Dress UP Queer: Fashion and Acquisition in Love Nikki – Dress UP Queen

Fashion doesn’t exist without acquisition, and acquisition means labor. In Love Nikki – Dress UP Queen, the player can get all the clothes they could want if they are willing to put in the labor. In many ways, the experience of playing Dress UP Queen emulates the processes, thoughtfulness, and labor of putting together an outfit, which is the true heart of fashion.


Flashfic: Living Our Best Gaming Lives

One of the things we love most about gaming is the ability to lose ourselves in other worlds. If our gamer motivation profiles are anything to go by, it’s clear that immersion is high the list of elements we look for in a game. We are the kind of people who take the time to truly explore our gaming worlds and really, really get to know the companions that accompany us while we are there.

Today we’re taking it one step further with a flashfic challenge by writing ourselves into our favourite/current game worlds. Care to join us? Leave your 500 word flashfic in the comments! (more…)

Queer Fantasy: An Exploration of a Genre Through Modern Narrative Games

This series will focus on my thoughts about Queerness and Fantasy through the lens of tabletop and video games. I believe these intersections, and the further intersection of Queer Fantasy through games, is very important in the year 2017. As games become a larger cultural touchstone, Fantasy games come closer to the forefront of pop culture. Fantasy, as shown by the staggering readerships of authors like J. K. Rowling and J. R. R. Tolkien, is a genre in high demand. Tolkien in his time offered tales of heroism in the shadow of Fascist regimes as well as escapism. Queer Fantasy goes farther to show the heroism of the oppressed, ignored, and othered. In our current battle with fascism this is an artistic weapon we should be making use of.