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[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="179" caption="No, I wasn't about to do anything...why do you ask?"][/caption] Oh, hai! I'm Jadelyn, a 24-year-old bisexual white ciswoman. My collection of identities includes feminist, Witch, polyamorous, progressive, queer activist, trans ally, fat-positive/HAES advocate, anti-racism ally, anti-ableism ally, and probably a few others I'm forgetting. Oh, and also gamer, of course. These days I'm unemployed, living with my (male) fiance Ozzmodious, trying to finish my degree in Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz. The rest of the time I'm reading fantasy, blogging over at my home blog, WitchWords, writing fiction, making jewelry, Tweeting, and gaming. [caption id="attachment_407" align="alignright" width="134" caption="No, I DON'T play MMOs. Guild Wars is the one exception."][/caption] As far as gaming goes, I'm a semi-casual gamer, mostly into console gaming. I started out with Red Faction 2 for the PS2, playing against my brother every day after school when I was a teenager, then migrating over to the Xbox when I moved out and had to get my own console. These days, I'm a fan of the 360, although I also play Warhammer 40K, Shadowrun, D&D, and Warlord, and I have some friends trying to pull me into Magic. I don't like MMOs much, and refuse to play WoW as a matter of principle. I'm currently replaying Mirror's Edge for the nth time, since we got a used copy for Ozz's PS3 while we wait for me to find work so I can buy a 360 - say what you will about the thinness of the plot, the gameplay is unspeakably fun - and I'm about to start on Prototype, now that Ozz has finished with it. If I can ever get my shit together enough to start, I'll be running a Shadowrun campaign long-distance with my family and friends out in Tennessee, and like I mentioned, Ozz and his friends are trying to teach me Magic. Any suggestions on what kind of deck I should build, please feel free to offer! Around these parts, I'll be focusing mainly on the intersection of feminism and gaming, perhaps with some emphasis on queer issues in gaming, simply because that's what affects me most. Once I have a job and can afford Gamefly again, I will start posting semi-regular game reviews from a feminist progressive perspective. Because gods know your average game reviewers don't think to let you know things like, "There is not one single woman character in this game that is anything more than a one-dimensional sex object with ginormous breasts that the designers spent way too much time on the physics of." And for as often as that's a problem in gaming, you'd think someone would say so once in awhile.