The Navy and Kinect: “Stopping Sexual Assault”

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The Kinect will make sure you’re not a sexual abuser.

The Kinect never ceases to be a great source of unintentionally hilarious entertainment, and that’s not even considering actually playing the thing, necessarily.

Though in this case it has less to do with the Kinect itself, and more to do with a management and higher brass that seems hopelessly out of touch. Kotaku sheds some light on the idea of the U.S. Navy using Kinect software as a proxy for sexual harassment/assault training and deterrence:

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“Sailors are going to learn how to read another person’s verbal cues and body language with a Kinect training game meant to curb a sexual [harassment]/assault issue that has become increasingly embarrassing to the armed services.

Like all great things in the military, this game has a very literal and no-fun title: ‘Avatar Based Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training.'” Continue reading

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In Video Games: Is It a Man or Woman?

The creators of Natural Selection 2, yet another big, brown, multiplayer focused FPS, has sparked quite a bit of controversy over their new female marine armor design. Basically, the new designs are more practical and realistic, like real armor, thus making the female marines looking practically like men, similar to what real military armor and equipment does.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a good amount of positive praise for the design decision, which is fine in itself. It’s difficult to argue that video games aren’t necessarily sexist when many of them have a healthy dose of female skin being flashed on screen. What’s interesting, however, is what this new design direction and philosophy means or represents as far as just how disingenuous the whole concept is.

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Natural Selection 2: Female marine armor design

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