Videogames that demand female protagonists commit—and receive—violence may be captivating, thoughtful, and moral. But they are not fun to play.
Shannon Lawlor received her PhD from University College Dublin in 2020. Her thesis examined the relationship between videogame self-reflexivity and digital technology. She has previously written on paternal masculinity in the essay “Your Daughter Is in Another Castle: Essential Paternal Masculinity,” which appeared in The Velvet Light Trap, no. 81 (2018).