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SEPTEMBER
Wizard World, TN
Nashville, TN, Sept 26 - 28, 2014 Wizard World, Nashville, TN, Sept 26 - 28, 2014

OCTOBER
GeekGirlCon, WA
Seattle, WA, October 11-12, 2014 GeekGirlCon, Seattle, WA, October 11-12, 2014

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Friday
Oct312014

Gaming Terminology Primer: Wrap Up

Well, I think we're almost done here. I started this article series back in July thanks to my mother needing a little help understanding gamer speak. I’ve talked to her off and on over the course of this series and she's told me that she thinks it's helped her. I hope it's helped others out there as well. Towards that end, we will be pinning this series, along with other articles and episodes of the Game on Girl podcast, that deal with the basics of gaming on the right margin of the GoG site. This way if you're unsure of a term or need more info on a genre of game, it will be available in an easy to find location.

Aside from the jargon, something else a neophyte to gaming culture should take away from this series is the incredible amount of genres of video games that are out there and how the lines between those genres blur more and more every year  from RPGs that have an immersive first person experience (looking at you Elder Scrolls) to first person shooters that have an RPG style skill tree system (hello Borderlands).

This has a twofold effect. One, there should be a game out there to suit anyone's taste at this point. And two, this leads to there being an ever more rich and diversified gaming experience within those games.

So, what now?

Well, a couple of things.

First, get out there and find the game that is right for you. If you don't know where to start, do some research and try some things. It will be well worth it, I assure you.

Second, some more lexicon! That's right, there's more. I saved it for last due to these being terms that you will find in use across all genres of gaming and just general online communication.

 

LEXICON

AFK: Away From Keyboard.

BIO: Short for biological break. Usually indicates one needing to use the restroom, but can also mean getting a drink or taking care of any other biological necessity.

BRB: Be Right Back.

Clan: An affiliated group of gamers. Usually used in the first person shooter genre.

Guild: An affiliated group of gamers. Usually used in the RPG genre.

IIRC: If I Recall Correctly.

LFG: Looking For Group. Used to indicate that a player is looking for a group of players to play with.

Newbie/Noob: A term to indicate a new player. Can be a derogatory term.

PST: Please Send Tell. Indicates that a player would like someone to contact them directly in game.

OMW: On My Way.

WTB: Want To Buy.

WTS: Want To Sell.

WTT: Want To Trade.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or contact me at mark@gameongirl.com or on Twitter @MarsUller.

Monday
Oct272014

episode 135 - Game on Ghouls

In our first ever Halloween episode, Rhonda and I talk about season 7 of True Blood. I will warn you now - WE SPOIL EVERYTHING. So if you are a fan and haven't watched, skip to the last part of the episode where we talk about our favorite scary games, TV, movies, and books. My book selection made Rhonda laugh out loud. You should listen just to find out why! 

"True Blood", Season 7

SCARY GAMES

Silent Hill, Konami
Dead Space, EA (available for Kindle and Android)
Pandemic, Z-man Games

SCARY MOVIE

"The Shining"
"Session 9"

SCARY TV

"American Horror Story"
"The Walking Dead", Season 5, Episode 1

SCARY BOOK

"The Amityville Horror", Jay Anson
"50 Shades of Grey", E. L. James

DREAM COSTUME

Wonder Woman
Ellen Ripley and the Caterpillar work loader

COMING EVENTS

NC ComicCon, November 15th & 16th, Durham

"Horns", rated R, starring Daniel Radcliffe

"Strange Empire", CBC
Set in 1869 Alberta-Montana border country, 'Strange Empire' is a Western whose heroes are women. With most of the men gone, and those who remain battling for control, the women struggle to survive, to find their independence, and to build a life in which to thrive and raise families.

"2 Broke Girls", CBS
"Mom", Season 2, CBS
"The McCarthys", CBS
"Elementary", CBS
"Grimm", NBC
"Alpha House", Amazon
"Web Therapy", Showtime 

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Until next time, game on! 
Regina & Rhonda 

Every sound I hear, every time the phone rings, every shadow in the corner of my eye, I think it’s Bill. I keep expecting him to come through the door and say, “Sookie.”

- True Blood, Season 3, Episode 2, 18:14

Episode 135

Friday
Oct242014

❤ Positive Feminism

When I’m on a con panel, I look for an opportunity to mention that I don’t agree with the conclusions of She-who-shall-not-be-named in her Game-Trope series and that her voice is not the best to put forward for feminism.* When I say this, there are audible groans of disapproval in the audience. That’s fine. I want the community to be open to differing opinions and keep an open mind. But it seems people aren’t comfortable doing that.

