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December 20th, 2013


lickbrains
02:33 pm - [REVIEW] Far Cry 3
I finished my finals this week and, to my disappointment, completed Far Cry 3.

THE GOOD
- I got this game for $5. Wish I got it for free.
- Ubisoft never disappoints when it comes to scenery, nature, and the animal animations and clippings.
- Gameplay mechanics are wonderful; very much like Assassin's Creed in FPS style. You've got the synchronizing in high places to map out locations, gain more ways to kill/stealth as you progress, do sidequests that don't have anything to do with the main mission, etc.

THE "F**K NO STOP THIS NOW" (TRIGGER WARNING: racism, sexism, rape; CONTAINS SPOILERS)

It's a long list of bad with a bit of profanity so prepare yourselves. If you found this helpful, please rate up on Steam so that it stays visible as it's one of the few honest reviews. Lots of Far Cry 3 stans but I expected it.

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November 4th, 2012


lickbrains
04:06 pm - Remember Me
I don't know if anyone has posted about game but I thought I'd leave this gameplay teaser here.



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The game is set to release next summer for PC, PS3, and Xbox360. Here is another trailer/teaser of the gameplay footage with more action/combat.

Thoughts? :D
Current Mood: impressed

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October 17th, 2012


invisiblemoose
10:26 am - "Why are all the live-action superheroines porn stars?" - A SFW rant
Wonder Woman, from Justice League XXXThis is a cross-post from my Tumblr - also SFW.

So an article on Topless Robot points out there is going to be a pornographic crossover between Spider-Man and Superman. And accurately point out that there is going to be a crossover movie between Marvel and DC coming out from the porn industry before we even see an official live action Wonder Woman movie. This was sad enough, but then I realized that the trailer included Spider-Woman, Supergirl and Black Cat. Supergirl did have a live action movie in 1984, but Spider-Woman and Black Cat have yet to actually appear in film. And quite possibly won’t appear anytime soon. So including Wonder Woman, that’s three big-name costumed women who have acted in porn movies but not official movies.

This made me wonder; how many comic book women are getting representation in the porn industry without ever getting the live-action film treatment? I did a little research on superhero ‘parodies’ that are either out now or coming soon and compiled the following list: 

  • Wonder Woman
  • Zatanna
  • Black Cat
  • Madama Hydra
  • Sharon Carter
  • Ms Marvel
  • Harley Quinn
  • Huntress
  • Black Canary
  • She-Hulk
  • Spider-Woman
  • Polaris
  • Domino
  • Mariko Yashida
  • Enchantress
  • Millie the Model
  • Jill Jerold
  • Mei Ling
  • Alyce Sinner
  • Hippolyta 
  • Oracle (This is kind of dubious though as ‘Barbara Pennyworth’ appeared as Batgirl in Batman & Robin)

Compiling a similar list of male heroes we have considerably fewer examples of characters in porn that haven’t appeared in live-action movies:

  • Flash
  • Electro
  • Green Arrow
  • Aquaman
  • Steve Trevor
Here’s a few other things of note:
  • The Avengers features one female superhero. The Avengers XXX Porn Parody features five.
  • Vivid’s Superhero imprint is also planning to do a Wonder Woman parody of their own but I’ve been unable to find out any characters that will feature, but so no doubt there’ll be further women to add to the above list. 
  • The Avengers failed the Bechdel test—it features Maria Hill and Black Widow but they never had a conversation. Its Porn Parody passes it. 
  • With very few exceptions, every single female character who has appeared in a live-action film has had a corresponding appearance in a current or upcoming adult film e.g. Emma Frost, Black Widow, Catwoman, Poison Ivy. This seldom happens with the male cast.
  • In the name of fairness I’ll point out that certain characters would be difficult if not impossible to translate to film due to multiple contracts with differing film companies. Spider-Woman and Scarlet Witch both have ties to the Avengers but also have ties to Spider-Man and the X-Men respectively, and Fox and Sony would have a claim to them as well. There would be no such issue with any DC character or many other Marvel characters.
Given any typical adult film that would cater to the male gaze it’s unsurprising to learn that if said film was going to be about superheroes then you’d need a large cast of women superheroes. Fortunately if you’re a porn director with some comic book geek credentials then you won’t have a hard time (pun unintentional) finding costumed women to put in your porno. 
But why is it that DC and Marvel being beaten out by the porn industry when it comes to representation of their own characters? We’re told when a Wonder Woman show fails that “viewers aren’t ready for a contemporary take” in the same year that included a successful mainstream film about norse gods on earth. And I know that it is harder to develop a fully-fledged character rather than someone who is there to gangbang the Justice League but come the fuck on.

