Episode 5: Parents – ‘Elizabeth, Why Is Your Mom A Ghost?’
In which our heroes discuss the way parents are represented in recent games . . . or not represented most of the time, if they’re mums. Questions on our minds were: how do divorce rates and single-parent families affect representation in games? Does the in-game patriarchy reappropriate ‘female suffering’? Daughters, hot or not? Do daughters sit in judgement on the decline of patriarchy, or inherit the power-baton from dear ol’ Dad? What’s progressive about these games and what might they be saying about the role of women in hyper-masculinised landscapes?
Spoilers for the games: Last of Us, Witcher 3, Bioshock Infinite, Walking Dead 1 & 2, Dishonored.