Category Archives: Video Games

The beauty myth and character design

One of the points I constantly bring up as a barrier to gender inclusive game design is how women are hypersexualized — meaning that they are constructed to be characters whom presumably male characters would like to have sex with, … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, The Beauty Myth, Video Games | 10 Comments

If only we could take the stereotypes to court

We object to your stereotyping! Mia of Phoenix Wright takes on the stereotype about girls and socializing in the court of law. We object, too, Mia, we object, too. (Thanks Revena!)

Posted in Girlfriend Lists, Teh Funnay, Video Games | 2 Comments

"Black is an EXTRA feature… Therefore, you hav[e] to PAY for it."

Via kynn who found it via symbioid; some information on Acclaim’s new game, Dance, where the default is white. One of the users took issue with this and began a thread called, I GOTTA PAY TO BE BLACK? This situation … Continue reading

Posted in Privilege in Action, Racism, Video Games | 12 Comments

Cerise Magazine Submissions Reminder

Cerise, the new magazine by and for gaming women, is still accepting submissions for our first issue. The deadline is April 15, 2007. What we’re looking for: Reviews of games, systems and gaming supplements In-depth critiques, essays and opinion pieces … Continue reading

Posted in Feminist Games, Popular Culture, Tabletop RPGs, LARP, etc, Video Games | 1 Comment

Harassment, silencing, and gaming communities: follow-up

I just wanted to do a quick follow-up on my Harassment, silencing, and gaming communities, posting some relevant links. First up is Lake Desire with her thoughts on my piece. My favourite part is where she says this: I want … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, rape, and domestic violence, Discrimination, Privilege, The Evil -ism's, The Internet is Serious Business, Video Games | Comments Off

Harassment, silencing, and gaming communities

Sheelzebub has some information on how a tech blogger named Kathy Sierra is being stalked, harassed, and threatened. It reminds me of the time that I got a threatening letter sent to my house because I had banned someone from … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, rape, and domestic violence, Discrimination, Personal, Video Games | 29 Comments

Yes, Kotaku, you WERE the reason why we started TIN! And also, Santa is real.

Brian Crecente of Kotaku has tried to take credit for the inception of The IRIS Network. I’m not even joking: In my caveman like attempts at prodding talented, strong-voiced women into writing more vocally about gaming I have stirred the … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Privilege, Tabletop RPGs, LARP, etc, The Internet is Serious Business, Video Games | 18 Comments

New Gaming Site: The IRIS Network

If you’ve been wondering about my silence for the past couple of weeks, I have a deep, dark secret to confess: Along with Revena I’ve been building and launching The IRIS Network, a new gaming site focused on helping to … Continue reading

Posted in Link Blogging, Tabletop RPGs, LARP, etc, Video Games | 11 Comments

Kotaku Wants Women Bloggers

Well, it’s official, Kotaku blogger Crecente has done his homework and decided that women just don’t blog about video games! This, of course, on the wake of Kotaku link blogging Guilded Lily’s post on covers she wants to see without … Continue reading

Posted in For "her", The Evil -ism's, The Internet is Serious Business, Video Games | 15 Comments

Do we have the right to express our opinion anywhere, anytime?

If I tell myself, “this will be a short PiA post” will that make it true? Anyway, this post is halfway between real life and internet, as it happened to me while I was playing Final Fantasy XI last night. … Continue reading

Posted in Privilege in Action, Queer Issues, Video Games | 3 Comments