This week we're exploring the not a game, e-lit "game" Quing's Quest VII the self-proclaimed anti-video game e-lit piece, subtitled, The Death of Video Games. The concept of this game is that it was supposed to show the way that the feminist movement is going to be the death of video games. This was shocking and interesting to me, to think that the idea of women playing video games would lead to the death of them. The idea of a woman's involvement means things being domesticated or softened up.
When you enter the game the colors are very bright and feminine. You can't get any more feminine than neon pink and green.
When you hover over the words in this section they change.
The words start to sparkle as if they were struck with fairy dust. Now when you select the outfit choice, you're taken to another link where now you can select different outfit choices which are extremely over the top and ridiculous which aligns with the tone being set by the authors of this e-lit piece. Even though this was supposed to be satirical and highlight everything that is wrong with the new wave of video games, I enjoyed it. And I didn't mind the extra girly back almost leftist agenda that the piece seems to contain. Even with the overt connections to the female gender stereotypes, the piece did make a point to mention that the gorgeous person is of an "indistinct gender." So there was some inconsistency there. It didn't take too long for me to navigate through the entire story. I did, in fact, enjoy it. But, I never got a sense that it was connected to a video game at all. I probably wouldn't have made that connection if I hadn't read the first page.
And also, this piece was written by a Canadian and yet I felt a lot of the references were poking fun at or calling attention to a specific liberal group of Americans and their way of life especially with the flushing of the toilet that is a vaporizing, fake toilet. Or the mention of vegan food.