Not Your Mama’s Gamer Contest!

Episode 17 (“You Say Feminist Whore Like It’s a Bad Thing”) of the Not Your Mama’s Gamer podcast is up! We are celebrating with a contest. Win a FREE COPY of Deus Ex: Human Revolution!! Winner will be chosen at random from comments left on our podcast page on iTunes. Download, listen, and comment. Spread the word, the more the merrier. Check out NYMG now!

Phoenix from the Ashes

Things have been pretty crazy here IRL. Months have gone by and there have been various and assorted illnesses brought home from baby school (or just brought on by too much work, too little time), more traveling than I care to think about, good times, bad times, etc. But one of the most active parts of my professional (online) life has been Not Your Mama’s Gamer. Last night we recorded and posted our 6th bi-weekly episode and I have to say that it was one of the best yet. NYMG is time consuming, but I have to say that it is one of biggest joys in my professional life right now. It gives me a chance to talk with folks about the things that I am thinking and writing about in a less stifling and academicky context. That means, of course, that this blog suffers. But there is so much that I need to share here that I can’t bring myself to do away with it completely after 11+ years of blogging.

In terms of an update, I have gotten much better at limiting my WPA duties so that I can get more scholarly stuff done. This is something that I have known for a long time that I was going to have to do…especially if I ever expect to be promoted. I take the WPA hat off ever afternoon and even if I stay in my office I have gotten very good at telling people that “I will work on that tomorrow”, really I have. I mean it. I know most of y’all don’t believe it, but you do have to see it in action…it is a thing of beauty. Of course there are lapses…for instance today is a non-WPA day and I came in “just for a minute” so that I could handle a couple of pressing WPA issues. They were quick (and elevated my blood pressure significantly) but they are done and I have moved on to blogging and printing some stuff for the book chapter that I am writing with one of our graduate students on female gamer podcasters and counterpublics. It is fun and fascinating stuff to say the least! I can’t wait to see how it all works out in the end. There is empirical data and all!!

So now, I am going to print one last article and chill out for a bit before I run away with the circus! L8r!!

Not Your Mama’s Gamer Launched This Week

Ok, so most of you already know but I’m posting on my own blog just in case. Our new blog and podcast Not Your Mama’s Gamer went live this week. This is a project that I am working on with Alex Layne (PhD student at Purdue) and Sarah White (MFA Purdue and instructor at Purdue- North Central). The podcast grew out of my own desire for a feminist gamers podcast and Alex’s persistence in getting me to agree to it. We then dragged Sarah in because she’s one smart and funny gamer. We have good energy flowing in this group and it seems like it is definitely going to be a labor of love.

So if you haven’t checked it out yet hop on over there take a look around and download the podcast (or stream it live if it so pleases you). Let us know what you think. We are new to this and all feedback is welcome!

It’s a Gaming Christmas!

I meant to do this a long time ago, but I’ve been super sick. So if you (like me) are finishing up your Christmas shopping at the last minute and have a gamer on your list. Here’s a list of my favorite games!

360

  • Fable 3- Play as a prince or princess who has to dethrone an evil king/brother and save the good people of the kingdom, Open world game with lots of fun quests. Marry, divorce, give birth, adopt…you name it.
  • Alan Wake- “Kill” the bad guys with light. You play an writer’s-blocked author who is living in a novel that he has written and doesn’t remember. Oh yeah, all while searching for his kidnapped wife.
  • Fallout 3- Post apocalyptic shooter with RPG elements (or the other way around). The predecessor to Fallout: New Vegas, but still equally good and can be gotten for a good price right now.
  • Oblivion- Open world RPG. One of the best I have ever played. It’s a couple of years old at this point, but there is lots of DLC to go with it at this point. The next one comes out Thanksgiving 2011.
  • CoD MW2/Black Ops-2 solid FPS. I have only played MW2 at this point, but Black Ops looks pretty good too.

Wii

  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn- A platformer with fibery elements.Unravel stuff and pull yarn to change the playing field.
  • Epic Mickey-Cute game. Nods to classic Disney. Platformer. Controls and camera can be a little frustrating.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns- Who doesn’t like Donkey Kong? Play a new one while shaking your Wii-mote like a fool!
  • Just Dance- Ok, silly silly fun! Even has “Groove is in your heart!”. There is now JD2 and JD Kids!
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii- Mario with co-op. Be fiendish and kill your partner. New help system will actually walk you through problem levels.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2- Like Super Mario…only galactic!

