Our seventy-second episode features Tzufit and Apple Cider tackling this week’s news and games by themselves. We discuss Tzufit’s interest in Super Smash Bros. 4, as well as Goat Simulator: The MMO, Dragon Age: Inquisition’s passel of women, as well as the mechanics of progress in video games on Gamasutra.
- Goat Simulator: The MMO Patch
- Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s women, and the remarkable ordinary
- Shadow of Mordor free DLC lets you play as Lithariel
- Dissecting Progress
- Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos: Assassin’s Creed and the Power of Representation
If you see any news that you want us to cover, let us know via e-mail or Twitter.
Music used in our episode is courtesy of The Orchestral Movement of 1932, via Opsound.org
Below the cut is a full transcript of Episode 72, “Explicit Progress” Many thanks to Laila for transcribing this episode.
(Transcript of the audio below.)
We’re coming to you today with a quick update on the podcast. We’ve been thinking for a while about ways that we can discuss more topics and more games on our show. We’ve been really encouraged and happy to see how many women developers, journalists and gamers are a part of the larger video game community and we’ve been looking for ways that we can interact with that conversation. Since both of us are women who enjoy many different games, MMOs and otherwise, we felt that now would be a great time to open our podcast up to a wider feminist conversation within the video game community.
As such, we will maintain our current format of news and an interview. However, our news will cover any and all stories within gaming that pertain to our interests and focus. This means that we may discuss Warcraft one minute and WildStar the next, and we also plan to visit older games like Mass Effect and Gone Home. Our style of critique and analysis is flexible, meaning that we want to and will now be able to interact with a larger video game community that is already having some of these conversations on a regular basis.
So if that sounds like something you would love to listen to, stick with us as we start a new chapter in our podcasting adventure.
Thanks for listening and thanks for being so supportive.
Our thirty-first episode features Tzufit and Apple Cider talking to returning guest Folami about the Warcraft book, Dawn of the Aspects and dragons in lore. We take a close look at how dragons have been used over course of the universe’s history as well as the novel. Discussion about the Aspects losing their powers and also going sterile is examined.
- Tweet from @Loreology saying that dragons are sterile.
- Justice Points: “Episode #16 – Brutality, Atrocity and Violence, Part 1“
- Justice Points: “Episode #9 – Bad Romance“
- Wowpedia: Kirygosa
Content warning: There is graphic discussion of sexual assault, torture, infertility and gendered violence in this episode. Specific mentions of this starts at 54:20, as well.
Below the cut is a full transcript of Episode 31, “Dawn of the Aspects: A Discussion on Dragons in Lore.” Many thanks to @IviaRelle for transcribing this episode.
Our thirtieth episode features Tzufit and Apple Cider talking to guest Laura Kate Dale about how World of Warcraft helped her come out as trans. We look at her specific experience with gender and identity through Warcraft, what people can do to make the game a safe space for trans individuals and answer fanmail.
- Laura Kate Dale – “How World of Warcraft Helped Me Come Out as Transgender“
- WoW Insider – “Drama Mamas: To Come Out or Not Come Out” (ed. – We use this as a discussion piece, this is not an endorsement.)
Content warning: There is frank discussion about transphobia and transphobic slurs in this episode. If this sensitive topic for you, listen with care!
Below the cut is a full transcript of Episode 30, “Elune’s Dance Party: Talking to Laura Kate Dale.” Many thanks to Lyn for transcribing this episode.
Our twenty-ninth episode features Tzufit and Apple Cider talking to guest Camille (also known as ~lornacrowleys on Tumblr). We have a rousing discussion on the problems with canon in World of Warcraft, being a young woman playing World of Warcraft from an early age, and why lore critique is so important.
- Justice Points – “Episode #6 – Vash’j, Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen“
Below the cut is a full transcript of Episode 29, “Jerkbutt Von Crapantler and Other Pleasantries.” Many thanks to @IviaRelle for transcribing this episode.
Our twenty-eighth features Tzufit and Apple Cider talking about some oddities about Wrath of the Lich King as it is related to women. We go over NPC race models, women in the overall Wrath narrative and some problems with the Titans.
Below the cut is a full transcript of Episode 28, “The Gripes of Wrath.” Many thanks to @IviaRelle for transcribing this episode.