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Every other week for the past nine months, Bonnie Ruberg has contributed Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games. Since Bonnie is taking a hiatus to work for The Village Voice, this will be her last Playing Dirty piece--at least for a little while: Female gamers have long rolled the...

June 21st 2007 at 3:21pm 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Like every good story, a good game needs a conflict. Sometimes the conflict is obvious (aliens are attacking Earth, you're trapped in a haunted mansion, someone is trying to kick your ass). Other ti...

May 10th 2007 at 4:48pm 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Do you ever get the feeling dating is a game? Or that racking up MySpace friends is like scoring points? Or maybe that being charming is all well and good, but you should just be able to bid for gir...

April 26th 2007 at 12:58pm 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Sex is everywhere. That's true in real life, that's true on the internet, and that's definitely true in online games. But whether we like it or not, sex doesn't always involve the people we think...

April 12th 2007 at 1:29pm 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Men say women are bad drivers. This confuses me greatly. As a woman behind the wheel -- with the token grumpy driver's licence photo to prove I take my on-road duties seriously -- I can't help but...

March 29th 2007 at 11:46am 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Watching Alexey Pajitnov receive the First Penquin award at this year's Game Developer's Choice Awards, it occurred to me I'd never really thought about the face behind Tetris. Sure, I'd heard Pajit...

March 15th 2007 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: A beautiful elf has lost her clothes. Now, standing high on a rock, her long, pointy ears aren't the only parts of her body attracting attention. With a pout, she's off to the seashore to ask a frie...

March 2nd 2007 at 12:31pm 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games: Valentine's Day is, if nothing else, sexy. Call it about love, call it about chocolate, call it about little pink cards you hand out to your friends. It's really about sex. S-E-X. So there's no be...

February 15th 2007 at 6:55pm 0 Comments
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This week, Scott Jon Siegel contributes Playing Dirty, Bonnie Ruberg's column on sex and gender in video games:In her last several columns, Bonnie has talked about the role of effeminate men as protagonists in video games. In her examples, she's discussed threats to the heterosexual male archetype,...

January 4th 2007 at 12:27pm 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games:Last week we looked at the changing art style -- and heros -- of the Castlevania series. From manly to effeminate, they've run the range. But there's more to consider here than a pretty face.First of...

December 21st 2006 at 6:25pm 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games:For Castlevania fans, it's hardly news that the series has undergone some serious shifts in art direction over the years. But with the recent release of the Castlevania retrospective art book -- a Po...

December 14th 2006 at 4:45pm 0 Comments
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Every other week, Bonnie Ruberg contributes Playing Dirty, a column on sex and gender in video games:I have made a grave mistake. Starting up a new game of Twilight Princess last week, I must have suffered a momentary lapse of sanity. I actually thought it would be a good idea -- just this once -- t...

November 30th 2006 at 11:55am 0 Comments