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The Strong. VGJUNK. NAMCO MUSEUM ONLINE. Retro handheld games collection. Brett Weiss: Words of Wonder: The Video Game Reading List. I got the new Game Informer in the mail and was disappointed to discover that my new book wasn't featured in "The Video Game Reading List.

Brett Weiss: Words of Wonder: The Video Game Reading List

" Some of my friends' books missed the cut as well. However, I am pleased that G.I.'s Matt Helgeson spotlighted some worthwhile titles that deserve a large readership. True, these are already some of the best-selling video game books on the market, but kudos to these authors for getting recognition for their hard work. Click on the magazine pages for a closer look, and click on the links below to order these fine titles. Ralph Baer, a Pioneer of Videogames, Is Remembered. PCGamingWiki PCGW - an encyclopedia of PC game fixes. Gamepedia. World's Biggest PAC-MAN. QWOP. N64TH STREET. The First Female Gamers. The miniature wargame play celebrated in the War Game Digest could reach only a limited audience because it required painstaking efforts from dedicated and artisanal adults.

The First Female Gamers

Avalon Hill’s board wargames, on the other hand, could reasonably aspire to reach the mass market. They built on the recognized tradition of juvenile board games, but with a complexity that attracted a more mature consumer — all without the expense and craftsmanship that miniatures entailed. Avalon Hill branded many of its wargames as famous American battles, with titles like Gettysburg or D-Day, which minimized the need for advertising or explanation. This introduced many thousands of young enthusiasts to the principles of wargaming. But once Avalon Hill opened a communication channel for their customers, something unexpected happened: a community that self-identified as gamers formed, and exhibited many characteristics that are familiar to us today.

Interactive exhibit features two decades of female game developers. When discussing games history, the accomplishments of women are often overlooked.

Interactive exhibit features two decades of female game developers

One museum is seeking to fix that by highlighting the work of major female developers. “Women created this industry,” Alex Handy, founder and director of a California digital art museum, told me via email. “From the imagination and creativity of Roberta Williams, to the technical skill of Carol Shaw, to the leadership skills of Amy Henning, women are an integral part of the history of video games.” Now, a new exhibit in Oakland, California, honors the legacy of Williams, Shaw, Henning and five other female developers. No girls allowed. First-person shooters, action games and sports games have been popular among boys ever since the early '90s.

No girls allowed

In 2012, the three categories combined were responsible for 58.8 percent of video game sales in North America. The End of Gatekeeping: The Extinction Burst of Gaming Culture - Paging Dr. NerdLove. Girl Gamers Episode 2: Why do women make games? How do you start making games?

Girl Gamers Episode 2: Why do women make games?

From writing a graduate school term paper on public bathrooms to animating dress up dolls, this generation of creators got their start in surprisingly simple ways. In the second episode of Fusion’s five-part digital series Girl Gamers, we explore what motivated these developers to start designing their own games. Want to play? Inferences About Avatars: Sexism, Appropriateness, Anthropomorphism, and the Objectification of Female Virtual Representations - Nowak - 2015 - Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Monstrous Women in Dragon Age: Desire Demons and Broodmothers. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m a great fan of the Dragon Age series.

Monstrous Women in Dragon Age: Desire Demons and Broodmothers

I enjoy the soap opera-esque drama, the wisecracks, and waving around a giant sword while covered in the blood of my enemies. The game even has some aspects that are laudable from a feminist perspective. Misogyny and the Female Body in Dungeons & Dragons. There is a clear problem of representation in games and — more broadly — in the cultures produced by games.

Misogyny and the Female Body in Dungeons & Dragons

This problem in representation has most recently yielded controversies such as #gamergate1, but it is also more or less responsible for debacles such as the PAX dickwolves saga, and the recent death threats to Anita Sarkeesian spurred by her “Tropes vs. Women in Games” series. Outside the spotlight of digital games, some members of other game communities, such as Ajit George2 and Shoshana Kessock3, have been outspoken about problems of representation at Gen Con4, North America’s largest tabletop game convention. Image CC BY-NC-ND, by Angela Marie Henriette. Out of the Dungeons: Representations of Queer Sexuality in RPG Source Books. In this article, we are asking why representations of LGBTQ themes and characters have been so scarce in the context of role-playing games.

