In honor of our 1000th post (HOW AMAZING IS THAT???), we wanted to bring together our writers, and talk about what being a Geekette means to each of us.
For me (Sarah), being a Geekette isn’t just about being a geek. It’s about working to bring all kinds of people together, regardless of gender, sex, orientation, race, etc., and creating a space where every one can feel like a part of the community we all love so much. Four of us came together with one goal in mind with this website: to break down the boundaries women face in the geek world. But I think that the term “Geekette” has come to mean so much more than that. It’s about creating a community in itself, and including all people who want to be included, and repecting all people around us.
This latest season of ‘Game of Thrones’ can be summed up rather simply: bad things happen to good people. There are some exceptions to this rule, but this is largely the foundation upon which David and Dan’s Westeros is built. The problem with this is that the books cannot be summed up so – they can’t be summed up at all, really, and that’s a huge part of their appeal. No one is really bad or good in Martin’s Westeros; things happen, not always at the right time, to people who may or may not deserve it. Continue reading A Dance of Divergence: The Changing Landscape of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”→
Well, here we are again – eagerly awaiting this year’s biggest event for video game news, reveals, and upsets: the Electronic Entertainment Expo. As always, there are some amazing things to look forward to, some suprises expected, and some inevitable disappointments. Every studio, every developer will be frantically trying to steal the spotlight and outdo the competition. So, what are the top things you should be keeping an eye out for? Read on to find out!
On April 1st, Nintendo released their latest Nintendo Direct and announced that players would now be able to vote on who they’d like to see added next to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. But this was no April Fool’s – Nintendo soon posted an official Smash Bros.Ballot on their website with four simple questions: your gender, what character you’re voting for, the title of the game that that character appears in, and your reason why that character should become a fighter. Greater representation in games is all about making our opinions heard, and this ballot provides the perfect opportunity to let Nintendo know that there are awesome women that would make a great addition to the game. Though the voting is now closed, this was a great step towards making games more inclusive, and we at the Daily Geekette hope to see some positive changes come from it. So, without further ado, here are the 6 female characters we’d like to see make it into Smash Bros.
This fall, Robert Morris University Illinois gave out 35 scholarships as part of a new program–for gamers. The university was the first to offer scholarships for its dedicated League of Legends team, which is an official part of its athletics department. But, this week another university is following Robert Morris’ example: starting next fall, the University of Pikeville (Kentucky) will be offering scholarships for students interested in joining their newly-minted esports program.
As League of Legends becomes a worldwide phenomenon, it appears as though it (and other MOBAs) is also becoming legitimized in areas where video games have often been marginalized (though I wouldn’t be surprised if this newfound interest in MOBAs is due less to the general acceptance of video games as an accepted extracurricular and more to the ridiculous prize pools that games like League and Dota 2 have). So, what does this mean for female gamers?
Whenever January 1st rolls around, I find myself getting excited about the number of new books I’ll get to read during the coming year. I ask for recommendations from friends, read the end of the year book reviews, and make a promise to myself that I’ll discover at least 10 new stories before another January hits (a promise that seems inordinately difficult to keep once finals season begins). Right now, though, instead of asking friends for their favorites I’m going to be that friend for you, Daily Geekette reader, and tell you perhaps the most important tip you’ll receive all year:
Christmas may be over, but family and friends are still around – and I’d be willing to bet someone has a new console burning a hole through their pockets. What better activity to do with it than turn friends into enemies by beating the virtual bejeezus out of them? To facilitate this post-Christmas activity, I’ve come up with a list of the best games to play with others this holiday season:
Recently, a video was published on the American Enterprise Institute’s youtube channel entitled, “Are Video Games Sexist?” This video is the latest in the series “Factual Feminist,” hosted by ‘resident scholar’ Christina Hoff-Sommers. AEI is a private think tank that, according to their website, is “committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise.” A feminist scholar, from a think tank promoting individual opportunity, commenting on sexism in the video game industry? Fantastic!
Turns out, I was way, way, off the mark. Check out the video below, and follow along as I discuss some of the more controversial ideas in it:
With the recent news that Ursula K. Le Guin has become the National Book Foundation in America’s 27th recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, joining the ranks of such well-known women authors as Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Judy Blume, and Gwendolyn Brooks, I thought it appropriate to take a look back at what remains one of my favorite series of fantasy books: The Earthsea Trilogy. These three books (and later a fourth) follow the story of Ged, a young wizard on his journey towards understanding the world, and introduce many concepts and landscapes that I think are lacking from other well-known fantasy literature – not to mention they feature Le Guin’s fantastic writing and tend towards the philosophical. So without further ado, here are the five reasons I think you should be reading these books: