ICYMI we had @GCPDMatt on to talk about comics, puppy dogs and pac man!

Matt Peters joined us to explain the GCPD in his twitter handle and podcast title, talk up comics and SFF and just a bit about PAC Man!

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We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, episode or guest feedback, feel free to drop a note there as well. You can also @ us on twitter; @OutOfTokensCast or email us freshoutoftokens@gmail.com.

Musical accompaniment for Fresh Out of Tokens is provided by Mike Moody. You can hear more of her work at: http://soundcloud.com/mikemoody-1

Questions for Matt

@Thain1982:

What is your favorite comic/manga based on a game?

What’s the one comic you’d suggest to someone to show them why comics are awesome?

What’s a comic you wish you could rewrite (for any reason)?

@GeekMelange:

What SF/F story or novel does he think would make a great video game?

If he was a WWE wrestler, what would his character’s name & personality be?

What is the most RIDICULOUS snack you’ve had for Resnackulous Tuesdays? Inquiring minds NEED to know

What we’re playing/reading/watching:

Matt: Fallout 4, Shovel Knight, Pac-Man 256/CEDX+ (looks like a Kingdom Hearts title…)

David: Fallout Shelter, Pokemon Go

Tanya: Fallout Shelter, Dragon Age Inquisition

Where to find our guest online

Twitter: @GCPDMatt

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Mighty Ink Comics on FB

GCPD on iTunes

@chicagonerds

Uncanny Magazine Year 3 Kickstarter Ends August 16th

Where to find your hosts online:

Tanya D. – @cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms

Twitch: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr // twitch.tv/INeedDivGames

Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDivGms // patreon.com/cypheroftyr

David L. Reeves@RedConversation

Twitch: twitch.tv/red_conversation

Patreon: patreon.com/redconversation

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ICYMI – We had @GeekMelange stop in for a visit!

We discuss Uncanny & Unbelievable X-Factor of GeekMelange, along with representation or the lack of it, conventions and fire spinning among other things.

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We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well. You can also @ us on twitter; @OutOfTokensCast or email us freshoutoftokens@gmail.com.

Musical accompaniment for Fresh Out of Tokens is provided by Mike Moody. You can hear more of her work at: http://soundcloud.com/mikemoody-1

Questions for Michi:

@ShareefJackson: Asian American issues tend to be downplayed in national conversation. What can we do as allies to help give these issues the attention they need?

@GuerricHache: As a Filipina, how to do you navigate geek spaces where discussions and examples of “Asian” representation usually assume people of Japanese, Han Chinese, or Korean ancestry, while Filipinos specifically do not seem to feature prominently either in media or discussions of Asian representation?

@GCPDMatt

What Star Wars character/storyline would make for an incredible video game?

When it comes to fire spinning, what’s on your bucket list? What would be a high spot in your career?

@Thain1982:

If the MCU ever actually decides to give us Miles Morales, who would your ideal fancast be?

What kind of venue do you like best for fire spinning?

What has been the best part of being an editor for Uncanny?

What we’re playing/reading/watching:

Michi: Superfight, Marrying Mr Darcy (card games), Reading: Heroine Complex, watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Wrecked

David: Pokemon Go, Fallout Shelter

Tanya: Pokemon Go, Fallout Shelter, Dragon Age Inquisition

Where to find our guest online:

Where to find your hosts online:

 
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.@OutOfTokensCast Guest Updates

It’s been a little while since we posted about upcoming guests but here’s our upcoming roster.

If you want to send in questions for guests, @ us on twitter or email us freshoutoftokens@gmail.com

August 3rd – UGRGaming to talk about streaming, Twitch, diversity in streaming and TwitchCon

August 10th – Nico Deyo to talk about Ana in Overwatch and their Paste Games article

August 17th – Jennifer Hepler to talk about the new book she edited, Women in Game Development: Breaking the Glass Level Cap, writing for games & more

August 24th – Guest TBD

August 31st & September 7th- No recording travel, EIC Cypheroftyr traveling for PAX West & other business

September 14th – forward: Guests TBD

If you would like to be a guest on Fresh Out of Tokens, or have suggestions for future guests; drop us a line at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com or @ us on twitter; OutOfTokensCast

 

 

ICYMI – I wrote about Ghostbusters, tropes & missing discourse for @Polygon

The random musings of a 1973 Original

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Ghostbusters is still haunted by negative racial tropes

What the movie got wrong

Opinion – By Tanya D.

