Friday, March 06, 2015

Quick Link Roundup

Quick post today with a double link. First up: a year long study of middle school and high school children shows that kids are really more progressive about video games and want diversity. The study was conducted by Rosalind Wiseman and Ashly Burch, Polygon alum, and the findings were presented at the Game Developer's Conference this week. The startling results were a good number of boys really didn't have a gender preference with the lead characters, 81% open to the idea of a female lead. And girls? Well we see that there are a lot of male heroes, so where are the women? Most prefer to play as female leads and want options. The study reviewed the gaming habits of 1,500+ children aged 11-18 over the course of a year. Food for thought that such a large gaming market (E-T is the strongest in terms of production and sales by comparison to M games) wants to see diversity.

Second! Wil Wheaton is going to be Abe Lincoln in a video game. Announced by Nintendo for Codenamed S.T.E.A.M., Wheaton lent his voice acting chops for the 3DS turn-based strategy game. A few people showed displeasure about his involvement in the game (the #GamerGate-ers), but the reaction as a whole has been positive. I mean...it's Wil Wheaton. What else do we need to say?

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