As they boldly go where no man has gone before, are the male explorers of cyperspace jacking in or jacking off? Pippa Leary crashes the system and discovers the matrix’s Brave New Girls.
From the hyper-real chop-sockey violence of Mortal Kombat and Final Fight (“leave no face unbroken!”) to the questionable antics of Leisure Suit Larry and the soft-core fantasies of MacPlaymate, the world of video games has always been designed by the boys for the boys. And when the industry does respond to criticisms of its sexism, the best they can come out with is a kind of cyber-Barbie. Of course, these are just games, but it’s interesting, especially in the emerging world of electronic technology, how the little boys’ toys have turned into the big boys’ toys and the masculine mystique continues to bar women from the testosterone zone.
- Magazine Article
- babes in boyland
- (not only) Black+White, pp. 10, number 5, February 1994, English
- Studio Magazines Pty. Ltd, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- babes in boyland, Pippa Leary. (not only) Black+White, number 5 February 1994, p. 10, magazine article [pdf 1.12MB]