I remember the original Ghostbusters movie. I was a teenager when it was released, and I saw it in the theater. It was fantastic for a little nerdling like me to see science and cool stuff and people who won through smarts rather than brute force.

Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore wasn’t a scientist. He wasn’t one of the smart guys who saved folks. That’s what bothered me when I saw the first film the most: seeing a black person on screen, but not seeing them be fully part of the story. We’ve gotten the same old tropes 30 years later, and it’s still a problem. This is why I’m not cheering the reboot with the same unbridled glee as other folks.

THIS IS A TREND

The original Ghostbusters wasn’t an anomaly in this…

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ICYMI – Ladies Night of no chill with @iamlaurenp & @Phunky_Brewster

Lauren, Shannon and Tanya get comfy for a girl’s night in to discuss gatekeeping, nerd social fallacies, being black women in nerd spaces, podcasting and more.

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We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show!

Follow us at outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well. You can also @ us on twitter; @OutOfTokensCast or email us freshoutoftokens@gmail.com.

Musical accompaniment for Fresh Out of Tokens is provided by Mike Moody. You can hear more of her work at: http://soundcloud.com/mikemoody-1

Article:

Warning: Pokemon Go could be a Death Sentence if you’re a black man

Questions for Lauren and Shannon:

@HellresidentNY: If offered a creative position with Marvel’s films & TV shows or DC’s films and TV shows, which company would you choose to work for & why?

@Thain1982:

Given the choice, do you prefer single player, competitive multiplayer, or co-op?

What fandoms/communities are you happiest to be a part of? (and which do you avoid)

What has been your favorite part of doing @nerdsofpreycast?

What we’re playing:

Lauren: Fallout 4

Shannon :Sims Free Play, Covet Fashion, trying to hang onto Pokemon Go, and Unravel

Tanya: Guild Wars 2, Sims 4, Street Fighter V

Where to find our guests online

Where to find your hosts online:

Tanya D.@cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms

Twitch: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr // twitch.tv/INeedDivGames

Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDivGms // patreon.com/cypheroftyr

David L. Reeves@RedConversation

Twitch: twitch.tv/red_conversation

Patreon: patreon.com/redconversation

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ICYMI – Lady Boss Varric took us to school on a lot of topics

Todd Harper, aka @laevalentine took us to school on a lot of topics; including body diversity, fat characters in videogames, LGBTQIA issues in gaming, Bayo Studies and more.

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We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well. You can also @ us on twitter; @OutOfTokensCast or email us freshoutoftokens@gmail.com.

Musical accompaniment for Fresh Out of Tokens is provided by Mike Moody. You can hear more of her work at: http://soundcloud.com/mikemoody-1

Questions for Todd:

From @Thain1982

Who is your favorite openly LGBT character in a game?

(besides Taric), what queer-coded character(s) would you most like the developers to remove ambiguity from?

Using Bo Rai Cho as shining examplar of what not to do, are there any games that get body representation right?

What game or games will you always go back to?

What’s the best thing you’ve read in the last year?

Videogames Blackness Problem – Kotaku by Evan Narcisse, Kotaku

The Three Modes of Male Sexuality in Videogames – Dante Douglas, Paste

Listener Feedback/Question about our episode with Liam Esler:

Hello to all,

Listening to latest podcast, I got to the part about entitled fans & the statement “there’s a generation that feels voiceless & the only way they know to get attention & get heard is threats” (I’m paraphrasing here, but that’s close to what was said) and I feel some kind of way about this viewpoint.

