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Exploring Gender–Laura Kate Dale and Emmett Scout Weigh in on Oculus Rift and Roleplaying Games

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Games have been used to explore aspects of identity—from personality traits like bravery and leadership to more complex issues like gender identity. Roleplaying games like World of Warcraft have often been used to explore these issues, and with the rise of new technology like Oculus Rift we could see more interactive ways to explore gender identity. But are there limitations to the technology? Read More

Will There Ever Be Strong Women in the Nintendo Canon?

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Ever noticed how often Princess Peach needs rescuing?

When Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of the massively popular Super Mario Bros. franchise) designed the 1981 classic game Donkey Kong, he designed it for a male audience. After Donkey Kong took off and Miyamoto’s reputation and career skyrocketed, his game philosophy became more and more influential, not only for Nintendo (where he still works) but for all of the gaming industry. Read More