JANUARY 22, 2018 — Online magazine Girls Got Game, also known as GGG at http://girlsgotgame.org, is now in a process of a “respawn” as Play Without Apology (PWOA).
Do not adjust your frequency. Girls Got Game has now respawned as Play Without Apology, or PWOA (pronounced as Po-wah or P-wah). Different name, same team, same domain (for now!) for frank and fun content for better representation of females and all kinds of geeks. Welcome!
— Play Without Apology (@PWOACom) January 20, 2018
Girls Got Game, which has been around since 2013, was founded by “site moms” Denice de Guzman, Pamela Punzalan, and Mia Marci, and later joined by Noelle Pico and Marielle Baysa. Under their combined experience in professional research, digital marketing, and publishing, GGG published features, reviews and editorials to better represent geeks and gamers across the spectrum.
We got the PWOA!
While Girls Got Game dealt primarily with geek and fandom issues, it has attracted loyal contributors and readers who enjoyed a safe space that talked about fandom that went beyond a vacuum, with articles such as “On ‘My Family’s Slave’ and Necessary Discussions” and “An Open Letter From A Pinay Comic Book Writer”. Play Without Apology has always been the website’s tagline, a hit at the idea that girls had to be sorry for being geeky or less girly.
“It’s not just about play,” says Girls Got Game Editor-In-Chief Pam Punzalan. “Play can be political. We don’t shy away from that.”
For Punzalan, the name change also allows the site to really encompass the topics they have featured and discussed so far. “Play can apply to video games, tabletop, card, and board games. And since we also have queer and male writers for our site, it was fitting to drop ‘girl’ completely. We are after inclusion after all.”
As of writing, the site can still be accessed through the original domain name, but by March 2018, it will fully redirect to http://PlayWithoutApology.com. Even with the name change, the site will continue to publish brutally honest and fun articles on gaming, fandom, and real-world issues that affect both geeks and gamers as a fans and as human beings who live in a social setting.
Future plans for the site include collaborations with other video game blogs and websites, as well as video, podcast, and streaming content.
The new name was revealed at the GGG Assembly held at Bright Citi Center Condominium along E. Rodriguez Sr Avenue last Saturday, January 20, 2018 where the GGG admin, contributors, and affiliates gathered together to celebrate the site’s founding.
Play Without Apology is always on the lookout for affiliations, contributors, and collaborators. Are you ready to play? Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.