Happy Sunday, friends! Do you have a sword and shield ready? How’s that knee doing after the arrow injury? What about that sweetroll recipe you promised? All joking aside, we’ve been particularly excited to reveal our lineup for this week. Every gamer and gaming space featured in this post is poised on the precipice of change. They’re making the leap into shaping this industry for the better, and we’re ready to support them in any way that we can!
Now that you’re here with us, it’s time to dig into the real nitty gritty. We’re bringing you news of all the latest spaces we can’t stop talking about, and these smaller communities are evidence of the fact that video games are and always have been a team activity. Everyone can come to love playing games regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, or any other dividing factor. By supporting their efforts and coming together as a team, we can prove once and for all that games have always been ours as much as anyone else’s.
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. ✌
This particular space is super new, but did that stop us from immediately hitting the follow button? Hell no. Like us, Dames of Games is a budding community that will celebrate the positive influence of women in gaming—and you can join in the discussion! The site itself is run by Dee Friesen, and she’s already reaching out to followers on Twitter for their input on particular characters. We jumped in with her most recent tweet:
By responding to questions like these and facilitating a much-needed discussion in the games space, you’ll not only make like-minded friends, but you’ll also have the chance to be featured in one of their YouTube videos! We’re so excited to see where Dames of Games develops in the future.
Although not 100% dedicated to gaming, the Fake Geek Girls podcast is absolutely necessary in diversifying the geek space. Run by @bemyrushmore and @MelissaBrinks, their dynamic is free-flowing and easy to listen to, while still maintaining a sense of professional critique. Their latest episode, “Mary Sues,” covered everything from Ganondorf to the portrayal of Qunari to Hermione Granger. I don’t know about you, but that’s my jam right there.
But, wait! There’s more. These ladies maintain several social media accounts as well, so if you’re a little behind on the podcast, you can keep up with the discussion through other platforms. We’re really liking this space, and we hope you do, too!
In recent years, it’s become increasingly obvious that not all gamers fit the narrow stereotype so widely accepted by mainstream media (and even the gaming community as a whole). To kick that assumption out the window, David Kreinberg plays video games with his “vulgar non-gamer” 60-year-old mother, and the results are what you might expect—and a little of what you might not. Gamer Non Gamer challenges the notion of who is and isn’t considered a gamer, which ultimately comes down to whether one personally identifies as such.
Please note that this channel isn’t for everyone! If you’re sensitive to strong and potentially offensive language, it’s okay to pass on this one. Not every community is suited for every person, and that’s fine. We do, however, believe this recent movement toward visibility for gamers of all ages is an important one to highlight. Particularly when that movement involves women!
By now, you’ve all heard about the Skyrim sensation Shirley Curry, or more widely known as “YouTube’s Gaming Grandma.” The Daily Dot ran a wonderful piece on the 79-year-old Virginia woman about to put an arrow through your knee. She’s already garnered over 36,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, which is absolutely well-deserved. Shirley’s commentary provides a uniquely calming effect (she refers to her viewers as “grandkids,” and we literally melted), the pacing of her playthroughs both measured and thoughtful. While we watched her Skyrim gameplay, we couldn’t help but see this beloved game through new eyes—and that, more than anything, is what we need more of in this industry.
We’ll leave you with Shirley’s description of her channel, because it’s as endearing and exciting as the woman herself:
“I want to start a blog for older gamers, like myself, because I feel we are not represented enough on YouTube. I am a 79 year old grandmother, and just had a beast of a gaming computer built. I can now play like a Boss! LOL”
While we’ve featured the incredible work of Gamemoir before, the team has since launched two super important initiatives that you need to know about! The first is the official release of their brand new zine publication. Issue Zero is titled, “Diversity in Gaming,” and it’s chock-full of both celebratory pieces and criticisms of games—from Fallout Shelter to Yandere Simulator to Europa Universalis and beyond. If you’re into clever games critique with absolutely gorgeous pictures, this is your stop.
And while you’re at it! Consider tipping these fabulous creators through their new Patreon jar. It’s difficult to break into any business, but if we support the people who are working hard to make spaces for everyone, the industry will change with us—and for the better. We hope you’ll join us in supporting their cause!