Gender Ex Machina | FURTHERMORE

Videogames, Gender Performance, and Criticism

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In March of 2015, we talked about the Sims and Gender Performance. We talked about how–even though The Sims has always been a socially progressive game series–at the time, each player’s semi-autonomous people-pets had to adhere to the gender binary for seemingly no reason other than “because.” Well, as of June 2016… that’s no longer the case! You can still create a MALE or FEMALE sim. But, there are more more options if you want them: you can create a sim with a masculine or feminine frame, with a preference for masculine or feminine clothing. You can decide if your sim can get other sims pregnant, get pregnant themselves, or neither, and… you can choose how your Sim uses the toilet. All of this has been the result of and has in turn generated tons of criticism of The Sims and videogames in general, including the recent Rimworld, which has been the source of a heated discussion about how gender is factored into videogame development. Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Some notes on recent controversies from RimWorld

Strategies for dealing with attractive lesbians? from RimWorld



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00:15 How Do We and The Sims Perform Gender – Idea Channel – PBS Digital Studios

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00:23 The Sims 4- Create A Sim Official Gameplay Trailer

00:32 The Sims 4 – GENDER CUSTOMISATION & New Lighting!

2:17 THE SIMS 4 – JUNE UPDATE —Transgender Sims, More CAS Options All New Lighting

4:07 Ragtag Crew (Rimworld Gameplay – Part 1)

4:19 Ragtag Crew (Rimworld Gameplay – Part 1)

4:21 VoV Plays Dwarf Fortress – Part 1- Where To Begin…

4:31 Rimworld S1E29 ►LESBIAN PIRATES!◀ Let’s Play-Gameplay


8:50 Trump & the Problem with Politics – Philosophy Tube

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