Episode 1 – #GameOnGirl – What does it mean to be a gamer? Play Embassy

Hello everyone and welcome to Game on Girl the podcast!

Episode #1 – What Does it Mean to be a gamer?

Please follow and subscribe to my new podcast available here or click play on the player below!  This first show discusses two of the main questions from the interviews, namely “How do you define a gamer?” and “What does it mean to be a gamer?”  This episode is a compilation of the interviews I conducted but as the show evolves I’ll be conducting new interviews.  If you’d like to chat about gaming, and game culture, send me an email.

Here are some links that are relevant to this episode:

In this episode we heard from Callie, Hontou, Carmen Grey, PinkGeek, and McSherrie.

Some other links we talk about during the show:

Team Unicorn

Frag Dolls

Source for play time in Bejeweled Blitz.

TripleFox on Jamendo – Episode Theme Song, “Good Day”

Game On Girl in iTunes.

This podcast was produced using Audacity and is licensed under the Creative Commons.

Game on!
Regina

Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student papers, dancing an excessive amount of calories away, or chasing after her daughter. Inclined towards mobile and social gaming online, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday, she hopes to actually take part in a D&D campaign so she can officially “roll” a character and role play her as a devious, highly intelligent mischief maker, which would be nothing like she is in real life.

6 Comments

  1. I just want to say how proud I am of you, and also that there have been very few podcasts that made me say “What? over already? I want more!”

    Great Job!

  2. Started listening and it was so interesting now I am late for an event! Super excited to hear more. Excellent insight to a special group of people.

  3. Thanks, Don! Don’t worry – there are more to come! 🙂

  4. That is the best compliment EVER! Thanks, La Vonne. 🙂

  5. I found the part that McSherrie said about calling yourself a gamer versus being welcomed to the gamer culture by existing gamers really interesting. I immediately thought of one of the newest episodes of Big Bang Theory where Howard is waiting for (and attempting to manipulate) the process of him receiving his ISS nickname. Many cultural groups assert that same protocol.
    I also was rather intrigued that none of the definitions included a specific type or group of games. It leads me to ask the question if someone invests the time, and engages in the FB culture of Bejeweled Blitz, Words with Friends, Farmville, etc, would/could they be considered a gamer?
    Just my two cents. 🙂

  6. What an excellent connection, Bethany! My favorite part of that BBT episode is how Howard tries to sway the nickname they are going to give him and then it blows up in his face. More often than not self identity is shaped by how others perceive us and how we either adopt of fight those definitions. That is one of the reasons I focused the dissertation on female gamers since the stereotype and common definition associated with “gamer” is usually male.

    I am also curious about how “social” gaming like that done on FB or other social networks fits into the definition of a gamer. When I think back on my own experience gaming, I think about how I learned to play Blackjack at a very young age and how my family always had some sort of game going on during family get togethers. We still play those games when we get together but we also throw in a few rounds of Rock Band just for good measure. 🙂

    Thanks for your insightful comment! Everyone’s two cents are welcome.
    Regina

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