Some Toughts Scribbled Between Sets

The body loves progressive challenge. Incrementally increasing the challenge creates a space where we are always in the sweet spot of difficult but not impossible. Weightlifting is like progression raiding except instead of getting nerfed by 5% every few weeks, the boss gets harder to meet you at the place of challenge. More weights are […]

Who is the Drama Queen?

The feminist subject “in the room” hence “brings others down” not only by talking about unhappy topics such as sexism but by exposing how happiness is sustained by erasing the signs of not getting along. […] My point here would be that feminists are read as being unhappy, such that situations of conflict, violence, and […]

Xenosaga, or the Game That Got Me Back to Gaming

Xenosaga is a game about an engineer and her (sexy) robot (alter-ego) saving the world from dangerous philosophical concepts. My first computer was an Atari 800xe, and that’s the clear beginning of my life as a gamer. There was a time in my 20s when I thought I had grown out of video games, and […]

Objects in the Virtual World Are More Real Than They Appear

Slavoj Zizek speaking in an excerpt from The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema “It’s just a game” or “It’s just the internet” is the standby excuse for allowing reprehensible behavior towards other people when interactions with them are mediated by a computer. Zizek argues that it’s precisely when the constraints of society are removed that we […]

Stupid Advice for Preventing In-Game Harassment

Women get a lot of shit in the social space of games, just for being women. Every woman gamer has to have some strategy for dealing with sexual harassment and threats. Sometimes we get some really stupid advice. My favorite, stupidest piece of advice: don’t let anyone know you’re a woman. The only way it’s […]

The Maggie Test for Video Games

To pass the Maggie test a video game must have: a playable female character which is available to play right away, and not as a special bonus feature In a previous post, I alluded to this video game corollary to the Bechdel test. We talked about it a bit and my friend agreed to let […]

Atari 800XE: My first computer

In 1986, my parents bought our first family computer. My first computer. We were living in a small village in Communist Poland. I’m not even sure if there was a second telephone there in addition to the one at the rural medical clinic where my parents worked. Yet, my dad, convinced that computers were the […]

The Trouble with Booth Babes

E3 was this week and I was surprised to see the coverage mentioning “booth babes” which I recalled had been banned by the conference in 2006, presumably because they were seen us un-serious and unprofessional. I was disappointed to learn of the change, because the return of the booth babes marks a step backwards for […]

Video Games Are Not a Boys Only Treehouse

The message of street harassment is women, stay home. You don’t belong out in public. The message of in-game harassment to women in game networks and MMOs is similar: women, this is male territory, stay out. But the street does not belong to men alone, nor is the virtual world boys-only. I’ve been playing video […]