Sweden will look at gender roles in video games. Photo: TT Future video games produced in Sweden could be labelled according to whether or not they promote gender equality, as part of a new project by gaming industry trade organisation Dataspelsbranchen. Avoiding sexism and gender stereotypes in video games produced in Sweden will become a key goal for the association, which has been given a 272,000 kronor ($36,672) grant by Sweden's government-funded innovation agency, Vinnova. Inspired by the Bechdel test, which looks at whether fictional films or books feature at least two women talking about a topic other than men, Dataspelsbranchen will work with several game developers to analyse how Swedish video games portray female characters and gender issues. Speaking to The Local, project manager Anton Albiin said it was unclear at this stage if all games produced in Sweden would be given a label, or if companies developing games that promoted equality would be given some … [Read more...] about Sweden mulls ‘sexist’ video game labels
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The videogame world loves a bit of nostalgia. Gamers instinctively look to the past, whether that’s to long-beloved franchises like Burnout, or retro consoles like the NES. But not all throwbacks are good. One thing that’s recently made a comeback (especially in the wake of the tragic massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida) is the purported link between video game violence and real-life acts of violence. In the wake of this real-world tragedy, politicians are looking for their culprit in the virtual world. Just two days after Nikolas Cruz’s rampage, which left seventeen dead, Kentucky’s governor Matt Bevin decried America’s “cultural problem,” saying: “You look at the ‘culture of death’ that is being celebrated. There are video games, that yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it and there’s nothing to prevent the child from playing them, that celebrate the … [Read more...] about We’re blaming video games for real-world violence? Again?
100. Hotline Miami (2012) Platform: Microsoft WindowsHotline Miami is violent—really violent—but in a way that makes it ooze atmosphere: pulsing neon, pumping electronica, and blood splattered on the walls, and the floor, and you. You play as a thug fighting his way through room after room of men with guns and knives and every other murder-tool you can think of. You're not timed, but you must move quickl, because every room you enter requires mowing down enemies in a matter of seconds — lest the hail of bullets leaves you as the one splayed on the ground. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 99. TowerFall (2013) Platform: OuyaOne of the only games to make buying an Ouya worthwhile (at least until it came to Steam and PS4 in 2014), TowerFall proved that multiplayer gaming could thrive on the couch, not just online. Inspired more by Super Smash Brothers than Street Fighter, this 2D arena fighter takes fighting games and … [Read more...] about The 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time
Even if they would not admit it right away, the average smartphone or tablet owner spends more and more time playing video games on their mobile devices. It does seem pretty logical then for smartphone manufacturers to use this fact to their advantage, now, doesn't it? Well, it looks like this is exactly what HTC is working on right now – after a revealing trademark application was spotted on the USPTO's web page, speculations have started going back and forth saying that HTC is already developing its very own gaming portal. HTC PLAY – this is the trademark that the company has registered, and judging by its name and description, it will most probably have something to do with video games. Digging deeper through the filing we read more hints like “retail store services” and “software provided via the Internet,” both of which make the video game marketplace hypothesis even more credible. To some of you, this move may not come as that big of a … [Read more...] about HTC PLAY might be HTC’s video game store
In September of last year, the developer of Firewatch issued a DMCA takedown against now infamous YouTuber PewDiePie after he used a racial slur during a live stream of another title. The incident didn’t make headlines only because of PewDiePie’s profile or the fact that the game Firewatch wasn’t directly involved—this also represented a rare instance of legal rights being asserted between game maker and game streamer. As much as video games are an interactive medium, in recent years an entire scene has grown out of people such as PewDiePie streaming video games online. Be it live streaming on Twitch, or Let's Plays or other types of video content on YouTube, gaming has gone from just something players do at home, to something that they also watch other people do online. As these streamers and personalities have grown in popularity, so too has the discussion over the rights of streamers and developers in regards to said content. Are streams covered under fair … [Read more...] about The (still) uncertain state of video game streaming online