Twine game links


The following Twine games were produced in a Technology and Culture course at MIT in Fall 2015, as part of a FemTechNet DOCC course.

Earlier versions of these games, and others created by students of Dr. Alexis Lothian at the University of Maryland can be found here.

ADHD2by Nancy Lu, Ray Asare, Nick Mohr, and Danielle Man. A game considering ADHD and the technology of medication.

Cyborg Journey, by Kyle Yuan, Andrew Koh, James Usrey, and Hyun Jong Kim. A game about a society marked by two classes of people, the cybernetically enhanced and an unenhanced lower class.

Identity Theft, by Tejas Sundaresan, Kulpreet Chilana, Wally Wibowo, and Jessica Wang. A cautionary game about identity theft.

Menarche Madness by Jordan Sessa, Priyanka Shome, Farhana R. Khan, India Kerle, and
Bianca Pichamuthu. A game about the complexity of learning about menstruation in puberty.

PAWS (“swap” backwards)by Oren Katzen, Hannah Zlotnick, Marshall Wentworth, and Samuel Udotang. A game about a gender-swapped world.

Research Simulator, by Andres Rios, Roberto Soto, Sydney Carter, and Jack Erdozain. A game exploring ethical decision-making surrounding research funding.

Smile – We’re Watchingby Srinidhi Viswanathan, Riana Lo Bu, Serena Pan, Wei-En Lee, and Roza Trilesskaya. A game about institutional surveillance of a student activist group.

Twinebook, by Sabrine Ahmed Iqbal, Roberto Brenes, Melissa Jo Zambrana, Melody Liu,
Hyun Jee Rhee. A game about data mining and surveillance in social media platforms.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT TWINE (and similar narrative) GAMES

Coming Out Simulator, by Nicky Case

Depression Quest, by Zoe Quinn

Howling Dogs, by Porpentine

Hunt For the Gay Planet, by Anna Antropy

Imposter Syndrome by Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky)

Redshift and Portmetal, by Micha Cardenas


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When “failure” is really innovation



Simone Giertz has been getting lots of attention lately with her “shitty robots” – I love this video for her emphasis on creativity! She obviously has a lot of fun making these things and isn’t worried about whether she is a “real engineer” or not. . .

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Status of undergraduate women at MIT

Wow this is an eye-opening report! Very important to discussions of women in STEM fields and the gap between actual performance and confidence.

“Despite their successes in academics, research and leadership, females at MIT report being less confident than their male peers. Freshman female students are less likely to agree that they are a “capable student, at least on an equal plane with others”1, 4 (Fig. 1). By senior year, survey responses indicate a substantially greater decrease for females than for males. This suggests that MIT has a negative effect on the confidence of female students. Additionally, females are significantly more likely to believe that “others do not think [they] belong at MIT.”4

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SuperBowl as Media Phenomenon: Beyonce seizes the moment

The SuperBowl draws lots of eyeballs and that’s one reason there has been so much buzz about Beyonce’s halftime performance, and her song “Formation,” a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. The bloggers have been all over this for days now, as she released the Formation video on Saturday before the SuperBowl performance. Now the major news channels are catching up, with stories like these:

NPR also tried to catalog internet responses here:

Rolling Stone’s take on it:

We will certainly want to take a close look at this!


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How not to stop the transrace/transgender comparison

Paisley Currah

Meredith Talusan in the Guardian explains why Rachel Dolezal’s identification as black should not be compared to Caitlin Jenner’s gender identity: “the fundamental difference between Dolezal’s actions and trans people’s is that her decision to identify as black was an active choice, whereas transgender people’s decision to transition is almost always involuntary.” Dolezal is getting trashed for her assertion of blackness, while, with the exception of Elinor Burkett in the Times, Jenner is only getting trashed for what some take to be her excessive femininity–most seem accepting of her decision to live openly as a woman. Talusan, like some other activists, are trying very hard to ensure that all the opinion about Dolezal doesn’t contaminate Jenner’s media moment.  But facile explanations like Talusan’s are doing more much harm than good. Case in point–Adolph Reed rightly makes mincemeat of her argument and then concludes: “the transrace/transgender comparison makes clear…

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Writing Women into Wikipedia – meets tonight at 7pm!!

My IAP workshop with Maia Weinstein still has seats open — starts tonight at 7pm!

Come join if you can on the MIT campus — preregistration by clicking below.  Let’s change Wikipedia content to make it more inclusive!!

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Computer engineer Barbie

Definitely worth discussing in class tonight!!


So there’s been a lot of attention lately on the book “Barbie: I can be a computer engineer”.  You can read the entire book here, but basically the story goes: Barbie is in a computer science class and has to make a game.  She is unable and unwilling to learn to code it on her own (she just makes up the design ideas) so gives it to 2 of her guy friends to turn in into a “real game”.  In the process she somehow infects both her and her sister’s computers with a virus, which she needs Steven and Brian to fix too.  TL:DR Barbie is incompetent, needs the help of her male friends to actually do anything, and at the end of the book takes credit for their work.

Thankfully, following the public outcry over the terribleness of this book, many rewritten versions which turn Barbie into an…

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