Video Game Studies, Digital Cultures, & Fandom Roundup #2

Here is another list of various links that I have come across in the past few months (see previous Roundup here: http://www.edmondchang.com/2016/02/13/video-game-studies-and-digital-cultures-roundup-1/):

Video Games / Digital Cultures

#000000 {lives:matter;}
http://www.jamestgreen.com/projects/blacklivesmatter/

Block’hood – Vertical city simulator with focus on ecology, decay and coexistence

Code Is Political
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/code-is-political
Digital Companies Need More Liberal Arts Majors
https://hbr.org/2016/01/digital-companies-need-more-liberal-arts-majors
Engare, a Videogame about the Mathematical Beauty of Islamic Art
https://killscreen.com/articles/engare-a-videogame-about-the-mathematical-beauty-of-islamic-art/
Game Designer with a Humanist Edge
https://artsci.washington.edu/news/2016-02/game-designer-humanist-edgeLaunching The Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3
http://eliterature.org/2016/02/launching-the-electronic-literature-collection-vol-3/No Man’s Sky: The Game Where You Can Explore 18 Quintillion Planets
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/12/no-mans-sky-18-quintillion-planets-hello-games?CMP=share_btn_tw

Pokemon Go Syllabus
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xYuozfkON-RVZQkr7d1qLPJrCRqN8TkzeDySM-3pzeA/edit

Purr Ideology: The Neoliberal Pleasures of Neko Atsume
https://overland.org.au/2015/12/purr-ideology-the-neoliberal-pleasures-of-neko-atsume/

Special Issue: ‘Negotiating Gamer Identities’ | Press Start
http://press-start.gla.ac.uk/index.php/press-start/issue/view/4

Table of Contents
Editorial: Negotiating Gamer Identities
A Gendered Identity Debate in Digital Game Culture
Girls, Guys and Games: How News Media Perpetuate Stereotypes of Male and Female Gamers
“No Girls on the Internet”: The Experience of Female Gamers in the Masculine Space of Violent Gaming
Discussing Identities through Game-Making: A Case Study
A Gatekeeper Final Boss: An Analysis of MOGAI Representation in Video Games
Female Fighters: Perceptions of Femininity in the Super Smash Bros. Community
Default Characters and the Embodied Nature of Play: Race, Gender, and Gamer Identity

Stunning Video Game Is Like An Ancient Greek Urn Come To Life
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3042114/stunning-video-game-is-like-an-ancient-greek-urn-come-to-life

Ten of the Best One-Night Games
http://kotaku.com/ten-of-the-best-one-night-games-1690245740

There Is a Video Game Where You Just Take Care of Succulents
http://mentalfloss.com/article/67770/there-video-game-where-you-just-take-care-succulents

Games of Color

50% Of Rust Characters Are Now Women, Whether Players Want It Or Not
http://kotaku.com/rust-turns-50-of-its-players-into-women-1770379368

Black Characters in Video Games Must Be More Than Stereotypes of the Inhuman
http://boingboing.net/2015/10/09/black-characters-in-video-game.html

A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction

Every Galaxy Needs More Than Three People of Color

How Videogame Depictions of Racism Distract from Real Discourse
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/03/how-videogame-depictions-of-racism-distract-from-r.html

Indigenous Games & Game Devs You Should Know
https://femhype.com/2016/02/21/sunday-loot-indigenous-games-game-devs-you-should-know/

The Natural: The Trouble Portraying Blackness in Video Games
http://kotaku.com/the-natural-the-trouble-portraying-blackness-in-video-1736504384

Video Games without People of Color are Not ‘Neutral’
http://boingboing.net/2015/06/26/race-video-games-witcher-3.html

Would You Believe There Have Been Only 14 Playable Black Women in Gaming?
http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/would-you-believe-there-have-been-only-14-playable-black-women-in-gaming-7484017

Warning: Pokemon GO is a Death Sentence if you are a Black Man.
https://medium.com/mobile-lifestyle/warning-pokemon-go-is-a-death-sentence-if-you-are-a-black-man-acacb4bdae7f#.hvh5dev2m

Gender / LGBT / Queer Games

Gamers Flood Baldur’s Gate Expansion with Negative Reviews After It Introduces a Transgender Character