Mainly that it is, at best, incomplete. And here’s why: The people that statement can apply to and not be erroneous? Predominantly white. Also, predominantly cishet. Most of modern history, people of color, queer folks, trans folks, have known nothing BUT being ignored to outright being silenced. This feeling of being ignored isn’t a new thing for this generation of marginalized peoples/voices. And yes, the rise of social media has given us platforms for our viewpoints and ways to make our voices heard but still nowhere near the level of perspectives that have always been elevated in the dialogue.

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks,

Jay

Articles:

http://www.chaoticblue.com/blog/2015/10/whole-hog/

http://www.chaoticblue.com/blog/2016/06/trapped/

What we’re playing:

Todd: Overwatch, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, Shadow Hearts Covenant

Tanya: Mass Effect, Dragon Age Inquisition (modded Cullen romance)

David: modded KOTOR2

Where to find our guest online

Twitter: @laevalentine

http://www.chaoticblue.com/blog/

GDC 2015 – Portrayals and Pitfalls of Fatness (free to view on the GDC Vault)

Bayo Studies, Year One – GX3 (GaymerX YouTube)

http://gaymism.com/ Gayme Bar

GDC 2014 – How to Subversively Queer Your Work

Where to find your hosts online:

Tanya D.@cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms

Twitch: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr // twitch.tv/INeedDivGames

Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDivGms // patreon.com/cypheroftyr

David L. Reeves@RedConversation

Twitch: twitch.tv/red_conversation

Patreon: patreon.com/redconversation

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ICYMI, We celebrated our one year anniversary with @sammusmusic!

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Sammus the Rapper came through to talk about her music, being a black nerdy girl, the importance of representation in games & in other media. We had a wonderful, candid and amazing conversation to help celebrate our one year mark.

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TW: Racial slurs used when we discuss an article in the show, so there is a warning at that point, and if you want to fast forward, you should do so for your own comfort.

We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well. You can also @ us on twitter; @OutOfTokensCast or email us freshoutoftokens@gmail.com.

Musical accompaniment for Fresh Out of Tokens is provided by Mike Moody. You can hear more of her work at: http://soundcloud.com/mikemoody-1

Questions for Enongo:

From @Thain1982:

  • What has been your most memorable performance so far?
  • Your arm cannon is badass, but is it as heavy as it looks?
  • What would you want in a new Metroid game?
  • What software do you use to make your beats and loops?

Articles:

“Nigger” and other words I learned while playing Overwatch – Top Shelf Gaming, Marcus Garrett

Why Sammus’ New EP Fusion is So Damned Important – Tanya

1 Year Anniversary notes from our listeners

@krageinsf /Juls:

Hello Tanya and David.

I just wanted to send a note about how much I love your show and how much it means to me, as someone who is NOT a gamer. I don’t play many of the games you talk about, but I started listening because of the INeedDiverseGames.

The content of your show is just superb. As a teacher, I am always looking for other sources of information to strengthen and improve my teaching/presentations. The wealth of knowledge shared by you (as hosts), your guests, and the other listeners of the show is amazing. I feel so lucky to have stumbled onto your podcast and listen in exchange for a few donations when I can scrape together the cash. (To other listeners, if you are able, PLEASE PLEASE DONATE!).

Although I am not a gamer, your show has helped me learn about pros, cons, and meh about some of the games my sister and her partner do play. There is a really great balance of enough detail that I can follow along when I watch her play, but not so overwhelming that I’m completely shut out of the discussion.

Thank you so much for your show.

Best, Juls

 

Tim (@thain1982)

I truly loved both times I got to be on Fresh Out of Tokens. I was a little nervous when I found out the episode with David and Andrew would be a free discussion, since that was my first time on any podcast, but we had a really fantastic conversation, and the Star Trek discussion we had was great fun.

Coming back to guest host the interview with BioFanOfficial was even more fun. Sharing all the Bioware feels was just fantastic, and I love that Tanya brings Bioware love up so much in the show in general.

I love the work y’all are doing, and getting to be a small part of it was a tremendous honor (and an absolute blast). Any time y’all need an emergency guest host, just say the word.

