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PurrVerse: Autobiography Of A Queer Gamer Girl

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My first real game, the one I remember best, was Zork — good, old-fashioned white text on a black background. I was obsessed with it, the challenges intrinsic in playing it, and the mythology attached. I read the books that came with the series obsessively, and even did a school report (sadly not preserved for posterity) on the Underground Empire for a class in school. Infocom ruled my childhood, inspired my imagination, and got me interested in storytelling. Part of what I loved so much about Zork was the lack of a player description. You were an adventurer, and that was that: no gender, no race, none of that mattered. All that mattered was exploration, creativity, and a willingness to accept that sometimes, if you planned poorly, you’d be eaten by a grue. I didn’t even really think about my character, because it was just me, wandering through the map. There was no default. Keep reading »

“Game Of Thrones” + Cosplay + Piano = Perfect Weirdness

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Check Out These Costumes!

For those of you that don’t know (as I did not just a mere 10 minutes ago), “cosplay” is when people dress up like characters from fictional stories, usually in the anime, sci-fi, or fantasy genre. It is both as geeky and as awesome as it sounds, especially when it is matched up with “Game of Thrones” and the piano. And a dragon. What more could you really want if you’re trying to waste time at work? So, if you’re already feeling some “Game of Thrones” withdrawal after last night’s season three finale, this can help tide you over! [The Mary Sue]

Essential Gear For Anybody With A Unicorn Sexual Fetish

It takes all kinds, right? Some like vanilla, others chocolate. And some folks have a rather sexual association with unicorns. Fancy a unicorn hoof boot, do you? Well, wonderful. We’ve got you that, in all its bizarre rubberized glory, right here. Etsy seller Oonacat makes these custom boots in both black and white urethane. Explains Oonacat’s page:

Rare and elusive, these mythical equine are the creatures of legend and of Otherland. These beautiful hooves are made to order, and are completely customizable. They are a heelless platform shoe or boot. Each one is hand sculpted and cast urethane using professional grade materials only. I take great care to make these durable and beautiful. I consider these a work of art for each customer.

And if you’ve been searching for the perfect accoutrement to go with your unicorn boots, we’ve got just the thing…

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True Story: I’m A Black Female Cosplayer (And Some People Don’t Like That)

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Once upon a time, I inadvertently started a cosplay race war on Tumblr. Whoops.

So, here’s the deal: I’m a cosplayer. If you don’t already know one of us in person, (and you probably do) (WE’RE EVERYWHERE) you’ve probably seen people like me on the news — all dolled up in a rainbow of face paint and eye popping wigs, 50 shades of spandex and skyscraper shoes, for the sake of expressing love for and bringing our favorite characters to life at sci-fi, comic book, video game and anime conventions.

Since I started cosplaying in 2008, I’ve traveled the country, hitting up as many cons as financially possible. all the while making incredible friends, unforgettable memories and lugging hard-to-get-through-airport-security props along the way. (Have you ever tried to fly with a dress made out of plastic bubbles? Fun fact — YOU CAN’T. But you can ship it to your hotel!)

Here’s the second deal: I’m also black. Which is fine by most everyone, until I have the audacity to cosplay a character who isn’t. Keep reading »

8-Year-Old Girl Gets Head Start On Cosplay, Goes To School As Different Historical Figure Almost Every Day

Omaha, Nebraska third grader Stella Ehrhart is my new hero. Since the second day of second grade, Stella, age eight, has gone to school dressed as a different person—sometimes fictional, mostly historical—almost every day. Her first costume was Laura Ingalls Wilder; since then she’s channeled Joan Baez, Queen Elizabeth, Billie Holiday, Georgia O’Keefe, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and more for her daily outfits.

Though Stella’s costumes occasionally veer into non-historical woman territory—she’s been Elvis Costello, Jan Brady, her best friend, and her school principal, for example—the majority of her inspiration comes from the book 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century. Read more…

15 Kick-Ass Lady Cosplayers At New York Comic-Con

While putting together my Halloween inspiration board for Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen (from “Game of Thrones”) I developed a serious appreciation for cosplayers. “Cosplay,” for those of you who don’t know, is short for “costume play.” Cosplayers dress up as their favorite characters from various sci-fi series, comic books, movies, etc. and they really bring it for events like Comic-Con New York, which took place this past weekend. It just so happens that I also recent read the super funny and smart book Geek Girls Unite by Leslie Simon, and in it, she pays tribute to girl geeks who get down at comic conventions, including those cool chicks who do cosplay. Here are 15 (okay, 14 plus one cross-dressing dude) who knocked it out of the park at NY Comic-Con 2011.

A Marriage Of Video Gaming And Burlesque

Most guy gamers have dreamed of getting with one of the scantily-clad female characters, whether it’s Princess Zelda, Chung Li, or Bloodrayne. Now their fantasies have been answered. The burlesque group Devil’s Playground performs a show featuring these characters and others doing “things ‘suggestive’ doesn’t begin to describe,” according to Gossip Gamers. To experience the show in person, you have to be L.A., but YouTube has videos. If only they had Cole from “Infamous”, Commander Shepard from “Mass Effect,” and Alex Mercer from “Prototype” in a male revue, the straight ladies and gay men would be set, too! Keep reading »

Roleplaying For Women At Tokyo Cafe

A Japanese cafe devoted to “boy-love manga,” or comics about boy-boy romance for female readers, the first of its kind, opened late last year. Business is going well so far — that particular genre is undergoing a huge revival in Japan. At Edelstein, modeled after a 1970s comic book about romance at a German school, feminine-looking waiters pretend to do homework so customers can escape into a different world.

In Japan, role play cafes for men have been popular for a while, but female “otaku,” the term for geeky fans of comics and animated movies, tend to be better looking, trendier, and more sociable then male otaku, according to a Reuters article. And 150 boy-love manga and magazines are published every month in Japan, so more of these cafes will probably follow. Interestingly enough, one of the popular themes in these comics is putting these feminine-looking guys in near-death situations. Hopefully this won’t happen at Edelstein. [Reuters] Keep reading »

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