anda’s game by cory doctorow

Cory Doctorow (boingboing/craphound) has released a brand new short story about gaming under a creative commons license.
its was just published at salon.com.
excellent.

Anda didn’t really start to play the game until she got herself a girl-shaped avatar. She was 12, and up until then, she’d played a boy-elf, because her parents had sternly warned her that if you played a girl you were an instant perv-magnet. None of the girls at Ada Lovelace Comprehensive would have been caught dead playing a girl character. In fact, the only girls she’d ever seen in-game were being played by boys. You could tell, cos they were shaped like a boy’s idea of what a girl looked like: hooge buzwabs and long legs all barely contained in tiny, pointless leather bikini-armour. Bintware, she called it.

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edit: since the one downpoint here is salon’s must-log-in-to-view-content-policy (to be fair, they also have a neat day pass) aaman offers a much more accesible txt and html version on his blog.

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