This week we have the honor of having the hosts of Man Date Mondays join us on the show. YouTubers Aaron and Rusty invited us to be on their show a few months ago and we promised to have them on the show to give them the Game on Girl treatment. Listen for a great conversation about building community and friendships through gaming. Make sure to subscribe to their channels and follow them on Twitter @ThaBlackgl0ve and @falken1974.
In our Geeking Out segment, we talk about what we’re watching, reading, and playing right now. We’d love to hear what you’re geeking out about this week in the comments.
Today is my (Regina’s) birthday. In honor of this episode, and some of the discussions we have about harassment in game, I’d like to ask you all to help me with a special birthday wish. If you’re gaming anywhere today and you overhear someone giving another player a bad time about anything, please stand up and say something about it. Truly, we aren’t going to be able to change the almost toxic culture we see in many multi-player game environments until we all start to take a stand. Aaron and Rusty both talk about experiences they’ve had doing just that. If we all start taking a stand, then we really can change and improve the culture we all love so much.
Until next time, game on! And game good!
Regina & Rhonda
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.