Where to find our guest online

Twitter: @sammusmusic

https://sammusmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sammusmusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/sammusmusic

https://soundcloud.com/sammusmusic

Signal boosting her partner, LJ Alonge’s YA series; Blacktop

Book 1: http://bit.ly/blacktopjustin

Book 2: http://bit.ly/blacktoptjanae

Where to find your hosts online:

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INTERVIEW | FRESH OUT OF TOKENS

Thank you so, so much for this love Sammus!❤❤

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Although I’ve been laying low this summer to prep for my next full-length album and get my life back in order after a hectic semester, I haven’t completely dropped off the map. This past week I had the opportunity to chat with my homie Tanya DePass as well as her co-host David Reeves  on the 1-Year Anniversary episode of their Fresh out of Tokens podcast! For those unfamiliar Fresh out of Tokens is a “bi-weekly podcast addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, intersectionality and feminism in gaming.” We talked about all of these topics and more in this very special episode so tune in right here. And to support Tanya personally on Patreon you can head here and you can also support I Need Diverse Games by heading here.

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ICYMI – @liamesler disproved his twitter bio of all style & no substance

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Liam Esler disproves his twitter bio of all style and no substance during his visit with us! We chatted about diversity, a bit about GX Australia, challenges of diversifying in an international context and more.

 

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We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well. You can also @ us on twitter; @OutOfTokensCast or email us freshoutoftokens@gmail.com.

Musical accompaniment for Fresh Out of Tokens is provided by Mike Moody. You can hear more of her work at: http://soundcloud.com/mikemoody-1

Articles:

D Faraci – Fandom is Broken

Faraci follow up to Broken Fandom piece

From Hydra to Ghostbusters, the False Equivalences of Fan Culture (written in response to the above article)

Ghostbusters, Frozne and Strange Entitlement of Fan Culture (AV Club piece that precedes Faraci article)

Why ‘Fandom is Broken’ Bothered me so much – from David’s Patreon

Questions for Liam

From @annatarkov:

Is it a burden to be so ridiculously good-looking?

Did you major in selfies in uni?

Who are you wearing?

What we’re playing:

Liam: oh god I don’t have time for games

Tanya: Witcher 3: Blood and Wine DLC

David: Fallout 4, Morrowind (I haven’t really had time to play either, but I’ve been engaged with them in the way that I’ve been thinking about them a lot)

Where to find our guest online

Twitter: @liamesler // @gxaustralia

Game Devs of Welly talk

GDC Talk (Vault access required)

Where to find your hosts online:

Tanya D. – @cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms

Twitch: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr // twitch.tv/INeedDivGames

Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDivGms // patreon.com/cypheroftyr

David L. Reeves@RedConversation

Twitch: twitch.tv/red_conversation

Patreon: patreon.com/redconversation

 

Our episodes with @mel_f_lem & @MidnightRem were @GarrickWinter’s faves!


We got another great listener letter to celebrate our first year!
Hey Tanya and David!

I’ve been bingeing the Fresh Out Of Token archives recently and I just wanted to say thank you for featuring Eve Eschenbacher and Mel Fleming on the podcast. I was delighted to hear from people with multilingual experiences, and I found that they both helped bring some much-needed attention the role language plays in experiencing videogames, especially Mel.

I personally grew up multilingual in a community in Canada where language is very politically charged, and the identity and political implications of language have followed me my entire life, even beyond my hometown. For just one fairly simple example, I recently started a new games job, and almost my entire first day was wasted because the office management software experienced errors and glitches when the IT folks tried to enter my non-English name. After hours of trying to fix and reconfigure things, we had to settle for (mis)spelling my name according to English conventions – and this is a problem I’ve had again and again with computer software designed by English speakers with no mind paid to non-English languages.I know language has major implications for Spanish speakers in the US, and my Taiwanese partner has talked to me about the role language players in her identity and experience as a woman of colour as well. It’s a wide-ranging and sometimes complex issue that affects many people, but (somewhat understandably I guess) gets covered so rarely in English-language games media. So thank you again for bringing on guests who can address this topic!

Love the podcast, and best of luck
Guerric Haché
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Thank you so much for your kind words Guerric!