Girls & Games: getting the issues straight

Girls & Games: getting the issues straight

Jan 6, 2010

Picture this: a girl is fanatically playing a game, moving her fingers over the controller’s buttons with absolute concentration. As she beats down the last enemy, a loud “yes!” escapes her mouth. This isn’t something you would ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over anymore. Yes, men no longer stop in their tracks to stare at a woman playing a...

All Aboard The Censorship (part two)

So we now see, after reading part one, that interactivity being used as a justification for the study concentrating on games falls apart on close examination of the study itself. Which begs the question: why did TRIAL and Pro Juventute choose to concentrate on games? One possibility, is that these organisations – previously almost unheard of outside of their...

All Aboard The Censorship (part one)

Censorship in games is hardly a new issue, and it can vary wildly from country to country. However, two Swiss human rights organisations – Pro Juventute and TRIAL – recently produced a study entitled Playing By The Rules: Applying International Humanitarian Law to Video and Computer Games. The introduction claims that “The goal is not to prohibit the...

Top ten lists of top 10 lists: The top ten

Everybody loves to read at least half a dozen inane top ten lists a month, right? Of course they do! That’s why N4G is constantly clogged up with them, and anybody who suggests it’s a quick and easy way for lazy talentless writers to fill up their sites obviously doesn’t know what they’re talking about. So boys and girls, have we ever got...

Thank You, Alan Turing

Thank You, Alan Turing

Sep 19, 2009

Who is Alan Turing, and why should you care? If the name sounds familiar but you’re not sure why, you may have heard it in the news recently. The British government issued a full, official apology to him on September 10th 2009 – over fifty five years after he died. What did they apologise for? Why so long after his death? Why is a man who died decades...