Girls: reality, sexuality and feminism
Coming of Age / Female protagonist / Girls / Mental illness / Social commentary / Women

Girls: reality, sexuality and feminism

I recently discovered and fell in love with HBO’s award-winning series Girls. It took me some time at first, but I am now convinced that Girls is a revolutionary move in television and a huge step forward for the portrayal of women in media. Girls details the ups and downs of four very different women in their early twenties living … Continue reading

Mages in Dragon Age, pt 2: Mage-Templar war and the dynamics of church and state
Dragon Age / History / Perception of the Church / Social commentary

Mages in Dragon Age, pt 2: Mage-Templar war and the dynamics of church and state

[Warning: this post contains spoilers up to the end of Dragon Age 2.] Previously I blogged about the parallels between mages in the Dragon Age universe and first-century factions within Judaism.  I recommend reading this to recap on what it is like to be a mage in Dragon Age and the context of Chantry and Templar control. In … Continue reading

GTA V: commercialism and the limits of social critique
Grand Theft Auto / Morality / Social commentary

GTA V: commercialism and the limits of social critique

When Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V first came out, I refused to play it. I was vaguely aware of the reputation of the GTA franchise and I didn’t want to play a game which was based around the glorification of violence, sex and crime. This prevalent promo image certainly didn’t impress me either: I hadn’t played the previous GTA games … Continue reading

Alan Wake / Batman: Arkham City / Bioshock / Deux Ex: Human Revolution / Grand Theft Auto / Hitman: Absolution / LA Noire / Portal / Red Dead Redemption / Social commentary / The Last of Us / The Walking Dead / The Witcher / Women

Women in video games: I want more

I am passionate about realistic and rounded portrayals of women in video games. I long for the day when this is the norm and not a feat to be celebrated. When female protagonists controlled by the player are not in the minority, and game developers are not driven by default to emphasise male protagonists to make games … Continue reading