Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

Rock music and videogames surprisingly have a lot in common as emerging media, but both industries are historically difficult for women. Punk rock spawned the riot grrrl movement in the nineties in response to how they were treated. Erin Hoffman calls for a similar girl riot in videogames.

Heavy Metal

Videogames have long been characterized by the mainstream as an adolescent medium, played by stunted males who have trouble associating with the opposite sex. Those who play games might scoff, but is there actually a fear of the feminine within the content? Michael Thomsen takes a scholarly look into the accusations of vaginophobia.

Heavy Metal

Many industry analysts talk about the positive effect that games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero have had on music sales. But the relationship between record labels and game makers is a bit more complicated. Ruth Booth looks at how music and game publishers have collaborated to reach new audiences.

Heavy Metal

Since its inception in 1977, Heavy Metal Magazine has showcased its signature mixture of dark fantasy, science fiction, nudity and ultra-violence. But while the magazine's influence has declined, its sensibilities have found a home in gaming. Jonathan Glover looks at how the look and feel of Heavy Metal has seeped into videogames.