Honestly, in principle  I don’t mind that someone decided that they wanted to make pornographic versions of superheroines. They probably aren’t going to be stunningly in-character, which I’m less thrilled about, but the fundamental concept I’m okay with. But why is it that the only way these amazing and beloved characters can appear in a movie is if they’re fucking someone for the sexual gratification of the viewer?

Current Mood: disappointed

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October 3rd, 2012


thatwordgrrl
05:36 pm - Backup Ribbon Project Interview
My friend murnkay did a nice little interview with us about the Backup Ribbon Project. I think it came out quite well! Also, since he's an awesome guy, go buy his comics!

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August 22nd, 2012


nolan_ash
11:14 am - The food sucks and the portions are HUGE...
Uh-oh. Grumpy Blizzard programmers griping about each other. I thought Brevik (Diablo creator) was pretty diplomatic about voicing his disappointment with how Diablo 3 (which he didn't work on) turned out. The D3 programming team cursing at him on FaceBook?--not so professional.

Diablo 3 is pretty bad. =/ Lots of people complain about the loot system (and the loot system is disappointing), but that's not what broke the game for me. The game designers obviously were in love with the story they wrote, but the story sucks, and the gameplay mashes it in players' faces.

A lot of games allow players to skip (or at least quickly click through) dialog and story events they don't want to listen to. That's a good marketing strategy to appeal to gamers who don't want to read more than a couple sentences of text at a time. It's also a kindness to those of us who enjoy reading, but don't want to be forced to read the story when it's salt-in-the-eyes terrible.

Diablo 3 is a short game. It's meant to be played multiple times on multiple difficulties (Normal, Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno) and with different character classes (playing through the game as a monk will yield a very different experience than playing as a wizard or a demon hunter.) So if game designers hope that players to go through the story 20 times (4 difficulties, 5 classes), then don't make us listen to the same awful dialog every time!

A lot of it you can't click through. You've got to stand their and listen to the stilted lines. And even when you can skip these scenes, it pulls control away from the player for a moment, launches into the start of the scene, then you desperately hit the "escape" key and return to what you were doing. It ruins immersion just knowing that the game had to briefly demand your attention, like an attention-starved kid saying, "Watch me, Mom! Watch me!" over and over before doing a shitty cartwheel.

Many times, an image of an upcoming boss will materialize in thin air and follow the player around, delivering cheesy ominous, "I'm gonna get you" lines. It completely ruins any sense of suspense for the battle to come, and makes the monsters seem less like something to fear and more like an obnoxious kid brother. "Shoo! Just shut up and leave me alone, would you?" the player pleads. But no. The apparition follows, yammering on, until every line of craptastic dialog is delivered.

Predictably, the story contains serious issues with women. Nearly every woman character's identity centers on their role as a harlot, someone's mother, or someone's wife, confirming that the writers can't really think of women as people in their own right--their identity has to be attached to the role they play to a male character. (Does anyone think Leah's character developed into something more than "Deckard's niece"?) When I'm traversing a dungeon that's 6 levels deep, I really don't want to hear Cydaea, Azmodan's concubine, moaning some flesh-crawling sexual double entendre at the start of each level. ={

Please, for the love of grapes, Blizzard, allow gamers to turn off the shitty story. If your atrocious writers really must rub their boring sexist nonsense in gamers faces, let it only be on the first play-through, just like tutorial text. I don't know of anyone who liked this story on the first play-through, let alone the fourteenth. ~_~

Have you played Diablo 3? What did you find disappointing?
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August 20th, 2012


thatwordgrrl
06:26 pm - For those attending Dragon*Con
Please take a moment to read this statement regarding Backup Ribbons.

I'm asking people to do two things:

1. google for "Ed Kramer and Dragon*Con"

2. leave comments on the Dragon*Con thread voicing their concerns.

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August 18th, 2012


mongoose_bite
01:43 pm - Borderlands 2: "Girlfriend Mode"
"The design team was looking at the concept art and thought, you know what, this is actually the cutest character we've ever had," said lead designer John Hemingway. "I want to make, for the lack of a better term, the girlfriend skill tree. This is, I love Borderlands and I want to share it with someone, but they suck at first-person shooters. Can we make a skill tree that actually allows them to understand the game and to play the game? That's what our attempt with the Best Friends Forever skill tree is."

Those chicks, huh? They just suck at first-person shooters. Something to do with those lady-brains I guess.

