Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Casually Drops in on Twitch Stream for Trans Kids

She joined YouTuber Hbomberguy, who was playing Donkey Kong to raise over $340,000 for Mermaids, a UK charity for trans children.
Zing Tsjeng
Queer Gaming

The Developer Making Games About 'Lesbian Dirtbags' and Bisexual Robots

Christine Love's indie video games are bringing much-needed queerness to the industry—and adventure beyond the heartbreak and tragedy that plagues popular LGBTQ narratives.
Soleil Ho

This Syrian Refugee Made a Video Game Out of Her Perilous Journey to Europe

Dana fled her hometown of Damascus last year to seek refuge in Germany. Now, the 25-year-old invites others to trace her steps by playing "Bury Me, My Love."
Zing Tsjeng

'We Need to Have Our Stories': The Black Girl Gamers Fighting for Inclusion

Jay-Ann Lopez's online community Black Girl Gamers is a safe space for women of color who feel otherwise excluded from gaming.
Hani Richter

The Woman Who Created a Game About Arranged Marriage to Get Out of Hers

Games designer Nashra Balagamwala fled Pakistan to escape matchmaking hell. Now she's turning that experience into a board game.
Zing Tsjeng

We Asked the 'Dream Daddy' Creators About the Game's Rumored 'Dark Twist'

"Dream Daddy" has received wide acclaim for its nuanced treatment of its LGBT characters—but some users discovered a disturbing storyline in the game's source code. We talked to the creators about the backlash, and whether the "dark twist" exists at all.
Steven Blum

Gamers Have Lower Sex Drives than Other Men, Study Finds

Please don't harass me on Twitter.
Gabby Bess

Why Portrayals of Moms in Video Games Are So Messed Up

In video games like "Red Dead Redemption," "Heavy Rain," and "The Last of Us," multidimensional father figures are abundant. But where are the playable mothers?
Lisa Ludwig

The First Time I Traveled as a Trans Girl to Meet My World of Warcraft Friends

To their knowledge, I was just a quirky cisgender girl from rural Iceland.
Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir (Owl)
Social Media

Can't Quit the Clicks: The Rise of Social Media Rehab

As our reliance on technology continues to grow, so does the number of people seeking help to curb that dependency. We talked to the professionals creating new ways for extreme tech, internet, and social media users to find help and recovery.
Mae Wiskin

Video Games Could Be Making Kids Smarter

Though conventional wisdom says video games kill kids' grades, a new study finds that they could promote higher academic achievement—especially when compared to social media.
Diana Tourjée
Video Games

Women in Video Games Are Becoming Less Ridiculously Sexualized

Researchers at Indiana University have found that the sexualization of female video game characters has been on a downward trend since 2006.
Candace Bryan