I had a genuinely exciting Weekly Geek moment a few days ago when I stumbled upon this new blog, The Border House, which offers feminist/queer commentary on the world of video games. It’s rare that two things I’m so passionate about link up in such a coherent way — and rarer still that they come in such a well-written, diverse and truly appealing package. It’s as if Feministing and AfterEllen.com had a wonderfully dorky baby.
From the site’s mission statement:
The Border House is a blog for gamers. It’s a blog for those who are feminist, queer, disabled, people of color, transgendered, rich, poor, middle class, gay, lesbian, and others who belong to marginalized groups, as well as allies. Our goal is to bring thoughtful analysis to gaming with a feminist viewpoint and up-to-date news on games, virtual worlds, and social media.
Recent posts have discussed everything from the gay sex scene in Bioware’s newest RPG Dragon Age to the existence of a foreign game based on rape to the favorable representation of female characters in the recent Uncharted 2. It’s intelligent, meaty (and still very “bloggy”) discourse, all wrapped up in a warm, queer-centered environment. If you’re into games or social media at all, this one deserves a place on your bookmarks bar.
Also deserving of geeky attention was this week’s announcement that new-cult-classic novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which mashes up the Jane Austen classic with hordes of the undead) will be made into a TV miniseries.
There are no firm details as of yet, but the story was reported on I09, after the book’s Twitter “formally” announced the news:
If nothing else, this could be a riotous good time in the Mystery Science Theater sort of way. Plus, I’d really love to see some zombies in period dress — they’ll be the classiest undead ever to grace the screen!