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August 2nd

…woman) on-screen – that’s me. I don’t want to just sit there watching myself have intercourse if I can’t control it. And I definitely don’t want to control it, because trying to steer a sex act using a game controller is as ludicrous as ludicrous gets.

The most prominent piece of news this week was that Gay Gamer respectfully declined to be a runner-up winner for EA’s Dante’s Inferno “Acts of Lust” contest. As Tom Chick said on his own blog, “Hell hath no fury like that of a gay man ridiculing heterosexual folly.”

The Runner is…

June 20th

…controls, British News Parody service NewsArse reports on a similar trend from E3 with the following headline; ‘When will there be a controller I can have sex with, ask gamers’ [mirror].

Rick Dakan writing at the PopMatters Moving Pixels blog examines ‘Character flaws in Red Dead Redemption’.

Richard Clark’s relatively new Game Set Watch column ‘The Gaming Doctrine’ examines how to go about “Reviewing with Values in Mind”. It’s certainly an important issue for many people, and one that the formal reviewing of games hasn’t really addressed, busy as it is with measuring frame rates and sound quality….

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July 11th

According to my working document naming convention this is the 70th TWIVGB I’ve assembled. That’s somewhat mind boggling, and so is the number of posts this week!

Greg J. Smith at Serial Consign usually blogs about architecture, and occasionally, we are blessed with an essay like this one

August 1st

…examining the DLC character of Shale.

On a related tangent, Andrea Phillips at Deus Ex Machinatio looks at the choose-your-own-adventure style games by Choice of Games and the way they handle gender choices. Phillips’ argument centres on the fact that merely changing the gender of the avatar results in a superficially “female” character [mirror] as it won’t reflect a true female experience. She notes,

…one of the things I found so captivating about [Dragon Age] was the overt sexism of some characters. It was incredibly satisfying to me to have a character take a dismissive attitude of

October 17th

…[mirror] and why it doesn’t mean what marketing people think it means. And Sinan Kubba looks at Nier as a caregiver [mirror].

Okay, onto this week.

Robert Yang at the Escapist continues his series ‘Philosophy of Game Design’ with parts two and three.

Lauren Wainwright writes on her personal blog ‘Sex Sells. But who’s buying?‘ [mirror] responding to a defensive argument on the nature of video game “journalism.” Lewis Denby does the same looking at the same “news” blogs’ need for ‘Hits and Tits.’

Meanwhile, the Border House has an entry in their series Characters Done…

March 27th

…autres” but I don’t understand a word of that.

This is the story of four weeks spent in a Sartrean hell known as Neptune’s Pride.

At the Alive Tiny World blog, Katie Williams writes about the iPhone game Sally’s Spa, putting herself inside the rapidly fraying mind of the titular Sally.

The author of The Gwumps blog wrote this week about ‘Post-Traumatic Wastelands’:

…whether or not you choose to have sex with a bi-curious elf who sounds like Antonio Banderas, the trend seems to be continuing – game developers are trying to incorporate more…

August 14th

…doesn’t take gender or sex into account in any way.

Over on PopMatters, Scott Juster writes about getting to know Zelda as a character rather than an archetype. And Maggie Greene’s recent play with Okamiden has led her to write about Chinese literature, games, and the necessity of some narratives to be fuzzy at the edges.

And these three pieces on design may prove of interest. The first comes from Patrick Hollerman of The Game Design Forum about learning curves in casual and hardcore games. The second arrives to us from Critical Missive as an extensive look…

December 18th

…a lesbian, asked to suck anyone’s cock or be threatened with rape. Partially, this is because those who have met me understand that I view other humans as lunch with a temporary stay of execution. Let the Wookie win, as they say. Mostly, it’s because I’m a man and so people will read what I have to say rather than switching off their brain and spewing out some astonishingly unimaginative sexist bullshit.

This prompted a response by Margaret Robertson, who meditates on her own past tendency toward self-censorship, lest she face misogynistic ostracization:

These things pervade…

January 29th

…argues shows The Man Bat at his most static. Or Bill Coberly, asserting that Catherine‘s portrayal of sexuality and relationships only appears mature next to the alternative:

It is infuriating to constantly talk about the potential for greatness in this medium and play game after game after game which retries the same broken formulae and wallows in the same muck. I can thus understand the desire to seize on anything that seems at all different, anything which tries even a little bit to engage with mature themes. I know I’m guilty of this sort of behavior.

UPDATED: Blogs of the Round Table: January ’12 Roundup

Welcome to the first Blogs of the Round Table round-up post for 2012, first let’s remind ourselves of the theme we’re talking about this month.

Being Other:

Games, like most media, have the ability to let us explore what it’s like to be someone other than ourselves. While this experience may only encompass a character’s external circumstances–exploring alien worlds, serving with a military elite, casting spells and swinging broadswords–it’s most powerful when it allow us to identify with a character who is fundamentally different than ourselves–a different gender, sexuality, race, class, or religion. This official re-launch