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April 17th

…Saudi Arabia Nathan Grayson interviews the founder of a Saudi women-only gaming convention

  • Professional Fake Nerd Girl | Maddy Myers Maddy Myers explores emotional labour, authenticity and the politics of sex work shaming in games.
  • “Meanwhile, women also face social pressure to distance themselves from sex work because Madonna and Whore are the only categories available to them. You’re either a Woman In Games or a Booth Babe, and that’s it! Rather than questioning the division, women just hurry to cast themselves in the Madonna category, which is a lot easier to do if you’re only…

    A mini reading list for International Women’s Day

    …Black Woman as Villain in The Division: Examining the Investment in the White Savior Industrial Complex Kishonna Gray reports on her activities counting the number of women of color in positions of power and control in video games.

  • Professional Fake Nerd Girl — Maddy Myers Maddy Myers explores emotional labour, authenticity and the politics of sex work shaming in games.
  • Meanwhile, women also face social pressure to distance themselves from sex work because Madonna and Whore are the only categories available to them. You’re either a Woman In Games or a Booth Babe, and that’s it!…

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    March 26th

    …against women and children, body horror, and sexual assault. I’ve read the warning, show me the content

    • Sex Workers and Video Games – First Person Scholar To open this section with something more broadly about the poor treatment of women’s bodies in games, Kaeleigh Evans and Emma Tarver present their research findings on the exploitation of images of sex workers as narrative devices.
    • Late Night Ponderings: Horror Games Vs Horror Elements – YouTube How might we understand what makes an ordeal into a horror? Red Angel sets out genre boundaries, arguing that it is helplessness that defines

    July 11th

    …found myself relating to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in the toughest moments of our time. It’s also the story of how it came to an end in late 2020, and what followed afterwards.”

    Material Stakes

    Questions of art, exhibition, materiality, and embodiment abound in our next section with a focus on art installations, adaptation, serious games, and more.

    • Enter The Data Dungeon: Sex Work & Digital Domination | Immerse Lena Chen situates the goals of the online art installation/performance Play4UsNow in a digital landscape increasingly hostile to sex workers.
    • Getting…
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    This Year In Videogame Blogging: 2018

    …away. This was long before the studio’s closure.

  • Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games | Kotaku – Cecilia D’Anastasio More in-depth reporting about a company creating a hostile work environment, this time by Cecilia D’Anastasio about Riot Games. The report talks with 28 current and former Riot employees about the studio’s culture of sexism.
  • Injured Sovereigns, Foucault, and Jessica Price | MSSV – Adrian Hon Taking a more philosophical approach as to why companies and gamers behave the way they do, Adrian Hon invokes Foucault to analyze how Jessica Price’s tweets weren’t about being “rude” but…
  • June 9th

    …inclusive, with both single-game and industry-wide perspectives accounted for.

    • Anita Sarkeesian: “No more excuses for the lack of women at E3” | GamesIndustry.biz Anita Sarkeesian, interviewed by James Batchelor, explains why it matters to hold E3 accountable for its lack of feminine representation in games.
    • Hardcoded Has the Trans Representation We Need in Adult Games | Fanbyte Ana Valens highlights the need for more trans representation and sex positivity in games and in porn by showcasing a successful example of both.

    “It’s not just a porn game for trans women. It’s unafraid to embrace

    September 29th

    …and feminine and motorcycle-driven in games.

  • Meet Virtual Mate, the Porn Game With a $30,000 Crowdfund | Daily Dot Ana Valens examines the latest in sex tech and finds it representative of its industry: technologically impressive, and overwhelmingly cis, het, white, and masculine-focused.
  • “Virtual Mate is a turning point in sex tech, but it’s also a reflection of its biggest problem: The industry is dominated by white, straight, cisgender men. The Virtual Mate’s marketing copy says it’s “designed for male users” with a “female-user version” in development, implying masturbation sleeve users are entirely “male.” Trans women…

    June 28th

    …The secret, here at Critical Distance, you ask? The secret, dear reader, is that here every month is Wrath Month. Here are ten cool pieces this week centering queer voices, ideas, perspectives.

    • Pride Week: Towards more speculative sex • Eurogamer.net Sharang Biswas ponders normalization of more kinds of sex and representations thereof, in games and beyond.
    • The Queer Potentiality of Suikoden – Insert Cartridge – Medium Charles Payseur seeks queer possibilities among the 108 Stars.
    • Pride Week: LGBT+ streamers and the importance of communities • Eurogamer.net Ed Nightingale chats with Tanya DePass about some patently non-shitty

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    Dragon Age II

    …II treats city elves as something of a sex class by default. Davis doesn’t take issue with the fact that they’re sexual creatures, but in how they’re handled — they are seemingly meant to be insightful critiques of the problems they represent while also being sometimes used in the exact problematic way that’s being critiqued. Katherine Cross makes a series of similar points about sex workers in the game at The Border House.

    We need to talk about Anders

    More so than any other character in Dragon Age II, Anders represents an important keystone. Arguably, he represents the…

    February 28th

    …live performance.

    “like a game, a play is an intricately planned, live, continuous experience, full of hundreds of unseen moving parts. Each show follows the same script, but no two performances are the same. There’s a million spanners that might clog up works.”

    Critical Chaser

    Good night.

    • THE FIVE WORST GAMES TO HAVE SEX IN – DEEP HELL Skeleton, in what I interpret as being as much an act of restraint as technicality, only put one David Cage game on this list.

    “The neon-future of pan galactic boning…