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Assassin's Creed Unity Disappoints With Its Lack of Female Characters

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One of the biggest uproars to come out of this year’s E3 is the announcement that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity won’t have playable female assassins. Not even in co-op mode.

This is an incredibly disappointing decision, given that some of the previous Assassin’s Creed games have featured female assassins. One of the games, Assassin’s Creed Liberation, even stars a female protagonist.

This time around, the dangerous ladies were cut because of looming production costs and time. The team decided to focus on its customizeable male assassins.

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With Heels Built Right In: Questioning Sexism in New Release Wildstar

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Wildstar, NCSoft’s new space fantasy MMORPG, was released this week. With the game’s cartoonish graphics and former Blizzard developers on board, Wildstar clearly hopes to make a play for World of Warcraft’s coveted player base. The game owes a good bit of its art style and gameplay to World of Warcraft.

Players can join either of two warring factions seeking to colonize the new world of Nexus. Nexus turns out to be the ancient home of the well-organized and financed imperial Dominion faction, but the rag-tag Exiles faction manages to land on the planet first. Exile players must help their people settle a new home, while the Dominion players work to evict the Exile squatters and learn about their own history on Nexus. Each of the factions are portrayed as good and just to the players within them but villainous to players in the opposing faction.

In my book, the Warcraft influence is mostly a net positive, but Wildstar seems to have brought along some of Warcraft’s baggage too. Despite making its debut a whole decade after World of Warcraft, Wildstar still struggles with the same sexism issues that its spiritual predecessor does.

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Elder Scrolls Online—Fairly Progressive Game; Fairly Regressive Community

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Last month saw the release of Elder Scrolls Online on the PC and Mac platforms. Release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is set for later this year. Set in an era several centuries before Skyrim, Elder Scrolls Online is the franchise’s first foray into the MMO arena. If you and/or your kids enjoyed adventures in Tamriel before, you might want to try Elder Scrolls Online to experience the game world together as a team. The game’s mechanics and character building have been streamlined to better fit into the multiplayer mode, but the gameplay is largely the same as Skyrim. Read More

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Gender, Horror, and Sex, Oh My! How to Talk to Kids About Media

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Last weekend, three members of the Pixelkin staff had the joyous opportunity to spark some excellent discussions at Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon. We participated in two panels, “Growing Up Geek: When Are Kids Ready For Your Favorite Stuff?” and “Why Isn’t Bilbo A Girl? Talking To Kids About Media Representation.” Here’s what you missed. Read More