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Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularlyhow do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

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I feel like I’d trust Retro Studios with Metroid again in the future. As far as I’m aware most of the team working on the Prime games have since moved on to other places, but still, hopefully they want to keep a good name and hire employees who put the same level of love into their work as the Prime team did.

One reason is that they made genuinely fantastic games. Obviously. Another is that they were capable of changing the games from Prime to Echoes to Corruption, keeping it fresh and interesting and constantly evolving the way things worked. It’s been a while since Prime 3 so I’m sure there’s plenty of new stuff that someone could come up with for a new game. And they just put a whole darn lot of love into crafting every single tiny detail in the games they made. You only have to look at the concept art. Or just play the games.

Then again, overall Metroid was a very good series which suddenly and unexpectedly went very far downhill. So I suppose, unfortunately, there’s nothing to say Retro wouldn’t be capable of doing the same. Especially with the pressure of pleasing Nintendo with what Nintendo are currently after from Samus and Metroid.

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superredpanda asked: Okay seriously your blog is pretty damn awesome! As a massive Metroid fan I wish I had found it sooner!

Aaah thank you so much! I apologise most of my blog is me just rambling about nonsense and yelling at things I don’t like recently but it’s so lovely to hear people say things like this! It’s always good to find more people who are big Metroid fans, considering that- and I don’t know if I speak for everyone or just myself here- there seems to be not that many people around who are huge fans of the series (personally, I don’t know anyone offline who knows anything about it)