After one panel at DragonCon a handful of people came up to me and secretly confessed they agreed with me about She-who-shall-not-be-named. “But if she’s not our feminist delegate, who else is there? Don’t I have to fall in line?”

Absolutely not.

Putting forth only one representative for a complex idea will, in fact, have the opposite effect. The fallout we’ve been seeing lately is a clear example of that. The proliferation of hearsay may even cause the  altogether loss of the term ‘feminism’ as anything socially positive. A valid cause and idea has become lost in a screaming match. There are lots of reasons for the screaming (lies, misinformation, piety, etc.), but one is the desperate need of the feminist community to defend the narrow representation we’ve put forth.

The feminist model that speaks for you should be chosen by you, not a community, hashtag, meme, or prolific headliner. Social media is defining who and what you are. Drive social media; don’t ride its helter-skelter, chameleon party bus. Choose for yourself a feminist that speaks for you and raise them up via your tweets, friend clicks, likes, posts, tumbles, etc. We talk to people on the show all the time that may voice your feminism  look back at those as a starting point.

The first thing you need to do is understand is what feminism means to you. Feminism is not a cause, it’s a conviction. Feminism is not a negative, it’s a positive. “I’m against hate speech,” is a cause. “I’m for inclusion and diversity,” is a conviction. Spell out your principles on paper about what it means to you to be a feminist. Then, you can choose a mentor and a cause.

One feminist cause seems to be railing against hate speech but it’s a very small and futile one. As any psychologist will tell you about relationships (or anyone who’s been in a relationship), you can’t change another person — not with reasoning, screaming, badgering, shaming… anything. You’ll make bigger strides for feminism if you become a better feminist than you will in trying to stop one person’s hate speech. As a group cause, we can encourage individuals to stand up, one-on-one, against online hate speech.

What about death threats? This is different. It is a form of hate speech, but it crosses a line. This is not a cause, it is a crime, and our tax-paid enforcement agencies should be dealing with it. If they are not, you have a cause with law and enforcement leaders and your social media rants may actually work against you in this. If you are a victim of threats, you should be going to the police and not online. There is no benefit to you or the community to make threats public.

“But people need to know this is happening.”

In regards to death threats specifically, why? If law enforcement is handling it, then what does it benefit feminism or the online community to know about it? If it is being dealt with, it is, by definition, not a cause. And you’re not going to stop it by putting it on the new celebrity stage of social media. Retweeting gives it importance and I don’t think it’s the importance you intend. Believe me; the hater is thrilled you retweeted. The online affirmation is the retweet/like/❤/△/@.

To Regina’s optimism, I am the pessimist. I see no end to hate or threatening speech. And if we can’t change the other person then let’s not waste our efforts. Exert all of this energy to raise the positive message, live an example of our feminism, be a feminist mentor, and put forth more and more representatives. If we’re going on a raid, we need more than a single crafting sorceress.

I'll Give You A Topic

Are there any other feminist models out there? Who are they?

* I think I used all the hot-button words in that sentence. That should get a bunch of unnecessary hits. Bleh.

Tuesday
Oct212014

episode 134 - Anne Marie Porter: Gaming & Health Research

This week we catch up with researcher and graduate student, Anne Marie Porter. Anne Marie shares with us her research exploring games and health. Yes, you read that right. HEALTH. Listen to hear some fascinating effects gaming can have on the brain. 

Rhonda and I WRaP up our week as the fall TV season takes off. I share some shows I am reluctant to return to this season - are there any on your NOT to watch list?

WATCHING

"Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge", SyFy, HuluPlus
"New Girl", Season 3 on Netflix
"Brooklyn Nine Nine", Fox
"Selfie", ABC

READING

"Chicks Dig Gaming", Mad Norwegian Press, out November 11
"In the Woods", Tana French
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory", Caitlin Doughty

PLAYING

"Magic: The Gathering"

COMING

NC ComicCon, November 15 & 16, Durham, NC
"John Wick"
that samari movie Keanu Reeves did ("47 Ronin")
"Constantine", NBC
"2 Broke Girls", CBS

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Until next time, game on! 
Regina & Rhonda 

I will eviscerate you in fiction. Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity.

- Chaucer, A Knight's Tale

Episode 134

Wednesday
Oct152014

Game On Girl at GeekGirlCon '14!