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I’m not a gamer. Recently I was re-listening to Game on Girl’s great interview with author Genese Davis (episode 62) and was struck by their conversation about the term “gamer.”  They were discussing how culture often perceives “gamers” as anti-social misfits living in their parents’ basement and playing non-stop.  This is a fairly common discussion in gaming circles – how do we explain that not all people who game are addicts, just as not all people who drink are alcoholics. However, here’s my radical thought: is the real challenge we’re facing here a problem of linguistics or language?  We’re fighting to have society in generalRead More →

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I’m not a Blizzard employee or long-time player (yet), so don’t know the actually reasoning behind the follow feature in World of Warcraft.  However, based on my experience, I choose to believe it was created for moms who want to play an MMORPG, but don’t want to be Clara (of The Guild). My friend Sara got my husband and me to start playing WoW with her about a year ago.  At the time my kids were 2, 4, and 7.  We generally wait until they’re in bed to play, but kids in bed does not necessarily mean kids no longer need attention.  Inevitably someone needsRead More →

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Regina has graciously invited me to share some of my thoughts on gaming as a Mom – and in general (I hope) – so I thought I should start by explaining briefly how I got here. My introduction to game culture and serious gaming began in 2011.  I had 3 kids – a 9 month old, a 3 year old, and a 5 year old – and was doing a bit of editing on the side.   I played some Wii games with my husband, but our daughter had taken over the DS and my online/computer gaming was basically limited to Facebook games.  My husband toldRead More →