MAJOR SPOILERS for the entire Kingdom Hearts franchise, including the end of Kingdom Hearts III. The first Kingdom Hearts game launched just over seventeen years ago, and I’ve been an avid fan and sometimes-apologist of the series ever since. Despite its (in)famously convoluted storyline, the character relationships and emotional blend of melancholy, hope, and … [Read more...] about [Feature] A Girl Worth Fighting For: Kingdom Hearts III and the mystery of the missing heroines
Perspectives articles focus on the feminist-relevant impact particular stories or characters have had on the writer. These are personal essays meant to highlight a variety of marginalized voices and experiences, and as such may contain views that challenge or contradict the experiences of other readers. As always, we encourage you to share your own stories in the … [Read more...] about [Perspectives] How a game about a Ladykiller helped me out of a bind
CONTENT WARNING for discussions of sexual assault and violence. SPOILERS for the Danganronpa video games and TV anime. Throughout visual culture all over the world, sex and violence against women are constantly intermingled. Not just in terms of rape and sexual assault, but as two components of media that privilege hypermasculinity. Such stories, even the ones with a veneer … [Read more...] about [Versus] Commentary vs. Snuff: Sex, violence, and despair in Danganronpa
CONTENT WARNING for mildly NSFW screenshots and discussions of sex. Cute Demon Crashers! is an adults-only, sexually explicit visual novel created by Sugar Script, an original English visual novel creative team. Both the writing and gameplay of Cute Demon Crashers embody the core principles of sex positivity, with each route exemplifying different aspects, making for a … [Read more...] about [Feature] A Damned Good (First) Time: Sex Positivity in Cute Demon Crashers!
In early 2011, ATLUS released Catherine. Months before the release of this unique puzzler, advertisements showed the series would revolve around the complicated topics of commitment, marriage, love, sex, and the relationship between men and women. In late 2017, ATLUS announced they would be re-releasing Catherine with a new addition to the cast. Her name is Rin. She’s a new … [Read more...] about [Discourse] Catherine, Trans Identities, and Representation in Japan
For many years and through countless delays, Persona 5 was my most anticipated game of the year. Persona 4 was an amazing starting point for the Persona series' examining of real-life issues, and Persona 5’s concept of being a slave to society and needing to break free resonated with me on many levels. … [Read more...] about [Discourse] Persona 5 and the abandoned misfits