The First Female Gamers

Breaking the 4th Wall

From Samuel Edward Konkin III’s “Clear Ether,” Alarums & Excursions #19 From Samuel Edward Konkin III’s “Clear Ether,” Alarums & Excursions #19

Here’s a fascinating article by Jon Peterson that was published on detailing the history of female gamers, from wargamers to D&D. It talks about their struggles, early involvement and non-involvement, general dismissal based on cultural mores of the times and more.

Its interesting to me to see that women connected to fantasy and to roleplaying more than wargaming because it was assessed as more personal and less directly competitive. Men seemed to think of each other as adversaries whereas women seemed to like group activities where people worked together more. I wonder if this is still the case. If so, it highlights a particularly significant psychological divide between the sexes, although in the modern age, people cross the line in both directions.

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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

Posted on October 28, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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