Mapjabbit Run

Exploring the Spaces Between Wildstar and Feminism

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Mapjabbit stands against her home plot.

 

Hi there, granoks and draken and all other races of the Exile and the Dominion. I’m Aislinana but around these parts I’m known as the Mapjabbit. If you’re lookin’ for an unexplored patch of dirt to stake a claim, I’m your gal.

*coughs*

Sorry, got a little caught up in the whole space western feel of Wildstar. My name is Aislinana and if you came here from the World of Warcraft fandom, you might have read some of my other work over at Apple Cider Mage. I wasn’t really expecting to climb aboard the hype train for this new game but after an extremely pleasant beta weekend, I feel sold on playing Wildstar, at least for a little while.

I learned about Wildstar when it  was first announced, back in 2011. What initially sold me on the game was the Explorer path, which seemed to be conceptualized as a class but eventually got put into the Path systems in game. Either way, it’s the path I’ve been playing the most for the couple of beta weekends I’ve participated in and I’m definitely going to make my main at launch an Explorer. I feel like at heart, I’m the sort of person that likes to ignore the buffs you get for “sticking to the path” and going off to forge my own way – seeking adventure, new ideas and hidden vistas.

This blog is going to seek to illuminate that sort of adventuring spirit (hence the name) and look into Wildstar in a manner that I’ve done for other games up until now. I like to put an emphasis on media criticism versus game-play and ramble on about things I find personally enriching versus guides on how to gear your character. I have a heavy emphasis on feminism and social justice in everything I do, especially considering that the gaming community at large has issues with being inclusive and safe for everyone. Expect a lot of great debate on the finer points of the game’s story, community interactions and how women are portrayed within the Nexus.

Hopin’ y’all stick around on this grand exploration!

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