on stories of over-sized, muscle-bound, hyper-masculine heroes try to rescue (or in the case of fighting games try to beat up) jiggly breasted, barely clothed damsels-in-distress (and/or vixens) while the rest of the world wonders: “why aren’t there more women who play video games (or work in the industry)?” Why indeed? Here you’ll find all our posts on men doing “manly” things in video games.

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A Tale of Two Games (Part 2) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

in: Video Games

Last week, in part 1 of this post, I discussed Grand Theft Auto V and its disturbingly violent and hypersexualized take on masculinity. This week, I'd like to draw your attention to a game that takes a completely different approach in its depictions of male behavior. The game, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, manages to [...]

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A Tale of Two Games – Part 1: Grand Theft Auto V

in: Video Games

"The concept of being masculine was so key to this story..." - Dan Houser, Co-Founder & Vice President of Creativity for Rockstar Games When the makers of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) announced that their game would utilize an innovative style of narration that allowed players to switch between three main characters at any time, [...]

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One Angry Dude

in: Video Games

Two weeks ago I wrote about the new Tomb Raider game and my feelings about it's revised, more human protagonist Lara Croft. This week, I'd like to bring to your attention to another famous video game character, Kratos, the protagonist of the God of War series of games. Kratos is in a lot of ways the [...]

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Going Soft Makes Her Stronger

in: Video Games

As a thoughtful gamer, the Tomb Raider series always posed a bit of a cognitive dissonance problem for me. On one hand the games were generally good; full of fun adventures, challenging puzzles, semi-interesting stories, cool environments, and a highly capable, acrobatic protagonist... On the other, you had to spend the whole game staring at a highly sexualized female character with unrealistic physical proportions as she ran around half clothed, no matter what weather or environmental conditions she faced.

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Bitch and the Gamer – Part 2

in: Video Games

Last week, in Part 1, I focused on the game Batman: Arkham City as an example of video games presenting low expectations for male behavior. I have more examples of this practice to share, so lets get to it! I'll start with Binary Domain, a distopian future game with killer robots. Early on, I was [...]

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