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I recently attended E3 and was able to preview a lot of great games. I decided on my trip that I would interview some models, also know as booth babes, to get to know if they are treated with respect in an industry that doesn’t have a lot of positive female representation.
Real Women Aren’t Pixelated talks about how booth babes are treated at E3, in this article I recount how there is an under representation of women in the gaming industry and the struggles that persist today in the culture.
I interviewed five women for this article, and I got to see how they were treated by the industry. I want to thank them for giving me their time to help with the article.
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Another shooting happens in America and right away news outlets sensationalize the massacre, hoping to get the highest ratings possible. It doesn’t help that the number one videogame in the country at the time was a game that allowed you to shoot random people from across the globe. Gamers knew what this would lead to of course, cries of violent video games training the killer and ,”How can we let our children be witness to the type of violence that is perpetrated in video games?”
I wrote this editorial on violence in video games after what happened in Newton, Connecticut. Hope you enjoy it.
My brother catching me reference RoboCop again during a conversation we had about Team Fortress 2.
Masato Nakamura-Marble Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog was a god in the 90s. When I was chilling on the playground with my friends all we talked about was Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario, Batman, Wolverine, and Steve Urkel. All those guys were gods to be praised.
If you remember my review of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, you’ll know that it was actually the first Sonic game that I played. In fact for a while it was the only Sonic game I played. I don’t think I actually played the original game until after Sonic the Hedgehog 3 came out. So when I went to the house of a friend and found out that he had a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog asked to borrow it.
When I finally got home I was surprised, even after all these years the game still looked pretty good. I could understand why Sonic challenged Mario for the throne of platformer king when he first came out. Still, I was spoiled from my experience with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and 3, so much so that I had a little bit of trouble when I first started to play the game. It didn’t feel as fast as the other games in the series and I noticed that it would suffer from slow down every now and then. It also didn’t help that I was really used to the spin dash move that was in the other Sonic games. For the first thirty minutes that I played the game I would duck then jump in the air. Like I said, I was spoiled.
The level design to the game is very similar to the rest of the games in the series. (The 2D portion of the series, that is.) Yet it’s not as polished as the Sonic 2 or 3. The special stages in the first game aren’t my favorite, you fall into this rotating stage and you have to jump on these little diamonds to get to a chaos emerald. These special stages are either very easy or very frustrating. Notice that I did not say difficult, they’re not hard to complete, but they can get annoying from time to time. Still, at least you don’t have Tails ruining your score by running into stuff.
The music in the game is from Masato Nakamura, the same guy who did the music for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The music for levels like Green Hill Zone, Spring Yard Zone, and Marble Zone are all now classics among Sonic fans. Although I will admit that I am a bigger fan of Nakamura’s work in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, his music in the first Sonic game was very different from other video game music of that time. The music in Sonic the Hedgehog was much livelier and upbeat, it had this vibe to it that no other game at that time had. It was almost like pop music.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a great game and for its time it really changed the landscape of the gaming industry. It pushed the 16-bit war into full gear now that Sega finally had a mascot that it could rally its troops (AKA: fans) around. However, as I said before I was spoiled on the sequels to the game and to be honest Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and 3 are just better in my opinion. (Although Sonic 3 did have its own set of problems, but that’s an issue for another article.) However the first Sonic game is actual history, it’s one of those games that helped define a generation. Twenty years have gone by since this game came out and there’s still something magical that keeps it from ever becoming dull. I guess that’s why it’s considered a classic.