Cute Diggle PlushieBy now everyone knows how much fun I think Dungeons of Dredmor is. Those of you wanting reviews, I plan to do one once the Conquest of the Wizardlands expansion is patched. If you’re new here, I may have established that I’m pretty good at DoD when I murdered Lord Dredmor in an absurdly difficult way, and after doing so there were some events to follow that would lead to me finding a lot of great people in the game community (and having a whole new appreciation for the developer). Among the communities I found were the folks over at /r/Dredmor on Reddit. They started up a weekly Dredmor Challenge which I recently participated in and won (it was close!) So that means this week I get to make the new Reddit Dredmor Challenge! You can see the details here on Reddit/r/Dredmor. If you’re new to Reddit/terrifed of Reddit I’ve reposted the contest here as well so you can participate. (I’ll just post your scores on Reddit for you, either comment here or email me at thecakepie@gmail.com) Read more…

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Dated: 23rd August 2012
Filled Under: Games
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Image is of a badge in the center is a Hang Loose symbol and the outside is decorated with olive leaves and gold stars. The Badge reads: Declared Awesome
I’m about to tell you a story about videogames, kitchens, and internet forums that has a happy ending. Stop laughing, I’m serious.
 
What happened here has never happened to me before in my life, or to any other woman I have ever heard of, so listen up. Listen well all of you. If you’re a Game Dev or you moderate an internet community, or you’re a bunch of women who know how this usually plays out–no matter who the hell you are I promise you that you’ve never seen this before. Read more…

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Dated: 13th August 2012
Filled Under: Games
Comments: 122 Comments

Picture of an advice meme, young boy holding a game controller in the center of the image, with text on top that reads: sees girl online. And text on the bottom that reads: 'Make me a sandwich' trololol damn I'm cleverAs you know, yesterday I owned the shit out of Dungeons of Dredmor. The stats on Steam say only 1% of players have beaten the game on Going Rogue w/Permadeath, and 0.6% have beaten it on any difficulty with a random build. Even though there are no stats for the overlap, I may be the only person in the world who has beaten the game on BOTH (GR/PD + random).
 

Even still, apparently, to this helpless starving infant on the Gaslamp Games forum my only role is making kitchen food for baby boys who still can’t do it themselves. Read more…
 
 
 

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Dated: 1st August 2012
Filled Under: Games
Comments: 36 Comments

Image is of a young, battered Lara Croft with a bow slung over her and tying a bandage on her upper arm using her teeth to tighten the bandage. She is dirty, bruised, and the background is bleak and foggy.There’s a lot of talk right now in the videogame community about reactions to the Tomb Raider reboot trailer seen at E3. It’s especially interesting because it intersects with the topic of women in games (in their portrayal, development, and stories as well as some meta concepts). I was reading some of the predictable responses with extreme boredom, until I got to the Escapist Magazine’s op-ed by Susan Arendt. Read more…

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Dated: 15th June 2012
Filled Under: Games
Comments: 5 Comments

Image shows about a dozen female characters from videogames. Both new and old games, and major and minor characters are shown. The image is titled, Tropes vs Women: Video GamesI think it was about a year ago when a wild friend appeared on my facebook and shared with me the first of many of Anita Sarkeesian’s videos that I would watch. The video explained the “Bechdel Test”, which is simple test to see how women are included in storytelling. It was an opportune time in my life to watch the video because I was trying to understand feminism, a philosophy that I honestly had trouble getting behind. And yeah, I’m a woman (doesn’t that auto-include me for understanding women’s roles? No, it does not), but back then, I just thought feminism was about how other people personally interacted with women, and if they intended to be dominant over my gender or not. This bar was set to an impossible definition so that in truth, I would never have thought I had encountered “sexism” as I had defined it back then; I thought women who were feminists were just mad for no logical reason. Read more…

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Dated: 8th June 2012
Filled Under: Games, Kickstarters
Comments: 2 Comments