Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android




Top Stories in Women

New in Women

3:00 PM on 07.08.2013

Jimquisition: Gamer Guys

Jimquisition travels to another time and another place, examining a world taken over by gamer guys and their testosterone-addled inanity. Something must be done! Fortunately, your ol' pal Jim Sterling is here to take those insincere culture thieves down a peg, and put gaming in the hands of those to whom it belongs. Welcome to the Sarkybastardverse, which is definitely a real thing now.

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 07.03.2013

Gamers urge Nintendo for a playable Zelda

Nintendo is being asked by fans to make Zelda, the eponymous princess of the Legend of Zelda series, a stronger and more influential character. Responding to Eiji Aonuma, who said he'd consider a playable Zelda if fans reques...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 06.19.2013

Game magazine scrubs Ellie from The Last of Us artwork

I've talked at length about the Creepy Cull of female protagonists in the game industry, where women are shunted off promotional materials and deemed unworthy to act as playable characters. It seems the scythe is wielded not ...

Jim Sterling

2:43 PM on 06.10.2013

Microsoft clarifies Xbox One's Killer Instinct situation

[Update: Microsoft has issued a response to the kerfuffle surrounding the incident this morning, which reads as such: "The comments in question during the Killer Instinct demo were not scripted. The demo was meant to include...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 06.03.2013

Boy's club: Why don't more women play EVE Online?

According to David Reid, CCP Games' chief marketing officer, 96 percent of the people subscribing to his company's flagship MMO EVE Online are male. That's crazy high.

Joseph Leray

6:00 PM on 06.01.2013

The secret origin of Princess Peach

[Dtoid community blogger Voltech just blew my mind. --Mr Andy Dixon] I know that opinions may vary pretty wildly on the game, but in all honesty, I like PlayStation All-Stars. I like it a lot more than I thought I would, and ...

Voltech

9:00 AM on 05.29.2013

Tropes vs Women in Video Games: Damsel in Distress part 2

Tropes vs Women in Video Games, the series that is single-handedly destroying all of gaming because a woman said a thing on the Internet once, has launched its second episode. That'll explain why all babies cried out in the ...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 05.21.2013

Xbox One reveal has TWO WOMEN on a stage at once!

When Sony had its PS4 reveal a while back, some people wondered why it had absolutely zero women on stage. Microsoft has today gained an early advantage in the console war, managing to fit not one, but TWO women in its Xbox O...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 05.15.2013

How eager nipples and a tight thong fought casual sexism

Hawken publisher Meteor has, in its office, a piece of art featuring a woman with a bountiful underboob and very little in the way of clothing, hung in place by CEO Mark Long. The half-naked woman, named "Ruby Underboob"...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 05.13.2013

Jimquisition: Objectification And ... Men?

A common argument in the ongoing debate over gender and videogames is that women and men both are equally objectified. Is that really true? As always, Emperor God King Jim Sterling puts His holy foot down and delivers wisdom true to the masses. He totally isn't smug about it, either!

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 05.01.2013

Gearbox artist slams Dragon's Crown character design

The Dragon's Crown "thing" shows no sign of stopping, with vehement and sometimes venomous opinions flying this way and that. To bring you up to speed, Vanillaware's upcoming brawler features a big-boobed Sorceress, the desig...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 04.29.2013

Jimquisition: Boob Wars and Dragon Crowns

Dragon's Crown has become the latest game involved in a big argument. Big boobs, burly dwarves, and Kotaku were all involved. Gender issues in games are important. They are worth thinking about. They are, contrary to po...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 04.15.2013

Nintendo Korea calls weather reporter a brainless bitch

Nintendo of Korea is in hot water after its Twitter account insulted TV weather reporter Eun Ji Park. A mystery representative of the company criticized Park's growing fame, suggesting her looks were respo...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 04.09.2013

The Last of Us focus test had to be made to include women

Naughty Dog has revealed it had to force the hand of its focus testers in order to get them to acknowledge a female perspective. Originally, The Last of Us was exclusively using male gamers to gauge audience interest, until t...

Jim Sterling

4:15 PM on 04.08.2013

Male game developers earn 25% more than females

Though we often discuss the insensitivities that females face in the game industry (see above image), a recent survey conducted by Game Developer Magazine presents a more internal conflict: on average, male game developers ea...

Allistair Pinsof

3:00 PM on 03.25.2013

Jimquisition: The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists

The game industry doesn't want female characters. That is allegedly the message publishers have been sending to developers. As female characters get hidden from the front covers of games and projects with leading ladies are ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 03.19.2013

The game industry doesn't want female heroes

Remember Me is currently in development under the watchful eye of Capcom, but the story of a woman who can "remix" peoples' memories had to do a lot of fighting to exist. According to creative director Jean-Max Morris, t...

