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“Girl Gamers” Episode 5 Unlocks the Hidden History of Women Gamers & Creators

 

The fifth and final episode of Latoya Peterson’s “Girl Gamers” series provides a series of game recommendations from many of the women who’ve appeared in the series. Examples span a variety of genres, including well-known favorites like Portal and Metal Gear Solid, and lesser-known gems like Emily Short’s Galatea.

The video begins and ends with reflections about how long games have been a part of humanity’s history, and how diverse players have always been. The history of women players and creators has been rendered invisible and deemed unimportant by sexist gatekeepers over generations. In modern times, we know the meaning of the word “gamer” is still fraught, thanks in part to videogame marketers, but also due to society’s gendered expectations about games and who plays them.

The entire five-part series of “Girl Gamers” videos, each clocking in at about 6 minutes, adds up to be a brief but impressively dense documentary about the state of games culture. There are plenty of questions left unanswered by this series, of course — but it’s an excellent educational tool that highlights a lot of gaming’s unheard histories and lesser-heard experiences.

Speaking of further experiences, our own interview with Latoya Peterson will undoubtedly be of interest to those of you who’ve seen all five episodes and want to know more about the talented host and creator of the series.

(via Fusion)

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Maddy Myers, journalist and arts critic, has written for the Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and tons more. She is a host on a videogame podcast called Isometric (relay.fm/isometric), and she plays the keytar in a band called the Robot Knights (robotknights.com).