Do you want to catch a Pokémon? Great! The first thing you want to do is knock it down as low as possible in HP, right? Then, you probably want to throw an Ultra Ball for your best chance—except, in the original Pokémon games, that's not really how things worked, and things you thought you knew were just as much a placebo effect as holding down a specific button ... which means you're probably going to keep right on doing it.Read More
From the beginning of the game, it was made clear that Catwoman/Selina’s arc was all about power. But the power she wields isn’t her sexuality or knowing Bruce’s secret, or even her clear-cut ability to kick ass. Instead, it's her agency.Read More
Things We Saw Today: The Rock and Lin-Manuel Miranda Take Us Behind the Scenes of Millennials: The Musical
Millennials: The Musical comes out on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Youtube channel 11/29, but here's a look behind the scenes.Read More
Barring Ladykiller in a Bind from Steam begs the question for Valve: When is explicit material acceptable for a work of art, and when is it too explicit? When is adult content too adult?Read More
A lot has been made of the modern Lara Croft, and her evolution from her origins as a pioneer for female protagonists in games. And it’s the writers behind the new games who have shaped this reimagined Lara, particularly Rhianna Pratchett, the lead writer for the 2013 Tomb Raider and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider. We reached out to Pratchett to ask her about her work on the Tomb Raider franchise and her writing process as a whole.Read More
Ah, the soothing joy of a well-executed headshot.
Just because you’re on medication doesn’t mean the anxiety is 1000% gone. There is still residual anxiety that hangs out and likes to rear its ugly head. That’s where I discovered the joys and pleasures of the violent video game.Read More
"VikkiKitty," a Super Smash Bros. pro player has accused fellow player Cristian Medina, aka "Hyuga," of sexual harassment, alleging that he molested her in her hotel room.Read More
A recent University of California study tracked player performance and skill in online multiplayer games along gender lines, attempting to figure out whether men or women are better at games. Turns out there's not much difference.Read More
Game Designer’s Solution to Lack of Black Game Developer Barbie Highlights Common Problem With Tech Feminism
One game designer found that there was something missing with the brand new Game Developer Barbie doll that was just recently released: color.Read More
We've come a long way from "Math class is tough."
It's been two years since Mattel's well-intentioned but abysmally-executed Barbie book I Can Be a Computer Engineer, and in that time, a lot has changed.Read More
Courtenay Taylor is one versatile actress. She's lent her voice acting talents to Halo 5, Fallout 4, Mad Max, Resident Evil, and, of course, Jack from Mass Effect 3—but voice acting wasn't her original plan. In this interview with The Mary Sue contributor Ashley Barry, Taylor explains how harsh criticism of her voice during a theater audition eventually lead to her discovering voice acting, a career she hadn't even known existed beforehand.Read More
Gen Con 2016 has just announced their list of invited "Industry Insiders," which refers to a group of 25 Featured Presenters as well as the Industry Insider Guest of Honor, who is Michael Pondsmith. For the first time this year, the Indianapolis-based RPG convention has achieved gender parity in the "Industry Insider" guest list, which this year includes 13 women and 12 men. If you include the Industry Insider Guest of Honor as well, that would bring the parity up to 50/50.Read More
The "Uncensored" World of Street Fighter Mods
There are a lot of great reasons to install fan-made modifications to the character models in Street Fighter. But the mod community doesn't take kindly to "outsiders."Read More
To catch you up, Alex St. John, one of the original pioneers of Microsoft's DirectX platform and founder of WildTanget Software, wrote an opinion piece over on VentureBeat a few days back basically saying that anyone who expects a 40-hour work week in gaming (or even compensation for overtime) just has the wrong attitude—oh, and he made sure to point out women's "victimology psychosis" on his website as people became understandably upset over his opinions.Read More
Jenny Jiao Hsia’s QWOP-esque game Wobble Yoga is a perfect representation of me trying to do yoga in real life.Read More
Blizzard just recently released a new patch for Overwatch replacing Tracer's much criticized over-the-shoulder victory pose with one that's a little more pin-up in style.Read More
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Expansion Earns Ire of Gamers Angry at “SJW Issues” and Trans Inclusion
Their complaint is that the inclusion of a trans character breaks immersion somehow, that her existence and a coming out conversation are enough to ruin the rest of the game for them.Read More
The Mary Sue Interview: The Ladies of Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role Explain How D&D Changed Their Lives
Every Thursday at 7 pm PST, a group of, in their own words, "nerdy-ass" voice-actors get together to play their Dungeons & Dragons campaign live as part of Geek & Sundry's hit series, Critical Role.Read More
Alison Rapp was harassed over localization changes made to a few games—changes that she had no part in instituting.
Yesterday afternoon, Alison Rapp, who had been the target for a sustained harassment campaign for several months, tweeted that her employment at Nintendo of America had been terminated.Read More
Pose removed because they wanted to "create something better."
In a move that's spun off a surprisingly civil conversation, Blizzard has removed a controversial victory pose belonging to Tracer, one of the heroes from their upcoming first-person shooter game, Overwatch.Read More