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As you may have gathered from last week’s piece that was specifically for Heather Hogan, sometimes Queer Your Tech is me just answering questions that queers ask me about tech. This week, Heather’s question is: Where are the women who make Let’s Play videos? Maybe we can veer away from the toxic masculinity prevalent in gaming culture for a hot minute, while I take two weeks to answer this question. Here’s my first roundup of ladies who do video game playthroughs on YouTube and stream on Twitch. Some are queer, some aren’t. It’s by no means exhaustive, so if you think I’ve missed someone, please drop their channel in the comments!
Autostraddle gamers Dufrau and Jenna both recommended Geek Remix to me, and I can totally see why! This dynamic duo (Mari and Stacy!) has a whole playlist of LGBTQIA games that they’ve played through! In particular, Dufrau is all about their Life is Strange playthrough. They made me laugh in the first thirty seconds, so.
Recommended to me by Rachel Burton on Twitter, MaeveActually is new to the Let’s Play genre. I can’t watch much past the intro because she’s playing horror games and I AM A SCAREDY CAT. Her tagline is “sucking at games so you don’t have to,” and I suck so badly at video games, I was predisposed to be endeared. From what I watched of her intro and first video, I was totally right. Super endearing.
Taylor “TQ” Quinn
Watch live video from SLYBOVYU on www.twitch.tv
Full disclosure, Taylor is a friend of mine and one of the first people I asked about who to look out for in the Let’s Play/Playthrough/Streaming world. I FINALLY caught some of her stream just last night, where she helpfully explained to me wtf the jolly green giants were doing in Sims 4 and then took a vampire on a date in a museum bathroom. Taylor is openly queer and cultivates a Twitch community that is warm and friendly (they all said hi to me when I popped in!). Taylor streams both games AND art-making, so you’ve got a two-for-one in this excellent Twitch channel.
Watch live video from Cypheroftyr on www.twitch.tv
You might know CypherofTyr as Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games. For some reason, I thought DePass was mostly a tabletop gamer (probably because I heard her on the D&D podcast that I definitely listen to, come on, y’all know me), but Whitney Pow set me straight with her recommendation. DePass specifically selects games featuring diverse characters to play on her Twitch channel.
Watch live video from SimplyUndrea on www.twitch.tv
SimplyUndrea came recommended by two separate humans. I’ve watched a little bit of her video library on Twitch and I swear, even if she’s playing a stressful game, her mellifluous voice is so relaxing. Even when she’s like, oh, that scared the crap out of me, it’s like a wind whispering through the trees. I chose the above video because watching her toss food to this big monster beast in this game is exactly what it’s like trying to teach my dog how to catch. Undrea streams from her PS4.
Watch live video from AustenMarie on www.twitch.tv
AustenMarie has the best hair I’ve ever seen, and in her 420 Zelda Stream, she says it’s a mess, which feels like a lie. AustenMarie is openly queer and also is hair goals. She has a great habit of mimicking cute sounds back to video game characters that make them/. Once again, this stream is a two-for-one as AustenMarie streams art-making as well.
Watch live video from calamityjamie on www.twitch.tv
CalamityJamie recommended Taylor, Taylor recommended CalamityJamie. This queer gaming community is AWESOME and everyone loves each other. It makes me want to jump back into video games. When I first signed on to CalamityJamie’s channel, she was playing Stardew Valley, which we all know is hella gay. Then I played Stardew Valley before bed because I got so many farm aspirations.
Watch live video from Friskk on www.twitch.tv
Okay, I know I just posted a clip of Friskk playing Uno instead of an actual-length video, but it’s the laugh that gets me. The laugh and the beer. Watching Friskk play is like watching your friend on their couch. Her vibe is so warm and game-night-y. I think this mere 45 seconds of video would be enough to convey the mood that seems to be going on here.
Once again, this is a channel I largely cannot watch because HORROR. But TheRPGMinx does have a playlist entitled “Two Lesbians Play,” and that I can mostly handle. I posted the above video from that playlist because Minx and Krism (other lesbian extraordinaire) react to this car being a manual and I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF in the library. This poor person sitting across from me is like whyyyyy. The game they’re playing in that video is called Manual Samuel. I looked it up and apparently you have to control every little thing he does, including breathing, which would cause me to defenestrate my computer. KUDOS TO YOU, LESBIANS, for not rage-breaking your equipment.
Heather had one suggestion for our epic roundup, and that’s Rinsays. An Australian Let’s-Play-er, she plays a bunch of different sorts of games. I chose to watch some of her Sims 4 playlist, in which she sets about making an entire neighborhood of TV characters. I had NO IDEA you could change, like, the timbre of their voices. Rin is a queer woman who’s also famous for her TV reaction videos, Glee recaps, and #LexaDeservedBetter.
