Anna Anthropy

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Anna Anthropy
Anna Anthropy at GDC 2013.jpg
Anna Anthropy speaking at the 2013 Game Developers Conference
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

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]


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  • The State of Play: Creators and Critics on Video Game Culture (October 2015, Seven Stories Press)[31]


  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 [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "auntie pixelante › craft and punishment". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  6. ^ "New Show! Craft & Punishment Opens Jan 31 « Learn to Play". 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  7. ^ . (2009-11-28). "The Weblog Interview: Anna Anthropy Talks Indie Game Goodness". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  8. ^ a b "Anna Anthropy interview – Auntie Pixelante is in the house! | Lesbian Gamers - For Gay Girls Who Game - News and Reviews from a Gay / LGBT Gamer perspective". 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  9. ^ a b "箕面の有料老人ホームのあれこれ". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  10. ^ a b "PongVaders: Episode One Version: 1.0 Review". Macworld. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Review: Lesbian Spider-Queens of Mars". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  12. ^ [3][dead link]
  13. ^ "Books | Seven Stories Press". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  14. ^ "Rise of the Videogame Zinesters | Going it Alone | The Escapist". 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  15. ^ Schultz, Marc (2012-03-16). "What Videogames Can Be: A Q&A with Anna Anthropy". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  16. ^ Anthropy, Anna (2012-03-16). "Excerpt: Rise of the Videogame Zinesters". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  17. ^ "Anna Anthropy". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  18. ^ "Episode 173: Aleister Church and Anna Anthropy". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  19. ^ "Afternoon In The House Of Secrets". 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  20. ^ "And the Robot Horse You Rode in On". 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  21. ^ "dys4ia". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  22. ^ "Gay Cats Go To The Weird Weird Woods". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  23. ^ "Sugarcane". 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  24. ^ "Keep Me Occupied!". 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  25. ^ [4][dead link]
  26. ^ Gillen, Kieron (2008-09-17). "Whip It: Mighty Jill Off". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  27. ^ Alexander, Leigh (September 16, 2015). "This 'empathy game' reveals a real challenge for indie games". BoingBoing. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Sugarcane". 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  29. ^ Gillen, Kieron (2010-03-29). "A Scarlet Letter: Redder". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  30. ^ Meer, Alec (2009-08-03). "Don’t Squeal, Piggy: When Pigs Fly". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  31. ^ "The State of Play: Creators and Critics on Video Game Culture". Seven Stories Press. Seven Stories Press. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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