January 23, 2008

Texts that Mimic Videogames

Filed under:Personal, Videogames, Writing — Lake Desire @ 10:39 am

Hey all. I want to pick your brains.

I’m taking a class on intermedia theory, and I’m deciding what to write my final paper on. I’d like to focus on remediation, the theory that new media mimics old form (like ebooks mimicking the printed page). I’m curious if there are any texts out there that mimic videogames. I was thinking about writing about how one could play the novel House of Leaves, and then bring in the DS game Hotel Dusk to discuss a game mimicking the presentation of a book (holding the DS sideways) and genre conventions of a mystery novel. (I haven’t played Hotel Dusk, but it would give me an excuse to check out a new game.)

My question for you all: any other texts (books, movies, games, otherwise) I should check out for my project? PC games are harder for me to play since I’m a Mac user, but I have access to pretty much any DS game, and am willing to rent or buy Wii and PS2 games.


November 5, 2007

New Cerise Issue

Filed under:News, Personal, Writing — Lake Desire @ 9:07 pm

The November issue of Cerise is out today! It’s sex themed, and I’m not especially into talking about sex, yet I find myself just as engaged with this issue of the magazine as any other. Go figure. I even had time to write an article for this issue (grad school is calming down a bit), a gamer story called Who’s entitled to me? It’s more of a narrative than analytical. I really needed to write it, but it was stuff that was hard to put out there for the world to read.


February 28, 2007

What would you title an anthology by and for gamer women?

Filed under:Writing — Lake Desire @ 6:44 pm

In one of my English classes, we’re making up a fictional publishing house, and one of my group’s books is an anthology written by gamer women, on gamer identity and forging a woman-friendly gamer identity.

If only this were a real anthology! I’ll just have to pretend that you all are contributors.

Anyone have any name suggestions? I’m trying to think of something a little more grown-up sounding than “Girls on Games.”


September 29, 2006

Frustrations of a Growing Up Gamer

Filed under:Personal, Videogames, Writing — Lake Desire @ 8:50 am

Last night, a good friends and my little brother came over to play Mario Party 2. My friend wanted to play all week, but I had an excuse every night: I was tired, I had articles to write, I had to get up early for school. We finally played, and I just couldn’t focus. My attention span was too short even for a video game.

I moved a few months ago, and we had no TV until recently. I immediately hooked up my game systems, but haven’t been able to really get into anything but my secret guilty pleasure: Final Fantasy X-2.

Maybe I’m just playing the same old games and need to buy something new. Get a second DDR pad or a new mix: I’ve had the same ones since high school. Pick up a used copy of Fatal Frame 2 so Meghann and I have another scary game to play together. Get some more four-player Nintendo games–Smash or another Mario Party–to play with roommates and friends. Wait for the Wii and Final Fantasy XII so I can be excited about a new console and new Square game like I was as a teenager. (Although I probably will wait a while for the Wii, I’ve never gotten a console right at launch.)

Will buying more games help? I’m afraid to take that risk. As I’m growing up and becoming more economically independent (weaning myself off my parents’ support and onto my minimum wage university jobs) I have a hard time spending money on video games that I need to be putting in my savings account or investing or paying bills with.

And I’m not sure I want to live in the gamer house. I’m lucky: I live in a beautiful old church with two amazing, loving people, and our home is somewhat of an inspiring place for shared meals and political discussions. With better games, I worry that it will devolve nightly into four faces turned to the TV, oblivious to all else as I clean the kitchen and refill the popcorn bowl. I want to protect what I have: I don’t ever want someone to come over to spend time with a machine instead of me. I don’t ever want to hear someone say raped or owned or boned in my home.

This recent disinterest may be part of the reason I haven’t been blogging much lately. Or maybe I’m just busy. It’s my senior year (again!), and I started two real jobs at my university, reporting and teaching. I’m trying to finish my novel and senior project. I’m training at cycling, and trying to get around to studying for the GRE. (Plus, my internet at home comes from a neighbor’s patchy wireless, so when I get online at home it’s usually just for a moment to check my E-mail.)

With all the positive things going on with my life, I’m not sure I need video games anymore. I’ve mostly got my life on track: I’m doing things I love, and I’m happy. Books aren’t really even an escape anymore, I read them to learn but it’s been a while since I’ve read something that was entertaining in that full mind-and-body-immersion sort of way.

I want to keep blogging. If anything, I’ll keep you all posted on my gamer identity crisis. In the mean time, maybe some of the other folks who have volunteered to blog here will pipe up and start posting.