LGBTQ Video Game Archive
https://www.lgbtqgamearchive.com/

Nintendo Firing a Female Gamer Only Makes the Trolls More Rabid

Queer Game Studies 101: An Introduction to the Field (2016)
http://ourglasslake.com/queer-game-studies-101/

Samus Is Trans, and Ronda Rousey Probably Shouldn’t Play Her
http://harlot.media/articles/samus-is-trans-and-ronda-rousey-probably-shouldnt-play-her

Sexist Trolls Are Attacking Barbie for Her New Career as a Game Developer
https://mic.com/articles/146446/sexist-trolls-are-attacking-barbie-for-her-new-career-as-a-game-developer

Sims 4 Removes Gender Restrictions on Clothing, Hairstyles, and Other Character Customizations
http://www.themarysue.com/sims-4-gender-updates/

The Vagina Video Game that was too Racy for Apple
http://mashable.com/2016/06/07/la-petite-mort-app/#zmUZq_GPFgqm

Nerd / Fandom

#NotAllRolePlayers: A History of Rapey Dungeon Masters
http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/notallroleplayers-a-history-of-rapey-dungeon-masters

The 1980s Media Panic Over Dungeons & Dragons
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-1980s-media-panic-over-dungeons-dragons

As an Homage to George Takei, John Cho’s Sulu Is Gay in Star Trek Beyond
http://www.vulture.com/2016/07/john-cho-george-takei-sulu-gay-star-trek-beyond.html

Dear JK Rowling: We’re Still Here

Fandom Meets Feminism in UO Residence Hall Event
http://around.uoregon.edu/content/fandom-meets-feminism-uo-residence-hall-event

Gen Con 2016 Sends Clear Message that Gaming is for Everyone

The Importance Of Fanfiction For Queer Youth
http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/05/16/the-importance-of-fan-fiction-for-queer-youth/

It’s Not Just Video Games — Tabletop Gaming Has a Harassment Problem Too
http://www.vox.com/2016/4/7/11371194/tabletop-harassment-malifaux-controversy

Labyrinth and the Dark Heart of Childhood
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/06/labyrinth-captured-the-dark-heart-of-childhood/489146/

Satirical Erotica Author Chuck Tingle’s Massive Troll of Conservative Sci-Fi Fans, Explained
http://www.vox.com/2016/5/26/11759842/chuck-tingle-hugo-award-rabid-puppies-explained

Sci-fi Media Coverage Dominated by Men, Survey Shows
https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/may/12/sci-fi-media-coverage-dominated-by-men-survey-shows

A Short Review of Ghostbusters and A Longer Pummel of Manboys
http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/07/17/a-short-review-of-ghostbusters-and-a-longer-pummel-of-manboys/

Have You Heard of Sneaky Cards? The Game is Turning Everyday Life into Quite an Adventure.
http://www.upworthy.com/have-you-heard-of-sneaky-cards-the-game-is-turning-everyday-life-into-quite-an-adventure?g=2&c=ufb3

The Soft Sexism Of Hating On The New GHOSTBUSTERS
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/05/18/the-soft-sexism-of-hating-on-the-new-ghostbusters

Stranger Things Is a Nerdy Story That Is So Much More Than Its References
http://io9.gizmodo.com/stranger-things-is-a-nerdy-story-that-is-so-much-more-t-1784070723

SXSW’s Online Harassment Summit was Just One More Place for Men to Ignore Women
http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/13/11215268/sxsw-2016-online-harassment-summit-wendy-davis-katherine-clark

Tabletop Gaming has a White Male Terrorism Problem
http://latining.tumblr.com/post/141567276944/tabletop-gaming-has-a-white-male-terrorism-problem

This Illustrator Explains To Bros Why They Need Feminism
http://bust.com/arts/16202-artist-drags-sexism-toxic-masculinity-and-double-standards-in-epic-comic-takedowns.html

Why Nerds Are So Sexist
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/why-nerds-are-so-sexist

Why Do So Many Fairy Tales Feature Magical Shoes?
http://www.racked.com/2016/5/24/11689794/magical-shoes-folklore-fairy-tales

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