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Episode 115 - Alison "Mu" Jones

We've got a great show for you this week! Alison "Mu" Jones joins us to discuss art, gaming, and role playing. We discuss Alison's comic about spectrum slide in great detail during the show. Make sure to check it out.

We WRaP about our current geeky passions in what we're Watching, Reading, and Playing. 

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show! Let us know what you think in the comments!
Until next time, game on!
Regina & Rhonda

Episode 115


Misogyny Missive: Metal Gear Sexism

The Metal Gear franchise. The exploits of Solid (or Naked) Snake have given rise to some of the most amazing moments in all of gaming, and has produced some of the most iconic characters -- good or bad -- in the gaming lexicon. It has style, substance, and surreality in each and every chapter, and creator Hideo Kojima is unafraid of taking risks and gambles with this monster of a series despite its lucrative branding. However, there is one area that this franchise stupidly tumbles into again and again: blatant, unapologetic sexism. Female characters -- particularly those who work with or against Snake out in the field -- are nearly always played up for their looks and/or bodies. Women are often victims of male gaze, which can go as far as pure voyeurism. There are secret ways to strip characters to their underwear. And the latest two chapters, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, take the misogyny into bold new territories of discomfort. All and all, I'm disgusted and tired of it, and I've decided to write off any interest in the series. Let me break down why (some images feature scantily clad women to prove my point. Not recommended for work).

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Episode 114v - Show & Tell: Our Fav Geek Toys

In our latest episode, editor extraordinaire Ryan joins us as we show and tell our top three favorite geeky toys. Check out the video and share your favorite toys in the comments. 

Buffy action figure
Wonder Woman action figure
Rosie the Riveter

Lego Alien
PvZ plush Zombie
The New 52, Justice League, Wonder Woman figure

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine
Lego VW Camper

Lego "Back to the Future" DeLorean

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Until next time, game on!
Regina & Rhonda & Ryan 

Episode 114v


The Need for Gender Equality in Video Games, Inside and Out: Part 3

Note: This was originally written for my WRI 105 class for an essay prompt asking “How Shall We Live?” For an article, I have included supplementary illustrations and made some further additions. The first part can be accessed here, and the second here.

EARTHBOUND: Addressing the Issues

“Game developers are forever talking about how much they listen to the audience, how keen they are on offering choice and freedom. Now is the time to fulfill their boast.” – Colin Campbell, Polygon

I noted earlier that looking into the sexism inherent in games would help illuminate the misogyny polluting the industry. Media sways culture, but culture also sways media in a vicious cycle. How can the gaming industry even begin to fix these problems when our entire society is entrenched in sexism?

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Famicom Females: Pauline, Bubbles and Nana

After a year plus hiatus, Famicom Females is back with a new format, multiple subjects and a chronological structure from the beginnings of the NES/Famicom to the present! This is a fairly meaty post, so hit the jump to discover the three earliest female characters to grace Nintendo's first major home console!

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