Do the changes weaken her character?

Recently I wrote an article about Street Fighter’s Chun Li and how she gets criticized for being oversexualized. While I don’t find Chun Li to be sexualized, there is another character in fighting games that has been sexualized for nearly her entire existence. Her sexualization has become part of her character.

During the production of Mortal Kombat II, it was decided that they needed more characters to fill the roster. They had such success with Scorpion and Sub-Zero, that they decided to add more palette swap characters. As a result, Kitana and Mileena were born. Kitana and Mileena look identical…


After all, many video games tell truly fantastic stories

I can count the number of ‘good’ video game movies on one hand, but why is that? There are dozens of video games with rich backstories and interesting characters, so the backbone of a great story is already there. So why are these stories largely ignored?


Gamers are often stereotyped as lazy and violent.

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One of the first video games I remember playing was the original Super Mario Bros. I never got further than the first few levels, but I still enjoyed the hours I spent trying to rescue the princess (who was always in another castle). I loved everything about the game, from the soundtrack to the simple story, but eventually, I expanded my game collection.

I played games about Barbie, the Ninja Turtles, Mickey Mouse, and more. Every weekend, my family would make a trip to the local video rental store, and I always ended up picking out a new game to…


How Hurricane Ida Affected Me

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On August 29th, 2021, the wind whistled as the storm rattled my windows. It was a terrifying sound; one I hope never to hear again. The rain came down in thick sheets, pounding on the roof and walls that surrounded me. The power had gone out earlier that day, so the only thing that lit the room was a small camping light I’d purchased the day before. I felt terrified, so I held my dog close to ensure her safety. Somehow, my dog and I got some sleep during the night.

When I brought my dog out the next morning…


The cost of not being cautious enough could be our life

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From a young age, I’d been taught to be wary of my surroundings and the strangers that sometimes occupied them. I was told to not trust anyone and to avoid speaking to people I don’t know.

I was taught to ignore people to called out to me from their vehicles, and I was told never to approach a stranger’s car for any reason. I shown the basics of self-defense and told to make as much noise as I could if someone tried to kidnap me.

Even my clothing options were decided by my need to protect myself. If I wore…


My Fear Grows With Each Weather Report

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When I was younger, I didn’t realize how serious hurricanes were. I used to look forward to the school closing, and I loved the sound of rain beating against the roof and the walls of my house. I’d usually spend those days watching cartoons, playing video games, or reading. Sometimes we’d lose power, but I never felt like I was in danger. I was also never worried that I’d lose everything because I didn’t know that everything could change in the blink of an eye.

It didn’t sink in how dangerous hurricanes were until Katrina hit. My family and I…


We Just Want Work/Life Balance and a Living Wage

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Yesterday, I came across a video of two wealthy people discussing the less fortunate. The women stated that she thinks the unemployment should be cut and even mocked concepts like work/life balance and self-care. They seemed to think that poor people weren’t pushing themselves as hard as they could be, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

At my last job, I witnessed one of my coworkers collapse on the sales floor while having a stroke. She had been talking to me a moment prior when she began having a pain in her chest, but she declined when I…


I Thought I Was Supposed To Be Miserable At Work

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My father never got to retire, instead, he worked until he couldn’t anymore. I didn’t understand at the time, but this led me to develop a great sense of work ethic. I was the type of worker who didn’t call in, even when work was draining me mentally and physically.

I knew I had to work to support myself, so for many years, I took abuse from both employers and customers. I tolerated things I shouldn’t have to keep jobs that treated me poorly. I’ve allowed managers to yell at me or speak to me in disrespectful ways. I’ve been…


The First Time I Disconnected As An Adult

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I didn’t grow up with the internet, but I’ve had access to it for my entire adult life. My first experiences with the internet involved building websites using a site like GeoCities and looking up pictures of my favorite boy bands. I never thought the internet would become something we needed, but now I find myself doing tasks like looking for jobs and attending school online.

Sometimes I even must use the internet while at work to help with my job, and most workplaces post their employee’s schedules online. …


And I shouldn’t be expected to change my standards

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When I was twenty-four, I remember having a conversation with a coworker about the idea of dating a man who had children. I didn’t have any children and told my colleague that I couldn’t see myself dating someone who did, because I wasn’t sure that I wanted any myself.

My colleague’s response was to become angry and demand to know why I felt like that. I knew we weren’t interested in dating each other, so his strong reaction took me by surprise. I later reasoned that he’d probably gotten angry because he had a daughter and assumed many women would…

Jade M.

Jade is a Louisiana based author who loves video games and usually writes about experiences she has. If you enjoy her writing, please follow her.

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