Episode 41 – Gaming 103: First Person Shooters (FPS)


Episode 41 – Gaming 103: First Person Shooters (FPS)

FPS – First Person Shooters

Here is the next installment of our Intro to Game Culture series: Gaming 103: First Person Shooters or FPS.

We talk basic terms and concepts associated with one of our favorite genres and share some of our favorite games. Use this episode to help your non-gamer friends and family understand why you were so excited when Far Cry 3 came out last week! What’s your favorite FPS game?

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To DIscuss

What what the first FPS game you played? Do you remember Doom?

Until next time, game on!
Regina & Rhonda

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Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.

To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.


  1. The first FPS I played was probably Doom II, but the first that really caught my attention was Goldeneye 007 on the N64. I've discovered in recent years that it takes a hook in order for me to get really interested in a FPS game. I've been disappointed by more traditional FPS games that are all about shooting and little else. I need something more to keep me engaged. I do like Perfect Dark, Half Life, Bioshock, Deus Ex and Deus Ex Human Revolution, and Portal (does that count?) an awful lot, but haven't really been enticed by Quake, SiN, Unreal Tournament, and a few others that aren't leaping to mind.

  2. If you haven't already, you should try Borderlands. I've only played the sequel but the humor and the story make the game play truly engaging. My guess is you'll love the RPG talent trees and the different classes you can play. 🙂

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