Anna Anthropy speaking at the 2013 Game Developers Conference
|Other names||Auntie Pixelante, Dessgeega, Ancil Anthropy|
|Occupation||Game developer, writer|
|Known for||Developer of freeware Games / editor for The Gamer's Quarter|
Anna Anthropy is an American video game designer. She has developed a number of freeware games including Mighty Jill Off, Redder, Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars and Dys4ia, and is a co-founder and associate editor of The Gamer's Quarter. Her games explore the relationship between sadism and game design; Anthropy's games challenge players' expectations of what the developer should create and how the player should be reprimanded for errors. Anthropy is a trans woman.
In 2010, working with Koduco, a game development company based in San Francisco, Anthropy helped develop the iPad game "Pong Vaders". In 2011, she released Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars, an homage to Midway's 1981 arcade game Wizard of Wor with a queer theme and "some fun commentary on master-slave dynamics." In 2012, she released dys4ia, an autobiographical game about her experiences with hormone replacement therapy that "[allows] the player to experience a simulation or approximation of what she went through."
Rise of the Videogame Zinesters
In 2011, Anthropy announced the upcoming publication of her first book, Rise of the Videogame Zinesters (ISBN 978-1609803728), through Seven Stories Press. The book takes the title of her 2008 article for The Escapist, and according to the author promotes the idea of "small, interesting, personal experiences by hobbyist authors ... Zinesters exists to be a kind of ambassador for that idea of what video games can be." The book also deals with a detailed analysis of the mechanics and potentialities of digital games, including the idea that games can be more usefully compared to theater than film ("There is always a scene called "World 1-2," although each performance of "World 1-2" will be different") and the role of chance in games. The book was published by Seven Stories Press on March 20, 2012.
- Afternoon in the House of Secrets
- And the Robot Horse You Rode In On
- Calamity Annie
- Encyclopedia Fuckme And The Case Of The Vanishing Entree
- The Hunt for the Gay Planet
- Keep Me Occupied
- Mighty Jill Off
- Police Bear
- Pong Vaders (on iTunes)
- When Pigs Fly
- DeRosa, James (December 2, 2010). "5 Tough-As-S*** Indie Games Referenced in Super Meat Boy". BitMob. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- The Indie Game Database, Anna Anthropy, Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- Interview: Anna 'Dessgeega' Anthropy from EEGRA.com
- Craft and Punishment from AuntiePixelante.com
- New Show! Craft & Punishment Opens Jan 31 from Learn To Play
- Interview: Anna Anthropy Talks Indie Game Goodness from IndieGames.com
- Lesbian Gamers, Anna Anthropy interview – Auntie Pixelante is in the house!, Posted by Lesbian Gamers, Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- http://koduco.com/, Koduco, Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- "PongVaders: Episode One Version: 1.0 Review". Macworld. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- "Review: Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars, GayGamer.net, April 11, 2011.
- "Dys4ia: an autobiographical trans video game about changing gender," Straight.com, March 12, 2012.
- Rise of the Videogame Zinesters. sevenstories.com, retrieved March 25, 2011.
- "Rise of the Videogame Zinesters." Escapist, August 5, 2008.
- "What Videogames Can Be: A Q&A with Anna Anthropy," Publishers Weekly, March 16, 2012.
- "Excerpt: Rise of the Videogame Zinesters," Joystiq, March 16, 2012.
- "dys4ia". Newgrounds.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
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