Game Masters

Game Masters: Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal happens to be one of my favorite gamers.  Why?  Because she’s out to prove that gaming can change the world. I first came across Jane while perusing TED Talks on YouTube.  Her talk on how “Gaming Can Make a Better World” was part of what inspired my exhibition on gamer girls and my… Continue reading Game Masters: Jane McGonigal

Video

The Dark Side of Gaming

In Gamer Girl, I touched on the myriad ways that girls experience harassment while gaming — and what we need to do to stop it. There are so many incredible voices out there raising awareness and trying to change the image of gaming culture as an all-male, sexist trope to one of inclusiveness, creativity, and… Continue reading The Dark Side of Gaming

Dice

Dice & Divination: Playing with Knucklebones (Part 2)

Click here to read Part 1 of Dice of Divination, which looks at the games played with knucklebones.   Wait, a game to help the deceased?  You read that right.  Knucklebones weren’t just for fun.  In fact, their links to the spiritual go way back — and range from being objects of divination to amulets of protection and reverence… Continue reading Dice & Divination: Playing with Knucklebones (Part 2)

Kinesthetic Games

Greek Girls Gaming: Ephedrismos

I recently took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Unbeknownst to me, the Met has quite a few artifacts on display that represent girls playing games! So, as I get into the swing of things with this blog, we’re going to take a brief look at the objects I… Continue reading Greek Girls Gaming: Ephedrismos

Dice

Dice & Divination: Playing with Knucklebones (Part 1)

Knucklebones — known today as jacks — is one of the oldest games in the world. It’s history stretches back over 5,500 years. Yet it wasn’t just a game. Knucklebones were used in a variety of ways by many cultures, and these uses suggest that games were not only integral to playtime — they were also intimately connected to religion and the afterlife.