Happy Sunday, friends! This week was chock-full of video game goodness here at FemHype. We started off tackling security questions in Chachi’s continued efforts to keep everyone informed about online safety. Then Michelle B. took us back by infusing queer studies in retro gaming, followed by Katie’s rallying call to attend smaller conventions. For the record, Charlotte wasn’t laughing at Steam’s inclusion of the “Funny” button for reviews. I was, however, laughing (read: screaming) over Telltale’s Game of Thrones and their depiction of women. Finally, Kit bravely shared her story about surviving toxic games culture and how she came to fall in love with games later on despite it.
A very warm welcome to all our new followers, and a sincere thank you to those of you who’ve been on this ride with us since the beginning. We’re in the process of upgrading the site design, so keep an eye out. ✌ As always, the team is always looking for new submissions.
LOL Dawn of Titans has no female avatar options for the player profile. Much diversity, so representation, wow pic.twitter.com/BalshVDY67
— Emma C. (@emdroid) April 7, 2015
Fun feminist starter kit: listen to the experiences of women, ask questions, have conversations with friends that say offensive shit
— Ashly Burch (@ashly_burch) April 6, 2015
Articles on sexism in tech bring all the boy commenters to the yard / and they're like "this is not my experience u are the real sexists"
— Nicole the Impaler (@Nicole_Cliffe) April 2, 2015
I made this earlier. It's still making me hungry. pic.twitter.com/sMHTcZMgoZ
— ''Dr.'' Maxxie Bytes (@MaxxieBytes) April 12, 2015
👧🏾 Sexist games may influence players.
👾📔 This study proves that false.
👧🏾📖 Wait, it doesn't say that at all…
💻🔊🎮👾 WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
— L. Rhodes (@Upstreamism) April 10, 2015
Fucking tired of seeing marginalised feminists having to deal with attacks not just from misogynists, but from other feminists too.
— Helvetica Scenario (@ThatSabineGirl) April 6, 2015
"why won't anita talk about good female characters"
"it's prolly only cause she's sleeping w/ the dev" pic.twitter.com/46Um0Sqicl
— Sarah Nyberg (@srhbutts) April 5, 2015
My favorite thing about peach is that her Smash outfit is more ornate and extravagant, basically meaning she dresses FANCIER for ass kicking
— Demon Queen Lexie (@regentoforigin) April 6, 2015
"Don't feed the trolls," works for privleged groups – like most nerds. But for women, it instructs us to stay silent about online abuse.
— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) April 9, 2015
As for WHY it matters? Games are a medium that tell stories- the voices that tell those stories should absolutely be as diverse as possible.
— Stephanie Bendixsen (@hexsteph) April 8, 2015