June 9, 2006

Humorless Feminists Ruining Gamer Fun Again

Filed under:Sexism, Writing — Lake Desire @ 8:23 am

I sometimes forget that with blogging on internet articles there is a great potential that the author will read what I have to say about her work. While I’ll call people of any gender on sexism, I want to be mindful I don’t discourage women from writing in male dominated fields like video game journalism. As I know too well from my own experiences, women who write editorials get enough hatred from misogynists. I don’t want to be another voice of discouragement when I critique. How can I help the author write a less sexist article in the future?

You know the How to transform your girl into a gamer article I blogged about the other day? The author has linked tekanji’s response and added this to her recap:

* A note from the author: if you are lucky enough to already have a tech savvy girl who dabbles in gaming from time to time, this article is not meant for you. This is not “how to transform your gamer girl into a hardcore gamer girl.” These helpful tips are for the ladies who have never held a console controller in their hands or who still think that Ms. Pac Man is the greatest game EVER. So before you flame me for being stereotypical or for suggesting that you “dumb it down” for the girls, I defy you to find me a chick who has never gamed before who could pick up an Xbox controller and play Halo out of the gate. …you won’t. Also, a pre-emptive strike for the militant femanist chicks who will flame me for being stereotypical….get a freaking sense of humor bitches!
Hugs and Kisses,

~HCG KPigl37

I think the author of the Transforming Your Girl article should try not to define gaming experiences from such an elite (male) perspective. Halo 2 is more hardcore and therefore a more accomplished game to enjoy, which negates the validity of enjoying old school games because they aren’t as serious by the guys’ standards. I think treating certain games as the ultimate goal may discourage your partner from gaming because other games she (I guess in this case we’re discussing women in heterosexual relationships) enjoys along the way might seem like they aren’t good enough.

Enough from me. I’ll leave the response to calling us militant and humorless bitches for you all. What do you make of it?


March 2, 2006

GamerGod Looking for Writers for “GamerGirls” Page

Filed under:News, Writing — Lake Desire @ 2:44 pm

I’m not sure how quick I’d be to volunteer for a site asking for “girls,” but I’m passing this call for writers along because we’ve got many great writers who read NG+ and I’d like to see more feminists infiltrate mainstream game sites. The GamerGod website is looking for writers for its GamerGirls section. The application is found here.


February 27, 2006

Memorial for Octavia Butler

Filed under:News, Science Fiction, Writing — Lake Desire @ 10:40 pm

Pacific Northwest readers: there is going to be a memorial for Octavia Butler at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle on March 2nd, 2006, at 7:30 pm. My class schedule will make it difficult for me to attend, but if I am able to make it down to Seattle I’ll post here so I know to say hi to any readers attending.

Tip-off on Whileaway. Also information there on a memorial in New York March 3rd.

I’ve also posted a bit more about Octavia Butler on tekanji’s blog, including links to some of her work available online.


January 13, 2006

Call for Submissions: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encylopedia

Filed under:Feminism, Gender, Literature, News, Science Fiction, Writing — Lake Desire @ 12:18 am

Via Academic Gamers, there is a call for contributors for the up-coming, illustrated two volume Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia.

The 2-volume, illustrated Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia is scheduled to be published by Greenwood Press in 2007. The Editor is seeking contributors for unassigned entries. The focus will be primarily but not exclusively on work in English from the 19th century to the present, covering fiction, nonfiction, film, television, art, comics, graphic novels, music and poetry.

Volume I (175,000 words) will consist of essays. The longer pieces will provide socio-historical context, analysis, and background information on key themes that cross genre boundaries. Two possible schemas are being considered for this volume. The final editorial choice will depend to some extent on the scholarship and interests of the chosen contributors. One approach is multi-genre essays, tightly focused in period. An alternate approach is single-genre essays covering larger historical periods. Scholars chosen to write essays are invited to do some of the A-Z entries relating to their essays.

Volume II (175,000 words) will consist of the A-Z component. Alphabetically organized entries will focus narrowly on key figures and issues. Categories, which can apply to any of the media covered by the work, will include (but are not limited to): single entries on significant writers/artists/composers (primarily women but some men); group and background entries on a range of writers/artists/composers not covered in single entries; and single and group entries on characters and character types, genres, historical periods, national traditions, and major themes.

More details.

I’ve already something exciting to look forward to come 2007. An encyclopedia is a much needed addition to an area that has been paid too little interest.

Cross-posted on Feminist Fantasy and Whileaway


December 10, 2005

Rowling Isn’t Real

Filed under:Literature, News, Writing — Lake Desire @ 10:30 am

From whileaway, apparently J.K. Rowling doesn’t really exist.

Grünfeld called it a “fantastic” story, that “gives hope” not least to single mothers around the world as well as mothers with unrealized dreams and strong purchasing power.

So apparently Rowling is a carefully crafted token to support the rags-to-riches myth.

On a more positive Potter note, Feminist Characters in Harry Potter.