I know we haven't quiiiite gotten to gender and gaming yet, but something we said in class the other day made me remember these phenomenal videos that College Humor did. They're about Peach and Zelda catching up, chatting about their lives and what they're doing when Mario and Link are off questing after them for like 90% of the games. (There's also a funny one in which all four characters are there and they try to one-up each other's boyfriends. Different vein, same idea.) I like stuff like this because not only does it look at game narratives from an interesting perspective; it also interrogates the "damsel in distress" archetype that early video games and sci fi movies were so drawn to. it gives these ladies some more agency. plus the actors are friggin hilarious.
On another note, I think this also ties into the idea of "para-text." Videos like these take an established universe and play with it, finding new ways to inhabit it and learning new ways to explore it or think about it.