sexism

The Real Problem With Sex Workers In Video Games

When you’re playing a game as infectiously compelling as Grand Theft Auto V, it can be difficult to take a step back and reflect on all the wanton acts of destruction in which you’ve participated.


Ubisoft In Trouble Over Comments About Female Characters

Shortly after Ubisoft upset many Assassin’s Creed fans by saying that it had abandoned its plan to have female characters in its new game’s co-op multiplayer mode, the company returned with another controversial explanation about the absence of women in its games — this one focused on Far Cry 4.


Ubisoft Responds To Assassin's Creed Female Character Controversy

News that Ubisoft scuttled plans for including female playable characters in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity was met by scorn and derision by many video game commentators last night. Now, Kotaku has an official statement from Ubisoft on the controversy.


Ubisoft Cut Plans For Female Assassins In Unity

The next big Assassin’s Creed game and the first to appear exclusively on next-generation consoles won’t let people play as female assassins in a new cooperative multiplayer mode, Ubisoft said this week at E3. Speaking in an interview with Polygon, Unity creative director Alex Amancio said that while they originally planned to include female assassins, the “reality of production” made adding the additional characters too costly.


Terrible 'Girl Gamer' Sexism, Imagined As Even Worse 1900s Sexism

Take the boys-club crap of the video game internet, put it in a time machine and… you get a funny/sad comic that might just make it a bit more clear just how awful it is for the women who suffer the harassment of unenlightened dudes.


She Was Harassed By A Games Reporter. Now She's Speaking Out.

Alice Mercier isn’t the real name of the games industry veteran that reporter Josh Mattingly harassed on Facebook. She isn’t willing to give her real name, at least not publicly; she’s afraid of the professional repercussions. This is a theme that will come up again and again over the course of our interview, and every subsequent conversation: weighing the toll of harassment against the cost of confronting it.


Reporter Apologises For Crude Sexual Comments To Female Game Developer

Reporter Josh Mattingly has apologised for making “inappropriate” comments to a female game developer after they were made public earlier today, saying he was drunk. Kotaku has learned that the journalist involved in this conversation was Josh Mattingly, the founder and CEO of the indie gaming website IndieStatik.


How Not To Woo A Gamer On OKCupid [Video]

I stumbled across this on my social media feed and was too horrified not to share. If you’ve ever wondered why male gamers have such a misogynistic reputation, this one-way exchange on a dating website lays it all out on the table. It is ugly. You will cringe.


Designer Apologizes For Reply To Question About Oversexed Characters

The game director for Blizzard Entertainment’s upcoming Heroes of the Storm has apologized for his treatment of a question about how characters are designed — specifically how multiplayer online battle arena games, of which Heroes is one, tend to hyper-sexualize female avatars.


Local TV: Sexy Game Characters 'Worse Than Watching Miley Cyrus Twerk'

This local news report has all of the ingredients: sex, teenage girls, the exploitation of them, video games, and a respected university’s research. Here to synthesise it all for us is Life Coach Jenn Lee: “This is even worse than watching Miley Cyrus twerk.”