Anna Anthropy

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Anna Anthropy
Anna Anthropy at GDC 2013.jpg
Anna Anthropy speaking at the 2013 Game Developers Conference
Residence Oakland, California
Nationality American
Other names Auntie Pixelante, Dessgeega, Ancil Anthropy
Education SUNY Purchase (attended circa 2002)
The Guildhall, Southern Methodist University (attended in 2008)[1]
Occupation Game developer, writer
Known for Developer of the freeware games Mighty Jill Off (2008) and Dys4ia (2012)
Editor for The Gamer's Quarter
Home town The Bronx, New York

Anna Anthropy is an American video game designer. She has developed a number of freeware games including Mighty Jill Off, Redder,[2] Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars and Dys4ia, and is a co-founder and associate editor of The Gamer's Quarter.[3][4] 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.[2][5][6] Anthropy is a trans woman.[7][8]


Game design[edit]

In 2010, working with Koduco, a game development company based in San Francisco, Anthropy helped develop the iPad game "Pong Vaders".[9][10] 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."[11] 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."[12]

Rise of the Videogame Zinesters[edit]

In 2011, Anthropy announced the upcoming publication of her first book, Rise of the Videogame Zinesters (ISBN 978-1609803728), through Seven Stories Press.[13] The book takes the title of her 2008 article for The Escapist,[14] 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."[15] 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.[16] The book was published by Seven Stories Press on March 20, 2012.

Media appearances[edit]

Anthropy appeared on episode 174 of Pink and White Productions' Crash Pad Series, a queer pornography series.[17][18]



  1. ^ Jed Lipinski (April 10, 2012). "Video-game designer Anna Anthropy describes the life of a radical, queer, transgender gamer". Capital New York. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d DeRosa, James (December 2, 2010). "5 Tough-As-S*** Indie Games Referenced in Super Meat Boy". BitMob. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d The Indie Game Database, Anna Anthropy, Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Interview: Anna 'Dessgeega' Anthropy from
  5. ^ Craft and Punishment from
  6. ^ New Show! Craft & Punishment Opens Jan 31 from Learn To Play
  7. ^ Interview: Anna Anthropy Talks Indie Game Goodness from
  8. ^ a b Lesbian Gamers, Anna Anthropy interview – Auntie Pixelante is in the house!, Posted by Lesbian Gamers, Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  9. ^ a b, Koduco, Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "PongVaders: Episode One Version: 1.0 Review". Macworld. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Review: Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars,, April 11, 2011.
  12. ^ "Dys4ia: an autobiographical trans video game about changing gender,", March 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Rise of the Videogame Zinesters., retrieved March 25, 2011.
  14. ^ "Rise of the Videogame Zinesters." Escapist, August 5, 2008.
  15. ^ "What Videogames Can Be: A Q&A with Anna Anthropy," Publishers Weekly, March 16, 2012.
  16. ^ "Excerpt: Rise of the Videogame Zinesters," Joystiq, March 16, 2012.
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  21. ^ "dys4ia". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
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  24. ^ auntie pixelante: keep me occupied
  25. ^ OAK-U-TRON 201X: IT’S ALIVE!
  26. ^ Whip It: Mighty Jill Off | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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  28. ^ A Scarlet Letter: Redder | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
  29. ^ Don't Squeal: When Pigs Fly | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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