Episode 66: Sexuality in Gaming

Hosts: Todd, Reek, Megan, Majdi, Timo

We finally, FINALLY manage to get this episode out. Sheesh. We go long, but it’s a good conversation. Note: Reek’s mic is a bit wonky at the beginning, but we fix it after a few minutes.

Banter: Break a leg playset, Remember the Wheaton, Recording from the Bowels, House-sitting Scott and the magic slingbox, the Colony (don’t fuck with science), Lexx’s beard must go, Todd is Alan Tudyk and the obsession with facial hair, it doesn’t stink of death down here no more, Todd’s fantasy world and Reeks homosexual power (01:20)

Main Topic: sexuality in gaming (Strong and warm and wild and free) (11:20)
Gender in gaming vs sexuality in gaming (13:00)
Apocalypse world’s character splats (13:45)
S/lay w/me mechanics (14:30)
twosie games (15:55)
asexual or your own sexuality: Ricky the Munchkin (17:30)
Hiding our sexuality (20:00)
Majdi games Twilight (20:50)
relationships in games (22:25)
Sex in Fiasco (25:15)
Playing non-cartoony sex (26:15)
Our sexuality is dangerous/vulnerable part of us (27:20)
Burlesque and being on board for sexuality (28.45)
role-playing out sex, lines and veils (31:05)
Libidinal Economy (32:00)
Sex and intimacy (33:50)
Non-sexual intimacy in Unhallowed Metropolis (36:30)
the sexy chinese android assassin and the sex that Enzo didn’t have (38:00)
Sexual defense mechanisms are OK (41:00)
Getting to know your groups (42:00)
Sexuality in LARP, the Majdi experience(42:35)
Sexuality of villains (Randall Flag in The Stand (45:30)
Reek leaves (53:00)
Knowing Rob: even when you trust someone it doesn’t mean intimacy is easy (53:30)
It’s dumb to not RP sexuality (Kalevala as an example) (55:15)
Gaming as fun escape (57:15)
Meisner: fight or fuck (58:30)
Party play works against sexuality (1:00:00)
People against AW sex moves (1:01:20)
Sex mechanics good and bad (1:03:30)
twosie games allow exploring one relationship (1:07:45)
Kagematsu (1:10:00)

Rants (1:17:35)
Todd: The world is laughing at us all.
Majdi: Chicago likes to trick us
Timo: Taking it in the ass with a Chevy Trailblazer.
Megan: I get hit on as a gamer, but not as a burlesque performer. Wtf?

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8 thoughts on “Episode 66: Sexuality in Gaming

  1. BEHOLD THE POWER OF THE SLING!!! All will bow before my power to watch Mythbusters any time I want.

    Spoiler alert for The Colony Season 2.

    I can’t believe Sian just left the group without a second thought. She is the definition of bitch.

  2. Hey Todd,

    Just listened to the cast. And I gotta say: I GET ALL THE LADIES!

    I hate you.

    Record the Hobotron Song.


  3. So on Sunday we record the sexuality cast.

    On Wednesday we play Apocalypse World.



    Yep. All our characters got some. SEX MOVES, HERE WE COME!

  4. What are you talking about? Billy Bragg has been wanting to do some work for the Jank Cast for a while. It just so happened that he was shot as he finished the first chorus. I’ll miss his brand of British pub-folk infused with left-wing commentary.

  5. I’ve no problem including a sexual component to my games, but what I really want is more romance! Now I have to think up some AW romance moves…

  6. Megan, the other reason you don’t get hit on as a burlesque performer is because you’ve already given away the initial lure. But mostly because of what Timo & Majdi said.

    Also, we should try S/Lay w/Me again and grab it by the balls this time.

    Other games that have an explicit or implied sexual component:
    Bacchanal (obviously. BTW I own this and the dice to play it)
    My Life With Master (it’s not mentioned, but when Timo was talking about the creepy sexual villains, I was like “holy shit- a pervy Master would be TERRIFYING)
    It Was a Mutual Decision (it’s pretty much impossible not to have fun playing this, despite (because of?) the dark humor)
    Bliss Stage (giant mecha anime where your mecha are literally MADE OF LOVE)
    Polaris (again, not specifically mentioned, but the setting absolutely lends itself to doomed romance)
    Houses of the Blooded (bonus dice for Romance and Revenge!)
    Anything by Emily Care Boss.
    Kagematsu, (obviously- and the structure of the list makes it easy to approach the sexuality without risking opprobrium from other players- it’s not me, it’s on the list!)

    For the record, I’ll play any of these games, provided it’s not late on a work night.

    (crossposted to FB)

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