That Ōkami has gone so long without critiques of the misogynistic ways it treats its female characters speaks to Western gaming’s skewed views of Japan.
Joey and Melissa continue their adventures in Eco, discovering that it’s not all that hard to let power corrupt, even with the best of intentions.
In Jumin’s Route of Mystic Messenger, we see a vulnerable yet somewhat abusive side of Jumin that is rationalized away in the name of love.
Gun violence is a serious problem, but this Gamer Mom is pretty sure that video games aren’t the culprit. From Warhawk, to Drake’s Uncharted, to Overwatch, the family that headshots together, stays together.
Dragon Quest’s evolution as a series isn’t just technical: its narrative growth shows how named and unnamed protagonists impact narrative stakes.