Dragon Mage Drake
Aspiring Stand Up Comedian from Britain, that believes Monty Python and Bill Hicks were the greatest two things to happen to the human race... I'm being deadly serious... I also believe Mass Effect to be the greatest gaming franchise of all time, as well believing it to be the greatest Sci-Fi universe created through any entertainment medium. I play games across the entire genre spectrum, I just play anything worth playing basically, no FPS or RPG hangups as it were. I'm a keen Martial Artist, holding black belts in BJJ, Judo, and I also Kickbox. I'm a huge Rugby and Football (Soccer) fan, although I don't play them much anymore, and have a passing interest in Ice Hockey, which I have never played. My favourite movie would probably be Pulp Fiction, and my favourite band is, at the moment, Biffy Clyro. If you've read this far you know more about me than I do. Seriously, why have you read all this? O.K if you must know my favourite colour is green. Get a life damn it!
A really good article. I’m just wondering however if “busman’s holiday” translates across the pond…?
Al Pacino got nutin’ on Chris yo! ; )
That Ryse/Gladyator Symple Symon ys a must bui for everione thys chrystmas. ; )
I just think you’re not getting Chris and Russ. If you read their stuff and maybe listen to an episode of The Besties, or another episode of the Co-Operatives even, you’ll understand that they are really intelligent and thoughtful game journalists. They’re just really cute and giggly…
It’s probably impossible for them to be perfect, but they can not be broken.
I’m glad that Bungie are taking their time with Destiny. With all the problems online games have had at launch recently, if they want Destiny to be the game they’re claiming it to be, it has to be a polished and smooth launch.
And she thought dancing on a 12 hour livestream was embarrassing… ; )
I’ve bought three handhelds as gifts this year. Two 3DS XL’s and a Vita. Any gamer can’t go wrong with one of those systems. At least I hope so for my friends sake… They are really hitting their stride now, especially the 3DS.
Another brilliant Polygon feature, with a beautiful layout. I’m almost bored with this consistency… ; )
Marketing based at kids is a horrid thing. My sister and I always played with all kinds of toys growing up. We played Zelda and Mario, built Lego, and played with dolls and their houses. We even wrote and illustrated stories together. Then as we entered school, and were around children warped by kids marketing, we were both made fun of. Over time as we fit in with our different social groups (we are 18 months apart) I stopped playing with dolls, and my sister stopped playing with Lego. As we got even older my sister gradually stopped playing video games, because of similar pressures. Then societal pressures of a similar kind meant that I only hung around with other boys, and she hung around with other girls. I was made fun of fir illustrating my stories, and she was made fun of for writing little stories for her drawings.
It’s a slippery slope. One that as now in our early twenties we have since climbed back up. Thankfully. Gender roles are almost meaningless in this day and age. So they shouldn’t be implanted in children anymore. By parents or society and culture. I for one am very eager to see how the recent banning of targeted kids marketing in certain countries plays out. If it works like I hope, I want it to be adopted around the world.
Keep these features coming Polygon.
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Yeah, the actual mechanics of the Gears games are really tight. It’s just the fiction, art style, and all around package stuff that put me off them.
Yes she’s “sexy”, but it’s not her defining feature. Attractiveness should not be dismissed, I’m not looking for a return to Victorian culture, but it shouldn’t be based only on the characters appearance. I feel that’s a fair argument on this topic. It’s nice to have a rational debate on it for once. Thanks.
I knew you weren’t serious. It’s just there is a difference between sexy and sexualised. What I want are female characters a la Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Tali from Mass Effect. They are strong characters that are not treated differently because of their gender. They could be seen as attractive or sexy, but it’s not forced down your throat via cleavage and thongs.
I share your hope that it will change. I feel your Black Widow argument dosen’t work though. That Black Widow was written by one of the media’s strongest feminists; Joss (The Boss) Wheadon. She was attractive but not overly so. Her character was developed enough that she felt like a real human being, she could look after herself, and saved the men as much as they saved her. Yes she wore a skin tight suit, but her cleavage wasn’t out, and Captain Anerica wore one quite similar. This is what I want.
There is a difference between sexy and sexualised. I’m all for characters that can be found attractive. A prime example of this in my opinion is Tali in the Mass Effect games. She’s ridiculously smart, funny, and is in no way damselised, or treated differently because of her gender. Yet she obviously has a female body and is in a skin tight suit (which one could find sexy). So is every other Quarian though, male or female. If someone in a game is sexy it’s because of the whole character design. Not because their breasts are out. That’s what all game writers and character artists should be going for.
I already downloaded the 1.51 patch onto a memory stick. Guess it won’t work on a UK based console. Damn!
Good to read. I honestly don’t see why games have these ridiculous female character models anymore. Everyone knows it’s sexist, and it’s not as if teenage boys won’t buy games if the female characters aren’t sexualised. I would of still played the original DMC if Trish wasn’t in a revealing leather top. It just makes no sense.
Fat people can be sexualised too… Responses like yours are almost as offending as the sexism in society.
I’m considering Titanfall on PC, but I never really could get into Gears. I would never say those games were bad, because they weren’t, they were just not for me.
Quantum Break is a really fascinating idea. I really hope that they succeed in pulling it off. It would certainly make me pull the trigger on buying an XBONE. Along with Titanfall and a new Halo.
Sounds like my life until I get my PS4 on Friday and tear (get it?) into Resogun. There may be a bit of XCOM:EW as well though…
But if you die who will deliver gaming news to me in a snarky yet cute way via video?! Oh yeah, Samit works there too… ; )
Really good news. I hope it’s more of a book tie in as I feel the writers will have better places to go. Either way if it’s as good as The Walking Dead: Season 1, and the first episode of The Wolf Among Us it’s going to be a GOTY contender.
I hope so. Well… Saying that, the South Park game that Obsidian is making looks amazing, but it’s Obsidian… We may never see it…
I love Samit. I love desk. I love TV that says Polygon. I killed someone with a trident…
I’ve given Sony £500 or so in the last two weeks with my PS4 and Vita purchases, and this is another reason why I’m not bummed out in the slightest about it. I can not wait to play Tearaway. It’s been on my radar since E3, and hooked me with it’s charm. It’s seems like a very British game. I wish there were more of them…
One of the funniest episodes of this series.
I’m kinda over Mario games now, I just can’t buy another one. I am really happy though for the folks that still dig them, as this one is apparently fantastic, although not innovative like Galaxy.
One final note for nostalgia’s sake; IT’S A ME, MARIO! ; )
It definitely is a new form of entertainment. I spend a few hours of R&R time a week watching LP’s. It’s the podcasting bubble all over again I feel. A lot of people didn’t get that at first, but now millions of people across the world listen to them, and they’re a widely recognised form of media. LP’s will be too.