Special thanks to Dufrau, Jenna, Whitney Pow and TQ for the nudges in the right direction! Next week, even more Let’s Play Folks! I asked the Twitterverse and y’all, we will never have to watch cis dudes play games again unless we truly want to, is all I’ll say. If you reached out to me on social media and were expecting to see yourself here, don’t worry: part two is on the way! And if there’s someone you absolutely want to see featured, feel free to leave their channel in the comments.
I love me some Lets Plays! You get all the story and you dont have to do anything. And now without the toxic masculinity :)
I do Let’s Plays too! tinyurl.com/annieplays
anyone know of any good Overwatch streamers?
AnneMuntion doesn’t stream it exclusively, but she plays frequently. 99% of her things are on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/annemunition
Hey there! mmaeveactually here. :) I might start doing some Overwatch streaming – if you’re interested, I’ll be posting updates to my Twitter!
ah, so cool!! thanks, i’ll be sure to check it out :)
Check out Annemunition and Katestark! I also stream Overwatch sometimes :D
Opulent Neptune, Shenpai (AeroViro), and Oasis. I don’t watch their Twitch, but I’ve seen their videos on YouTube.
Elk1999 on twitch is pretty cool, he plays overwatch every so often
No, Evan. This article is about women gamers. Pretty sure then that the OP of this thread did NOT want streamers who are men.
Twitch streamer who (currently) plays The Witcher 3, Rainbow Six: Siege and Overwatch: Annemunition, https://www.twitch.tv/annemunition
Twitch streamer who plays Smite (and happens to work that game’s developer now): TheBestTaco, https://www.twitch.tv/thebesttaco
I’m also going to recommend DistractedElf. She does a lot of D&D stuff, but overall generally an awesome person. Her Twitch page is here: https://www.twitch.tv/distractedelf
I came here to rep DistractedElf too, and I want to add that her roleplay stuff is scattered across different channels, chief among them Roll20.
Yessss! Love Geekremix and Friskk <3<3
GamerMD83 and AbilityDrain are great female YouTubers I’d highly recommend.
You’re doing the lord’s work, Ali.
Paige Jennings is good. She is just beginning, only 16K subscribers. She has potential.
Alaynaa does a series called “Im Playing it” that’s really great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo0NDCDKGSw. She is an awesome, funny, bisexual youtuber. She also does a great series called “I Don’t Bi It” which is hilarious. Check her out! https://www.youtube.com/user/MissAlaynaa/videos
If you’re not looking only for big-time streamers for part two, is it weird to recommend myself? I stream on my own channel where I think I’m funny and I have AT LEAST three viewers who agree.
I am also on the admin team for Desoladies, a group for women who play Dota 2, and we have done a lot of work to make our group friendly to women from all backgrounds and from all over the world.
Also also I will be going to A-Camp next month (!) and I would love to connect with any other campers before then. You can find me as Superphrenic basically anywhere.
Oh man I don’t consider myself a ‘big’ streamer so recommending anyone including yourself just helps grow the community! You do you <3
THIS IS ALL I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE.
Im waiting until after A-camp to build a rig, but I’ve secured the twitch, YouTube, and Twitter names for my gamertag to keep me motivated to actually chase one of my anxiety-inducing dreams.
Thank you for the article and this comments section, I am going to enjoy watching them all
Kathleen is great! She’s a lesbian and she plays Last Of Us, Witcher, Life Is Strange and a lot of other stuff. She also vlogs about her life, she taught English in South Korea and now she’s teaching in Taiwan. She has 19k subscribers. https://www.youtube.com/user/kathleenmms
awwww man you can’t do this to me right before finals…
Feel free to peep my content and feature it! I make YouTube videos and stream 1-2x a week on Twitch! http://www.youtube.com/circuitsandcoffee http://www.twitch.tv/circuitsandcoffee.
Great list compiled so far! I have some new faces to subscribe to!
Sweet, I can now watch someone else play a game whilst I wait for my local Walmart or best buy to actually get a more then a handful of Nintendo Switches in. Sorry but they are all gone before the first hour and its a luck of the draw to actually be there when they show up. Which I have not been successful at.
Some additions! Zoey Pro-as-heck who streams a variety of games on twitch with her girlfriend Fiona; and Bea, a trans girl who mainly does minecraft because it’s what her core audience started watching for but is looking to change it up.
Watchgirlsplay are great female youtuber & twitch streamers
She’s not in the big times yet but my friend Lumynestra livestreams games as well. She also wants to meet new people to game with too! She plays a bunch of stuff but Seven Days to Die is her specialty. She also has a youtube channel.
I would add Kpopp and Laura K. Buzz to this list because they are both LGBT+ friendly and hilarious as well.
One of my favourite lady lpers is JudyCube! She’s a trans girl and she’s super cool
I just wanted to let y’all know my Twitch username was changed a while ago; you can now find me on Twitch by searching for SlyTQ rather than Slybovyu <3
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