Fandom tends to be seen as an inherently male interest. We have so many cultural stereotypes enhancing this belief. From The Big Bang Theory to “the fake gamer girl,” nerdiness always seems to start as something male, and then move towards women. For a while, this was pretty accurate. In 2010, only 35% of New York Comic Con attendees were women. However, as time goes on, these men get married. They have kids, and they pass on their nerdy genes.
With that in mind, I asked my fellow writers if they had inherited any of their geekiness from their fathers, or for any good stories about how their fathers inspired them towards the nerd community. Here are the responses I got:
Every year, millions of gamers look forward to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3. Since I was not able to make it to E3 in person, I did the next best thing and attended the event virtually. June 14th and 15th I dedicated to watching the Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3. This will be the recap of only day 1. I felt the need to give anyone out there who couldn’t attend in person or virtually an in-depth recap of the most anticipated upcoming video games. Us gamers have to stick together, right?
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.
In honor of the holiday (from which my stomach is still recovering), I thought I’d continue the theme of thankfulness that’s circling around and share the three games that have had the biggest impact on my life. It was tough to choose, but when it came down to it these were the games I simply couldn’t do without.
It’s that time of the year again: speculations abound, rumors fly, and the big names vie for the position of top dog…yes, it’s almost E3! Arguably the biggest event of the industry is fast approaching (June 10-12), and it’s never too early to begin rounding up all of the exciting possibilities that may await us at this year’s expo. So here follows the confirmed, the hearsay, and the wild ideas that I desperately hope for when I can’t sleep at night from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo:
Over the past semester I’ve been working on a project for a class that I’ve been taking. In this class, the Hero’s Journey, we studied the comprehensive comparative theories of the universality of mythology, from Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, the American Hero, the Feminine Hero, Final Participation, to Mythopoeia. All semester we’ve been reading stories that have spanned thousands of years; we’ve discussed movies and books and I happened to be assigned the project relating mythology to video games. I’ve been preparing for it all semester by reading extensively about different games and in-game lore, doing actual historical research regarding locations in games that are based on fact, attending PAX East (both for fun and for increasing my general and specific knowledge regarding certain games), and probably most importantly- playing a whole new set of games I had never dabbled in before.
I think it is necessary to begin this review with an admission: while I love the Zelda franchise and will ruthlessly defend Majora’s Mask against anyone who badmouths it, I’ve never played A Link to the Past. Does this discredit my review of A Link Between Worlds? I don’t think so, but if you’d rather read a strict comparison between the two rather than an exploration of ALBW itself, then this article is not for you.
That being said, from what I know of ALTTP I can understand how people who have played it may find that ALBW is re-treading too much old ground – some reviewers were disappointed when they discovered how much they knew their way around the overworld – but I think that the re-designed dungeons and new mechanic of wall-merging (more on that later!) puts enough of a spin on the game to offer something for new and old players alike. For me, this Hyrule was completely fresh and I loved it, which perhaps speaks to how devoted most players are to ALTTP: if the excitement I felt exploring this world is anything like the excitement others have felt for ALTTP’s Hyrule, then I can understand the hype.