Recently, I noticed a new hashtag pop up on my Twitter feed: #DiversifyTabletop. I took notice because I’ve seen a couple of attempts to make lists of tabletop games made by women, PoC, and members of the LGBTQ community. The assumption is that these type of creators are not as visible as the traditional straight white male designer. There are a lack of resources, promotion, and cultural support for those outside of this mold. Tanya D. and Emily Care Boss are trying to fix that through their initiative “Diversify Tabletop.” (more…)
I am a gaming mom, so it should come as no surprise that my kids have gotten into gaming too. They enjoying watching me play games like Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I even let them add their two cents to the process when appropriate. But when mommy needs to have some sexy times with her pixel people, the kids have to find their own gaming entertainment. My eldest—we’ll call her Bunny—is nine years old and is generally the one in charge of the kids’ PC, though she’ll sometimes let her sister, Panda, age seven, have a say. Bunny has long since outgrown game sites like TVO Kids, BBC Kids, and Kids’ CBC. Now she prefers massive multiplayer online (MMO) games for kids when she isn’t building elaborate structures in Minecraft or putting the magic of friendship to work in the My Little Pony app.
“Games are for everyone,” we say to ourselves, or on Twitter, or when our moms ask us about #GamerGate: “That’s why this is happening. Because some people think games are for everyone, and some people don’t.”
PAX East 2015 is a convention that’s out to prove it: games are for everyone. And you know what? It works.
There has been a lot of negativity and poison within gaming culture of late, but on October 25th, over 40,000 gamers set all that aside to do what we do best in a 24-hour gaming marathon in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I am so very thankful to friends and family who helped me reach my goal, and so proud of my fellow gamers for making this event bigger and better every year. You can read more about the Extra Life campaign in my previous post.
Other than pesky colds and the occasional flu (damn you, back to school germs!), my kids are fairly healthy, and for this, I am extremely thankful. But my heart forever goes out to the children and parents who are not so fortunate which is why, for the third year running, I’ll be participating in the Extra Life gaming marathon on October 25, 2014.