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E3 – It Was Never Just For the Boys

“The Kickass Female Characters of E3” – IGN

With the biggest expo in gaming concluding over the weekend, fans are still reeling over the announcements of the return of some of their favorite titles and new titles. I definitely had a fan girl moment when the remake of Final Fantasy VII was announced and the gameplay of Kingdom Hearts III was revealed. It was also great to see the pure joy and happiness in my husband’s eyes when he realized that The Last Guardian was finally happening.

Aside from the flashback to our teenage gaming years, what I was most looking forward to were the appearance of playable female characters. As reported by The Mary Sue, twenty-three, yes 23, games announced at E3 2015 feature female lead characters, as well as being ethnically diverse. Why yes, I most definitely want to play as Michonne. Givemenowthankyouplease. This is a great step towards better representations of diversity in the gaming world. Television, primetime shows, being the first form of media to move forward in trying to create better representations.

I will agree that the road still remains difficult, but step-by-step, we can see that one media industry has taking cue and is making effort towards inclusion. I believe that in order to begin to reconstruct views regarding gender, race, ethnicity, and so on, the representations in the media must change to reflect our society in an accurate manner and show its diversity.

Inclusion also means behind the scenes. It was noted that this years E3 had a big female attendance, proving once again that gaming is not just for the boys. Not to forget to mention the ever-growing number of women within the industry creating and producing titles. In the past, E3 had a reputation of not being the greatest place for women, but this year, more women were included onstage to present games. And guess what? We also saw less over sexualization of female characters. Instead, the focus was on how kick-ass these women are. Respect. Although, I can’t officially report to you about the expo show floor itself, as in the case of “booth babes.”

Again, there’s no question that diverse representation in the media still has a long way to go. It is important that we keep talking about these issues so that the people at the top – those who ultimately control the content in media – will feel the pressure and finally allow media to reflect its actual audience.

Finally, I ask, why should the lady geek community care? Do we care about how we are represented in games? How do we feel about how ethnicity is represented in games? Does it matter or affect your gaming experience if diversity is included and that there are accurate representations? This is the time to speak and to keep the discussion moving forward towards social change and justice.

Check out this great compilation made by Polygon: The Badass Women of E3 2015

Ep. 243 Perfection Furiousa

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Many segments make a return this week, including Spider News (eight-legged hugs and kisses!), Weird Crush and the Ovaries Explosion Awards which were awarded to the Canadian Ryans. This episode is also dedicated to the Imperator Furiousa who we hope will rule us all during the apocalypse.

Ep. 126 Manic Pixie Dream Girls

The Lady Geeks discuss the character trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl in movies and fiction and how they relate to it in the real world. . . or if it even applies in the real world. They go deep into their opinions and insights about the meaning of the character and speculate on what it means for men and gender roles in the modern world. Fanfic Theater: More Batman x Robocop.

GEEK LIFE: Girl Power on the Web

Here on Defective Geeks, we strive to inspire other geek women out there to be everything they can be in life and be proud of their nerdy-ness. We try to set an example that nerds aren’t generally all awkward. We can be… but we also have a lot of fun! No matter how geeky you are – from someone who collects comic books to those who just happen to like the Harry Potter movies. I think you’re cool.

I wanted to share the female driven websites that has given me guidance, strength and girl power during the moments when I am feeling insecure and unsure of myself.

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Gala Darling’s blog is a constant inspiration. Plus, it’s always upbeat and not just because it’s pink!

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Comikaze Expo 2011: Geek Girls Creating Their Own Films & Shows

Geek Girls Creating Their Own Films & Shows was the last panel I attended at Comikaze Expo and it was a great way to wrap up the convention experience. I love that that the convention had panels that centered around the ladies in our vast community.

Comikaze Expo 2011

The panelists were Kristen Nedopak (Fight Class, Think Hero TV), Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken), Stephanie Thorpe (ElfQuest), Crix Lee (GirlGamer) and Helenna Santos Levy (American Reunion)– plus, a surprise appearance from Jessica Mills (Awkward Embraces). All of them had different background and stories on how they made a career out of their own geek passions.

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