Even if heroes and their journeys are typically imagined as male-centered, stories should not be afraid of breaking the mold and depicting women having their own odysseys.
If nothing else, the new “God of War” represents how one can tell a tale revolving around masculinity without being insulting or toxic in the process.
Perhaps, in the future, the white heterosexual cis male gamer will not be seen as the default for who video games need to represent or please.
When I first heard about GamerGate, I was clueless, then I became confused, and finally offended. Like many others outside the gaming scene, I immediately saw it at surface value as infighting over issues on feminism. It is so much more than that now that I took the time to educate myself. I can see why it’s hard to see where GamerGate originated with everyone on the bandwagon giving an opinion, an angle, an interpretation, and making GamerGate bloated with a whole lot of noise from every side.
Lana responds to this rejection by creating the personas of an American gold digger and ruinous Lolita, characters that counter the exposed vulnerability of “Video Games.” Lana litters her album with references to Lolita and boasts about manipulating older men for their money. Anti-feminist in nature, these personas tout a regressive financial dependency and vapid materialism. In “Off to the Races,” Lana seductively croons “Light of my life/ fire of my loins/give me them gold coins.”
What Iron Man does in a suit of mass destruction, Lara Croft pulls off in short-shorts. The Tomb Raider can put saving the world multiple times under her belt, which literally comprises a fourth of her total outfit. And she shows as much ass as she kicks. But what’s the problem with looking a little…