[-empyre-] Welcome to Week 3: Queer, feminist, and race-conscious games and game studies

Chang, Edmond change at ohio.edu
Sun Mar 22 05:44:46 AEDT 2020


Since Tara Fickle is next week (and their great book The Race Card), I also think it is useful to point to some other great feminist gaming, queer gaming, and games of color scholarship (just a scattering):

Kishonna L. Gray: https://gws.uic.edu/profiles/gray-kishonna/ particularly Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live (Routledge 2014 https://www.routledge.com/Race-Gender-and-Deviance-in-Xbox-Live-Theoretical-Perspectives-from/Gray/p/book/9780323296496) and the recent Woke Gaming co-edited with David J. Leonard (UW Press 2018 https://uwapress.uw.edu/book/9780295744179/woke-gaming/)

TreaAndrea Russworm: https://www.umass.edu/english/member/treaandrea-russworm (who coedited Gaming Representation with Jennifer Malkowski: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=808575)

Whitney Pow: https://www.whitneypow.com/ (really love their essay on Curtain: “Reaching Toward Home: Software Interface as Queer Orientation in the Video Game Curtain,” The Velvet Light Trap 81, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 43–56. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/686903)

Elizabeth LaPensee: http://www.elizabethlapensee.com/ (great Indigenous scholar, artist, maker, who recently released When Rivers Were Trails (2019): https://indianlandtenure.itch.io/when-rivers-were-trails)

Christopher Patterson, who has a new book out Open World Empire: https://nyupress.org/9781479802043/open-world-empire/

Shira Chess: https://grady.uga.edu/faculty/shira-chess/ (Ready Player Two: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/ready-player-two)

Megan Condis: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/faculty/faculty/mcondis.php (Gaming Masculinity: https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609385651/gaming-masculinity)

There are a lot of great indie games rolling out every year (I can barely keep up with them, many of which hardly get any press beyond their immediate circles).  Since we all have COVID on our minds, here's a recent game from Chinese American designer Mike Ren: Novel Containment: https://mikeyren.itch.io/containment

Sorry this is mostly pointing to resources and things to check out!  There are many more.  My brain is not quite in the composing space.  I am definitely interested in the growing attention (and deepening response to anti-feminist, anti-queer, anti-SJW backlashes of the recent years, particularly in gamedom and fandom and nerddom), and I hope to continue to add to those conversations and front lines.  One day my book will be out, too!


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