Jonathan Hardesty

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I recently appeared on Destructoid to give a video interview about my work and talk about video games as the guest of Jonathan Holmes, whom I like a …

This Is What Video Games Are: A Dispatch From a Crowded Gaming Expo

“Sometimes I’m tempted to just, like, lie,” laughs a colleague across a table from me.<p>We’re talking about preview coverage: The unusual condition of …

Dark Souls

Opinion: The tragedy of Grand Theft Auto V

<b>With all the talk about "open world," "mayhem," and "power fantasy," it's easy to forget how confining the Grand Theft Auto series now feels, writes</b> …

Is There A Valid Excuse For Not Having Playable Women in GTA 5?

I never feel too bad for saying snarky things about massive, soulless, multibillion dollar corporations, but I do think it’s important to be fair, if …

elizabeth simins | comics & drawings & paintings

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Computer games are serious business. SERIOUS business. They outsell films, in terms of turnover; just consider that for a minute- in a world where you have a $1.65bn blockbuster computer games, as an industry, are worth more than that. There’s books about it, newspapers want to talk about it as national property, it’s big news.

Even if you’re completely opposed to games, you have to see that as a significant cultural quarter, in market share terms. Theatre couldn’t hope to …

Confessions Of A Former Misogynist

NB/ there’re descriptions of violence in this, obviously – don’t read on if that’s not something you want to deal with today. Another guest post for …

Bullies, Dickwolves and Apologies (Or: The Problem With Penny-Arcade)

Just like a case of herpes, the dickwolves are back again.<p>Penny-Arcade’s Mike Krahulik said something stupid again. And then he’s had to apologize. …

Why I'm Never Going Back to Penny Arcade Expo

I had a really good time at Penny Arcade Expo this year. I met up with friends and colleagues I rarely see in person. I rolled a lot of dice and …

Quit Fucking Going To PAX Already, What Is Wrong With You

Still never going to PAX

I don’t judge indies and friends who feel it’s necessary to go to PAX in order to make headway in an incredibly biased industry, or friends who want …

When I Didn't Consent. Why I reported. Why I didn't.

I was raped. I reported it. I was raped. I didn’t report it. I was raped. I reported it but I didn’t press charges. I was raped. I didn’t know what I …

Hyper Mode: The Masculine Tropes of Hotline Miami 2 and The Castle Doctrine

I used to think <i>Hotline Miami</i> did a neat job dicing up the classic tropes of American masculinity that have dominated various media forms for decades. …

The Transgression - You Can Do Better

This isn’t the post I wanted to write about The Fullbright Company’s excellent <i>Gone Home</i>, but here it is. What follows are serious spoilers for one of …

Media Evolution: The Conference is an international conference organized annually in Malmö, Sweden. On August 21st 2013 Anita Sarkeesian, Kate Miltner and Laurie Penny spoke at a session entitled Online Harassment, What Drives it and How it Lowers Visions.

Why Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign is not the success you think it is

Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign ended this morning with him topping out at over $1.4 million dollars in donations. He's the third-highest film …

A challenge to the producers of V/H/S and S-VHS

If you've been following the news out of Sundance, you probably heard that the found-footage horror sequel <i>S-VHS</i> debuted to strong reviews. Many …

Let's talk about rape scenes

We've talked before about misogyny in film. If you want a refresher in perhaps one of the worst scripts I ever read, check out the depravity I …

Not A Beautiful Woman

<i>She was not a beautiful woman, but men found her very attractive, because of her beautiful face and also her body.</i><p>“She was not a beautiful woman, but …

Growing up Riot Grrl: The Nostalgia Lie of Gone Home

Went Home

Alright. So thanks to a gift from Maddy Myers, I went home. I had no plans to buy the game, mostly because “mansion games” (thank you Robert Yang) or …

Grunge, Grrrls and Video Games: Turning the dial for a more meaningful culture

<b>Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander offers this thought-provoking opinion piece, originally presented at the Nine Worlds Convention in the UK.</b><p>Here goes: Your …

The rape of James Bond

On sexual assault, and “realism” in popular culture.<p><i>This essay discusses rape of both women and men throughout. No specific real-world cases are</i> …

I hate Strong Female Characters

Sherlock Holmes gets to be brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, …

Gina Carano Wants A Wonder Woman Movie, And She Wants It Done Right

<i>“That’s the ultimate superhero for a woman. No matter what, no matter who ends up being Wonder Woman someday, I just hope it’s something that is done</i> …

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Academic Study Examines The Link Between Gender Cues and In-Game Harassment

Verbal abuse is a pandemic in the online gaming community. And while it affects all sorts of gamers, there’s a select brand of vitriol reserved for …

Hyper Mode: Anita Sarkeesian And The Trouble With Magic Bullets

I backed Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter, but I didn’t need for her to make any videos. The promise of supporting a female videogame critic and of …