Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.
(This column is based on the wonderful ‘Things I Read That I Love’ series by Riese at Autostraddle.)
“Why the Fighting Game Community is Color Blind” (February, 2014) by Mitch Bowman for Polygon – “Clearly, eSports in general has a diversity problem, and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the cause of it is. One answer might be found by looking at a very different kind of competitive gaming — one that, seemingly against all logic, seems to have cracked the problem of racial diversity.”
“How a transgender “foreign hope” is challenging the pro StarCraft world” (February, 2014) by Ryan Smith for A.V. Club – Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn is just a normal girl Canadian teenager getting on with her life. She also just happens to be one of the best StarCraft players in the world. This is a great article about how Sasha kicks ass, takes no nonsense and generally owns the title of “Queen of Blades” that her StarCraft skills have earnt her.
“An alternate history of Flappy Bird: “we must cultivate our garden.“ (February, 2014) by Robert Yang for radiator – “maybe I’ve been totally fooled and everything is a hoax and Nguyen is laughing on his platinum throne made of skulls cast from melted-down bitcoins. I guess that’s easier to believe than the possibility that you were complicit in trying to destroy a person?”
“On “The Gay Thing”” (February, 2014) by David Gaider for The Bittersweetest Thing – As the Lead Writer of BioWare (Gaider is currently working on Dragon Age: Inquisition) his Tumblr post about gay characters in games has probably been linked to all over the place but I’m linking to it here too because I really appreciate what he has to say on LGBTQ character in games!
Also – for a little added commentary on this, I wrote about Gaider’s words here, in the pretty self-explanatory “Dragon Age: Inquisition Lead Writer Defends In-Game Romance, Equality”.
“Deep Down the rabbit hole of ingrained games industry sexism” (February, 2014) by Brenna Hillier for vg247 – “The actual reason why Capcom has apparently chosen not to include women in Deep Down is that it can’t be bothered. It doesn’t want to spend the money to do so. It can’t see the point.” That quote doesn’t do the article justice but this is one of my favourite pieces on games ever. Absolutely brilliant.
“Should games be marked down for being problematic?” (February, 2014) by Kirk Mckeand for Reviews by Kirk – To answer the headline of this one in short: no, they shouldn’t. This post does a fantastic job of explaining why.
Have something to say about the articles I linked to? Or do you have a post that you think would be a good fit for the column? – Leave a comment and let me know.