One Small Step for 'The Last of Us,' One Big Step for Gender Equality

Turns out video games are pretty close t0 ye olde Disney movies, where a female character often needs to be saved by a man. But in a new game called The Last of Us, lead female character Ellie is saving herself. User interface designer Alexandria Neonakis, who works for Naughty Dog, the company that created The Last of … » 12/31/13 5:00pm 12/31/13 5:00pm

Penny Arcade 'Rolls for Diversity' With Segregated Lounges

In today's edition of Missing The Point, Penny Arcade, a large gaming company that has previously dredged up controversy for making rape jokes, is trying to be diverse by offering diversity lounges at its Seattle, Boston, and Melbourne expos. » 12/18/13 7:15pm 12/18/13 7:15pm

Keep Flyin': An Exclusive First Look at Firefly Online

Browncoats rejoice! Joss Whedon's space Western Firefly may never return to television, but the 'verse goes on. And soon, you'll be able to have a ship and crew of your own, when Firefly Online launches for the PC and Mac. We've got an exclusive first look at the ships, the guns, the characters and more. » 12/12/13 9:01pm 12/12/13 9:01pm

Ten Life Lessons You Learn While Playing the Dots Game on Your iPhone

I'm addicted to Dots, the oddly simple iPhone game that's like an interactive Damien Hirst painting. You have sixty seconds to clear as many dots from the screen as you can; there are no bells or whistles, just dots. Still, Dots has lessons to teach. Here are ten. » 8/12/13 4:05pm 8/12/13 4:05pm

The New Head of Xbox is a WOMAN. Everyone REMAIN CALM.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced some shocking news: they're promoting Julie Larson-Green, who is a FEMALE HUMAN BEING, to the head of Xbox. The online gaming community is shocked. Reddit is shocked. The guy from "Red Dead Redemption" is shocked. » 7/12/13 10:00am 7/12/13 10:00am

I Really Want to Play Grand Theft Auto V, But I Won't. Here's Why.

The new Grand Theft Auto V trailer was released yesterday, and I gotta admit: It looks pretty fucking fresh. There's all sort of cool new features — most notably, for the first time the game features three lead characters that you can seamlessly switch between. Unfortunately, all three of those characters are men. » 7/10/13 11:30am 7/10/13 11:30am

Gaming Conference Welcomes Women With Hilaaaarious Rape Joke

Yesterday at Microsoft’s Xbox One E3 press conference, a man and a woman demonstrated a new fighting game, Killer Instinct. The man, a producer on the game and so therefore winning easily, tells the woman at the :27 mark to "Just let it happen, it'll be over soon." » 6/11/13 1:10pm 6/11/13 1:10pm

90-Year-Old Woman Tries Virtual Reality Goggles, Rightfully Freaks Out

This 90-year-old woman tries Oculus Rift VR headset — virtual-reality hardware that lets the wearer interact with virtual environments — to explore a 3D version of Tuscany. She freaking loves it, and her reactions are priceless — "Oh, this is something else. And I'm still sitting where I was?" » 4/15/13 11:20am 4/15/13 11:20am

Rad Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So His Daughter Can Be the Hero

Mike Mika's three-year-old daughter loves playing old video games with him. One day, when they were duel conquering Donkey Kong, she became a bit miffed because she could only pick Mario to rescue Pauline, and not the other way around. That's not only due to Mario being the worst (just ask Wario, he'll tell you all… » 3/11/13 10:30pm 3/11/13 10:30pm

Anita Sarkeesian’s New Tropes Vs. Women Series is Awesome

Anita Sarkeesian didn't let male gamer trolls deter her from successfully funding her Kickstarter on oversexualized tropes of women in video games — in fact, her project raised more than 26 times her original goal of $6,000 thanks to all the added publicity. Revenge is extra sweet when it's ironic, lucrative and shuts … » 3/08/13 5:00pm 3/08/13 5:00pm

Game Makers Hope People Will Want to Save Women From Genital…

A new Facebook game inspired by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, in which players are tasked with the goal of "raising awareness" of issues like female genital mutilation, child prostitution, and sex trafficking, launches early next… » 2/18/13 10:00am 2/18/13 10:00am

7-Year-Old Zora Ball Is the World's Youngest Game Programmer

Pint-sized programming wizard Zora Ball is now the youngest person to create a full version of a mobile application video game. A first grader at Philadelphia's Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, she's already more accomplished than everyone you know. Consequently, we should all go eat a tub… » 2/14/13 9:30am 2/14/13 9:30am