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  •  you just reminded me of what that dad did- (7+ / 0-)

    Dad Hacks 'Donkey Kong' for Daughter, Makes Pauline Rescue Mario

    When video game developer Mike Mika taught his 3-year-old daughter to play the Nintendo game "Donkey Kong," he had no idea he was about to make a statement on gender roles in the gaming world.

    Ellis, Mika's daughter, took an instant liking to the game, but wanted one tiny accommodation. She wanted to play a female character who climbs up the ladders and jumps over the baskets to rescue a male character, rather than playing a man who rescues a woman.

    Rather than introduce his 3-year-old to a modern female-led game, which could come with too much violence for his daughter, Mika said he decided to hack Donkey Kong to suit his needs.

    Saturday morning, Mika presented Ellis with the finished product: a fully working version of "Donkey Kong" in which Pauline is the main character and must rescue Mario, held captive by Donkey Kong at the end of each level.

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 01:18:02 PM PDT

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    •  forgot why this came to mind- (3+ / 0-)
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      the dad said he started hacking when he was a kid- now he has a career in computer programming.

      "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

      by thankgodforairamerica on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 01:20:58 PM PDT

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    •  And there's a dad setting an example (4+ / 0-)

      not only of feminism, but of creativity.

      A lot of people don't realize, when they see kids playing videogames, how often that turns into hacking games, creating games, creating art for games, etc. Games on the computer are an inspiration to creativity in the same way that real-world games are.

      And it's easy to nurture that sort of creativity. Once you have the computer, the 'materials' for each project cost nothing, and the sky is genuinely the limit.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 04:53:48 PM PDT

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