Matthew Byrd

Matthew Byrd

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BYRD’S NEST: WWII GAMES

In 1999, when EA released Medal of Honor, the World War II shooter entered a so-called “golden era”. Improved by the subsequent MoH games and perfected by the Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Brothers in Arms franchises, World War II became the dominant setting of shooters. The experience of fighting through Nazi-occupied Europe and slugging through the islands of the pacific, enthralled gamers throughout the world, bringing the genre to the forefront of the gaming universe.

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SEXISM AND MISOGYNY DAMAGE THE REPUTATION OF VIDEO GAMES AS AN ARTFORM

This week the disturbing tale of Anita Sarkeesian wrote another sickening chapter. Sarkesian is the feminist activist whose Kickstarter page sought funds for a video she was making exploring the various stereotypes female video game characters are subjected. She faced the wrath of a vocal and misogynist segment of the video game community. Ben Daniels, another sexist, angry, denizen of the internet, created a game in which players could brutally assault Ms. Sarkeesian, until her face was bloody and bruised.

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