We had so many links this week you get a BONUS all gaming linkspam.
- Female ‘gamers’ revealed to spend as much time and money on consoles as the men | Mail Online: Summary of a recent UK survey
- Gamer culture(s): why I’m not at PAX Aus | Ben McKenzie: the Man in the Lab Coat: “it’s not the panel, Mike’s comments or PAX Aus itself, but the larger culture surrounding Penny Arcade’s slice of the gamer community that’s the problem. I want games to be a mature artform, to join the broader arts culture and tackle issues of social justice and discrimination accordingly. I don’t see that happening at PAX Aus, and so I’m not participating. But Penny Arcade is not the only gamer culture, and I will foster more inclusive ones wherever I can.”
- Feminists in Games Workshop 2013 | the border house: Conference coverage
- In SpyParty, Your Prejudices Might Just Be Why You Got Shot in the Head | Kotaku: “ It’s a game about human behavior and how to fake it. About how we think others think we’re thinking when we know that they’re thinking about how we think.”
- I am Jenny Haniver, founder of Not in the Kitchen Anymore. Ask me anything! | Reddit: “Hey everybody, Jenny Haniver here. I run the website Not in the Kitchen Anymore, which is an ever-growing collection of audio clips and transcripts of my experiences as a female gamer.”
- The Last of Us and Grading on the Gender Curve | Gamespot: “Since The Last of Us was released, there’s been a fair amount of admiring discussion about the female characters who populate its world. To an extent, this is understandable. After all, unlike the women in so many games, these women aren’t idealized or sexualized. They’re haunted by the things they’ve been through. They’re morally conflicted and sympathetic. However, simply presenting women as people is hardly something that should be considered incredibly praiseworthy. Rather, it’s the bare minimum that we should expect from our narratives.”
- Gaming’s Greatest Unsung Heroine | Kotaku: “It would be a real shame to forget about Cate Archer.”
- How to attract more women into game development | Polygon: “Media Molecule studio director Siobhan Reddy believes a significant increase in the number of women working in games is the best way to make the industry more inclusive to females.”
- Every Misogynistic Argument You’ve Ever Heard About Video Games | Jezebel: “Let’s deal with the “complete and total denial of reality” arguments first, shall we?”
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Thanks to everyone who suggested links.