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“Mean Girls” Author Talks About Gaming Teens

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Rosalind Wiseman, probably best known for the book that inspired “Mean Girls,” also happens to be a dedicated teacher and activist. Wiseman talked about a recent study she and a team of researchers did with Charlie Hall at Polygon earlier this week. The original survey was fairly small, but it found some interesting results. A thousand teenagers were surveyed, and it turns out that girls want to play as female characters. We already figured that, but the interesting part was that only 39% of boys preferred to play as male characters, compared to the 60% of girls that preferred to play as female characters. It’s a statistically relevant finding.  Girls evidently care more about playing as women than boys do about playing as men.
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Despite Protests, Nintendo Says No Gay Miis in Tomodachi Life

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In this special post, Pixelkin contributor Jason de Kanter challenges Nintendo’s decision not to allow same-sex relationships in its new game, Tomodachi Life, and encourages parents to teach kids how to be critical of the media they love.

“Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life.”

Nintendo announced on May 7th that its Tomodachi Life game will not allow for same-sex couples in its U.S. release or any subsequent updates. Tomodachi Life is a virtual world populated by Miis (player avatars for the Nintendo Wii system). The game is about social interactions in a virtual world. Your Mii can flirt, go on dates, and fall in love with another Mii…unless the other Mii is of the same gender. Read More