So, it turns out I have a lot to say about video games. It’s sort of like me saying: “Link Roundup: Books.”

Welp.

So I decided to pick out some tasty links that involve video games and women.

First up, the sadly defunct but damn fabulous show by Kate Welsh, SheGeekShow.

There are great reviews of a ton of games. Sadly, Kate lost the will to continue the show on her own time and expense, in part because of all the dang haters were getting seriously annoying. And not even the haters. Like 70% of the show’s comments were about her appearance, positive or negative. Well, I still miss you, Kate.

Let’s talk about female game designers a tic, shall we?

Here’s Jane McGonagal, author of the fascinating read Reality is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World, giving a TED talk about just that, along with her game, Superbetter.

Rhinanna Pratchett. Rhianna Frickin’ Prachett. Game designer for the new version of Lara Croft.

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She’s also spawner of the hashtag #1reasonwhy, and #1reasontobe, as in one reason why I’m a game designer. One reason why it’s important to have women in the industry. One reason why I’m still talking about this. Um, also she’s Terry Prachett’s daughter. Just for some extra badass points.

Are Women Led Games DOA?  Here’s an article about Remember Me, a game with a female protagonist that’s controversial because in a scene she kisses a dude. And apparently walking around in the skin of a female character, and first-person female sexuality, makes some (male) publishers uncomfortable.

And here’s and IGN article that talks about female representation in videogames and why it matters. It includes the video exploring the Damsel in Distress trope (and its second installment!) that caused zillions of dudebro nerds to freak the crap out and launch a hate campaign against Anita Sarkeesian. Frankly, it’s nice to see an article with her content interpreted meaningfully that’s not just another “OMG the horrible misogyny trolls” recap.

 

Let’s shift gears. After all that, just need some surreal humor? You asked:

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playing?

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Also I would like to point out that Ash played that one chick with all the dragons in School of Thrones. (For the record, I assume every Game of Thrones character is dead now.)