In light of the firestorm I set off last night on Facebook regarding a future DLC episode, here's what I've got planned as recording days and subjects. PLEASE comment if you're free/interested, and want to record:
Saturday, April 9: we'll be recording a series of episodes commemorating long-lived (and still going strong) franchises, and how they have helped to shape their respective genres as well as the game industry as a whole. Zelda, Dragon Quest, and Metroid turn 25, Donkey Kong turns 30, and Resident Evil turns 15.
Saturday, April 23 or Saturday, May 7 (date to be determined soon): we will be discussing the serious subject of women in video games. For far too long, I feel that women are not fairly represented in video games, which saddens me. For an industry that clamors for equality amongst the gaming population, the industry doesn't help its case, in one example, when it puts out games of women in serious combat situations, wearing nearly nothing, in an obvious attempt to sell games. I want strong, independent, free-thinking female protagonists as opposed to blatant eye candy. We'll be discussing the various gender inequalities, double standards, and stereotypes, and what we think needs to be done to not only bring more women into video games, but to make sure they're fairly represented as well. For this episode, I request specifically to have an all-female guest panel.
NOTE: due to the already (pleasantly) surprising amount of interest I've received from female gamers already for this upcoming episode (which, if the amount of interest keeps growing, may become two episodes), please keep in mind that the panel will consist of 4-5 people at the most. As much as I'd love to have 50 girl gamers in on the discussion, I think Skype would explode. However, if you are interested and can't record, I still would very much appreciate your input by way of guiding and/or providing me with helpful, reputable information. Of the two possible recording dates, let me know when's best for you. Also, the intent of this episode is to provide open, honest, thoughtful, intelligent debate/discussion. This is not a platform to bash genders; I want to gain a better knowledge of how the other half lives, because I feel its necessary to be on the same field as the ladies.
Regardless, if you're interested in recording ANY episode, please let me know. To record, you'll need a good headset and/or mic, and also have the most current version of Skype.
Any questions, let me know. As always, current episodes of Downloadable Content can be found on the iTunes store, and you can weigh in at the Downloadable Content Facebook.
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Feel free to pass this around far and wide, and thanks so much!