Posts Written by

Creating Female Game Characters

Happy Saturday! Here’s a treat for the gamers among us:

I recently watched this Escapist video: True Female Characters. It’s basically a quick overview of ideas on how to create realistic female characters for video games. I’ll throw it to the community for comments, but there were two points that I liked.

The first was that there is a dearth of games oriented on women’s stories and lives. They mention that many aspects of life that are culturally coded ‘female’ (I’m paraphrasing. They aren’t quite that nuanced) such as motherhood could make for really compelling games stories, but they have yet to be done. In passing they make the point that this could be fixed in part by having more female game designers.

I think that this can be read two ways. The first is unflattering. Why should games about women be about motherhood? We should be able to tell stories about women without relying on our physical selves for the entirety of the concept. Additionally, this kind of story doesn’t move us away from game characters being assumed to be cis-gendered. The second reading is a bit better. We have no stories like this. Not mainstream, big-box games anyway. Also, if something this far divorced from the cultural male stories was done well it could well pave the way for more stories centering on women’s lives as a whole.

The second was the point that you have to be careful about your assumptions. They ...

Looking to contribute

So things have been crazy lately. Reproductive rights are under attack just about everywhere, and the job situation is abominable.

I’ve received a lot from feminism and from women’s services. I’d like to donate, but don’t have the money to do so. I thought maybe getting a job in a place that does these kind of things would be a good step, so I can help the people who need it. Problem is, I really don’t know where else to look besides women’s shelters (only volunteer, which I would love to do, but I also need to pay my bills) and planned parenthood (not hiring in my area).

So I’m turning here. I’ve always been told that if one person has a ...

So things have been crazy lately. Reproductive rights are under attack just about everywhere, and the job situation is abominable.

I’ve received a lot from feminism and from women’s services. I’d like to donate, but don’t have the ...

Publishing for beginners

So I’ve recently graduated from college. As a part of that, I was required to pen an academic paper on the topic of my choice relating to my major. When it was halfway done, the teacher told me to find places to publish it, because having something published looks really great on a resume, and because she felt it was a really interesting piece.

So I’ve recently graduated from college. As a part of that, I was required to pen an academic paper on the topic of my choice relating to my major. When it was halfway done, the teacher told ...

Crossroads

So here I am closing in on the end of college. Recently I’ve gotten very interested in media and women’s issues, and how the two come together, women’s representation in media, etc. I"m currently an animation student, and I"m wondering where to go after graduation. Since there’s this awesome community, I thought I"d tap it for ideas.

With this as my background, I’m wondering whether I want to go on to higher education, and do more formal study in women’s issues and feminism. However, I’m not sure what jobs there would be in that. In addition, I really love creating animations, and recently I’ve been pulled into product design as well.

What it boils down to is this: what jobs are there ...

So here I am closing in on the end of college. Recently I’ve gotten very interested in media and women’s issues, and how the two come together, women’s representation in media, etc. I"m currently an animation student, ...