Interview: A Conversation with Lena Chappelle

Lena Chappelle is a composer, game designer and an author, best known for her work on Guild Wars 2. We had the opportunity to interview her, asking questions about her career, gaming and her experiences coming out as transgender.

Lena Chappelle

How old were you when you first started gaming, and what was the first game you played?

Games came pretty early in my life (though, I’ll admit, not as early as kids growing up now.) For my sixth birthday, my parents bought me the Nintendo Entertainment System that came bundled with Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt and a Zapper. I also had one of those Tiger handheld things, a Batman one. That Batman game stuck around for a long time. Because a lot of times it was me and two friends over playing co-op, and obviously there were only two controller ports on the NES, the odd friend out usually went straight for the Batman handheld. They were like the first mobile games. Not all that fun, but great for wasting time.

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Interview: Ektomarch Releasing Trans-Positive Game Aerannis

Aerannis logoI had the pleasure to interview Robert Rollins from ektomarch about Aerannis which will be released on September 15, 2015 on Steam for the PC and MAC.

Aerannis is an open-ended mission-based action platformer with stealth elements. It is set in the future in Plovdiv which is ruled by radical feminists. The protagonist, a 27-year old transgender woman who is a professional assassin, uncovers a conspiracy run by an ancient society. She most decide if she should save a world who barely considers her a full person.

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Anna Anthropy Interview at NYU Game Center

Anna AnthropyAnna Anthropy is a freeware game designer of such titles as Mighty Jill Off, Redder, Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars and Dys4ia. On March 20, 2012 she published the critically acclaimed book Rise of the Videogame Zinesters. The book calls on game industry to develop games outside of the current corporate model and design and show a greater diversity of the human experience.

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Jennell Jaquays Interview on Matt Chat

When I posted on twitter to share my post on Rebecca Heineman on Matt Chat, I got a reply from her. After a good two minutes of fan girling over it, I read what she wrote. She let me know that Jennell Jaquays was also interviewed on Matt Chat. I have to admit that I didn’t know anything about Jennell Jaquays.


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Rebecca Heineman Interview on Matt Chat

Matt Chat is YouTube Channel with weekly discussions on video games with Dr. Matt Barton. Barton is an associate professor in English at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Back in December of 2010 he conducted an interview with Rebecca Heineman.

Heineman is a video game programer who is responsible for such classic titles such as The Bard’s Tale III: The Thief of Fate, Dragon Wars, Tass Times in ToneTown, Borrowed Time, Mindshadow, and The Tracer Sanction. She is also a transgender woman who started to transition in November 2003. She’s just one example of the handful of transwomen who are working within the video gaming industry. Yet, in my opinion, she is one of the more mainstream names within the industry.

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