Bonus Episode - Alva Chua on Sex Work, Representation, and Dysphoria

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Bonus Episode

Alva Chua on Sex Work, Representation, and Dysphoria

We welcome Alva Chua back to discuss representation and performativity within games, and how it relates to her past career as a pro-domme. We also touch on contextualizing trans experience through genre, negotiating empowerment, where the lines in fantasy begin and end, games' terrible track record of portraying BDSM, and we critique VA-11 HALL-A and The Red Strings Club, as well as Waypoint's review of the latter title.

Follow Alva on Twitter @vinomatic, and come to her performance at Tweak #2 in London on Thursday 16 August.

This episode contains spoilers for The Red Strings Club, Catherine, Digital Devil Saga, and Danganronpa.

Intro Music "Gyaru-kei Digital" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#09 Heidi Kemps - I love researching things and pursuing stuff, which led me into writing about games.

#09 Heidi Kemps

I love researching things and pursuing stuff, which led me into writing about games.

Kusoge aficionado Heidi Kemps (Gaming.moe) joins us this week to talk about her shaky introduction to video games; a one-two punch of having too much empathy for Frogger, and the assumption that the most interesting games were "for boys only." After this belief was challenged by a bizarre Super C commercial, Heidi embarked on a lifelong journey that eventually found her in possession of the only Fighting Vipers 2 cabinet in America.

Also, we talk the vagueness of Phantasy Star II, the inscrutable Presto Studios-developed Gundam FMV game, GIRLZ BUTTZ, Sega loyalty, Raimais' plethora of secrets and the general wonders of Taito, Seiken Densetsu 3, the effortless rebellion of Jet Set Radio, and how multifaceted enjoyment of the medium can make research more enjoyable than play. Be sure to read her deep dive into quiz cabinets.

Follow Heidi on Twitter @zerochan, Twitch devilrei, YouTube devilREIchan, Be sure to check out her friends on Twitch RetroPals and LordBBH for more obscure weirdness.

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#05 Emily Rose England - Final Fantasy VII is, unintentionally, very feminist.

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#05 Emily Rose England

Final Fantasy VII is, unintentionally, very feminist.

Artist and photographer Emily Rose England (Sassitude) joins us to talk about how she processed depression and anxiety through the joy of emulation, feminine power dynamics in Final Fantasy VII, and how the graphical limitations of Link's Awakening allowed her to interpret Link as gender-ambiguous.

Follow Emily on Instagram @emilyroseengland, and buy her art so she can get a Playstation 4.

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe