Let’s keep it short and sweet this week, alright? Just 3 links, but they’re good ones.
- Writing for Polygon, Tracy Lien takes a look at the history of video games to see why they’re so rarely marketed towards women nowadays. The earliest video games weren’t marketed in a gendered fashion, but when consumer polling revealed that a slight majority of males were playing video games, publishers concentrated their efforts on appealing to young men.
- Writing for The Atlantic, Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost unpacks the meaning behind Google’s “Don’t be evil” motto. Google’s moral philosophy may not be as benign as once believed.
- NBC’s live performance of The Sound of Music drew huge ratings for the network. Dan Fienberg of HitFix speculates about what it could mean for The Peacock going forward. Are they going to air more live specials and event television? I think that would be a wise decision, but NBC execs have to exercise caution; when everything’s an event, nothing’s an event.
That’s all, folks! See you next week. I promise I’ve got some juicy year-end stuff cooking.