This 4th of July week has been really crazy around here, but I won’t get into that now.
Both of my favorite media are still having trouble with gender equality on even the most reductive and basic terms… sigh. Of course, that’s partially the general culture, and there’s been intermittent progress.
Becky Chambers starts an article for The Mary Sue with two simple statistics: “According to the ESA [Entertainment Software Association], 45% of all gamers are women. That percentage stays pretty much the same for the “most frequent video game purchasers,” of which women represent 46%.” So why is the industry still pretending they don’t exist?
Meanwhile, Nicole Marie wrote Women in Comics; Who’s Winning the War? for one of my favorite blogs, Not Your Mama’s Gamer. The short version: if you haven’t been reading Saga, go get it now (if you’re in Orlando, A Comic Shop will give you a money-back guarantee on the first issue), and I need to give Chew a second chance (I read the first issue and shrugged). Progress is slow and intermittent, but at least there are some good things happening right now.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the week of the 4th would be a big one for historical strategy gaming (that is, wargaming) news, but I received a couple of announcements this week. If wargaming isn’t your bag, you can skip the rest of this post.
First, Shenandoah Studios, the creators of Battle of the Bulge (one of only two games I’ve rated 5/5 stars for Touch Arcade) is Kickstarting Gettysburg: The Tide Turns, a game about managing your own restaurant and being a short-order cook. No, wait, that’s Cook, Serve, Delicious (an excellent game in it’s own right). Gettysburg is, of course, about the battle of Gettysburg in the (American) Civil War.
Also, Offworld Games recently released Finest Hour, a game about tank engagements in WWII (asynchronous, versus play only). The multiplayer in their Sci-Fi game, Legion of the Damned, impressed me. I’ll be taking a look at this one in my spare time (spare time… that’s a joke, folks).