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Women in Gaming: Felicia Day

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I can’t even tell you the first time I heard of or saw Felicia Day. To me, it felt like she burst out of nowhere and was suddenly everywhere I looked. I knew she was a nerdy girl but that is about all I was sure of until I saw The Guild on Netflix and, after having it on my list for months, decided that I was going to watch it.

I was confused because the episodes weren’t long at all and quickly found out they were webisodes, so entire seasons were only 20 mins long. I dove in, watching an episode lead to more until I binged everything they had to offer.

I quickly identified with Codex.

A quirky, weird girl who loved to play video games and didn’t get people. Just wanted to have friends and for people to get along. Couldn’t help but be awkward at the best and worst of times. Check, check and check. Hell, I am still all of those things; there is nothing I could do to change any of that. However, representation matters. So, more than anything, here I was, being represented. Even the character Tinkerballa wasn’t a healer (nothing wrong with healers).

I played World of Warcraft, my main (the character I played the most) is a two-weapon fury warrior. No one believed that I am a girl. Girl’s should be healers, boys play warriors. Watch me roll my eyes. I love my warrior and I always typically make a warrior first in all games I play, even RPGs like Dragon Age. /End Mini Rant.

So here I was staring at my representation and at first I had no idea how to take her. Not only did she fit, but she was the center of the show. A show full of awkward, nerdy, typical geek stuff. Ok, some of it’s exaggerated but not always and not always overly so. So of course, I looked into her even further.

In real life, she is a quirky, weird girl who loved to play video games and didn’t always understand people. Um, what now? I was floored. What am I supposed to do with that? More representation at my very finger tips. She geeks out, is running a successful Gaming Entertainment Company with a fabulous community and is just like the rest of us. She is an inspiration.

Felicia even appeared in one of my favorite shows (Supernatural, so jealous) and played a quirky, weird gamer girl. Even as I do research for this article, I realized that she did the voice acting for a character I just encountered in Guild Wars 2, last night. SHE’S EVEN BEEN IN BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Holy crap, I have to go back and watch that again.

She is accessible. Even if you’ve never been on YouTube or Twitch, people typically know who she is. Maybe they remember her from that one episode of House, a commercial from Supernatural or caught her one of the millions of places that she has popped up.

Of course, we could name the tons of times that she has appeared in video games, even getting her own character in Dragon Age 2 DLC, Mark of the Assassin, Tallis, a character she created. They created DLC for a character she created. I can’t even wrap my head around that.

To me, Felicia Day is epic. She is helping to normalize women in all forms of gaming, while actively affecting the gaming industry in more ways than one. Not only her, but her company raises so much for charity. Even more, her representation continues as she announced she is going to have a baby very, very soon.

I wish her all the luck and welcome her to the geeky mom club.

Review: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), by Felicia Day

Review: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), by Felicia Day

If you read last week’s post, then you know that I’m a recent convert to Team Felicia Day. One of the reasons why is her memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

What’s it about?
This book is a collection of anecdotes from Felicia Day’s life that lead up to her current status as “Queen of the Geeks.” It starts with stories about her family: home schooling, attempts at “socialization,” moving around to different military bases, gaming. She moves on to talk about college, moving to Los Angeles, The Guild, Geek & Sundry, etc.

What did I think?
This book is very well written. Felicia Day’s prose reads in a way that you feel as though she’s talking to you directly. The writing is funny at times, moving at others and downright inspirational.

The anecdotes within are entertaining, to say the very least. They’re interesting and keep you engaged through the whole thing, making you laugh and cry (or cry from laughing too hard) respectively. She makes it all sound so easy. I could hardly put this book down.

The scary thing about picking up a memoir or an autobiography is that you never know if the subject’s life is going to be boring. Felicia Day, however, has led a very interesting and inspirational life thus far. She grew up in a unique, hippie family from the South, started college at 16 years old, then forged her own way in Hollywood, despite dealing with high anxiety and a gaming addiction.

Being a gamer myself with high anxiety and a dream of making a living in the creative arts, I identified very strongly with this book. It makes me feel as though I can make my dreams come true, despite my mental and emotional roadblocks. Because of this book, I’m more inspired than ever to do what I set out to do.

Thanks, Felicia Day.

Do I recommend it?
What other answer can I say other than yes? Go get this book and read it, then go follow your dreams. DO IT.

-Vanri the Rogue

How my Feelings About Felicia Day Changed Within a Week

How my Feelings About Felicia Day Changed Within a Week

I don’t remember the first time I heard the name Felicia Day. It had to have been around 2011, but, then again, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t introduced to Dr. Horrible (the first thing I saw her in) until my senior year of college 2 years later. If I remember correctly – which isn’t always the case – I first heard about Felicia Day from one of my friends, who happened to be in the Ultima Dragons group with her.

From the first time I heard about her, I felt a dislike for the red-headed actress. Whenever anyone said her name, I typically responded with, “Ugh, I hate Felicia Day.” Before you bite my head off and tell me about everything she’s done to help female gamers, let me tell you why. When my aforementioned friend told me about Felicia Day, she mentioned that she hadn’t been in contact with her for a long time. She told me that as Day got more and more famous, she became less and less active in the group. This is reasonable, as she’s obviously a very busy person, since she produces, writes, acts and runs a company.

Apparently, I’m not a very good listener because I heard something different. What I took from that conversation was that, once Felicia Day became famous, she thought herself too good for the Dragons and refused to be a member of the group. I can’t abide by that kind of behavior. Do you see how that would warrant animosity from someone she’ll probably never meet? No? Okay.

You’ll be happy to know that a series of events caused me to make a full 180 in regards to my feelings about the aptly titled “Queen of the Geeks.”

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The Guild (2007-2013)

The first event happened because I was bored. Lately, instead of letting myself get bored, I typically try to work on something that will help me gain a better understanding of what I do, which is contribute to a blog about gaming. So, I decided to suck it up and finally watch The Guild. Half-way through the first episode, I was hooked. I relate to Codex on a spiritual level (I’m also super awkward with a high amount of social anxiety). So, knowing that Codex/Cyd was based on Felicia Day, as well as written and played by Felicia Day, my dislike of her began to chip away. My world was upside-down.

The second event happened directly after my binge marathon of the web series. My friend, the Dragon, told me that Felicia Day was as nice in person as she always was online. My response, as could be expected given the misconception I’d carried around for 4 years, was, “Wait… what?!” She explained to me what really happened and helped me to realize my mistake. Felicia Day was never a too-good-for-the-little-people actor type. She simply didn’t have the time to keep up with it. My friend continued on to say that Felicia Day recently got back in contact with the Dragons (within the last couple of years) due to the loss of a friend in the group, which really meant a lot to them. Cue heart melting.

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YNWOTI Cover (2015)

The third event, which was in direct relation to the second event, was my reading You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir. As we were speaking, through comments on Facebook, I went to Amazon and ordered the book. Through Day’s funny prose and highly interesting anecdotes, the final stage of my transformation was complete. I was an official subject of Queen Felicia.

It only took me 4 years to realize that everyone was right.

Check back next week for my review of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir.

-Vanri the Rogue