In case you forgot this happened last night ⊟
It happened. It wasn’t a dream. Mega Man’s “Final Smash” move in the new Smash Bros. has the hero lined up with Volnutt, X, and other variations to deliver a light show.
a shooting star is actually someone driving off rainbow road
Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly, how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
— Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format.
A strategic FPS where a squad of 4 players must coordinate their skill sets to take down the player controlled Goliath, pictured above, before it evolves to it’s final form and dishes out a world of hurt.
"FRAMED is an award winning narrative-puzzle game set in a noir comic book world."
I got a chance to speak with Adrian Moore, designer and composer, and I have to say this was one of the most innovative games at PAX EAST 2014.
I personally have never seen or heard of a game like this before. It’s a living comic book storyboard, where by changing the sequences of the panels, you control your progression to the next chapter of the game story.
As the game progresses, puzzles become increasingly harder, so this game might not be for anyone who is prone to frequent rage quitting.
The Penny Arcade Expo was once again amazing, and I’m once again left wishing it wasn’t over.
Really so much to do and not enough time to see it all.
So to sum up my 3 favorite things from my time there.
3: The indie booths.
2: Networking with fellow developers.
1: A guy dressed as Bird Jesus.