LAST LIFE Has you investigating your own murder…ON MARS!
Written by Wil Tjernberg
Being a detective in a noir story can’t be easy. Dealing with mobsters and dames all day must get quite tiring, one’s wardrobe seems quite limited and all that narration, scotch and cigars must do a number on ya. It’s probably even more difficult when you’re a detective on Mars who’s just been shot to death.
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.