Out of the Dungeons: Representations of Queer Sexuality in RPG Source Books

A preliminary analysis of the first three decades (1974–2005) of English language RPG source material shows that when the topic has not been silenced altogether, it has been met with reactions that seem humorous or extreme in hindsight. Our aim here is to map an alternative history of role-playing game source books, one that pays attention to queer sexualities, and connect these representations to other cultural spheres. A Wilder from White Wolf’s Changeling: The Dreaming (1997). Introduction Games that deal with sexuality are few and far between, and games that deal with non-normative sexualities are even less common.

Although there is substantial research on role-playing games and player cultures that surround them,3 non-normative sexualities seems to be a topic that still calls for initial study. Gayme Corner: "Videogames for Humans" and the Intimate, Playful Engagement of Twine. Welcome to the fourth installment of Gayme Corner, a biweekly column in which I talk about games, all types of games, and the ways we play them.

Gayme Corner: "Videogames for Humans" and the Intimate, Playful Engagement of Twine

This week, I dove into Videogames for Humans, a lovely series of essays about Twine games edited by game creator and writer Merritt Kopas. I’ve talked a bit about Twine in this column, and Twine games have been mentioned on Autostraddle dot com, but we haven’t really talked about Twine. Here’s what I know about Twine: it’s a visual tool for writing interactive fiction and games. Passages go in boxes, boxes can be dragged around the screen, and links are drawn between them, offering options to go forward and sometimes backward and sometimes cycle through choices. Everything else is customizable. Everyone Should Play Slam City Oracles. Never have I seen a game that is more specific to the Autostraddle community — maybe Gone Home.

Everyone Should Play Slam City Oracles

Maybe. But this game was basically made for us all. Jane Friedhoff’s Slam City Oracles is a smash-em-up game where you rocket two badass beings into the ground, buildings, clouds and whatever the fuck else they can hit — and you do it all to a riot grrrl soundtrack. Here’s the game trailer for a little glimpse: You read that right — two beings. Davey Wredon's "The Beginner's Guide" Is Brilliant, Horrifying, Secretly Feminist. Header by Rory Midhani I spent this past weekend playing and replaying The Beginner’s Guide, an experimental narrative-based game released by The Stanley Parable’s Davey Wreden on Thursday. It’s described (vaguely, but accurately) on Steam as “the story of a person struggling to deal with something they do not understand.”

I would describe it (also vaguely, also accurately) as sort of similar to the book House of Leaves, or the film Adaptation. If you find either of those things interesting, go and get this game immediately, because it’s brilliant. It costs under $10, and start-to-finish, it takes only an hour and a half to play all the way through. The Rise of Escape Room Games. The blindfold comes off. The first thing you see are the others, wiping their eyes and squinting at the new light. The room comes into focus. No one that's there has ever been inside of it before.

There's a door with a lock on it, and a timer begins counting down. What do you do? These “Escape Room Experiences” are popping up everywhere, in strips malls and converted warehouse spaces, from New York to San Francisco. Home is where the future of games is. Take a moment to think about the things in your home. What story do they tell about you? About your relationships, your family or your life?

In a dusty vase I have some roses, dried. Four months ago I got them for Valentine’s Day, and then I had to travel for a few months, so they stayed here. I remember my sweetheart writing me while I was gone: Your roses are almost black. “Is it okay if I write about our plants,” I asked him. Casey O’Donnell, "Developer’s Dilemma: The Secret World of Videogame Creators" (MIT Press, 2014) Casey O’Donnell View on Amazon. John Sharp, "Works of Game: On the Aesthetics of Games and Art" (MIT Press, 2015)

The Art of the Game and the Game of Art. In 2012, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC presented the exhibition The Art of Video Games, now on view at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee until 13 September as part of a ten-city tour. The exhibition is billed as one of the first to survey the evolution of video games as an artistic medium over the past four decades, although video games have certainly been featured here and there in art exhibitions previously. John Sharp’s book Works of Game: On the Aesthetics Games and Art doesn’t argue whether games are art or not, but instead looks at the intersection where games and art meet. One of the book’s key concepts comes from James J.

