An Unpleasant Combat Game

Quoted from Leigh Alexander’s blog. Posted without comment, because how could I improve this?

What’s your favorite video game?

Metal Gear Solid 3. It’s a game set in the Cold War that you can play however you want, but those of optimal skill levels aim to play with perfect stealth. Ideally you kill no one, except the person that matters most to you. I’m attracted to ambivalent ascension narratives.

What’s it like being a woman in the game industry?

Like playing Metal Gear Solid 3. You feel a sense of pleasure and mastery so long as you don’t generate noise or movement above a certain acceptable baseline. Call enough attention to yourself and suddenly you’re fighting an unpleasant combat game in which you experience crushing anxiety and virtual pain. I’d like to see that change for us.

via Leigh Alexander.

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