April 7th, 2009

Longtime Heroine Sheik readers know I’ve been wrestling with my love of game cakes for over two years now. That’s why I was psyched to tackle the topic head on in a recent Forbes.com article (and slideshow) called “Gamers’ Sugar High.” My main question: why have gamers, and geeks in general, become increasingly obsessed with crafts?

For answers, I turned to Shayne Rioux, the head of GeekCrafts.com, as well as a number of Etsy and Flickr users who make game-related confections, cross stitches, and even soaps. I also looked at the role women gamers have played in the geeky craft movement. Are girl crafters putting a female touch on fandom by reviving the domestic arts, or have they subverted the hardcore gaming community by injecting it with a dose of ironic girliness?

To be honest though, I’m not entirely satisfied with the cake conclusions I uncovered. Though no crafter would admit it, the anthropologist in me still thinks we’re dealing with issues of consumption, as well as the impetus to create real-life goods in a time when our culture has become increasingly based on the internet, games, and other non-physical forms of interaction. Then there’s the whole “players reclaiming power over a medium through creation” theory. What better way to rebuilding the physicality and agency of play then by baking Mario in cupcake form, eating him, and feeling his sugary goodness in your belly?

Tags: crafts, game cakes, my articles

2 Responses to “‘Gamers’ Sugar High’ at Forbes.com”

  1. Annika Says:

    Did you know that there is a band named Heroine Sheiks that despite some pretty big ups and downs still exists after 12 years?

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    I knew they existed (found out after I named the blog) but that’s pretty cool :).

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