Back when Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came out in 2007, it ended up becoming a hallmark entry in the franchise, leading to multiple spin-off sequels under the Modern Warfare banner and leading Call of Duty on a new course when it came to putting together mega-blockbuster shooters. But even back in 2007, before I fully understood feminism at all, I remember having a question about the game: why aren't there any women soldiers?Read More
I'm a huge fan of Leslie Jones on SNL--and this on-going bit where she shamelessly flirts with Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost is one of my absolute favorite things. NBC graciously put together a supercut so we can relive all of her best nicknames for him. (For me, it might be a tie between "sexy-ass blizzard" and "delicious marshmallow".)Read More
But him being in it doesn't hurt. Of course.
Seriously, this China-only Call of Duty trailer could have had an unusually buff potato playing the part that Chris Evans plays and I would have loved it. Then again, that might be because I'm a sucker for that trope where TV shows jump back and forth between being inside and outside a video game. And that trope of when somebody saves a comrade in arms with a pithy action movie slogan and then later they use the same line while saving him. Oh, and zombies. Always zombies.Read More
Following in Megan Fox's iconic footsteps.
Captain America gets hardcore in this new live action trailer for the Call of Duty Online. Apparently this is only a trailer for a trailer, but we get to see Chris Evans with an FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missile launcher, and isn't that a good way to start Boxing Day?Read More
"I think I should have played CoD: Basic Warfare."
You've got to hand it to the people that the React Youtube channel gets for their videos: you could not pay me to play a first person shooter for the first time while online with a bunch of strangers, but these brave men and women are more than up to the challenge despite having no idea how to work the controls. My favorite part is when a guy tells the woman with two master degrees that she's an idiot. Ahh, gaming, what a wonderful past time!Read More
Pro: Xenomorph-fighting action! Con: No alien friends.
YOUR STRENGTH IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS.Read More
Gender-neutral games are too hard to animate.
The portrayal and treatment of women in and around video games is a sore subject for a lot of us. It’s been talked about to death, and yet it still doesn’t seem like we’re making much progress. It’s a very polarizing but uniformly upsetting issue that lingers on in this otherwise great community like cat pee on an oriental rug.Read More
All aboard the hype train!
Like many of you, me and my fellow Weekend Editor Sam Maggs and I were more than a little irked by the whole Ubisoft kerfuffle earlier this week. It almost made us forget about that long ago time (last Monday) when we were really excited about the stuff coming out of E3. Then we realized...we're still excited! And though female representation still has a long way to go in the gaming industry, we're happy to report there are plenty of other upcoming games that include playable female characters.Read More
And Fansplosions Abound
Gary Oldman is the best. THE. BEST. And Nick Frost is pretty cool too. Anyway, Gary Oldman has done voices for multiple Call of Duty games, and in this clip he talks about it and shouts a bit. Nick Frost, meanwhile, explains to Toni Collette what Call of Duty is and talks about the difficulties of being a gamer dad. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?Read More
For A More Civilized Age
i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you
Honestly, adding female soldiers to character customization wasn't about trying to lure more people into the game. It was actually just about acknowledging the people who already play our game. - Mark Rubin, executive producer of Infinity Ward. While Call of Duty initially made its name in World War II era combat, its Modern Warfare series and Black Ops II are set in the present or near future. One other good reason to add female characters to Ghosts is that by 2016 at the latest, women will serve as Army Rangers, Navy Seals, and Marine infantry. Although I have to admit, acknowledging the women who already play your game is good too. (Also it would be pretty sad if you put a mo-capped dog in your game before you added women to multiplayer.)Read More
Variety is king on Microsoft's latest console effort.
My feelings on the Xbox One have gone from total resentment to excitement in the past couple of months, and the full launch lineup, just revealed at Gamescom, has only given me more reason to want it. The lineup's so special because it has a wide array of exclusives from developers around the world-- they're really throwing everyone an Xbone, huh?Read More
Things We Saw Today
Way back in August we showed you a trailer for Mario Warfare -- a gritty, action-packed fan film by the good people of Beat Down Boogie. At the time, the producers behind the project never gave us a confirmed release date, so we were all left wondering if the film went down the green pipe never to be seen again. The project's finally resurfaced, and the premiere of Mario Warfare is already here. There's even a second episode not too far behind! Also, yes, it really is all that a bag of 1-Up mushrooms.Read More
Almost Totally Excellent
Robert Downey Jr. is riding high on his role as Tony Stark in both the Iron Man films and The Avengers but that doesn't mean he can't take on other fun project in between. For instance, a Call of Duty Black Ops 2 trailer directed by his Sherlock Holmes pal, Guy Ritchie. It features a few other cameos but it's obviously Downey for the win. (via TDW Geek) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?Read More