Anna Anthropy

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Anna Anthropy

Aliases Blue Magus, Shigesato, Auntie Pixelante, Dessgeega, Ancil Anthropy
Occupation Developer
Affiliations Independent

Anna Anthropy is an independent game developer. She has developed a number of freeware games, including Mighty Jill Off, Redder, Lesbian Spider, Queens of Mars and Dys4ia; and is a co-founder and associate editor of The Gamer's Quarter.

Role In GamerGate

More than actively participating, GamerGate helped uncover multiple past conflicts of interest between her and Leigh Alexander, which is one of the cases involving a lack of ethical behavior in gaming journalism that Gamergate actively denounces.

Links to journalist Leigh Alexander

In 2011, Anna's girlfriend at that time, Daphny,[1] had a Twitter discussion with Jim Sterling. Because of this, on February 3, Anna made a blog post denouncing Sterling's "misogyny".[2]

Anna Anthropy was Patricia Hernandez's roommate. Patricia co-wrote the book "Violation: Rape in Gaming" with Leigh Alexander. Leigh has openly stated her dislike for Jim Sterling.[3]

Screenshot of Daphny's Livejournal blog that was made private/deleted.

In 2011, Daphny wrote on her livejournal blog about how she and Anna had a meeting with the Destructoid staff, stating that she had an interview with the CEO to write a weekly column and that she got a referral from her: "AND LEIGH ALEXANDER GAVE ME A SINCERE AND HONEST FUCKING REFERALL.... i might be writing for destructoid ha ha ha".[4]

The livejournal has been deleted and there are no archives of it. There's only a screenshot of it. It was referenced on the dev forum: TIGforums on March 8, 2011. - Livejournal referenced

Alexander has herself commented on her relationship with Anna Anthropy in her book Clipping Through. In the book, written in 2014, Alexander mentions that she has known Anthropy for several years. She says she does not see Anthropy as a "close friend," she also writes that she has great respect for Anthropy and has a strong fear of disappointing her. Alexander mentions two occasions in which she spent leisure time with Anthropy. The first occasion was when Anna was at Alexander's apartment and read a story Leigh had written as a child. The second occasion was when Alexander and Anthropy went to drink at a bar in New York. According to Alexander, this happened "about two years ago," probably around 2012 since Alexander's book was written in 2014. Alexander writes that during this outing "Anna gave me [Leigh Alexander] a playful swat on my rear end." Alexander did not think much of this incident, but on the next day Anthropy apologized to Alexander for having touched her without her consent.[5]

Conflicts of Interest

All of these articles are written by Leigh Alexander and talk about Anna or her games. None of the articles contain any disclosure of the friendship between the two.

  • On July 29, 2011, Leigh Alexander wrote an article featuring three games, two of which were Anna's.[6]
  • On October 20, 2011, Leigh wrote a two-page article on the Escapist [7][8] fully dedicated to Anna Anthropy and her Lesbian Dating Sims.
  • On March 30, 2012, Leigh wrote an article in Gamasutra fully dedicated to talking about Anna's struggles and how they inspired her games.[9]
  • On December 5, 2012, Leigh Alexander wrote on Thecreatorsproject about Indie development. The article mentions two developers, one of whom was Anna Anthropy. Most of the article covered Anna, and Anna's book was promoted to the point of linking its Amazon page[10] in the article.[11]
  • On January 7, 2013, Leigh Alexander wrote an article for Edge, talking about "personalities of cult." Pairing Anna, whose achievements pale in comparison to Notch (Creator of Minecraft) and Stephan Molyneux (A modern Anarchism philosopher) and promoting her book once more, linking its IndieBound page.[12][13][14]
  • On October 26, 2014, Leigh Alexander wrote an article on Kotaku talking about GDC, in which she says how moving Anna's presentation was, and how it made her cry.[15]

Kotaku Bashing

On February 15, 2012, Kotaku published an article commemorating Dani Buten (A transgender dev) and his trajectory as a game developer. The article used Dani's male pronouns to refer to Dani's pre-transition persona; some people, including Anna Anthropy, took offense at this.[16]

On February 16, 2012, Anna Anthropy wrote a piece on her blog talking about the article, criticizing the use of male pronouns, bashing the writer and bashing Stephen Totilo after he defended via twitter [17][18][19] the good will and good intentions of his writer when he wrote that piece.[20]

On March 26, 2012, Stephen Totilo wrote an article on his site and article in which he interviewed Anna Anthropy and promoted her book by linking its Indiebound.[21]

See Also

Leigh Alexander

Patricia Hernandez


  1. @daphaknee
  2. Anna Antrophy- an open letter to Destructoid on Jim Sterling’s misogyny
  3. Leigh Alexander -A Tale Of Two Jims
  4. daphaknee Livejournal: Made private/deleted.
  5. Clipping Through, pp. 28-30. Note: Clipping Through is a book without page numbers in it. In this footnoe, page numbers refer not to any numbers written at the bottom of each page of the book, but rather to the number of the pages in the PDF version of the book.
  6. On Kotaku- Sexual Video Games Are Good For Us
  7. The Escapist- Dating Sims Get Real (page1)
  8. The Escapist- Dating Sims Get Real (page2)
  9. Anna Anthropy turns a personal struggle into a heartfelt game - Leigh Alexander. Gamasutra
  10. Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form - Amazon
  11. Gamer's Paradise: Indie As In "Individual" Gaming - Thecreatorsproject
  12. Rise of the Videogame Zinesters - Indiebound
  13. Molyneux, Notch, Anthropy: why gaming’s new cult of personality is good for the industry - Edge(page 1)
  14. Molyneux, Notch, Anthropy: why gaming’s new cult of personality is good for the industry - Edge(page 2)
  15. Why I Cried at GDC - Kotaku
  16. A Salute to Dani Bunten, a Transgender Video Gaming Pioneer - Kotaku
  17. Totilo defending his writer - Twitter 1
  18. Totilo defending his writer - Twitter 2
  19. Totilo defending his writer - Twitter 3
  20. how not to write about a transgendered person- Auntiepixelante
  21. Kotaku- What If The Next Generation Thinks Video Games are Stupid? - Kotaku