DS

  • Dragon Quest IX- The best RPG on the DS to date! Hundreds of hours of gameplay and you can play with other DSes via the DS connection. Good story. Kid friendly.
  • Professor Layton- Any of the 3 are a good bet. Cute little mysteries with great logic puzzles!
  • Super Scribblenauts- Like Scribbllenauts only better because it has adjectives. Write things into being (scribbling, get it?) and use them to solve situations or just play with them to see if a Kraaken can beat Godzilla!
  • Lego HP 1-4- I love the Lego games, now add Harry Potter and you have the best Lego game so far.

PS3

  • Heavy Rain- A whole new genre. More interactive drama than not. Ending depends on how many of the beginning characters are alive at the end (and what they do along the way).
  • Little Big Planet- build your world and then play it!
  • Uncharted 2- Nathan Drake is much like a male Lara Croft. Solid gameplay.
  • Folklore- Beautiful adventure game with good soundtrack. Artwork gives it a real artsy feel.
  • Modnation Racers- Like customizable Mario Kart.

iDevice

  • Angry Birds- Not for the spatially challenged. Shoot birds at structures to bring them down. Oddly addictive.
  • Cut the Rope- Do just that to aim at a little monster!
  • Plants Vs. Zombies- Tower defense with a twist. Hilarious zombies and increasingly difficult situations.
  • Civilization Revolution- A Civ game that works well on idevices and it’s cheap!
  • Peggle-Addictive puzzle game. Clear the board with pinball like physics.
  • Words with Friends- Like Scrabble with chat.

PC/Mac

  • Starcraft 2- Sequel to the hottest RTS game EVER!!
  • WoW- MMORPG Fantasy based online RPG with over 12 million subscribers!
  • Torchlight- Indie RPG that is great fun and even runs on netbooks!
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Not Really.

This is not really a post, but I am trying to update a couple of times a week. So…I did a wordle. The odd thing is that This wordle has helped me to see how boring my blog actually looks when it is reduced to keywords :-) Maybe I need to kick it up a notch. We shall see. Click the image to see it full sized.

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Just, Wow!

I wish I could even begin to describe how busy I’ve been lately. There has been madness galore…and lots of Peanut to make it all worth it in the end. I have (too) many active scholarly projects all going at the same time and no time to get them done!

When the semester started I promised myself that I would work in the office until noon and then leave to go and work on my own writing…yeah right. It’s December and I think I have yet to do that. I find myself dealing with the madness of WPA-land until I leave to pick Pea up from baby school every day at 4:00-ish (usually closer to 4:30). My one saving grace has been that for the last month KL and I have been meeting from 10-3 on Fridays to just sit together and write. Since she usually gets there at 8:00 I could squeeze in another hour or two if I could just get my butt into gear (ok, actually Pea’s butt) in the mornings. I am promising myself all over again that next semester I will find time to work on my own writing every afternoon and not just one measly day a week!

Now to spend a little time working on a proposal before heading off to bed. And I promise that I won’t spend that time playing Fable III or Torchlight (which is $5 on Steam this weekend) which is my new obsession!

Counting Down the Days: Extra Life is Looming!

14 days and counting until the Extra Life Marathon! I am excited and feeling more and more insane everyday! You can still sponsor me HERE or other members of Team Purdue HERE. In the meantime, enjoy this little PSA about the work of Extra Life.

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Gearing Up for the Extra Life Marathon

So the participants are taking donations and we are plotting food, drink, and comfort for the 24 hour period. I have also set up a Ustream page so that we can live stream the event and folks can make sure that we are keeping it real. The closer it get the more excited and frightened I become! 20 years ago I could have done  this easy peasy. Now I can only think about what staying up for 24 hours straight is going to do to my body and the fact that I have to stay away from my daughter for 24 hours.

The Ustream channel can be found HERE. The twitter hashtag is #extralifepurdue and you can still sponsor me HERE.