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Friday
Aug012014

Gaming Terminology Primer: Introduction

So, recently my mother started checking out Game on Girl. She's been gaming on PC since the good old days of Doom and Hexen. She still plays Diablo 2 from time to time, as well as various games on other platforms. She told me that she really liked my articles (thanks, Mom!), but that she didn't always understand the jargon. So I thought it might be good to write a series of articles on gaming terminology, both for my mother (hi, Mom!) and anyone else who might be thrown off a bit by our use of jargon around here.

I'm primarily going to stick to PC gaming and what I consider to be the three most common genres in PC gaming because, well, that's what I play. (By the way, PC stands for Personal Computer.) I'm going to do my best to hit the terms I consider to be important and basic, but if I miss something you were curious about, I'm certainly happy to take questions along the way. You can do that either by posting in the comments below, emailing me at Mark@gameongirl.com, or via twitter @MarsUller.

Wherever possible I'm going to cross reference other articles and podcasts on Game on Girl that are related to what I am covering. Regina and Rhonda have several podcasts on this subject and it would be a shame not to utilize them.

So let's get an early start, shall we? Here are the three most basic PC game genres, in my opinion, to start with. They have a lot more to them, but I'll be covering them in more depth in the coming weeks.

RPG 

Stands for Role Playing Game. This is a game type that is basically a pen and paper role playing game shipped off to your computer. Think Dungeons and Dragons and you've got the right idea, only your game master is a heartless bastard because it's a machine.

Shooter

At its most basic, a shooter is a game where you spend most of your time solving most of your problems with the available weaponry in whatever setting you happen to be in. While this might seem like that's all there is to shooters, I will show you there's more.

Strategy

Because Risk just wasn't enough. Yup, that's right. Generally, a genre of pushing your little dudes around the map so you can become the overlord of wherever it is they are running around.

I know these definitions are a little vague, but I promise we'll go a whole lot deeper. Next time, for instance, we are going to delve deeper into the depths of RPGs and I'll teach you how to talk like a professional elf.

 

"Remember the Athenians."

Wednesday
Jul302014

Continue?: Bullies, Video Games and the Concept of an Extra Life (Part III)

Author's Note - This series of essays discusses the tribulations I faced as a child and teenager in very explicit detail, and is extremely personal. However, it was very therapeutic to write, and while there are some embarrassing revelations about my youth in the piece, I feel that it is still worth sharing. Also keep in mind that I am not censoring anything that happened to me, so there are very harsh words in this text. For that reason, I will place the rest of this piece behind a jump. I have added images, including some original art I made in Photoshop in high school that, in retrospect, suggests the duality of lives I discuss in the essay, which was a prevalent thought even back then.

I recommend you read the first and second parts of this essay before finishing up this series!

Click to read more ...

Monday
Jul282014

episode 123 - Fangirl Tricia Barr

Have we got a great show for you this week! Tricia Barr from FANgirl Blog joins us. We discuss Star Wars fandom, strong female characters, and writing. Check out the episode and let us know what you think in the comments.

Links

Tricia Barr is FanGirl
"What is Strong?"
"Agent of My Own Destiny: A Discussion of Character Agency"
"Wynde"

SUMMER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

We didn't do book recommendations on the show because we were having such a great conversation with Tricia, but here is what we would have said:

BEACH

The Guild - The Offical Companion (because fandom belongs at the beach - Regina) 
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (because, you know, sand - Rhonda)

MOUNTAINS

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier  (because it's about a mountain, duh. :) - Regina) 
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (because the mountains are thought provoking - Rhonda)

INTERNATIONAL 

A Light in August by William Faulkner (because reading awesome american novels internationally is just awesome - Regina) 
Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver (international murder/thriller - Rhonda)

Until next time, game on! 
Regina & Rhonda

Episode 123

Friday
Jul252014

What Hercules' Butt and Lindy West Taught Me Today

Hercules by Baccio BandinelliThis morning I came across a Lindy West article on Jezebel, “Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked.” First off, I didn’t know about Lindy West prior to this. Maybe I’m an idiot but, the internet is big.

After reading through the list and laughing, especially at the “bonus butts,” and reminiscing, I stopped myself and thought, “Wait. If this were written by a man about women’s butts, there would be outrage,” even if it is intended to be humorous.

I was going to call Lindy West out for applying a double standard. Sometimes women rage and rant against objectification of women and then, in turn, feel entitled to objectify men. This does nothing to bring awareness and change and, frankly, makes you a hypocrite or someone who likes to scream, “Wolf!” without having discernable convictions.

Writing pieces analyzing my feelings and motives is not my style. I don’t believe anyone wants to read my touchy-feely dribble. Logic and research are my weapons. Context is my mantra. Given that, I decided to research Lindy West and, after doing so, completely changed my mind on calling her out.

You’ll notice my first reaction to her article was to laugh. It was funny. That’s because she’s a comedian, a humorist, with a slice-of-life perspective. Go to her site and read her bio, or watch her videos.

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image.

This brought me around to another peeve I have with the easily-offended crowd. They lose their sense of humor. You can’t even laugh at yourself, the silliness of your sex, or human foibles anymore. And if we really aspire for men to be respectful of women and vice versa, then men should be able to see the humor in women the same way Lindy did in this article about Hercules’ butts. It’s Hercules, people. That’s funny.

Thank you, Lindy, for schooling me today.

Monday
Jul212014

episode 122 - Con*Gregate

This week, Rhonda reports about her experiences at ConGregate, a fan con in Winstom-Salem, North Carolina. Listen to hear all about this great experience! We continue our summer book recommendations based on your vacation destination of choice.

Links

Con*Gregate

Laura Haywood-Cory with Baen Books
Allegra Liana, the Chainmail Chick
Randy Richards, Paul Revere: The Zombies Are Coming
Tricia Barr is FanGirl
Edmund Schubert
Emily Lavin Leverett, editor and author
Janine K. Spendlove
Doc Geressy, The Sci-Fried Eggs show
Larry Correia
Stuart Jaffe
Paula S. Jordan on DarkCargo

SUMMER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

BEACH

Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (The Blogess) 
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

MOUNTAINS

Grave Witch - An Alex Craft Novel by Kalyana Price 
The Stand by Stephen King

INTERNATIONAL 

The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway 
The Bone Woman by Clea Koff

Let us know about any local cons you are attending and your book recommendations for the summer!

Until next time, game on! 
Regina & Rhonda 

Episode 122