Seriously, game designers, please think before your open your mouths. Or at least run what you intend to say past someone who can do it for you.
Current Mood: cynical

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August 8th, 2012


luminousmotion
02:59 pm - Virtual Harassment Gets Real For Female Gamers
Thought some of you might be interested in this interview on Talk of the Nation today. It will be available around 6pm online at the link below.

"Many online video games give players the option of texting and talking to each other for a more interactive experience. For female gamers, it may often bring harassment, sexual threats and taunts. The New York Times reporter Amy O'Leary explains how the online community is responding."

http://www.npr.org/2012/08/08/158433079/virtual-harassment-gets-real-for-female-gamers

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August 7th, 2012


duck113
02:52 pm - Update on Readercon-
From August 5 - Crystal Huff, chair of Readercon, Rose Fox, program chair of Readercon, and the Readercon convention committee released a statement

1. Reversal of the board’s previous decision to only revoke René Walling’s membership to the prestigious convention for two years; the board now states that Walling’s membership has been permanently revoked.

2. The resignations of all five board members have been rendered and accepted.

3. The concom has voted to take positive, concrete actions toward increasing safety and a supportive atmosphere

 read article here- http://www.examiner.com/article/readercon-convention-board-of-directors-addresses-harassment-complaint
& full statement here-http://readercon.org/publicstatement.htm

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August 1st, 2012


thatwordgrrl
10:59 pm - I did promise...
The Backup Ribbon Project blog

I included this community in the links. Any other good resources?

I'm planning some future entries on how not to be a Backup White Knight and some great stories I heard back from Dragon*Con involving people who took Backup Ribbons (including an entire cadre of Klingons!). Any other topics? Anybody want to take a crack at guest blogging?

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July 28th, 2012


brynndragon
09:52 pm - Readercon's failure to abide by its own policy on harrassment
Previously mentioned in this community was an incident of harassment at Readercon that was reported to the board. Note that they have a zero-tolerance policy wherein harassers are life-banned from the con.

Well, there is a follow-up post regarding what the board decided to do about it. Unlike previous incidents that went according to their policy, this guy is banned for 2 years and then allowed back if he doesn't harass anyone during that time. Apparently he felt really sorry so they're breaking their policy for him (no, seriously).

If you're reading this community, you know why that's a problem (and if you want some confirmation, the comments on that last link will provide it in abundance - at least that gives me hope for the future of fandom).

ETA: A link roundup, so you can also see the many responses to the response.
Current Mood: angry

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thatwordgrrl
01:02 pm - Me-OWWW...
and a paws up to Anne Hathaway for neatly deflecting rude questions about her body. Starts at 1:39.

I've always been so-so on her, mostly because she always seemed to have been packaged as the next Audrey Hepburn, rather than just letting her be her own person. But she gets major props here for turning the tables on the interviewer.

I should also note that the questions for Bale were all about the movie, and nothing about HIS physical transformation to play Batman.

Thoughts?

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July 27th, 2012


thalestral
10:56 am - Women in Comics: It Ain't Over
I'm supposed to be concentrating solely on my dissertation at the moment (also about women in comics though!) but I needed to brain dump/rant after a few articles ran in the last couple of weeks that made me twitch. There was Joe Peacock deciding that hot people women girls couldn't be real geeks; the article in the LA Times telling us "women in comics" was no longer a needed phrase as the battle was won; and another taking the line that DC/Marvel would never change so why bother.

Same old story, different voices: that women should shut up because a) they are women, b) there is no sexism, or c) the sexism is insurmountable.

My response takes in everything from the Avengers to manga, hot men to the Bechdel test, and Miss Fury to Captain Marvel. With pretty pictures :D Enjoy!


My god, there are women in this comic!!


Article is here: Women in Comics: It Ain't Over
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July 26th, 2012


thatwordgrrl
02:49 pm - Hot Girls Can't Be Geeks, Round #367
In this corner, Joe Peacock thinks booth babes need not apply

In the other corner, John Scalzi thinks whoever wants to be a geek gets to be one. Pandagon thinks geek girls are being asked to show their papers. And Wil Wheaton keeps it short, simple, and under 150 characters.

And finally, Peacock gives us a response to the response to people calling him out on it. Which kinda/sorta apologizes. Except, you know, not really.

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July 22nd, 2012


greenwick
08:41 pm - The evolution of Tatsuya Ishida
Did you know that men embracing feminism means they need to see a medical doctor?  I had no idea, but thankfully some die-hard fans of Sinfest are always around to provide such knowledge.  I thought I'd post here because seeing straight men in geekdom actually evolve on this stuff in public and baldfacedly admit that they were wrong is sadly uncommon.  (There are other people who also need to evolve, but since these are two categories that Tatsuya falls into, I mention them.)

