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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Listen on Fresh Out of Tokens // Download the MP3

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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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