Friday, July 30, 2010

Gamer Girls Gone Wild

There are few signs more obvious that gamer culture is male-dominated than the existence of booth babes. For the uninitiated, booth babes are skimpily-dressed models hired to stand next to products at conventions to draw the eye’s attention. Specifically, the male eye’s attention, using sexuality as the lure. After all, sex sells, right? And gaming companies are here to sell to men. That’s their target market, their cash cow, that 18-35 group of guys that they are certain will universally respond to a bit of T & A better than just about any other advertising technique on the planet.

Zombie Dice - Steve Jackson Games

Zombie Dice is a great dice game from Steve Jackson Games. According to the dice cup, the game is for 2 or more players, will take 10-20 minutes, and is recommended for ages 10 and up. Caution: it's not for children under 3. So what about the 4-9 year olds, eh? Should they be cheated of the glamour and honour of being a zombie?! I guess that's up to their parents to decide.

In the beginning...

From a very young age I remember playing video games with a fervor and passion that bordered on addiction, going as far as being late to my first day of first grade because I insisted on getting past whatever level it was in Super Mario Bros. that had the black background with the white trees. I remember realizing that reading in Final Fantasy was not optional.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Complex Passwords

So everyone, today we will learn about Complex Passwords!

Passwords – they are everywhere! Love ’em or hate ‘em, you probably use them often, if not daily. Passwords are one of the most basic types of authentication used – your basic Who You Are (user id) combined with What You Know (password).

What being a pretty gamer means to me

Pretty isn't a naughty word. Or, at least, it shouldn't be. We have placed such bizarre limits on what "pretty" is or isn't in our society that we have turned something that should be a kind sentiment into something demeaning and insulting to many women.

emorimiku introduces emo

I think it's fair to say that I've always been a geek or, at the very least, been into geeky things. Most of my memories from early in life are of playing games or reading comics. However, when I was younger those activities didn't seem as abnormal as they do now because all my friends read comics and played games as well. Over time, however, most of my friends for the most part gave up the geeky things.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Random Google Image Search Of The Day

You may not know this about me, but I fucking LOVE pink.

If you come to my house, you'll notice that my bed is pink, my curtains are pink, I have pink wind chimes and a pink dresser... the list really does go on and on. The funny thing is, I grew up HATING pink, and then one day, it turned into the most awesome colour ever... somewhere around age 25.

Pretty Gamer Nakki Arrives!*

*I feel like I should be wearing a Sailor Scout costume and posing while shouting that.

Hi! I'm Nakki, and the most important thing about me is that I am awesome.

I could pretend to be modest and hide that statement in backdoor compliments, but nah. It's better for you if you know that about me straight away.

Guys are Handsome, Girls are Pretty

The title is a riff on the line from Kindergarten Cop, truly though it doesn't matter.  When I first heard the term "Pretty Gamer" my brain did the typical guy thing: pictured a Bettie Page type carrying a dice-bag, a D&D book in one hand, game controller in the other, and wearing a Red Dwarf t-shirt. Then I read what Pretty Gamer is about.  And I have to agree.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Labels

I have a confession to make: I'm still a little uncomfortable calling myself a 'gamer'. It's not that I'm embarrassed about it; it's just that I've spent a very large portion of my life avoiding any type of label whatsoever.

Health, fitness and loving yourself.

In December of 2009, I was 210 lbs, terribly unhappy with myself, and was at a total loss on how to help myself. I hated gyms, and it seemed no matter how little or what I ate I couldn’t lose weight.

Then, a co-worker suggested an iphone app she used to count calories called “Lose it”. I was very skeptical at first, but I decided to give it a go.

SkimbleCat's Bio

Hello everyone! You can call me SkimbleCat.

I grew up on military bases throughout Canada. Somehow I picked up the idea that being a girl is weakness - I avoided dresses, makeup, giggling, crying - anything I thought was girly was automatically weak and should therefore be avoided. I always had more male friends than female; I just couldn't relate to girls my age. To this day I have to work at not recoiling or being insulted when someone infers I am girly or lady-like.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Events: Ladies Night at the Comics Dungeon!

Our very first event listing is for a comic book Ladies Night, at the classy Comics Dungeon in Wallingford, on August 14th from 7 - 9 PM!

sometimes what you see isn't always what you get

I thought this was a pretty insightful and hilarious commentary on how we treat people based on their looks, and what value we place on beauty over other traits. (video after jump)

what is a pretty gamer?

My name's Patrick, and I'm a blogger and gamer from California.

I think a pretty gamer is an empowered one. It's often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but everyone can see that the pretty people are the ones who are happiest with themselves. I think it's the contrast between self-identity and the perception from outside the gamersphere that really draws me to this site. Finding gamers of any stripe who are confident and proud of themselves is hard; many of us didn't grow up with the greatest self-image in the world, and it seems like gamer culture is just now getting a shot at showing off that we can be pretty too.

Pretty Gamer Logo Contest

We need a fab logo to replace our lovely controller boob lady! Sadly, however, we all seem to be lacking in awesome graphic design skills. So, we’re going to bribe you to do it.

Random Google Image Search Of The Day

Sometimes, I like to do a Google image search with random words that pop into my head to see what I find. I'll be sharing with you all when I find something cool...like today.

Welcome to the beginning

When I bought the URL "Pretty Gamer" I didn't even think twice about the name. It was just the first cute-ish idea that popped in my head, and I wondered why no one had thought to grab it before now.

Given the reaction to the title when I announced it on Twitter and called for writers, I can see why it was open.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

On Being Pretty

"No way, I couldn’t do that."

Such was the voice of my internal gut reaction when I was first invited to come on board with Pretty Gamer. While I have long been a professed gamer, it was the first word, “pretty," that threw me hard.

What I did on my summer vacation OR what a pretty gamer means to me

I grew up a socially awkward only child in the heart of it all: the sweet, wonderful Midwest.

There’s a fact. Here’s another one: one thing I truly treasure is a story. Doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, long or short, completely pointless or if it changes my whole life perspective; I want to hear that story that you’ve got to tell and I want to hear it over a game of Monopoly. What else do you have to do while this game is dragged out over the next seven hours because you won’t give me that last railroad?

Friday, July 23, 2010

What Pretty Gamer means to a Nomad

In most of my gaming life, I never, ever, thought I would end up writing for a blog called "Pretty Gamer". Sure, I own My Little Ponies, Jill Valentine is my hero, I like sappy romance movies; but I've never really understood fashion, I'm bad at makeup, I lack self-worth (physically, not fundamentally, and for me it's also very existential; more on this later!), and I have never really considered myself "pretty". In fact, at one point in my life, I would have suggested--as one of our fellow bloggers has--that "pretty" is diminutive, "pejorative" even.

No, I want to be more than a pretty girl (but maybe being a pretty gamer wouldn't be so bad)

Like many of the people involved in this blog I originally balked when eye-shuh declared the name of the website to be Pretty Gamer. Really? Pretty? Of all the words you can use to describe the female members of our community you used... pretty?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What Pretty Gamer means to me

Welcome to the birth of a new blog on the internets.

It was a little rough, but I think we’ve made it. At the very beginning, while conceiving this blog in our many minds and discussing what we wanted it to be on Twitter, we came across our very first road block: what to name our new bouncing bundle of joy? Eye-Shuh picked the name Pretty Gamer to represent all we are as both women and men and to highlight not only our love of all things nerdy but coming to love ourselves as well.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

welcome to pretty gamer!

There will be things here! Someday! And it will be legen...wait for it...dary.