Hey, geeks. What’s happening? Today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite pastimes and how that’s changed — and how people’s perception of me has changed even when the pastime itself did not. Let’s talk video games. I’ve been playing video games since I was old enough to hold a controller. I distinctly remember playing on my father’s NES before school in kindergarten. I am not ashamed to admit that Star Trek was the first game I beat in its entirety. I later had different consoles and handheld gaming devices as the technology and I advanced. My wall of console games eventually morphed
Character Creation Let’s get this out of the way first because I need to display my biases and privileges before you read this piece. I am a straight, cis-gendered, Latino male. At age 32, I am on the older edge of the Millenial generation. Gaming is a lifelong hobby of mine, primarily of the pen-and-paper variety, e.g. Dungeons & Dragons and Shadowrun. Anybody who’s gamed with me at any time in my life knows there are two universal truths about me. I always gravitate towards the cloak-and-dagger type characters. I typically play women characters. My MTG Commander decks follow this same pattern. 3 of the 5
This week we review an excellent anthology focused on women gamers. “Chicks Dig Gaming” from Mad Norwegian press is a great collection of stories and articles we are sure you would love. We share some quotes from our favorite stories in the collection. We WRaP up the episode with what we are Watching, Reading, and Playing. We’re loving some fall TV and new games this week. Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda WATCHING “Constantine“, NBC “Godzilla” “Bad Judge“, NBC “Awkward“, MTV READING “Chicks Dig Gaming“, Mad Norweigen Press, (Amazon) “Chasing the Dead“, Tim Weaver PLAYING “Civilization: Beyond Earth” “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel” COMING “The
When I started the research for my dissertation, one of the concepts in gaming identity I wanted to explore revolved around women selecting healing classes in digital RPG games. It was suspected that gender stereotypes mapped over into game spaces; that women wanted to be “caretakers” and that was the reason so many of them played healers. The research interviews I did for the dissertation did not support this idea at all. In fact, not a single participant who played a healer said they played because they wanted to take care of the group. They all said they healed because it took significantly more skill.
Regina is taking some much needed time off so Ryan and I enjoy talking to Nicole Hazen, gamer, artist, and comic book fan. This is one of those conversations that lights on a new topic at every turn and we just didn’t have enough time to cover it all. Ryan and I WRaP about our geeky stuff and I finally play Portal 2. Art Links ProCreate Paper Nomad Brush Wacom Bamboo Jot The Pencil Games Titanfall by EA Stanley Parable by Galactic Cafe Comics “Tomb Raider“, Dark Horse Comics Watching “Leverage“, TNT “Star Trek: Enterprise“, SyFy “House of Cards“, Netflix Reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian
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 general
Hello Everyone! Con time is upon us! This weekend, Rhonda and I are covering cons on both U.S. coasts. Rhonda will be at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA and I’ll be at PAX Prime in Seattle, WA. It’s pretty exciting times for us both and I wanted to make sure to get you all the details of our presentations so you can come say hi! Rhonda’s Dragon*Con Schedule Title: What’s Your Gamer Type? Description: Are you a goal driven gamer that collects achievements? Make up back stories for your game characters? A panel with audience participation! Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: Grand Salon C Title: Gamer
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
Have we got a treat for everyone this week! We chat with Chris and Kelly Brown, hosts of The Married Gamers podcast. Topics range from gamers and gamification, relationships, good communication skills, and free beer. If you don’t already subscribe to their show, you really should. On the eve of their 300th episode we can assure you they are a fun and engaging couple and this is a fantastic show. Chris and Kelly were recently featured in an Xbox Live story. Check out the video on YouTube. It’s pretty adorable (and I’m bummed we didn’t hear Kel’s war-cry on the show… that just means we need to have them back
Bridging the gap between gamers and non-gamers: this is a topic that we’ve addressed many times on the show. This week we talk to author, host, and video game columnist, Genese Davis. Genese has written a novel, The Holder’s Dominion, aimed at describing game culture and the desire to game to non-gamers. Listen to hear Genese’s story about becoming a gamer as an adult, the process of writing a novel about gaming, and how to lark your life. As always, we’d love your feedback. Let us know what you think in the comments here, on our Facebook page, or on our Twitter account. Until next time, game on!