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 03.15.2013

Responding to Anita Sarkeesian's 'Damsels in Distress'

[Dtoid community blogger Genki-JAM recently shared his video response to the first episode of Anita Sarkeesian's "Tropes vs. Women in Video Games" series. Share your response in the comments below! --Mr Andy Dixon] I've had ...

Genki-JAM

1:00 PM on 03.11.2013

God of War: Bros Before Hos

In what may be considered a storm in a teacup, not quite gaining the same traction as other controversies, God of War: Ascension has caused a bit of a stir with a "misogynistic" Trophy, an award you get as part of the main ca...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 03.09.2013

Three-year-old wants to play Donkey Kong as Pauline

Tropes vs. Women in Videogames has finally hit the internet, and people have been more snarky about it than Juno MacGuff at a "learn to write like Joss Whedon" script-writing seminar. All that snark wont change the...

Jonathan Holmes



The Call of Sarkeesian  photo
The Call of Sarkeesian
by Jim Sterling

I have of late been subject to some strange occurrences. Some may even say ... frightening ... circumstances. Indeed, the things I have seen make me so very grateful for the inability of the human mind to truly understand our universe in all its vastness. We strive, in our small way, to know. We want to know everything, but we know merely a sliver, and should we ever expose ourselves to more, we may all go mad. 

This much, I do know. This much, I do understand.

view full story + comments




Sarkeesian's first Tropes vs Women in Video Games is out photo
Sarkeesian's first Tropes vs Women in Video Games is out
by Chris Carter

Well, here's the moment you've all been waiting for: Anita Sarkeesian's first Tropes vs. Women in Video Games has been released, and I'm pleased to say, it's a much better effort than the factually inaccurate Bayonetta video.

Anita takes a journey through media, showing examples of Damsels in Distress throughout history, including old films, cartoons, and television. This episode heavily focuses on Princess Peach, explaining the history of the character, and her role in the Mario franchise, as well as Princess Zelda.

She posits that Zelda is sometimes stronger than Princess Peach, and doesn't always play the damsel role -- using the phrase "the helpful damsel" and calls her key role in Wind Waker's final boss fight a "refreshing change."

It's nice to see Anita show at least one positive example of females in gaming, also explaining that the original version of Star Fox Adventures featured a strong positive role model before being converted into a damsel in distress in the final game.

Comments have been disabled, most likely due to the abuse Anita has gotten in the past. It's a shame though, as it completely closes on the door on actual meaningful discourse.

Here in the open comments, what did you think of the video?

view full story + comments


4:45 PM on 03.04.2013

Social game with a conscience Half the Sky launches today

Within the past year or so, there's been a new crop of social games that, one might say, have a conscience. Their goal isn't so much taking your money as it is encouraging you to be an organ donor or convincing you to give mo...

Daniel Starkey



Tropes vs. Women in Videogames has a release date photo
Tropes vs. Women in Videogames has a release date
by Jonathan Holmes

Last year, Anita Sarkeesian of the Feminist Frequency blog started a Kickstarter for a video series about the various problematic patterns in the depiction of women in videogames. She achieved her goal, and then some, leading to interviews, support, hate, and disdain, not to mention plenty of analysis of that hate and disdain. Almost over night, more people were talking about the Tropes vs. Women in Videogames project and it's creator than actual tropes vs. women in videogames.

The complaint about Ms. Sarkeesian that seemed most damning was the charge that she'd taken the money and ran with it. That would have been pretty silly, not to mention career suicide. Well it looks like the naysayers were wrong, at least on that point. The 1st episode of Tropes vs. Women in Videogames premieres on March 7. That's just four days from now!

I don't envy the amount of pressure on Ms. Sarkeesian to deliver a series that lives up to the tremendous expectations that have come to surround this project. No matter what she comes out with, some will be sure to attack her not only for her ideas, but for the fact that she didn't deliver them in the exact way they thought that she should. I hope we can do better than to immediately knock her down for what her videos don't say and do, and instead take in what they do have to say with a clear head and no agenda.

view full story + comments


6:15 PM on 02.27.2013

Etrian Odyssey IV will get you stiff

Dale North's review is taking forever because he keeps getting distracted by sh*t like this. [Swagtoise's Tumblr via Tiny Cartridge]

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 02.20.2013

EA + Tabloid = Half-naked woman in Crysis 3 bodypaint

The Sun loves to talk about how dangerous those violent videogames are, and frequently runs stories vilifying interactive entertainment for inspiring crime and teaching the youth of Britain all sorts of terrible things. Still...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 01.28.2013

Objectify A Male Tech Writer Day [Update]

[Update: Leigh Alexander has decided to call off the event, following an examination of potential risks. It's been proposed that the event alienates those who do not neatly fit into the straight male and straight female dynam...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 01.25.2013

Combating hidden sexism with Objectify A Man Day

For men to compliment women is far more common than for the reverse to happen. It’s one of those socialized traits people barely notice unless they’re particularly alerted, what with it being so widespread as to b...

