Giggling with the Lovely Ladies of the Round Table

  I had the awesome privilege of joining the lovely Ladies of the Roundtable for #LORTLive to talk all things girls & gaming. It was an honor to meet them and find our shared passions, as gaming so often does for so many people. Did you miss the livestream? Don’t worry — it’s been recorded and posted to their YouTube channel! Check out the video below to learn about our partnership and how gaming is a positive influence on so many lives: It was such an honor to meet our partners at LORT Nation and discuss our common passions for gaming & equality. Theirs is a cause dear to my...

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Girl Museum has partnered with Ladies of the Round Table!

We are very excited to announce that we are an official academic partner of the Ladies of the Round Table! On January 25, our very own Tiffany Rhoades will be a guest of the #LORTLIVE weekly videocast at 9:30 pm EST. She’ll be talking girls, gaming, and STEM with the incredible ladies of LORT. Tiffany will also be spotlighting our largest exhibition to date, Gamer Girl, which explores the diverse world of girls in gaming and featured many incredible girls and women from the gaming community. So what exactly is LORT? Ladies of the Round Table and Round Table Media is an advocacy group whose...

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Why I Game: Emily Lawry

I was relatively old before I started gaming, mainly because my mother had decided there was something vaguely unhealthy about it. My sister and I were more wooden abacus and jigsaw children. However I can’t remember a time as a girl when I didn’t deeply covet my friends’ Gameboys and neat rows of PC games. As a young girl I was an extremely quiet and shy being – finding friends was a terrifying impossibility for me. When a close school friend introduced me to Neopets, a magical 2D world of my own that I could explore without fear, I was completely hooked. It didn’t matter that our computer...

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Why I Game: Jupiter Hadley

I game because I used to dabble in game development. When I was younger, I used to play online multiplayers like Minecraft to meet friends and escape the everyday drama. There, I met an indie game developer, who created games he wanted to play. I knew games were made by people, but I never thought about a single person making a game. I then threw myself into game development for a while. You see, making a game is hard. There are so many things that can go wrong and loads to remember. A misplaced semicolon can break your game. I made a couple of simple, arcade styled games, but it really was...

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Why I Game: Michelle

I don’t think I ever really identified myself as a gamer. In that regard I must admit to having fallen for the stereotype of society. The unkind kind of stereotype of a guy living in his parents basement, glued to his computer screen. Not me, a girl with long blonde hair with a fondness for vintage dresses and country music. I suppose even I who am always preaching to my younger siblings about not falling for generalised stereotypes, fall for them at times. The truth is that I grew up on computer games. My dad has always worked in the IT industry and been passionate about them. So my sister...

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Why I Game: Kat

I game because it is fun! I like to be the hero and save the day in games.  It is a great feeling I get when challenging my hand/eye coordination and succeeding at a game. Gaming has been a wonderful part of my life.  It is stress reducing and relaxing.  Gaming gives me a feeling of control when I feel things are a little out of control. I’ve made a lot of good friends both male and female through gaming.  In a lot of cases it was a social lubricant for me to interact with people I otherwise would have been too nervous to talk to.  Games are a conversation starter and a great excuse to...

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Why I Game: Victoria

I game because it takes me into another world where I can forget about the stresses of real life for a while. Gaming is a way I spend quality time with my husband. Whether it be him cheering me on through GTA V or Bioshock Infinite, or us playing completely different games on separate PCs, we often “game” together. I game because it has become a part of my identity. I have yet to “beat” Skyrim in the 4 years I have been playing because I honestly enjoy the world too much to ever leave. I do every possible side quest, and mini adventure, and often end up creating new characters to explore the...

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Why I Game: Danielle

When I was young, my brother was into games so by default I spent time playing Super Mario with him (it’s still my fav). Now I play because I enjoy the challenge, the variety and the community that comes from games. Most recently I spent time playing Fallout Vault, Dreamfall Chapters and Angry Birds. My husband and kids are really into games. We talk about our games at dinner, we watch YouTube about games and we work on skills to develop our own games. We’re looking forward to the release of Fallout 4. My husband is taking time off work and we’re keeping the kids home from...

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Gamer Girl Spotlight: Interview with PearlPixel

For our Gamer Girl exhibit, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alex Ripple, a.k.a. @pearlpixel. Alex is a composer, sound designer, and session player for films and video games. She is also a student at Berklee College of Music, and plays the flute, oboe, and effigy flute. You can check out her work on SoundCloud. While you read her interview, listen to her track, “Okay? Okay.” So, on your website, I saw that you became a gamer pretty early in life.  For our readers who may not know, can you tell us the story of how gaming became part of your life? So when I was 5, my Dad got Donkey...

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Why I Game: Sarahjane Cottrell

I am 42, and I have been playing RPGs and video games for most of my life.  When I was young, gaming was a way for me to express my imagination, develop my storytelling skills, and build friendships. As I got older, in addition, gaming helped me to alleviate the stress of school and jobs.  I met most of my college-era friends through gaming, including the man who would become my husband.  It also helped me pick up some marketable computer skills, coding for MUSHes and such. Now, I am a mother of two special needs teens.  My daughter suffers from depression and anxiety; gaming helps her to...

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