Why is the word “gamer” such a loaded term?
Do you have a girl gamer in your life? If so, we wanted to tip you off to this five-part series from Latoya Peterson – Girl Gamers that presents another take on women and gaming that interrogates the building blocks of games, the psychology behind play, and the power of storytelling. It explores everything from why there isn’t (yet) a female answer to the iconic strategy board game Settlers of Catan, the racial politics of consent and tentacle porn, larger questions of art and female heroines, and perhaps the most important question of all: What do we talk about when we talk about games?
Here’s a sneak peek!
Latoya Peterson has been gaming since 1989, ever since she snuck into her parents room to touch the forbidden NES and the covetable gold cartridge Zelda. She occasionally wrote game criticism and commentary for places like Jezebel, Kotaku, Racialicious, and the long defunct women focused online gaming magazine Cerise. She also organized a SXSW Screenburn panel in 2010 on Social Justice in Video Games and wrote about gaming while female for the June 2015 issue of ESPN Magazine. She remembers when there were only eight people writing about race and video games and the Escapist paid 17 cents a word.