I always appreciate studies demonstrating that women are a bigger share of a given entertainment market than you might expect. But I wonder if Entertainment Weekly is overstating the case with this piece on a new survey that suggests more middle-aged women play video games than young men do.
As much as it is fun to imagine that findings like this might suddenly upend the video game industry, bringing new modes of play and female characters to consoles everywhere, it is important to be clear about whether or not said women and said young men are actually playing the same games. If middle-aged women are playing mobile games like “2048” rather than first-person shooters, that is not actually a mandate for all of gaming to change. Which brings us to the question of the day: what do you think it would take for the gaming industry to achieve gender parity in its characters (as well as staffing)?
•The lovely folks at Q had me on last Friday to talk about tonight’s Emmy Awards.
•Sandra Bullock is making a movie about American political consultants’ interference in South American campaigns.
•More pop culture figures turn out for Ferguson.
•What am I going to do with myself when I do not have “The Newsroom” around to hate-watch?
•I have known for a long time that I had to watch “Bob’s Burgers,” but this has convinced me to bump it up in the queue once I finish “Friday Night Lights” this week.
•Miley Cyrus makes a very different kind of splash at the Video Music Awards.
•A delightful installment of Slate’s Vault feature, of Philadelphia residents hanging out on their stoops.
•The Doctor is back, and less an object of lust than in the past.
•Take a look at a 21-minute preview of “Gotham,” which I quite liked?
•M.I.A. has settled with the NFL after flipping the audience the bird during the Super Bowl halftime show.
•China puts the kibosh on an independent film festival.
•The idea that doing television somehow bars you from working in the movies again is just plain foolishness.