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Translating Gender: Ancillary Justice in Five Languages Alex Dally MacFarlane | Interfictions Online
Fascinating article capturing how various translators worked around their languages to translate not only the absence of gendered language _suggested_ in Ancillary Justice, but also the author's deliberate use of the feminine as a generic case. (Also, how to translate things for different cultures - what they expect and what they intimate).
annleckie  writing  gender  language  translation 
november 2015 by infovore
Why We Don’t Have Female Characters - Front Page - Magical Wasteland
"Well, it’s hard to make female characters. First of all, in order to accommodate female characters in our pipeline, you’d basically need to re-code the entire engine from the ground up. Because the technology we have today just wasn’t built to be able to handle stuff like that." Matthew Burns answers the hard questions.
games  gender  satire  laziness 
march 2011 by infovore
Ridiculous Life Lessons From New Girl Games | GameLife | Wired.com
"The weird thing is that you can view these “wholesome” games as being just as bad for girls as Grand Theft Auto’s random bloodshed and rampant criminality is for young, impressionable boys. And while GTA’s influence on boys has been dissected to death, what about the Nintendo DS’ upcoming avalanche of games for tween girls? What kinds of values do preteens learn from these titles? Valuable life lessons, or bad habits?" As bad as GTA? Many, many times worse, if this sample is anything to go on.
games  gender  girls  culture  trends  fashion  imprinting  depressing 
july 2009 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: OMG, girls in trouble!
"I talk to a lot of parents about video games, and many of them continue to worry about the negative effects of games on their kids. If you dig a little deeper in these conversations, you quickly discover their concerns have little to do with their daughters. It's the boys they're worried about. When I say "video game" they hear "violent killing game," and they fear the messages these games send to their impressionable sons. They should worry more about their daughters." Michael Abbott on the horror that is games targeting young girls.
games  play  youth  gender  education  girls  consumerism  vanity 
may 2009 by infovore
GirlParkour - Parkour: Issues of gender.
"The media would have us believe that those with the best ability in Parkour require and condition to bodies of hypermasculine levels, and the first notions of this concept seem quite logical. However, it is known to any traceur that the spectacle of the masculinized body is not in necessary relation to one’s ability of movement. Mass media tries to paint another picture with a careful selection of handsome, muscular men as traceurs... At its simplest, the hypermasculine spectacle is an easier sell to masses. However, our problem does not end at the body. It is not only the body that is masculinized, though, as we see the same pattern occurring to the discipline itself." Interesting article on Parkour and gender; specifically, the hyper-masculinisation of the art by the media.
parkour  gender  spectacle  media  masculinity 
december 2008 by infovore
Gamasutra - AGDC: Graner Ray On Bringing In More Players With Better Tutorials
"'What we've done in MMOs and what we tend to lean toward is building an enviroment for the new player to explore that is essentially a safe environment... the newbie zone. For our explorative learners, we've given them safe zones to explore.' But that doesn't work for imitative learners." Excellent article on styles of learning, with particular attention to how MMOs teach players game mechanics.
learning  mmo  mmorpg  wow  tutorial  gender  learningstyles  games  play  design  interaction  interactiondesign 
september 2008 by infovore

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