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Role Models in Video Games – Aveline

Video games would seem a very unlikely place to search for a role model. With their fictional worlds and oftentimes violent nature, video game characters lead lives very much different from the norm. That is what makes them extremely entertaining, but also difficult to relate to our real worlds. We play them, immersing ourselves in their world. We then return to reality.

Recently, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed Liberation were released. Both games feature minority characters in the main role. Aveline is the female character in the PS Vita exclusive Liberation. Ever since she was first pictured, brown skinned women from all nationalities rejoiced everywhere.

But Aveline’s heritage is not the only thing that makes her a “role model”. It is her design.

Aveline dresses like a “lady.” Her design is not at all ridiculous or skimpy like a lot of the other game women. As a cosplayer, it is often difficult to find a character with a design that is not accentuating something for males. There is nothing wrong with skimpy characters. It is refreshing to see not only Ubisoft, but other gaming companies making strong women in their games.

I hope this trend keeps up! Despite the fact that Aveline is, essentially, murdering people, she is also a strong female, minority character. We need more of those in our games!

The Inspiration to Succeed – Finding Motivation as a Black Female Gamer

There have been several articles recently discrediting female geeks and downgrading them to the insuffable title of “booth babe” as we supposedly vye for attention at the mostly testorone fueled events through out the year. While these hurtful posts are mostly based on the biased opinion of so-called journalists, they just strike a difficult chord in my ever beating heart as I attempt to join an industry that more or less does not want me.

Not only am I a woman, but I am a black woman. Not only am I a black woman, I am not a size zero. If there is some imaginary ranking throughout the industry then I am most certainly on the bottom of the totem pole. Also, within my beloved hobby of eleven years, I find myself the underdog as I claw my way to show that my cosplay skills are measured by the might of my sewing machine and not my BMI.

Cosplay and gaming reminds me of highschool. I was quite active in highschool. I cheered. I played clarinet. I was a Captain in ROTC. I was on National Honor Society. I stayed busy. My highschool was not very big, however, and I was pretty much in the middle when it came to popularity. I was a gamer and a cosplayer, but no one knew it really. This was all before social media, so I did not exactly volunteer that information to my judgemental peers. I kept looking for a day when I would be able to share my subcultures with likeminded individuals since my small, rural, Southern town knows nothing about any of it.

Highschool pictures of Me

I never expected to be thrust right back into a world of judgement.

When placed in discouraging situations, one looks for inspiration. I look no further then Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics who is sixteen years old and African American. How inspirational it is that Gabby not only left her hometown at a young age to pursue her dream, make it to the Olympics, assist her team in winning the Team Gold medal, AND win a Gold medal for herself in the Women’s Gymnastics all around! Her entire Olympic dream is built on taking risks and pushing yourself to greatness. At 24, I am thoroughly impressed with her just as I was as a young girl looking up to Dominique Dawes, another African American gymnast who was apart of the Magnificent Seven in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics which I remember watching on a vacation to Washington, DC as a bright eyed nine year old.
There is just something about these powerful black women beating the odds in a sport not necessarily tailored to African Americans. I liken gymnastics to both gaming and cosplay. These are all passions that AAs perhaps do not even have a chance to discover – at least in my particular generation. We obviously had a better chance at becoming involved than my parent’s generation, but it is only just now growing into something many AAs are able to discover at young ages. I never even knew there were other black female gamers until a year before I became a Frag Doll Cadette. That may sound strange to many people, but I was never in a position where I could know that information. Even moving away to college I found myself being the only African American woman involved in the Japanese/anime club and the only African American woman that owned a gaming console. I knew that I was not the only one in existence, but I just did not know where they were!

Gabby Douglas at the London 2012 Olympics

Dominique Dawes – Olympic Gold Medalist

We all have different situations in life – different paths that take us different places and allow us to discover different things. I am glad that I was an inquisitive child that fell in love with gaming and, eventually, cosplay. Seeing Gabby take that Gold really makes me want to push to realize my dreams despite whatever odds may be faced to me. So rejection letter after rejection letter is not going to stop me now. I am only just beginning.

me at my first event as a Frag Doll Cadette – Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles!

TLG Staff: Meet The Classy Ladies of TLG!

Happy Sunday Morning, Gamers! This morning, TLG brings you another one of our classy ladies that is actually one of the first to be apart of the TLG staff! She is another beautiful and upcoming cosplayer and awesome gamer as well! So, today we  have the honor to introduce to you…

Hello, World! My name is Jessica, or “Jessi”, and my gamertag/alias is “ButerflySamurai”. Since my humble beginnings of watching my older cousins play Super Mario Brothers to actually holding my first controller at the age of 5, I have classified myself as a “gamer” and fully embraced the virtual worlds that developers create. Some of my all time favorite video games are Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Kingdom Hearts 2, Super Smash Brothers Melee (and Super Smash Brothers Brawl, of course!), Bayonetta, Uncharted, and several more.  I own every current generation console and portable, excluding the 3DS, which I do have plans to get in the future.

Other than gaming, I am also a cosplayer. I’ve been cosplaying for eleven years and have made costumes from anime, video games and movies. From Sheva Alomar of Resident Evil 5 to Black*Star of Soul Eater, I spend a lot of time creating these costumes and bringing these characters to life the best way that I can. I wear my costumes to a variety of conventions throughout the year including the Penny Arcade Expo and Dragon*con.

Now, for the not so gamer glamorous parts. I am a freelance journalist that graduated from Coastal Carolina University. I was born and raised in the South – South Carolina to be exact – and have a distinct, southern drawl that Siri does not understand. I have interned for Ubisoft Entertainment as a Frag Doll Cadette and traveled to events with them such as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3!)

I cannot wait to see what TLG grows into in the future! Until then: See ya, Space Cowboy.

Ms. Jessi has been a joy to have on our team! Stay tuned for more of our leading ladies of TLG!