Stephen Beirne

2:30 PM on 01.21.2013

Jimquisition: Accepting the Isms

Games are racist. Games are homophobic. Games are sexist. And that's okay! Well, maybe not OKAY, but it is alright to acknowledge that, sometimes, videogames get it wrong. Everybody gets it wrong, and games can't be the exce...

Jim Sterling



The biggest videogame controversies of 2012 photo
The biggest videogame controversies of 2012
by Jim Sterling

Another year, another round of videogame controversies! 2012 was perhaps one of the biggest years ever for scandal and strife, filled with sexism, lies, and ... Doritos? 

We've compiled the most outrageous outrages of the year, though narrowing it down to just the biggest and most explosive stories was pretty damn tough. Come with us on a trip down memory lane, as we look at the biggest videogame controversies of 2012. 

view full story + comments






8:00 PM on 12.08.2012

HAWP: This video is about BOOBS

Continuing the tradition of only being tangentially related to the videogame an episode is named after, the latest Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? uses the new Tomb Raider as a springboard into a discussion about women in games an...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 12.08.2012

Epic comment: Elsa on Tropes vs. Women featured on Reddit

One of this year's most notable gaming controversies was undoubtably Tropes vs. Women, a Kickstarter campaign that drew both ire and defense from nearly every corner of the gaming community. Destructoid interviewed Anit...

Papa Niero



Twitter reveals why there aren't many women in videogames photo
Twitter reveals why there aren't many women in videogames
by Jim Sterling

Women in the game industry are currently revealing some of the crap they have to put up with in the videogame industry, using the #1ReasonWhy hashtag to explain why there aren't as many women in the business as there ought to be. 

"I had to make my own game in order to see someone like me as a main character," explained Mattie Brice, also adding, "Men write about sexism and get praise, and I silenced and degraded for writing the same thing a week, month, year before."

Ashly Burch revealed, "I am confronted with rape or violence in the comments section of Hey Ash videos," while writer Rhianna Pratchett offered, "Creating appropriately dressed female characters is viewed as a rarity, rather than the norm."

"Men like me are badasses, so cool and hilarious. I'm a disrespectful loud-mouthed bitch," said former Destructoid writer Leigh Alexander, while Rowan Cota wrote, "If I succeed, I'm exceptional. And if I fail, I'm proof that women shouldn't be in the industry."

view full story + comments


3:30 PM on 11.19.2012

Jimquisition: Fake Nerd Girls

The latest flavor in the restaurant of controversy is the concept of fake nerd girls -- women who pretend to like videogames and similar media, all for the express purpose of tricking honest, hard-working Americans. Yeah ... it's as insidious and fiendish a plot as anything found in Shakespeare's library of tragedies. Seriously, gamers? This is the new enemy? Christ al-bloody-mighty.

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 11.12.2012

Sequel to PC Mega Man clone Rosenkreuzstilette is out

Are you familiar with "doujin soft"? They're essentially Japanese indie games, and although most are of the fan game variety, major publishers tend to leave them alone. As it should be! Fan games aren't harming anybody! In 2...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 11.10.2012

Dad alters text in Wind Waker to turn Link into a girl

Mike Hoye loves playing videogames and sharing his pastime with his three-year-old daughter Maya. Their game of choice is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Mike likes to read the text aloud so Maya can follow along. Bu...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 11.07.2012

Get equipped with 'girl power' in Mega Man #19

After the the heart-wrenching Proto Man arc in the previous two issues, Archie's Mega Man shifts gears into bubblegum territory with a short tale all about the ladies. Roll takes center stage in issue #19, "Roll With It," als...

Tony Ponce

11:30 PM on 11.02.2012

The DTOID Show: Watch_Dogs, Hitman Absolution, & Halo 4

Today on The Destructoid Show, we weren't live -- which is a shame. But we still did a show.  Ubisoft released a developer diary for Watch_Dogs which is actually a recruitment video, Hitman: Absolution has a se...

Max Scoville

11:30 AM on 11.02.2012

Online sexism in Halo 4 will earn you a lifetime ban

The Halo series has a reputation for hosting some, let's say, "spirited" language from its millions of players, as trash talk and associated slurs have become a big part of the experience. 343 Industries, however, isn't parti...

Jim Sterling

5:45 PM on 10.22.2012

Jimquisition: Booth Babes

The punditry of the videogame community have been chatting an awful lot about booth babes this past year or so. There are those wanting them banished from events such as E3 and the Eurogamer Expo, and staunchly defendin...

Jim Sterling