From New Bordeaux to Harlem

Strong Women in Service to Men


Author: Samantha Blackmon

Publisher: Not Your Mama's Gamer

Pages: N/A


“This might sound blasphemous, but the women in Mafia III and Luke Cage fascinate me most. These women are simultaneously complex and maddeningly shallow. I say this to mean there is centuries of tears, laughter, abuse, and love tied up in each and every one of them, but at the same time all of this history and all of these emotions all seem to (by design) fall in service to the narratives’ main male protagonists. This seems especially odd when it is through the women in Mafia IIIthat we learn much about the cultural and racialized history of the American South, that we get much of the background for the struggle that 2K Games is struggling to so accurately portray.” – Samantha Blackmon, Not Your Mama’s Gamer

Curator: Steve Wilcox
Steve Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University where he researches & creates knowledge translation games. He is also the co-founder & former editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar.

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