Matt Best, Author at Save Game

The Double Standards of Entertainment

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Earlier this year the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V) was revised to include the ‘disorder’ of Internet Addiction, which I must admit left me shaking my head. I can’t think of any other pastime that comes under such scrutiny than that related to online activities or video games. Spend a winter’s day curled up on the couch reading a book or watching a movie and people accept that as a wonderful way to spend a lazy day. But say you spent that time engaged in the age old battle between the Assassins and Templars, or watching […]

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Your Days Are Numbered, Boys

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Gaming has long been a male dominated industry, in both its management and participation. But we are slowly seeing a move away from this with almost half of gamers being female1 and distinct measures taken to garner female involvement at all levels – management, development, and media. One thing that has taken more time, however, is changing the presentation of females in games. Game protagonists have traditionally been male, with females being relegated to lesser roles such as support NPCs, romantic interests, or needing rescuing from a castle (no not that castle, another one). Although this has been recognised, the […]

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