Yup, those are mostly lady birds – Stella, Poppy, Willow, Dahlia, and Luca (a boy!) plus our new “bad bird,” Gale (who used to be good!).
So yes, it’s billed as “girl birds” but the team explained it goes a lot further than that and a lot of thought went into developing the new game. It’s meant to be inclusive and engaging but also really celebrates women being heroic. It also focuses a great deal on friendship, between the gang and specifically between Stella and Gale, and empowerment. Juti and Konttinen explained the Rovio team is pretty much an even split between men and women and that they really believe the diverse situation helps them to create the best product possible. They also clued me into something interesting about Finland I wasn’t previously aware of – they only have gender-neutral pronouns. So if you’re worried about this game creating stereotypical “girly” characters or only being aimed at girls, don’t be. This one is for everybody.
Wow, an Angry Birds I might actually try. =)
We knew early on that we wanted the new edition to be inclusive: inclusive of beloved material from previous editions, inclusive of different play styles, and inclusive of a varied cast of characters. We also wanted to be welcoming to as many D&D players as possible, to look at the wonderfully diverse group of people who play the game and say, “There’s a place for each of you at the game table.”
…A number of RPGs over the years have featured similar inclusivity, and we thought, “D&D is going to do it too, and is going to do it boldly.”
- Dungeons & Dragons lead designer Jeremy Crawford on the thought behind D&D Next's approach to gender and sexuality in character creation. Read the whole interview here.
Because inclusion matters.
Its funny really because most of my male gamer friends worry about in game look far more then I do.
A much needed R&R after work 😁👍🎮 #callofdutyghosts #cod #codghost #playstation #playstation4 #ps4 #gamer #girlgamer #femalegamer #gamergirl #girlsgametoo #gamestop #work #relax #rest #recuperation #callofduty #gamersofinstagram #instagamer #gamergirlsofinstagram #instafollow #letsplay #gamewithme #xbox #xbox360 #xboxlive #followforfollow #likeforlike
My little gamer girl. <3 Playing Super Princess Peach late into the night. She’s actually learned to read because of Mario and his friends. :) #gamergirl #games #3dsxl #princess #peach #cute #kids #nintendo #mario
So, a long time ago I started playing Dungeons & Dragons. Well really I started playing Warhammer 40K first, and painting the minis while I was recovering from surgery. I wasn’t healing properly and I didn’t respond to my post op pain medication—in fact it made me so sick I stopped taking it less…
Gamer Girl experiences …
Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)