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The New Game Developer Barbie Is What Little Girls Have Been Waiting For

In a world where gaming and tech are thought of as male arenas, Game Developer Barbie is a sign of the changing times.  More »


Geek Out This Weekend With These Classic Atari Games

Greetings, fellow gamers! Cancel your weekend plans, because Atari has just unleashed a #flashbackfriday package of 100 classic games from the ’70s and ’80s. The Atari Vault will run you about $17, which seems like a lot when you can snag a lot of these as free ROMs, but Atari has spiffed up a bunch… More »


Heroic Chinese Woman Believed To Be Dead For 10 Years, Found Living In Internet Cafe

Most of her food the past 10 years was provided by generous cafe customers, as well as the occasional cashier shifts she picked up along the way. More »


Gamers Who Harass Women Are Literally Losers, Says New Study

A new study shows that male gamers who harass female gamers are literally losers. The study, conducted by researchers Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, looked at interactions between Halo 3 players. It turned out that men generally interacted cordially with each other regardless of their skill level, and that highly-skilled male players interacted well with… More »


Adrienne Truscott Does Rape Comedy Right

See, rape jokes can be funny! More »


The New Zelda, The Future Of Video Games, And Empathy

Despite the fact that I love video games, I don’t really keep up with news about them — I just kind of hear about games, play them, and if I like them, keep playing them. So I didn’t know about the preview of the upcoming Zelda game that aired on the Game Awards on the… More »


#GamerGate Has Finally Made My Head Explode

Actress and gamer Felicia Day was doxxed by people associating themselves with #GamerGate. That’s the ostensible, timely reason that I’m writing this article. The real reason is that I’ve talked with all stripes of Gaters in the last few days and I feel like banging my head on the floor over the whole thing. … More »


Anita Sarkeesian Talks #GamerGate With Rolling Stone

Anita Sarkeesian on #GamerGate in a must read Rolling Stone feature: “We have a problem and we’re going to fix this.” [Rolling Stone]
Check out this map of trans* rights legislation in the U.S. [Vocativ]
After a street harasser killed a woman named Mary Spears, writer Mychal Denzel Smith asks: Who cries… More »


The Director Of “The Lego Movie” Is Now Going To Be Making A “Minecraft” Movie

Welp, I know some kids who are going to be extremely happy: Indie game Minecraft is becoming a movie! Woooo! I’ve tried hard not to get too far into Minecraft because it would suck up my life the way that real-life Legos, Playmobil, Lincoln Logs, playing dress-up, and Sim City did when I was a… More »


Brianna Wu Speaks Up About The GamerGate Threats That Chased Her Out Of Her Home

Brianna Wu, the game developer who was chased out of her home by graphic and widely publicized rape and death threats issued by GamerGate supporters, is now speaking up about the incident. In an op-ed published this morning on xoJane.com, Wu speaks out about her experience, and defiantly refused to back down in the face… More »


The Computer Game Myst Is Being Developed As A TV Show

File this under YAAAASSS: The computer game series Myst is getting a TV show and a new game for tablets along with it.
Cyan, Inc., the company that produced the Myst game series, is teaming up with Legendary to produce the show. For reference, Legendary is partnered with Warner Brothers and is the production… More »


Hell Yes To This Documentary Series About Cosplaying!

YouTuber Todd Kenreck of Invader Boom has begun a documentary series on cosplaying called “Cosplay Boom,” the first episode of which has been released and future episodes of which depend on Kenreck’s fundraising efforts through crowd-funding site Patreon.
The first episode is really, really cool: It’s titled “Origins” and it’s a series of interviews… More »


“Hey! Listen!” Women Have Been Gaming For Decades

I was raised to play games. I was no good at being on teams and I wasn’t about to submit myself to voluntary cardiovascular activity, so it became clear early in my childhood that I wasn’t going to gain any skill for rule-following, cooperation, collaboration, brainstorming, problem-solving, or focus (much less any pleasure) from sports. More »


PurrVerse: Autobiography Of A Queer Gamer Girl

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)… More »


League Of Legends Gamer Posts Revenge Porn Of Girlfriend Because She Played The Game As A Character He Didn’t Like

Who knew a surefire way to incite rage in your  nerd boyfriend was to pick the “wrong” character when playing the video game League of Legends? According to The Daily Dot, when LoL gamer XJ9 — described as a “a very skilled League of Legends player who could be pro if not for his emotional problems” — found out his girlfriend… More »


Apparently Women Gamers Spend As Much Time And Money On Gaming As Their Male Counterparts

A report shows that women gamers spend as much time and money on consoles as male gamers do, and that gamers are not, in fact, all teenage boys who lock themselves in their rooms to play Xbox Live for hours on end. Wait, gamers can be women? And adults? Gasp!

The social media network Pixwoo.com… More »


Selling Video Games To Women: Is It Really That Hard?

The Entertainment Software Association recently released their latest batch of statistics on video game sales and player demographics. There’s lots of interesting stuff in there, but the numbers on player gender sparked some chatter last week. According to the ESA, 45% of all gamers are women. That percentage stays pretty much the same for the… More »


In Which I Am Pretty Darn Sure That Most Gamers Are Fine With Female Protagonists

Last week, the Penny Arcade Report interviewed Jean-Max Morris, creative director of the upcoming female-led game Remember Me. After going into the game’s cyberpunk roots, Morris discussed the publishers who wanted nothing to do with a female protagonist. “We don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed,” he paraphrased. “You can’t have a female… More »


Video Game Announces Same Gender Romance Option

The video game world, for all its mind-blowing technical innovation, can be a surprisingly traditional place. Earlier this month, Jeff Hickman, the executive producer of Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, announced a major sign of progress: his team is working hard to create a same-gender romance option for game characters.
“I want… More »


Girl Gamer: Don’t Patronize Me With Your Video Game’s “Girlfriend Mode”

You’d think that by 2012 game designers would have stopped insulting our intelligence by giving us female characters with gigantic conical boobs and tiny there’s-no-way-she-has-any-internal-organs waists. You’d think they would have created some virtual woman we can get behind. You’d especially think that since it’s been shown female gamers outnumber male gamers, designers would respect… More »


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