Episode 13 – Holistic Interconnections: Rowan Kaiser Play Embassy

Episode 13 – Holistic Interconnections: Rowan Kaiser Play Embassy

Rowan’s D3 Barbarian (Featured Image)

This week on Game on Girl, we interview Rowan Kaiser, media critic and staff writer for the AV Club.

We continue the discussion of hardcore vs. casual gamers, adding in Rowan’s observation about how those definitions prioritize personal experience. We also touch on emergent and imbedded game narratives and mastery exploitation. A very provocative interview and some great additions to our on-going discussions.

For our pop culture feature, we discuss The New York Times article by Chris Sullentrop, “Joystick or Leash: It’s All About Love.” A great piece that touches on how pretty much any daily activity can be viewed as a game.

From our cyber-mailbag we discuss your Facebook and Twitter responses to the question: What compromises do you make when you can’t design your own avatar? Does it impact how you engage with a game? Your answers shed even more light on identity in-game.

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Until next time, Game On!
Regina and Rhonda

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.

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