Toeing the line between camaraderie and fierce competition is near-impossible, especially in fighting games communities, but the Super Smash Sisters have mastered it, with bite.
Gary Gygax, biological determinist and creator of Dungeons & Dragons, once told a reporter for Icon magazine that “gaming in general is a male thing... Everybody who’s tried to design a game to interest a large female audience has failed. And I think that has to do with the different thinking processes of men and…
“I am officially retiring as a boobie streamer, or a titty streamer, if you will,” said Raihnbowkidz, a woman who broadcasts League of Legends on Twitch.
For the past few days, popular Twitch broadcasters and their audiences have been embroiled in a heated debate. The topic? Women streamers and whether they should—or shouldn't—be showing skin on stream.
News that Ubisoft scuttled plans for including female playable characters in the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity was met by scorn and derision by many video game commentators last night. Now, Kotaku has an official statement from Ubisoft on the controversy.
The next big Assassin's Creed game and the first to appear exclusively on next-generation consoles won't let people play as female assassins in a new cooperative multiplayer mode, Ubisoft said this week at E3.
On Saturday, September 19 at the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Chicago, Illinois, 30-year-old Caitlin Oliver set the new world record for the arcade version of Namco's classic beat-em up, Splatterhouse. According to video game historian Patrick Scott Patterson, the last time a woman set an arcade game world record,…
Ah, the "fake geek girl." A label that's both needlessly parochial and wholly counterproductive, and yet still it's trotted out most every day.
Artist Elizabeth Simins has completed the final chapter of her wonderful four-part series Manic Pixel Dream Girl, in which she takes a long look back at her life growing up as a girl who plays video games. I recommend reading the whole thing from the top, and you can read the final chapter on its own here.
Hell Mode has a startling essay about how one woman's memories of violence were triggered by Tomb Raider.
Disclaimer: I was a key creative in what is often considered one of the more "dudebro" franchises out there, Gears of War. I'd also like to remind everyone out there that I went out of my way in working with our team, the writers, and Epic's artists to make sure that female characters are represented well in that…
It's been a long road for feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian. Last summer, she ran a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new video series examining sexist tropes in video games—her goal was $6,000 and she raised nearly $160,000. In the midst of the Kickstarter drive, Sarkeesian was subjected to…
The consensus on Wednesday's post about the lack of women presenters at Sony's PS4 event was rather uniform: there were no women at the PlayStation 4 reveal, because obviously there aren't women in high positions and the project leads just happen to be male.
Today we got a healthy dose of next-gen information, delivered to us by a bevy of excited, breathless developers and publishers. Here's the thing: not a single one of the presenters at the PlayStation 4 event were women, and people noticed.
Back when Kotaku wrote about a troll that targeted women, there was one critical word that kept popping up in responses: camwhore.
Hearing that women make a difference in game development is one thing, seeing what it means in practice is another. Recently, David Gaider—lead writer on the Dragon Age franchise—posted a blog about how having women on his writing team affected something in Dragon Age 3.
Designed to appeal to the fairer sex—it's pink, you see—Nintendo will release the "Misty Pink" version of the Nintendo 3DS on October 20 in Japan, said president Satoru Iwata.
In this back to school edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Paradox me wants to know what the big deal is about a scantily-clad high school cheerleader flashing her panties while taking out zombies with a chainsaw.
Hold your manhoods cheap, guys. Doritos, of all fuckin' things, surveyed girl gamers and found that they're more likely to get off on video games—worse yet, Facebook video games—than doing it with you.
Reader Bondage_Zombie has spent over a decade in video game drag. He'd like this option in more games, but not just for his sake. He thinks that there aren't enough female gamers out there and it could be the developers' faults. So what can devs do to bring in the elusive audience?