Gibson, a psychologist known for his work, along with his wife Eleanor, on visual perception. Gibson coined the term ‘affordance’ to describe the relationship between things and environments and organisms. How 8-Bit Music Was Made On The NES And Commodore 64. Why video games have launch problems. 7 Genius Game Ideas That Started Life as Fan Mods. Did Blowing into Nintendo Cartridges Really Help? When I was a kid with a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), sometimes my games wouldn't load. But I, like all kids, knew the secret: take out the game cartridge, blow on the contacts, and put it back in. And it seemed to work. (When it failed, I'd just keep trying until it worked.) But looking back, did blowing into the cartridge really help? GAME & GRAPHICS. Character Assassination. The Evolution Of Super Mario. Ask-gallows-callibrator: vergess: ...

Nancy Drew: The Most Iconic Woman In Gaming. She may not wield badass dueling pistols like Lara, or rule over the Mushroom Kingdom like Peach, but this detective has made the transition from pages to pixels, and gathered a formidable online fandom in the process.​ We should all be a little more like Nancy Drew. How the F.B.I. Made 'Winners Don't Use Drugs' the Arcade Motto of the '90s. Walk into your local retro arcade and you’ll see it. Cycling through the teaser screens on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gunblade, Rambo III, and more is a pixelated image of a blue or sometimes grey background glowing for that moment before you drop in a quarter. What it's like running an arcade in 2015.

Many say arcades are dead. Party Like It's 1995: The Rise and Fall of the Girl Game. 20 driving games from 20 years of the PlayStation. 5 Unhealthy Marriage Myths You Should Never Believe Marriage is rewarded with gifts, tax breaks, and shared health insurance. Xbox 360 Production Has Ended. Share. Xbox 360's circle of life comes to an end. Sony Japan stops repairing PS2 consoles - AfterDawn. PS2: A Tribute. Eighteen-years after its birth, the PlayStation 2 has finally been laid to rest. Try not to shed too many tears. It had an impressive run. "Make it Biblical:" How Vagrant Story Changed Game Localization. ‘Ocarina of Time’s Inescapable Influence on Modern Gaming. Tony Hawk On ‘Skate Jam’ and How Games Changed His Life – and Sport – Forever. Flash Games Mattered. The Rewards of Being Your Ideal Self in Grand Theft Auto. League of Legends prodigy Faker carries his country on his shoulders.

A game that speaks of Africa. A Saudi Prince is using video games to fuel an intellectual renaissance in the Middle East. The World's Most Popular Video Game Fights Racist Harassment With Artificial Intelligence. Reviews, Kickstarter Updates, Community Discussion. How To (Accidentally) Build A More Female-Friendly Game. Indigenous Board Game Design in The Gift of Food.

The difficult history of videogames and indigenous people. About the Game — Heroes Must Die. The playing’s the thing in game-to-stage adventure ‘Heroes Must Die’ Quick Hit: Sexism In Games Bingo. Anita Sarkeesian Describes the Fury She Cannot Express in Public. One Week of Harassment on Twitter - Major Trigger Warnings for Death, Rape, and Gendered Insults - Racism sexism and gamings cruel optimism. List of ethical concerns in video games (partial) How Chan-Style Anonymous Culture Shapes #gamergate (with images, tweets) · a_man_in_black. Game of Fear: The Story Behind GamerGate. The Bad Apples Of #GamerGate. Almost No One Sided with #GamerGate: A Research Paper on the Internet’s Reaction to Last Year’s Mob. How Gamergate's earliest target came to empathize with her abusers. Meet the Woman Helping Gamergate Victims Come Out of the Shadows. Gamergate didn't fade into obscurity. We just stopped noticing its existence. Why SXSW Cancelled a Panel on Digital Harassment.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Gamergate: How the Netflix series absorbed the anxieties of the online movement. Reimagining Disability in Role-Playing Games. A Burnt Torch: Darkest Dungeon, Mental Health and Lovecraftian Horror. A tsunami of testimonies: assaults in the Swedish larp community. Uncertainty in Analog Role-Playing Games, Part 3. O Jogo do Bicho: Pushing the Boundaries of Larp in Brazil. The Trouble with Gender in Larp. Manipulating Environments in American Freeform. A Little Gamey: Why "Cinematic" Should Be a Dirty Word in Video Games. Why Video Game Soundtracks Have Gotten Worse (And How They Can Get Better) - Life In An Electric Box.