Video Game Studies and Digital Cultures Roundup #1

I realized that I spend quite bit of energy point and clicking, copying and pasting, liking and tweeting news stories, blog posts, and scholarship about video game studies and digital cultures (and fan cultures).  It would be nice, I thought, if I could aggregate (as best as possible) all of those bits and bytes.  I know there are a number of digital tools to help me do this, but I kind of like organizing by hand.  Here is a first and partial list from the past few months:

Video Games / Digital Cultures

The Best Character Creation Tool, Now Available Without Its Game
http://kotaku.com/the-best-character-creation-tool-is-now-available-witho-1753738622

An Exhibition That Proves Video Games Can Be Art
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/10/t-magazine/art/jason-rohrer-video-games-exhibit-davis-museum.html

CultureNotFoundException
http://adanewmedia.org/2015/11/issue8-pine-kazuo/

Game Designer with a Humanist Edge
https://artsci.washington.edu/news/2016-02/game-designer-humanist-edge

Geek Male Identity Has Been Reduced to Kylo Ren Thrashing a Computer with His Sword – This Needs to Change
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/geek-male-identity-has-been-reduced-to-kylo-ren-impotently-thrashing-a-computer-with-his-sword-this-a6790401.html

Goodbye Weekend Plans: Internet Archive Now Lets You Play 900 Classic Arcade Games
http://mashable.com/2014/11/02/internet-archive-arcade/#SUDyWi.Aw8qH

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself
http://www.wired.com/2015/10/margaret-hamilton-nasa-apollo/

In a Jam Between Community and Capitalism: A Critical Look at Game Jams
https://modelviewculture.com/news/in-a-jam-between-community-and-capitalism-a-critical-look-at-game-jams

New Barbie Makes Video Games For A Living
http://kotaku.com/new-barbie-makes-video-games-for-a-living-1755800592

‘The Last Game I Make Before I Die’: Fighting Cancer By Making A Video Game
http://kotaku.com/building-a-sanctuary-fighting-cancer-by-making-a-video-1758326409

A Videogame That Teaches You to Write Poetry, Even if It Intimidates You
http://www.wired.com/2015/01/elegy-dead-world/

Video Games Are Missing Black Voices (Literally)
https://motherboard.vice.com/read/video-games-are-missing-black-voices-nadine-ross-podcast-uncharted

We’re the Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things on the Internet
http://qz.com/582113/were-the-reason-we-cant-have-nice-things-online/

Games of Color

Finally, a Video Game Hero for Africa
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/20/africa/cameroon-video-game-fantasy-aurion/index.html

Professor Discusses Lack of Diversity in Video Games
http://dailynexus.com/2016-01-28/professor-discusses-lack-of-diversity-in-video-games/

Gender / LGBT / Queer Games

Beyond Lara Croft: 30 Truly Interesting Female Game Characters – Part One
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/25/beyond-lara-croft-30-truly-interesting-female-game-characters-part-one

Super Mario Sisters? At USC, Women Now Outnumber Men in Video Game Design Graduate Program
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-usc-women-video-game-design-program-20160124-htmlstory.html

Video Games Allow Transgender People to Be Themselves
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charlize-veritas/transgender-people-video-games_b_9205330.html

We Must Bulldoze What’s Left of the Nerdy White Men’s Internet
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/headline-story/11843/angry-white-male-internet/

Nerd of Color / Fandom

10 Sci-Fi Stories Created by Women of Color
http://www.themarysue.com/10-sci-fi-stories-created-by-women-of-color/

Going Medieval: POCs in Medieval, Greek, and Roman Eras
http://thenerdsofcolor.org/2016/02/11/going-medieval/

The Hero of This Comic Book is a Single, Black Mother Raising Her Super-Powered Son
http://fusion.net/story/189260/raising-dion-super-parenting/?element=18981

Star Trek’s Black Guest Stars, 1966-1967
http://sfwriter.com/blog/?p=3947

The Struggles And Triumphs Of Black Cosplay
http://cosplay.kotaku.com/the-struggles-and-triumphs-of-black-cosplay-1757730742

 

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