Girl Gamers Launches!

Finally, Girl Gamers has launched on Fusion! The first episode is live, which you can watch on YouTube:

This series has been in the works since last year and I’m thrilled I got to explore the roots and my love of games. The ESPN Magazine piece I wrote back in June was my story — but I wanted to know (and show) the stories of others. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been gaming with other girls. I’ve always identified as a gamer — but as I found out while working on this series, the term “gamer” is loaded with baggage.

There’s one big topic that is not in this doc: online harassment. One, that story is well told. Two, I feel like the singular focus on harassment is actually undermining the voices of women in gaming, who can be experts on far more than how people address them on the internet. And three, while harassment is a thing, it’s normally not the defining experience for women who game. So I wanted to go a bit deeper into our other experiences.

This is part one of a five part series: along the way, we will also explore making and designing games, female heroines in game land, the issues with our identities under the avatars, and games as social commentary.

Some other things to read/watch/experience:

I loved #1ReasonToBe when I saw it on Twitter, and enjoyed the GDC panel back in 2013. But I really loved Leigh Alexander’s powerful, honest, and vulnerable opening to the 2014 panel. There are many, many, awesome women in the games world, and the #1ReasonToBe panels on the GDC Vault are a great place to start.

I loved the music and score of Little Big Planet — Café Tacvba’s Volver a Comenzar is still one of my favorite tracks years after I finished the game. Composer Winifred Phillips is writing a three part series on Gamasutra about scoring an interactive project like LBP and it is blowing my mind.

And this FemHype piece from on FFX’s Tidus being the answer to Toxic Gaming masculinity is a must read:

Tidus from Final Fantasy X is a man we don’t often get to see in video games. While the stoic Cloud, brooding Solid Snake, and snarky Drake are familiar staples of mainstream video game land, Tidus eschewed this common hard-jawed machoism in favor of sensitivity and humor. What many games would even hold back on in favor of a sad reveal, you witness in the first few hours of Final Fantasy X — from Tidus sharing his hurt at the hands of his father to the loss of his mother to, yes, even being told he’s known to cry often — and that’s before this sports all-star gets teleported from his home in Zanarkand into the unknown world of Spira by a mysterious monster called Sin!

Thanks for coming on this journey with me! Feel free to check out the site page for more information about the documentary, or hit me up on social. New episodes drop once every two weeks, and this newsletter will come out once a week on Tuesdays.

Play on, playette,
Latoya