Sunday Loot: The Creators Pioneering New Communities

Fallout 4

Happy Sunday, friends! Got your well-worn boots on hand? What about your supplies? Make sure your trusty canine companion is with you before we set out, because once you’ve made contact with these new and exciting communities in the gaming industry, you won’t want to come back. These are some of our favorite spaces to hang out when we aren’t here, so you can bet you’re getting only the best recommendations.

For those of you who don’t know what this is, let us be the first to warmly welcome you! Every week, the FemHype crew personally curates a list of people and their projects pushing for inclusivity, representation, and much, much more in video games. We hope that by boosting the work of super awesome smaller spaces, games culture will be able to flourish as the more diverse and nuanced industry it’s always been. As we all know, visibility is key, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.

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. ✌

Gamerette

Gamerette

“Stay cuddly” is the tagline of this spunky YouTube channel, which should give you an idea of what you’re in for. Gamerette is the full package here: she works very hard to be inclusive, she’s wicked smart and drops truths literally everywhere, and she’s truly, spectacularly funny. We’re literally in stitches every time we watch her videos, which is such a refreshing departure from the usual Let’s Play content.

What’s more, Gamerette is always working to foster further discussions within her community. She invites you to share your own thoughts and personal experiences with games, which provides a richly rewarding experience as a viewer. You may come to watch mega-hits like Fallout 4, Life Is StrangeMinecraft, and Undertale, but you stay for the thoughtful chats that challenge and inspire.

We’re personally very excited to see where Gamerette takes her channel, and we hope you join us in subscribing!

Feminst Gaming Matters

Feminist Gaming Matters

Don’t be fooled by the lack of links! Feminist Gaming Matters is more than simply a Tumblr account—it’s an ever-growing community that fosters discussion in a safe environment, which, as we all know, is far too rare an occurrence in the gaming industry. Topics range anywhere from racial representation to LGBTQIA+ erasure to, as one might have guessed, feminist issues. There’s really something for everyone here, and you can count on the fact that these discussions are always—without fail—deeply thought-provoking and educational.

The FGM space is run entirely by Jay, a recent history graduate and queer woman, who recently opened a Patreon in an effort to see her work continued. It’s so vital that we support spaces like these. We’re certainly not the only one pushing for positive change in this industry, and if we ever want to see more of that, we have to focus our efforts on lending a hand to our peers.

We’re big fans, FGM! Keep up the amazing work.

Hyrule Hyrulia

Hyrule Hyrulia

Back in April of this year, Ashley expressed an interest in writing for us, but we couldn’t possibly have known that we’d receive more than just submissions. It’s been seven months since then, and we’re so happy to call Ashley our dear friend. Not only does she write for publications like The Mary Sue and Gadgette now, but she also started her own YouTube channel! (We suspect she’s secretly Superwoman.)

The aim of Hyrule Hyrulia is to focus on the progressive professionals in this industry by interviewing them and boosting their work. Ashley has sat down with the star-studded likes of Nina Freeman (Cibele), Joe Russ and Ben Tillet (Jenny LeClue), Ashly Burch (Life Is Strange), Trudi Castle (The Long Dark), and so many more. She even interviewed us as well!

We sincerely hope you have a pen and paper with you, because you’ll want to take notes while you listen to so many talented people in games offering up their words of wisdom. It’s like taking a seminar for free here, friends. What could be better?

Infinite Errors

Infinite Errors

We’re so excited to announce the launch of yet another YouTube channel run by a very dear friend of ours! Andrew has been a long-time supporter of our work here at FemHype, and if you aren’t already following his Tumblr account, you should really rectify that. He’s personally written and curated a whole host of important discussions about games there, which is always a delight to read. This time, he’s moving that discussion over to YouTube with a channel called Infinite Errors.

In this space, Andrew is joined by Chris (and sometimes others!). The two play offbeat games you might have forgotten about, like Big Bumpin’ for example, and offer up tidbits about gaming history along the way. So far, they’ve also covered classics like Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Jurassic Park: The Game, which offers a nice little diverse collection for your viewing pleasure.

You should definitely give Infinite Errors a subscribe! There’s so much more to come from them in the future, and we’re happy to see it all unfold.

LizardEatsFlies

LizardEatsFlies

In a bit of a departure from the others, though absolutely no less vital to your process of discovering more about games, LizardEatsFlies offers a uniquely educational experience. She hosts a segment called “Coffee and Composition” on her Twitch channel, which is essentially a space to discuss and discover more about musical composition, particularly in the world of game making. With helpful advice, structured lessons, and easy-to-follow tutorials, would-be musicians and even seasoned professionals should really be taking note here.

As one half of the band DUET_, you know you’re receiving truly helpful information from a skilled musician. What’s really nice is LizardEatsFlies makes for an incredibly patient teacher, always taking note of the discussion unfolding in her chat and how best to address concerns that may arise. We don’t compose music for games, but “Coffee and Composition” is certainly inspiring us to give it a try!

Follow along on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss these lessons. It’s cool to walk in late with that steaming peppermint latte red cup, but make sure you’re ready to learn some serious beats.

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2 Comments on “Sunday Loot: The Creators Pioneering New Communities

  1. Your header and title image gives me hope that someone here might know: when did Fallout’s women’s rights movement occur? If you choose to roll the woman for your main character, there isn’t even implied questioning (for example, through judgment of neighbors, whispered barbs or the deliberate dismissal of them between your character and her mate) of your having been a lawyer, worked for the gov’t for some time, then popped back to lawyering while your husband remains as a stay-at-home-dad. So it would seem that somewhere along the line on the way to October 2077 there was a movement where culture came to accept women in such positions of power.

    Yet the only visual representations of women we see from that time, in-game, are deeply rooted in the 1950s-esque visuals we’ve come to associate with Fallout. Skirts, lipstick, kids in tow, etc. Not a women scientist or commando in the lot. Has there, then, been an explanation in earlier games that I missed? An explanation as to how we have, on the one hand, a society totally cool with our main character in the position of power she has, but on the other hand, a society very much committed to the portrayal of women as passively gorgeous keepers of kitchens and offspring?

    It’s not that I’d expect all the visuals to change. That wouldn’t be realistic. But even for women to have had to step in and take over jobs left empty by men killed in war, for that to have happened over a long enough period of time to make the amount of time it takes to acquire and employ a law degree (as a woman) to seem normal enough not to comment on, you would expect some more variation in the way women are depicted in media. But all the posters, billboards, manuals etc. stick to that visual narrative of the 1950s housewife.

    So how did it happen? When? To what extent? Does anyone know?

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