I’m a mental health counselor in Boulder, Colorado. I live with my beautiful wife. I love to hike, watch movies, read comics, and of course, play video games.
I love the Left Behind situation that Griffin sets up at the end. Funny, funny stuff.
Self Indulgence: The Game
Although up until this point, I thought that he was just going around the city hacking things and generally being kind of a dick, so its good to know that there is some context to his actions now. I thought it looked interesting.
Almost looked like Taken: The Game a bit in some parts.
Or even the third, typically.
You are missing the point though. Its not about hiring a woman because she is a woman. Its about having more women apply. Having more women who are qualified.
Our culture (and its getting much better) aims women towards more domestic roles as adults than men. Girls play with dolls and toy kitchens, while boys play with action figures and remote control cars. This is a cultural bias towards developing women in a different direction than men.
I’m not saying that women who play with dolls won’t make the choice to go into a typically more male dominated career field, but I am saying that our culture, even subconsciously, discourages that. This article is discussing actions taken by game development companies to change this culture.
As for your idea about a man bringing in other ideas than another man, you are absolutely correct. But a woman is typically going to have different ideas than that of a man based on the fact that a woman has had a different life experience than a man has.
Also, just so I’m clear, I want to point out that being transgender is not a mental illness. But sadly a lot of people who identify as transgender suffer from mental illness as a side effect of identifying as a trans person, and the experiences they have had to deal with as a result. Depression is the biggest, from my personal experience in the field.
someone of another gender", they’re playing as someone of their own gender (who is likely presumed to be of a different assigned sex).
You are correct, I mistyped. I meant to say someone of another sex. But you corrected me eloquently. I guess that’s what I get for commenting first thing after waking up.
I don’t know if anyone has heard of this, and its somewhat related, but Take This, a foundation created to educate and spread awareness of mental illness, and to discourage the stigma, has a lot of stories that are very interesting about how gaming helps people to cope with mental illness. A lot of people I work with who aren’t dealing with trans issues, but other issues such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and so on, also turn to gaming to help cope.
I believe that Polygon’s own Russ Pitts is the head of the foundation.
Its about breaking down barriers of gender bias in a creative field. Typically, game design (and programming as a whole) are male dominated fields. A lot of this has to do with discouraging culture for women to get into tech roles, and companies like this are working to change that culture to an encouraging one.
Companies are making an effort to get more diverse populations on their teams, because diverse staff brings new perspectives and new possibilities for innovation and creative development.
In other words, the more women we get in game development roles, the more new ideas and concepts open up for exciting new gaming experiences.
Thank goodness. Thanks for the answer.
As a mental health counselor at a community mental health center, I’ve worked with many trans people who escape into games. MMOs are especially popular, as it allows them to become someone else entirely, and most notably, someone of another gender.
I think a lot of the time, people dont realize how important video games can be to someone’s overall wellbeing. Articles like this are great for spreading the word that sometimes these games are more than just games to certain individuals. Thank you Jessica for writing such an amazing price.
Oh tell me about it. This community is great!
Does this update allow you to turn off gesture controls when watching video? I can’t remember if it was this, or another one.
I can’t wait to get rid of that annoying hand popping up during blu ray sessions.
Ok, so this game isn’t for me. Thanks for the example!
I cannot wait until tomorrow. First thing im gonna do after work is download and play this. Finally played Episode 2 of The Wolf Among Us this weekend… Man. Telltale is on a roll.
Well that’s good to know. I watched that game play trailer of the first 10 minutes or whatever and it looked pretty good. I liked the humor focused on RPG cliches.
However, I don’t like gross humor, which is why I don’t like South Park. The demo didn’t show any gross stuff, I was hoping that was a trend.
Well, they have the Captain Universe costume. Guess I gotta pre-order this…
I’m with you. The JRPG style and Obsidian pedigree have me interested, but I detest South Park. Its a very conflicting game for me, personally. Maybe someday I’ll be able to snag a copy for $10.
I’ve been looking for an excuse to replay them, and if this came out, I wouldn’t be able to resist.
When I read the article it said it was only confirmed for Australia. Its since been changed.
I was curious about this game. I’ve never played a Thief game, but this one looked cool. After reading the review, it sounds more frustrating than I’m willing to put up with, so I think I’m gonna pass.
Thanks for the great review Arthur!
If this comes to the US, it would be really smart of Microsoft to include the game for free, as they’ve done with the Australian version.
My twitter conversation with XBOX support has literally been going nowhere for the past two days. He keeps suggesting I do the same thing, and when I say I’ve done it, he suggestes another that I’ve already tried.
Try power cycling. “I have”
Try calibrating your Kinect “I have”
Well, try power cycling. That will fix it. “Deletes twitter.”