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In Which A Game Developer Actively Tries To Avoid Gendered Artwork

When development studio QCF started their beta build of Desktop Dungeons, they knew that their female characters needed some rethinking. The team’s awareness about female representation in games had grown since they began the project, and they were eager to incorporate that into their work. However, the reality of avoiding common pitfalls proved more challenging than they’d expected. As they put it, “Thinking about stuff was one matter, doing it was another.”

In a recent blog post, QCF provided some fascinating insights into their attempts to create a more egalitarian look for their game. Through what sounds like a lot of soul-searching and cultural unpacking, these devs decided on an atypical approach: Blur the binary.

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Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day Want You To Join A Day of Gaming [Video]

If you enjoyed last year’s International TableTop Day, well, good news – there’s another one on the way!  On April 5th, 2014 (yes, a different date from last year), you can join Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and thousands of others to celebrate gaming. Check out the website for more info on registering or finding an event, but first, enjoy this delightful promo!

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Which Part of the Triforce is Most Powerful?

Okay, you’re on our site, you I bet you can already guess which of the three pillars of the Triforce, Power, usually held by Ganondorf, Courage, usually held by Link, or Wisdom, usually held by Princess Zelda, winds up saving the day here.

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Warner Bros.’ Dungeons & Dragons Movie In Trouble As Universal Says “Back Off, We’re Already Making One”

That was fast.

It was only on Tuesday we heard the news that Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights to Dungeons & Dragons and is hoping to make movie that won’t cause eyeball bleeding. But now a dispute over those rights makes it look like they’ll have to fight a legal battle before getting to the swords and magic one.

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That’s Gonna Be -2 CON Damage: Warner Bros. Just Acquired the Movie Rights to Dungeons & Dragons

Buckle up. One of hallowed bastions of nerddom with one of the worst records at making a related movie that is in any way watchable has just been optioned for another adaptation. That’s right. Warner Bros. wants to make a Dungeons & Dragons movie.

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Get Ready For Two New Geeky Reality Shows On Syfy

Earlier this week we reported on a few new scripted series coming soon to the Syfy channel but the network also has a few reality shows in the works you might be interested in. One centers on cosplayers, the other is basically the Real World with geeks.

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Jean-Max Morris Recalls Being Told “You Can’t Have a Female Character in Games”

“We had some [prospective publishers] that said, ‘Well, we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.’ …We wanted to be able to tease on Nilin’s private life, and that means for instance, at one point, we wanted a scene where she was kissing a guy,” Morris said. “We had people tell us, ‘You can’t make a dude like the player kiss another dude in the game, that’s going to feel awkward.’ I’m like, ‘If you think like that, there’s no way the medium’s going to mature.’ There’s a level of immersion that you need to be at, but it’s not like your sexual orientation is being questioned by playing a game. I don’t know, that’s extremely weird to me.”Jean-Max Morris, creative director of Remember Me, to The PA Report.

Remember Me is a cyberpunk themed game whose hero Nilin “can “remix” an individual’s memories by hacking into their neural implants as she attempts to reclaim her memories.” Morris talked about the game, and the difficulties it encountered in getting made simply because it had a female player character, with the PA Report. His remarks illustrate, among other things, how misogyny and homophobia are often intertwined.

Previously in Women in Gaming

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Felicia Day Declares March 30 International Tabletop Day! [VIDEO]

We have days for just about everything else so I don’t see why not. Seriously though, this sounds like a lot of fun and I’m sure more than a few of my friends will be putting events together. March 30 also happens to be the Doctor Who premiere date here in the U.S. so it’s just going to be one long day of geeky fun! Find out more at TabletopDay.com.

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Gamemaker Siobhan Reddy Featured on BBC’s List of 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK

You’d expect a BBC list of the 100 most powerful women to include crafters of mainstream culture like pop star Adele, internationally bestselling author J.K. Rowling, and, of course, the Queen. But nestled in amongst political figures, business moguls, and Britain’s first openly gay Poet Laureate, there’s a brief description of the career of Siobhan Reddy, a woman who makes video games for a living.

Recognition of the power of women as well as the power of games? Naturally, we approve.

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What Will Geeks Make Of The New Roleplaying Game Comedy, Zero Charisma? [VIDEO]

Troll 2 actor and director of Best Worst Movie, a documentary about Troll 2, Michael Paul Stephenson, has produced a South by Southwest comedy entry called Zero Charisma. Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, with a script by Matthews, the trailer seems to have a stereotypical view of a game master and his roleplaying crew. But will the film turn into something more? Give it a watch and let us know your first impressions.

(via /Film)