First Person Podcast Episode 55 – RPG Actual Play with Mariah E. Marsden and Kelsey Paige Mason

FirstPersonPodcast · First Person Podcast Episode 55: RPG Actual Play With Mariah E. Marsden And Kelley Paige Mason Hello, and welcome to the 55th episode of the First Person Podcast! I’m Alex Chalk, resident labour guy and editor for Commentaries,… Continue Reading

First Person Podcast Episode 54 – The Social Functions of Roleplaying Games

Embed code: FirstPersonPodcast · First Person Podcast Episode 54: The Social Functions Of RPGs Welcome to the 54th episode of the First Person Podcast. This month will be examining the social functions of roleplaying games: how the stories and characters… Continue Reading

First Person Podcast Episode 53 – Video Game Preservation Part 2: Return of the Pirates

Embed code: FirstPersonPodcast · First Person Podcast Episode 53 – Video Game Preservation Part 2: Return of the Pirates Welcome to the 53rd episode of the First-Person Podcast! We are continuing our conversation from February by discussing video game preservation… Continue Reading

First Person Podcast Episode 52 – Video Game Preservation

FirstPersonPodcast · First Person Podcast Episode 52: Video Game Preservation Welcome to the 52nd episode of the First-Person Podcast! This month, we are going to be talking about video game preservation and the industry. We have brought on special guest… Continue Reading

First Person Podcast Episode 51 – Best Games of 2021

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  Welcome to the 51st episode of the First-Person Podcast and the annual Best Games episode of 2021! This year we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce the current FPS team, so you will hear some new and old… Continue Reading

First Person Podcast Episode 50 – State of Game Studies

FirstPersonPodcast · First Person Podcast Episode 50: State of Game Studies Welcome to the 50th episode of the First-Person Podcast and the last episode of the year 2021! As this is our 50th episode we wanted to take some time… Continue Reading

Re-Imagining The Borderlands

A Review of Queer Game Studies

There’s a scene that Bonnie Ruberg describes in the final chapter of Queer Game Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), which still resonates long after I finished the work. It’s a scene of the inevitable social banter after a panel discussion at an academic conference where, as Ruberg states, she feels “pressured to either tone down my queerness […] or to perform it” (271). For Ruberg, her queerness is not evident in people’s assumptions of her while also simultaneously too evident in her research in queer gaming. She reminds herself to not mention her ex-girlfriend and to silence her kinkiness; she dresses the professional part to blend in and answers questions about her research with a smile on her face—and yet, she still deals with feelings of being “the weird grad student” and with people’s seemingly never-ending questions of “Queerness? And games?” with a twinge of disgust (272). Continue Reading