While statistics back up the fact that the gender split for gamers is pretty much 50/50 these days, some video game websites still insist on sticking to a boy’s club aesthetic. You know what I’m talking about. Sites with listicles called things like ‘Top 20 Gaming Hotties of All Time’ or think pieces about how feminists are ruining games by suggesting that booty poopin’ poses for game characters might not be sending the right message.
Sure, things have gotten A LOT better since the 90’s and video game lad mags like PC Accelerator, but it’s also nice to know that there is a growing body of safe spaces for lady gamers online where women can read and share video game insights from a progressive, female friendly perspective.
Here are five of my favourite female friendly gaming sites:
Okay, I guess I’m a little biased with this one since I do write for them, but one of the things I love about Remeshed is that they focus both on ladies as gamers and ladies as game makers. From think pieces to reviews to profiles of women game makers, streamers and advocates, Remeshed gives a broad view on women in the video game world. They’re also great at shining a spotlight on women in the growing field of eSports and advocating for women game commentators.
FemHype is a fantastic site for longer form pieces on various video game issues from a female perspective. With a special focus on non-binary as well as female gamers and creators, FemHype is the place I go to when I’m looking for thoughtful pieces on romance, gender and identity. Also, their Sunday Loot feature is a fantastic roundup of inclusive websites, video game jobs and organizations helping to make video games a place where everyone can enjoying themselves.
Girls on Games is a Montreal based website that focuses on video games and geek culture while committed to being a safe space for everyone in video games. They boast an inclusive, pro-equality, pro-diversity brand that extends into their weekly podcast and their Twitch stream team. As Montreal continues to grow as a hub for gamers and geeks, so too does Girls on Games with cosplayer profiles, geeky cocktail recipes, as well as the expected news, interviews, and reviews.
Gamer Women is a recent discovery for me, and while they don’t have ton of content yet, what is there is a great mix of profiles of pioneering women like Carol Shaw and Doris Self as well as op-eds and the occasional listicle. Posting sporadically since November 2015, I hope that Gamer Women can continue their mix of historical profiles and recent interviews, creating a site that has a little something for everyone.
Another recently discovery, Not Your Mama’s Gamer is another fantastic full-service video game website with a feminist, inclusive focus. From personal essays to the regular news and reviews, the writing on Not Your Mama’s Gamer is always whip smart and totally compelling. An excellent source for intelligent, intersectional discussions of games and games culture.