"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Video Game Glass Ceiling

First, there was Cooking Mama: Majesco Entertainment's video game full of mini-games allowing the player complete the steps of recipes with the help of a cartoon lady.

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Now, meet Science Papa: Activision's soon-to-be-released video game full of mini-games allowing the player to complete the steps of scientific experiments with the help of a cartoon dude.

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The fact that these games are made by two different companies doesn't do much to soften the blow of yet another societal message that men are good at science while women belong in the kitchen.

13 comments:

Erin said...

I am good at both, as can be seen in my meth lab!

(That's a silly comment, but I have always been annoyed by video game gender problems.)

plumpdumpling said...

Hey, back off of my Cooking Mama! Clearly the second company would've called it Science Mama had they not feared getting sued by the Cooking Mama folks.

There. I feel better.

Tracey said...

It's interesting that they used a parental figure at all. I don't usually think of Mamas OR Papas when I think about science experiments.

plumpdumpling said...

You think about Miss Fickes.

Tracey said...

So true! I think of her in her Mendel robe telling us all about genetics.

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I am a big fan of cooking mama! Was one of my favourite games!

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