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Saudi girl gamers create their own convention

gconIn a country where women are banned from driving or even going out on their own, it’s no wonder that Saudi Arabia has a thriving girl gamer community. Where there are geeks and gamers, there will be conventions, but females were also stopped from attending regular gaming cons, so they formed their own, according to a NPR report.

GCON is in its fourth year, and 3,000 Saudi girl gamers attended the con, held in a Riyadh hotel convention center. Tasneem Salim and Felwa al-Swailem are GCON’s organizers, and they managed to not only expand the convention into a second city but also garner the sponsorship of Playstation and the Chinese mobile tech company Huawei. Since 50 percent of gamers are female, GCON has the potential to expand and increase even further in size.

Attendees play games like Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty and Uncharted, cosplay their favorite characters and receive encouragement to aim for STEM careers. Like gamers everywhere, they invest hundreds of hours in their favorite obsession.

“They call themselves geeks,” said al-Swailem. “There’s no embarrassment. I call myself a geek, too. I don’t think it’s a terrible thing.”

Cultural restrictions are slowly loosening on women in Saudi Arabia, with new voting rights and talk of some women being allowed to eventually represent themselves in society. For the next generation, gamers may be leading the way and leveling up to a better life.

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Disney World De-Wings Tinker Bell Teen

Take note, cosplayers: every time the Disney World dress code stings, a fairy loses its wings. A 15-year-old girl was recently stopped by security because she looked “too good” as a dressed-up Tinker Bell. The staff told the cosplaying teen she had to change out of the look that had taken hours to build because she could be mistaken for an actual Disney employee. Turns out there’s a dress code for visitors which bans costumes on everyone except little kids, because child labor laws discourage official five-year-old fairies.

The girl said she did it for her boyfriend, who dressed up as Peter Pan for the trip so they could make the visit special. There’s no mention about the young man changing clothes, so we’re assuming he doesn’t have the master-level costume skills of his young date.

At least Disney gave the girl some clothes to change into, although with the hair, glitter and make-up, she still probably looked like Tinker Bell on her day off. Freepass tickets were also handed out to soothe the would-be fairy’s nerves, because even Disney knows you don’t tick off Tink.

Our advice to the talented seamstress? Comic-Con is just around the corner, and they would love your look. Just add a taser to the end of that wand so you can fend off any unwanted suitors.

 

 

Photo credit: Flickr/Erik van Roekel

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