Links for December 20, 2015

For Young Saudi Women, Video Games Offer Self-Expression

GCON was born after female gamers were barred from an all-male gaming convention in 2011. GCON co-founders Tasneem Salim and Felwa al-Swailem persuaded big gaming brands to back an all-female convention by convincing them there was a huge market among Saudi females. This year’s event, the fourth, was the largest ever in the capital and expanded to a second city as well.

Female ‘Star Wars’ Toys Are Selling Out Everywhere – Here’s Why That’s Great

It’s understandable that parents and collectors are feeling frustrated. It is pretty difficult to find toys of Captain Phasma and Rey right now, but there’s a pretty surprising reason behind that.... Of the seven stores whose toy departments we were actually able to get a hold of, four of them had at least one type of Rey figure and one type of Captain Phasma figure currently on their shelves, but had very few of them left and were unable to hold them for customers calling ahead. Three stores were sold out of all their female characters but expected more in later shipments, although they couldn’t identify when that would be.

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots & "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Cast Sing "Star Wars" Medley (A Cappella)