Happy Sunday, friends! Today’s loot haul will be fairly self-explanatory, but no less important to our mission here at FemHype. Every week, we work very hard to curate a list of gaming spaces that provide positivity and inclusivity. Given the fact that we’re fairly active on Tumblr (most of you follow us there!), we thought this would be a good time to gush about all the other Tumblr accounts that we’ve followed and loved over the last few months.
An honorable mention goes to Discover Games, MrNelson007, Feminist Gaming Matters, and +10 to Fire Resist for their tireless, inspiring contributions to the gaming industry. We’ve mentioned them before, but we couldn’t let a Tumblr celebration pass without giving them another shoutout! Thank you all so much for everything that you do. It’s an honor to stand with you as we push for positive change.
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. ✌
It’s been over a year now since we first opened the doors to FemHype, and believe it or not, we’ve been following Gaming Feminism from the very beginning! “A gamer, an artist, and feminist” came together to curate this community, and their content is as diverse as their team. They provide a truly wide range of content, and as the name suggests, it’s all in some way related to feminism in the industry.
What we really appreciate is that GF makes a concerted effort to boost the work of smaller, lesser known communities. Equal opportunity is the name of the game here, and we couldn’t be happier to exist in similar spaces alongside their truly commendable efforts. And if you’re looking to see something more specific, GF makes searching easy! There are reviews, news, and more tags available for your perusal. Enjoy the gift that keeps on giving!
Much like the Tumblr account above, we’ve been following the Leading Ladies community for quite a while now. What initially caught our attention was their comprehensive list of all the games that feature women as protagonists. This is further broken down to represent games with an optional playable woman and games where women are occasionally playable. It’s a wonderful resource to provide, particularly as many of us would like to support all the games that offer a lady at the forefront!
Still, that’s not all there is to the lovely LL team. They also share everything from fanart to reviews to giveaways and much, much more. Leading Ladies could very well be your one stop shop for all things women in games! Check out their Steam Greenlight, too, for more games you should be keeping an eye on.
POC Dragon Age Cosplay
Although this particular Tumblr account is specific to one fandom, we still believe very strongly that it’s one you should be following and supporting! We recently saw POC DA Cosplay pop up on our dash and knew, instantly, that we would fall in love with it (and we weren’t wrong). Mod Sera and Mod Josephine are the leaders of this Inquisition, and they work hard to maintain a supportive, inclusive community of cosplayers and fans. Their mission is simple, yet absolutely necessary:
“Here, you can share your cosplays, ask for advice, swap tutorials for certain hard-to-do tasks such as gray warden armor or Merrill’s chainmail bodysuit. This is your platform where you can be heard and seen, made by two mods who’ve experienced racism in the cosplay community and hope to at least make the Dragon Age niche a little bit better for POCs.”
We love what they’re doing, and we hope that you enjoy seeing their efforts all over your dash!
Video Games With Color
Newer on our list, but no less integral to the efforts of pushing for positive change, Video Games With Color (also known as Video Games In Color) is a curated space for precisely what it states. There’s a whole host of information to be found here, though of very special note are their efforts to boost the work of creators of color, whether that be Let’s Players, cosplayers, writers, and more. It’s not just about diversity within a game, but on the development team as well, and this Tumblr account is doing a wonderful job of celebrating that.
There are also very clear guidelines laid out for anyone and everyone interested in getting involved, particularly those who might want to submit something. It’s always good to have policies like these in place! They help to protect the community itself, and from what we’ve seen, Video Games With Color cares very deeply about cultivating a positive, supportive space in games.
Why I Need Diverse Games
Yes, yes, we’re talking about #INeedDiverseGames again. We’re positive you already know about this utterly incredible community, so we’ll cut right to the chase: they desperately need our help right now. Its founder, cypheroftyr, recently lost her job without any warning, which means her main source of income is gone. That would be horrible enough, but it also means that the future of her hugely important community is in a precarious situation.
If you’re financially able, please consider kicking a few dollars to her Patreon account, supporting the #INDG GoFundMe page, or simply boosting this post to get the word out. This isn’t the end of the road for her work in games! We stand by the #INDG community as it adapts to this new development, and we look forward to the truly wonderful things to come in its future.