Happy Sunday, friends! We recently welcomed quite a number of new faces all over social media. It’s super cool you decided to join us and our growing community here at FemHype! For those of you who don’t know, this is our weekly Sunday Loot series where we boost the people and their projects in the gaming industry working hard to create more inclusive spaces. This is our sixth installment in the series! We’ve received an enormously positive response to our efforts so far, and it’s all thanks to you that we have the space to boost super awesome projects. Virtual high-five time? ✋
While you settle in with that coffee, I’ll get us started. This time around, we’ll be serving up three games you need to play and two initiatives you need to keep an eye on. While they range from powerhouse, fully-funded Kickstarter projects to developing, heartfelt contributions to game jams, they all have something in common. Like our work here with you, they’re slowly changing games culture for the better, and we couldn’t be prouder to see it happen. Get your bookmarks ready, because you won’t want to forget these spaces!
As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌
Culinary arts meet warrior skills in Battle Chef Brigade, a game successfully Kickstarted and soon to be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You’re set to play as Mina (above) or Thrash and Kirin, aspiring chefs pitted against one another in a tournament to impress a panel of judges. It’s the illustrated, hand-animated art style that really catches the eye here—creating an utterly gorgeous playing experience to cleanse the palate after one too many FPS games. (Kidding.) If that isn’t enough, just by scrolling through the Kickstarter, you’ll find something you don’t normally see in games at all: actual people of color. It’s pretty much assured that Battle Chef Brigade is set to be a diverse, incredibly tasty experience.
I was personally a fan of the Latin@ Nerds community long before Sylvia, one of its founders, reached out to write for FemHype. They’ve been curating an ongoing list of games by Latin American developers, plus games that feature or are inspired by that region. This, in and of itself, is a project of massive proportions, and you should absolutely help them out! Bringing attention to the glaring inequality in this industry is one thing, but to raise the projects of people working hard to change that is where we should ultimately be directing our focus. Nothing will change if we don’t change it first, and ¿Cómo Se Dice Nerd? is already breaking ground in that regard. Send them some love! 💕
Fans of Dragon Age and Mass Effect are in for quite the treat with this one! While we briefly mentioned this project on our Tumblr, we literally couldn’t discuss it enough if we tried. Former Bioware developers are teaming up for Mooncrest, a single-player RPG that’s story-based (of course) with real-time tactical combat and all the trappings you would expect from a team as talented as KnightMayor. The kicker? This game follows the story of two women and will focus on their development together, which all but sets fire to any competition warring for your attention (and your wallet) in 2016. If you’re able, consider donating to this development! And if you’re not, tell every friend you have about Mooncrest. It deserves quadruple the hype it’s currently getting.
Sloane, another recent contributor to the FemHype team, created this absolutely beautiful game for #JamForLeelah, a game jam in memory of Leelah Alcorn. While Safety Net is still in development, it’s free to download and experience at your own pace. The game itself is centered around the process of coming out online, focusing on the positive side of being welcomed by a loving, friendly community. Perhaps most importantly, Sloane states that, “Although the world is harsh, I hope this game can help people to both learn, and maybe get a bit of courage along the way in their own paths and quests in life.” You can also pay what you like through the jam, which will be donated to trans-specific charities.
And now for something completely different! I came across @VGDadPlays on Twitter recently, and let me tell you, I was flabbergasted I’d never seen anyone putting this idea into practice before. For those who haven’t picked up on this super endearing YouTube channel, VG Dad serves up Let’s Plays of classic retro games along with help from his daughter, VG Kid. Listening to their easy, unfiltered commentary instantly brought me back to when I was 5 years old and clambering for the joystick from my mom. What I wouldn’t give to have records like this from that time! Often, it’s in the small, yet no less sincere efforts of gamers where all of what we strive for here at FemHype is illuminated with striking clarity. You should subscribe to them!