Interestingly this is contrary to my experience. Games disrupt my sleep, both because I stay up playing and because they leave me wired and tense after a long night of play; also they stick in your head, don’t they? Some games you keep playing mentally after you put the controller down.
Sleeping at odd hours, and having to fall asleep while wired and with my mind racing tends to make me remember my dreams, and dreams I have under those circumstances are often at least weird, and often bad dreams. So I strongly associate bad dreams with video games.
It’s actually big part of why I’ve been questioning how much I enjoy/want to play AAA titles.
Human Angle: Queer Games: The Secret Avant Garde of Videogames
Don’t miss this excellent video highlighting queer-focused games featuring Mattie Brice and Anna Anthropy!
This video features a lot of the stuff that’s been occupying my headspace recently. I’m really happy to see it’s on Anita Sarkeesian’s radar.
Merritt Kopas and Anna Anthropy, along with Porpentine (who’s game Krystal Warrior Ke$ha is shown briefly in there) are the reason I started making twine games. I find their work very powerful, and the message of making games an accessible medium that real people can use to express themselves very powerful.
Here’s one game from each of these three women that had a big impact on me:
Bubblegum Slaughter by Merritt Kopas
howling dogs by Porpentine
And The Robot Horse You Rode In On by Anna Anthropy
And I would be remiss if I didn’t link Anna Anthropy’s incredibly helpful and (for me) important twine quick start.
My cousin, ashamed after building a chair from IKEA.
Oh god I feel terrible for cackling at this.
Help every time I stop laughing I just look at that fucked up chair again.
I feel for her. I have ruined no less than three pieces of Ikea furniture.