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May 14, 2006

Thank You For Gaming, Mom!

Filed under:Gaming Women, Personal, Site News — Lake Desire @ 4:00 pm

Happy mother’s day, Mom! Thank you for raising me to be a compassionate, independent, confident person. And thank you for introducing me to video games. My earliest memories of gaming include watching you kick butt on Super Mario World. I hope you pick up the controller again now that Logan and I are grown.

Love,
Ariel

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May 7, 2006

Delurking

Filed under:Site News — Lake Desire @ 11:07 am

I’ve declared today official New Game Plus delurk day. That means come out from behind the monitor and introduce yourself. I especially want to hear from those of you who know me in real life and secretly read my blog like I don’t know.

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February 19, 2006

Exploring the Gendered Value of Virtual Bodies

Filed under:Site News — Lake Desire @ 11:57 am

The end of the quarter at my university is getting close, so I’m plunging into the first draft of my research paper for my cyborg anthropology class. I’m fascinated by the economic value of virtual property–and cyber bodies–and the implications of their tangibility. My preliminary questions:

The boundary between virtual worlds and real life grows more fluid as virtual worlds become more ubiquitous. One such way the virtual worlds infiltrate reality is the value assigned to virtual property. Items and currency are sold for real life currency. More interestingly, real world monetary values are assigned to virtual bodies.

In this paper, I will explore some of the following questions: What defines a virtual body? Why is there an inequality between values of female and male avatars? What implications does monetary value on a virtual persona have towards the real world?

If anyone wants to volunteer their economics background, I’d love to drill you. I’ve never studied economics so it’s a bit new to me. If anyone knows any articles or books I should check out, also please let me know. So far, I’ve been consulting the Video Game Theory Reader, Virtual Gender, and Synthetic Worlds. I wanted to incorporate gender, my pet interest, in studying virtual economics, and this paper by Edward Castronova inspired the angle.

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February 12, 2006

New Contributer

Filed under:Site News — Lake Desire @ 10:52 am

Welcome Merope (a.k.a. Beth) as New Game Plus’s first official contributer! We met through the feminist_gamers LiveJournal community, and she’s agreed to write game reviews for NG+. I’m excited, and you should be too, because she’s awesome.

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February 8, 2006

Guilded Lilies

Filed under:Gaming Women, Gender, Site News — Lake Desire @ 8:33 pm

I’ve just added a new site to my blogroll, Guilded Lilies. It is a new blog for “grown women playing games” one to watch grow from its great start. I am pleased to see a newcomer to the ranks of women-oriented gaming sites that doesn’t solely paint us all as young, cutsy girls.

Blogger Guilded Lily even treats us to a great discussion of the Tomb Raider conundrum.

On the one hand she is a role model of the empowered woman: She is a world traveler with knowledge of antiquities, plus an expert with a gun. She is of course a modern female version of Indian Jones, and she knows how to have fun while getting the job done. On the other hand, there are her physical endowments to be considered. As a character design, she is a bit, well, exaggerated. She’s an object, with features that are worse than a Barbie Doll. Is she to be lauded as a progressive female character in games (a rarity indeed!), or deflated as another virtual sex object?

I particularly like her conclusion: “Lara is a victim of her polygon count, so we will just have to blame her modelers.” The blame is shifted away from Lara Croft–indeed, there is still value found in her as a heroine–and onto the individuals and system as a whole that try to tell us that is attractive.

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January 25, 2006

Reeling ‘em In

Filed under:Site News — Lake Desire @ 11:21 am

Astarte recently looked at what search keywords brought people to her blog and inspired me to do the same. Some of the more quirky ones from this month:

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January 9, 2006

Change in Direction

Filed under:Science Fiction, Site News — Lake Desire @ 12:04 pm

I’m officially a senior at my university this quarter which means my usual over-achieving course-load is growing more demanding. In favor of multitasking and shifting interests (before I exhaust all I have to say about video games) I intend to start blog on a wider variety of topics (hence the recent scifi related posts). I am taking cyborg anthropology, and I’m sure the class–and our weekly adjunct scifi movie night–will provide plenty of blog fodder. We did talk about MMORPG economics on the first day of class.

Speaking of scifi films, there is a discussion on Whileaway about the Alien movies.

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November 28, 2005

New Game Plus

Filed under:Site News — Lake Desire @ 2:36 pm

Hello.
Welcome to New Game Plus. This blog was prompted by a women’s studies course at my university. I wanted to see what was out there for feminist gamers. There are some great sites out there, but I decided to throw one more into the mix.
Upcoming in the near future:

  • Results from surveys I conducted with women gamers in general and women who play World of Warcraft.
  • My reviews of some websites and resources for women gamers.
  • General blog-type entries: links, comments on news stories, etc. I also plan on getting the RSS feed to work properly. (Bear with me, I’m learning the technology.)
  • Long-term goals:

  • Game reviews written through a feminist lens.
  • Forums (if there is an interest).
    If you’d like to contribute, or have any suggestions, please send me an E-mail.
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