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Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly,how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

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Twofivesix is a day of dialogues bringing games into conversation with other aspects of culture. Each dialogue pairs a member of the gaming community with someone of equal stature from an outside discipline. The results are often unexpected and always inspiring.

Hey, Stacey went to this last year (you can read her pre-Push to Smart write-up here). While neither of us will be in attendance this year, we highly recommend it to any followers in the Brooklyn area. 

killscreen:

Twofivesix is a day of dialogues bringing games into conversation with other aspects of culture. Each dialogue pairs a member of the gaming community with someone of equal stature from an outside discipline. The results are often unexpected and always inspiring.

Hey, Stacey went to this last year (you can read her pre-Push to Smart write-up here). While neither of us will be in attendance this year, we highly recommend it to any followers in the Brooklyn area. 

Our latest Water Cooler episode is here! This time we level with our surprisingly different paths leading to The Walking Dead’s latest episode, “A House Divided.” This is made unnecessarily difficult by Stacey’s inability to remember anyone’s name.  What difference did it make if we escaped with Pete or Nick at the end of the last episode? Who was the surprise returning character? Did anyone actually remember this? All this and more in the latest Push to Smart Water Cooler. A full transcript is available on the blog.