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EGM #110

This is a huge feature on women in gaming and the games industry that Electronic Gaming Monthly ran. It contains interviews, editorial remarks, and general cultural information from the time period. It carries a lot of “90’s opinions” (in all the resonances that phrase could have) about women, but I think it is a huge historical resource and I would encourage people to share it around. Publications writing about women in games is not new, and this is something to point to in order to make that case. 

I still remember this feature vividly. It was the point at which I paused and realized — whoa, EGM was more than just dudes vomiting up hundreds of screen shots of Japanese games.

More importantly, this article made me really stop and think about gaming stereotypes and assumptions, something that stuck with me. I remember the few girls and women on the gaming forum I frequented at the time being really excited about this piece, and talking about how much they identified with it. Ever since then, many of my perspectives on the medium have been shaped in large part by women in my life — friends, family, online associates, colleagues, role models. 

I never take part in the online shouting matches about gender and games, because adding to the noise won’t accomplish anything except to make like-minded people pat me on the back. I don’t need it. I’m a straight white dude; this discussion shouldn’t be about me. I try to use my place in the press to create a positive impact in less dramatic ways: Giving writing gigs and assignments to women, advocating for protagonists and characters who aren’t stubbly white guys, and constantly praising games that allow anyone to express themselves.

Anyway, Lauren Fielder’s EGM feature from more than 15 years ago helped open my eyes to all of this. A great and essential bit of work, here.

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Truth.

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Retronauts Pocket Episode 26: Planescape: Torment

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Retronauts 26 Pocket cover

This is usually the part of every Retronauts blog post where I go into greater detail about the episode you’re seconds away from hearing, but since this is the last episode I’ll be doing this season, I feel the need to write something different. So here goes.

Thank you.

The past year-and-some-change has been an extraordinary challenge, and even when feelings of worthlessness, depression, and…

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Unflattering Simpsons angle #102-B

Unflattering Simpsons angle #102-B

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animationsmears:

"Family Guy - The Simpsons Guy" (2014)

This crossover turns my stomach, but I think it marks the first time the Family Guy characters have actually been animated.

animationsmears:

"Family Guy - The Simpsons Guy" (2014)

This crossover turns my stomach, but I think it marks the first time the Family Guy characters have actually been animated.

Retronauts Vol. III Episode 26: RPG Battle Systems

retronauts:

Retronauts 26 cover

Hey folks, it’s Bob again with my second-to-last episode of the season—but don’t worry, there’s still a few to follow after mine. That said, this is a good one, with a topic brought to us by guest backer Cary Hamby, who unfortunately couldn’t make it in to be a guest on the show (but we still love him). Now, the subject of RPG battle systems might at first seem a little too specific for a…

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I put this one together. Listen and enjoy!

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