It’s long been thought that the portrayals of people we see in the media have an impact on how we feel about our own bodies. Stick-thin models in magazines, beautiful … Continue Reading Sexualised characters: holding up a mirror to culture
At the last London Gaming Market in July, I managed to pick up copies of Syberia and Syberia II for my PlayStation 2. The first game in the series is … Continue Reading The folly of Kate Walker
Following on from Kim’s post on wonderful women in video games, I came to realise that when I’m given a choice, I’m more likely to choose a female character. I … Continue Reading Choosing sides: playing characters of the opposite sex
Video games do not stop boys making friends – but girls who play struggle to make pals. That’s the headline from an article which popped up in my news feed … Continue Reading What came first: the female gamer or the problem?
In the middle of March, Matt from Normal Happenings kindly tagged Later Levels in one of his Daily Inkling posts. The regular series provides inspiration for all the bloggers out … Continue Reading <em>Later Levels:</em> one big oxymoron
My first time at the Insomnia Gaming Festival was I61 in August 2017. My stepson had an excellent time as he had the chance to see one of his favourite … Continue Reading Insomnia: male and pale
Every so often a news story crops up within the community that keeps running and running, getting worse with every twist and turn revealed through gaming journalism websites. Unfortunately we’ve … Continue Reading Ellie, <em>Overwatch</em> and the need to stick together
Dear Stylist, I read your magazine on a regular basis and I, as do many others in London, truly appreciate your campaign to celebrate the brilliance of women. Strong, empowered … Continue Reading Dear <em>Stylist</em>: it’s not just film
Dear KSI and Logan Paul, I came across an article by Senior Tech Reporter Shona Ghosh recently when it was published on the Business Insider website at the end of … Continue Reading KSI vs Logan Paul: leave us out of it
While my other-half and I were at Kitacon this past weekend, we decided to attend a panel early on Saturday morning entitled Body Confidence in Cosplay. Neither of us are … Continue Reading Kitacon 2017: body confidence in cosplay
On 14 June 2017, an article entitled Women Play Video Games by Kirk Hamilton was released on the Kotaku website. It’s obvious what it was about: the author wrote it’s … Continue Reading Women play video games? No s**t!
If you stop by the Later Levels site regularly, you’ll likely have read about Ethan at some point: a boy with a fondness for ice-cream, fluffy animals and anything related … Continue Reading The wisdom of <em>The LEGO Movie Videogame</em>
Video games often require the player to go with logic which at first seems a little… well, flimsy. For example, Lara Croft may be the first person to enter an … Continue Reading Aloy: because she’s worth it
At last month’s GEEK expo in Margate, Replay Events converted the massive Hall by the Sea into a retro gaming heaven. Hundreds of consoles ranging from the NES to the … Continue Reading Game on, little sister
Last month my other-half and I took my stepson to the GEEK event in Margate, a weekend dedicated to celebrating games and play. Two people were chatting my the exit … Continue Reading Cosplay: not just for skinny girls
Originally published on 1001Up: A while ago I came across a two-part piece on The Guardian website entitled ‘Beyond Lara Croft’. It’s well-written and authors Kate Gray, Holly Neilsen and … Continue Reading Fascinating females: interesting women in video games