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I’ve charged my way over here because I was unable to leave a comment on a USA TODAY news article without having a Facebook account. I don’t know the point in that and, since it makes me furious, I’m going to quicky move away from a rant about trying to understand it. Anyway. October 1, 2012, USA Today, “Women display growing clout in mobile video games”, Mike Snider Here are the comments I couldn’t leave on your article, Mr. Snider: “And women gravitate to games that were designed for the (mobile) platform because they are much more intuitive to them.” – Travis Boatman, senior vpRead More →

This week, Rhonda and I talk about two cons we attended on opposite sides of the country on the same weekend. Rhonda reports on her three favorite panels from DragonCon (one with a very special last minute guest appearance!) and I talk about my top three games I played at PAX Prime. Listen in for all the details and look for our galleries coming soon! Some links from the show: RaiderZ from Perfect World Dark Horse Comics Fairway Solitaire from Big Fish Games FireFall from Red 5 Studios* James Silva and SKA Studios (the guy who Made a Game with Zombies) A brief note aboutRead More →

This week, Rhonda interviews me about my experiences at GeekGirlCon in Seattle, WA on August 10th and 11th. Listen for stories about my panel presentation and two panels featuring women that work in the game industry. Check out some pictures from the event. As always, we love your feedback. What is your favorite con? Favorite panel? What kind of panel would you like to be on? Leave a comment here or Drop us a Tweet @game_on_girl. Game on Girl is on Stitcher so you can stream our show to your mobile device or subscribe via iTunes or the RSS Feed. Like us on Facebook to participate in our listener polls! Until next time, Game On! Regina andRead More →

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 viewedRead More →

In this week’s short episode, we talk to Grethade, a member of NewbCast Gaming’s podcast, about a panel discussing Women Gamers at Convergence Con in Bloomington, Minnesota. He reports how many of the same issues we talk about on the show were discussed, including how all gamers need to work together to stop harassment, and some male perspectives about playing female avatars. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on the episode. Leave a comment here or Drop us a Tweet @game_on_girl. Game on Girl is on Stitcher so you can stream our show to your mobile device or subscribe via iTunes or the RSS Feed. Like us on Facebook! Until next time, Game On! Regina andRead More →

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This week, Rhonda and I take on two very common terms in game culture: casual and hardcore gamers. We talk with Toria and Mellisa about how they define a gamer, fandom, game culture, and game play. I must say this episode is full of excellent observations and more than a few fits of giggling. Truly an enjoyable episode to record and one I hope you’ll enjoy. From our cyber-mailbox, we further discuss the complications from losing your identity in game as we touched on in GoG Short #7 – For All the Toons We’ve Loved Before – and your responses to this week’s Twitter question:Read More →

In Game on Girl Shorts #7, Rhonda and I discuss what it’s like to lose an avatar. Rhonda shares her story of losing her FemShep when her PlayStation3 crashed. We discuss how and why we connect to our avatars, how creating a character you play is very similar to how authors create their characters in the stories they tell, and how we’ve heard similar stories from other gamers about how this impacts how you view a game. We hope with this short episode to explore a new theme and hear more of your stories about what it is like to lose a character. How doRead More →

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In episode 11, Rhonda and I talk to writer, mother, gamer, and Ph.D. candidate Sandi Glahn. We discuss the evolution and origins of gender stereotypes and gender roles. We talk in depth in this episode about the cultural differences of gender stereotypes, how they’ve changed and not changed over many years, and about our own experiences (all three of us) bucking against gendered expectations. We also touch some more on the use of female images in the marketing of E3 and some of the topics we will cover in upcoming episodes, including casual vs hardcore definitions and gamer girl on gamer girl hate. We alsoRead More →

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This week our short episode takes on the game industry and its marketing tactics. Specifically, Rhonda and I discuss the E3 trailers for these two games: Tomb Raider Crossroads and Far Cry 3. As many of you who have followed the site and my research already know, I am generally very celebratory about game culture. I think that gaming is a wonderful way people can learn about themselves, how to solve problems, and explore their identity. However, I often take issue with how games are marketed. This year’s E3 pressers leave me cold looking at how female characters are displayed and the uneven reactions theseRead More →

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Hello Everyone! In the eighth episode of Game on Girl, we take on a broader topic in game culture: Gamification. Hear Endorphin Dude, Tony Nguyen, talk about reaching Titanium Marathon status and how gaming helped him get there. Here are the links we reference throughout the show: PopCap / Twitter – Makers of Bejewled Blitz, Plants vs Zombies, and awesome playing cards Game on Girl Steam Group – Come game with us! Extra Credits – Gamification Episode Zombie Run – Portland OR Zombies Run Game – Get chased by zombies as Runner #5 Tony’s Facebook Page and Twitter If you are using Gamification in a new and interesting wayRead More →