Happy Sunday, friends! We hope that those of you affected by the latest winter storm are currently safe and warm. In an effort to give back to the community and to continue our push for diversifying the industry, we’ll be taking a moment to boost quite a few of your initiatives. If you’ve been following along on @FemHype, you’ll know that we’re absolutely determined to see as many people attend GDC 2016 as possible. With your help (and by using the hashtag #Get2GDC), we can make sure that happens!
Not only that, but we’ve personally curated a selection of new communities that you’re really going to love. Whether you’re in the market for new indie games to try or you’re looking into super casual cosplay, there is quite a lot here to inspire that creative spark in you. And don’t forget! We just launched our first ever game jam, Sugar, Sweets, & Jam. Join in on the fun with the rest of our community and help us promote more positive queer experiences in games!
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. ✌
Help Folks #Get2GDC!
It’s really tough being able to attend events these days. Travel is super expensive, accommodations are never cheap, and that doesn’t even cover the food if you plan on dining out. With the highly anticipated Game Developers Conference swiftly approaching, this problem has never been more prevalent. So we reached out to our friends @FemHype to see just how many people were currently crowdfunding in order to generate enough money just to get to GDC, and wouldn’t you know it, there were quite a lot of you! Thus, the following list was created in the hope that anyone from our community might be able to assist.
This doesn’t have to mark the end of our help, either! Use the hashtag #Get2GDC in order to boost your own fundraiser or the fundraiser of someone you know. If all of us jump on this, we could start a sorely needed movement in order to see more people attending this conference. Everyone deserves a chance to #Get2GDC. Will you help us make sure that happens?
- Arielle Grimes
- Bronwen Alexina [Art Commissions!]
- Caitlin (Tab) K. [Art Commissions!]
- Halina Heron
- Meagan Byrne
- Sadia Bashir
- Sithe Ncube
Console to Closet
You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy a bit of casual cosplay! Console to Closet is our latest fave this week, and it’s not just the super clever name that got us hooked. The site is run entirely by @hirezamanda, who personally curates different outfits to suit a variety of characters from popular games. It’s sort of like a lookbook styled just for geeks! While she doesn’t update too often (she has a day job!), there is such an enormous wealth of available pieces from previous posts that you’re sure to be inspired.
Some of her most popular posts include Mordin from Mass Effect, Elizabeth from BioShock, and Lara from Tomb Raider. We literally spent hours the other day just browsing the multitude of possibilities. If you’ve ever considered cosplaying a character from your favorite video game, but didn’t have the means to go all out, Console to Closet will surely inspire you to give it a try!
From Indies With Love
It can be really difficult finding out about indie games these days, particularly if you aren’t a developer yourself. That’s what makes From Indies With Love so very special! There are a total of 14 contributors over there who are all working hard to lovingly craft a review of the indie games that they feel you should know about, and they cover more than you might think.
“We’ll talk about all kinds of games, weird indie games, forgotten gems, big popular games, mobile distractions, and so on. Hopefully it’ll help small games get some attention!”
With plans to branch out into a podcast in the near future, you should really give the From Indies With Love team a follow. You’re sure to hear about a slew of games, both new and old, and maybe even discover a long forgotten favorite again.
This community of diverse, remarkably talented folks is one that we really admire. Founded back in 2009 by @sugargamer, Sugar Gamers was created in an effort to unite like-minded gamers both on and offline. It has since grown to include many different facets of geek culture, offering a wide variety of content for everyone to enjoy. We’re really digging their mission, too!
“We value real life interactions just as much as our online community. We work diligently to have events that make the fun of ‘geek’ culture come alive while being surrounded by remarkable and unique individuals.”
With inspiring articles like “Young Maiden Inspired By Female Knight And Learns ‘Girls Can Do ANYTHING’” to insightful pieces such as “Rise Of The Geek Girl: A Positive View From The Male Perspective,” Sugar Gamers makes an effort to include everyone in the discussion. If you’re in the market for a new community or even if you’re just interested in meeting new people, we highly recommend you give this super cool team a follow!
The Archaeology of Tomb Raider
We are shocked and utterly appalled that we haven’t mentioned The Archaeology of Tomb Raider space before! If you have even a passing interest in all of Lara Croft’s adventures, you’ll really have to follow this community. Running the show here is @TombRaiderArch, who diligently covers everything even remotely news-worthy about the Tomb Raider franchise. She handles her enormous readership with such finesse that we can’t help but admire all her hard work! From events to tips to merchandise, you’ll never miss a beat if you hit follow.
Even with all of those reasons to keep an eye on the space, what we love the most about The Archaeology of Tomb Raider is the community. Everyone is nothing short of enthusiastic about all things Lara, and it’s way too infectious not to feel inspired when you read their discussions. With an inclusive, thoughtful admin heading up this particular party, you know you’ll be in good company on the team.