Echo Screen Live #38: Women in Video Games

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The way women are depicted in video games – we’ve come a long way since the damsel in distress… haven’t we?  With this topic all the rage in social media, the guys decide to take a crack with their opinions and questions.  With special guest PushingUpRoses to provide some XX chromosomal insight!

All that and your questions on this episode of Echo Screen Live!

5 Comments

  • Arrowni
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:39 AM | Permalink

    We do épisodes with special guests now? Now we need to have an excuse to feature VulcanAssassin

  • gra007
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    I’m wondering where these are archived now. I can’t find the last couple.

    • Nellow
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 1:04 AM | Permalink

      I’ve been wondering the same as you. I love this series. Please host ‘em somewhere!

  • chicmonster
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM | Permalink

    Howdy! I just discovered CotGW and I’m loving it so far. 18 bit gems is one of my favorite things to watch in my free time. This is a slightly old entry, but I did want to throw this up here because there were a lot of important things said that I’d love to remark upon in regards to feminism, women, and games.

    Something that was touched upon often was the idea that both male and female characters are designed to be “sexy”. This is a common misconception; male characters–the ones described on the show as brawny, powerful, sometimes shirtless–they are designed to be “cool”, not sexy. It’s a big difference between idealization, the way male characters are designed, and objectification, the way female characters are designed. Women might find the powerful male figures attractive, but if you’re looking for something that more appropriately equates to female character designs, picture male protagonists running around in Chippendales speedos.

    There was also a thing about moral outrage, and how it gets a little noisy sometimes. There’s always people who are just looking for problems, but there’s something to be said for just how easy valid problems are to find in our games and the attitudes of our industry. Long-time gamers are desensitised to most of these perpetuated themes, but considering how many new audiences are getting into games now that they’re more widely available, those people are seeing these really offensive, old fashioned ideas, of course they’re going to be outraged. I think they’ve got the right to.

    I’m probably considered to be a newer gamer myself; I’m much more into the new indie scene where all the tangential, experimental stuff is going. But please, let me know if reading this was useful to you at all–I’d be happy to provide more info.
    Anyway, good show, keep up the great work!

  • ThePlague ThePlague
    Posted June 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM | Permalink

    I have to say that this was a great podcast until that chick started talking. She has the foulest mouth I have heard in a while and I work in construction. I listen to this with my kids who I enjoy sharing in the gaming hobby with.

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