noprincessEquality in the world of gaming is an issue, and it always has been. The most vocal group of those oppressed by less-than-friendly (or more-than-friendly) gamers is female gamers. Female gamers have been harassed, threatened, and otherwise oppressed in the world of gaming since the beginning. In an effort to combat and draw attention to that plight, directors Dave Danzara and Natalie Rossetti have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund No Princess in the Castle, a documentary about real women in gaming who’ve battled the odds to preserve their identities and fight discrimination.

No Princess in the Castle has gathered a cast of real gamers, programmers, engineers, and writers to contribute to the conversation. The purpose of the documentary is to shed light on the real women of gaming, not the ditsy stereotype perpetuated by media and ignorance. Each contributor from the growing list will share their stories and viewpoints on a variety of subjects, hopefully forming an accurate picture of the state of gamer culture in the past and present from a viewpoint that’s often ignored. No Princess in the Castle will also explore why people enjoy video games, why people get into coding and programming, and why none of those areas are exclusive to any one demographic.

noprincess1To help No Princess in the Castle meet its $60,000 funding goal, you can donate to Kickstarter or simply spread the word about the campaign. The more money goes into the movie, the better it will be, and backers can score sweet rewards like pillows, t-shirts, DVDs, or even a special edition Blu Ray packaged in a classic NES cartridge case. The film will be released on Blu Ray and DVD upon completion.

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Nathaniel Liles
Nathaniel Liles is a freelance writer, writing major, and indie musician based in Southern Indiana. While procrastinating or avoiding real-world responsibility, Nathaniel enjoys playing rhythm games, action RPGs, and very colorful games with many bright, flashing lights. You can listen to Nathaniel sing songs or download his music for free at http://nathanielliles.bandcamp.com/.
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