Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Girl Game Let's Play Series Goes Out With a Bang (and a Crystal Clear Lesson About the Objectification of Women)

Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

I've been thoroughly enjoying DeviousVacuum's Let's Play videos for some of the most ridiculous browser-based "Girl Games" since I first wrote about it in January. "DVac" and her co-hosts have easily played over a hundred of the most appalling flash games targeted towards young girls over the span of nearly two dozen episodes, not to mention the thread over on Something Awful where fans contributed LPs and commentary of their own.

But all good things must come to an end, and DeviousVacuum has delivered a serious one-two punch for her Let's Play finale.

In the second to last video (embedded above) she's doing the same thing she always does with one important change, just to make sure everyone is on the same page about what it is that makes these games so problematic. While she's still plucking and preening an array of cartoon women, she's cut away the co-hosts and the jokey commentary and instead reads the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's definition of objectification... Which often lines up eerily well with the gameplay on screen. As for the last video in the series, well, that one you'll really want to see for yourself

Mixed reality iris 2013Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times, and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.


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Her idea of objectification is nothing compared to the real world problems:

Iris Ophelia

@Nalates People can be concerned about more than one thing at a given time, and concern about what's going on elsewhere doesn't mean you have to ignore what's going on in your own backyard either.

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