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Female Gamers Invade PAX East

Gamers get their game on at a booth in the BCEC at PAX East 2011. (CasualCapture/Flickr)

Gamers get their game on at a booth in the BCEC at PAX East 2011. (CasualCapture/Flickr)

If you’ve ever had a burning desire to storm a medieval castle or embark on space adventures with your robot friends, then you’re the kind of geek who might have spent your weekend at PAX East 2011.

The 2nd annual weekend-long gaming convention just wrapped up at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center, and we sent Radio Boston intern (and self-professed gaming geek) Anna Pinkert to find out whether gaming culture has moved past the old stereotypes.


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  • Brynn

    I find it surprising that you discuss the paucity of female gamers at PAX East but there was no mention made of the Dickwolves affair, where rape survivors were harassed by fellow Penny Arcade fans while Penny Arcade creators Jerry and Mike (Gabe and Tycho) repeatedly mocked their concerns (the link goes to a Boston Phoenix editorial explaining and discussing the whole thing). Several women I know who were planning to go decided not to specifically because of that ongoing incident, and it was a factor in my own decision not to go.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GKDP7BOB5QULULHHCMBIHDPOPA DavidR

    And I find it surprising that for a story titled Female Gamers Invade PAX East, you couldn’t get a picture with an actual woman’s face in it.

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