The author of Sinfest, a comic which was mentioned here. Since that lovely explanation of the patriarchy, Tatsuya Ishida has been posting more stuff about feminism which is a far cry from his previous 'totally not getting it but look I'm so edgy!' mocking.  Today he posted this comic.  (The gist of the page is the author, who shows up in the comic regularly, is having his sins audited.  The auditor shows him pretty much every bad thing he's been caught doing, and then he either owes money or ends up in hell.  Apologies for forgetting which!)  I personally haven't seen someone formerly so unaware actually reflect this much - in public.  In full view of angry fanboys.

The forums have a place for people to talk, and it has probably been a vole pit for as long as the comic existed.  The reaction this time is exceptional, though.  The comments range from "I don't get it" to "Just stick with Tat through this dark period in his life and we'll get our mindless eye candy again," and finally reaches the pinnacle with, "He's been brainwashed by feminists and needs to see a psychiatrist before he purposely hurts himself."  The commenters are marveling over Tatsuya's confusion, because since he doesn't actively write about how white straight men should hurt everyone around them, clearly he isn't being racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.

One thing I've really noticed here is the mildness of backlash.  People are disagreeing with him and saying some pretty ridiculous things.  But they are still having a civil discussion, one that doesn't involve harm on his person, etc.  I'm pretty certain if he were female, then the forumgoers would have brought in friends to punish him for daring to call them on their nonsense.

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July 19th, 2012


a_sailors_dream
05:16 pm
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July 17th, 2012


thatwordgrrl
10:58 am - Oh that just tears it...
The Backup Ribbon Project is back on!

More details to follow.

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sarafinapekkala
12:41 am - Tarpé Mills & Miss Fury
Evie Nagy on Tarpé Mills & Miss Fury
Heroine Chic


DC DIRECT, THE MERCHANDIZING ARM of publisher DC Comics, produces a line of collectible busts called "Heroes of the DC Universe." Apparently, the category of "Heroes" includes not only classic superheroes such as Batman, the Flash, and Green Arrow but also villains like the Joker, Darkseid, and Larfleeze the Orange Lantern. Flip a few dozen pages farther through the DC Direct catalog, though, and you come to a separate line of statues called "Women of the DC Universe"; this is where you'll find busts of Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Supergirl, Vixen, and other female members of DC's vast cast of superpowered beings. In other words, "heroes" are defined as men, including mass murderers, while women are what they are.

I've a hunch that whoever in the DC marketing department created these two discrete product lines was working on a notion that separating out the ladies was some kind of honorific, a pedestal to show off their unique skills and forms. But it's a glittering example of the problematic position of female superheroes, who are usually created and written by men for a largely male audience, while also often serving as models of female power and independence. Even the fact that we routinely call them "female superheroes" more often than "superheroines" or just "superheroes," reflects the issue; like girl bands and lady judges, the "female" in "female superheroes" is still a modifier to the real thing.

DC's leading lady is, of course, Wonder Woman, a warrior princess born of an all-woman Amazon civilization created by the gods. She first appeared in December 1941; her real-life male creator, William Moulton Marston, invented the polygraph machine and was an enthusiastic scholar of the psychology of bondage. Combining his interests, he granted Wonder Woman a Lasso of Truth that forces honesty out of those it ensnares. Needless to say, there is no limit to the interpretations that comics fans and analysts have lent to this complicated origin of the superpowered female, which is both wildly progressive and disturbingly fetishistic. That this contradiction burdens female superheroes 70 years later isn't as surprising as it should be.

But, contrary to common belief, Wonder Woman was not the first female superhero. She was preceded by more than half a year by Miss Fury, who starred in her own Sunday comic strip for 10 years beginning in April 1941. Miss Fury was created, written, and drawn by a woman, June Tarpé Mills, who published under the more sexually ambiguous Tarpé Mills. Had Miss Fury entered an enduring canon like DC's, it's possible that the template for female superheroes, as well as for superhero comic readership, would have depended more on the influence and perspective of actual women.

Marla is not an unrelatable super-genius, a highly trained tactician, nor a token femme fatale member of a boys' club. She's simply smart and courageous, with a strong sense of fairness and drive to take action.Collapse )

Source
Amazon page for Tarpé Mills & Miss Fury : Sensational Sundays 1944–1949

Has anyone read this collection? What did you think of it?

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aarligbyrd
01:09 pm - Defcon
Not sure if anyone here goes to Defcon (hacker conference), but if you are going, or know anyone going (particularly ladies), might want to check out this: http://singlevoice.net/2012/07/12/sexism-redyellow-cards-at-defcon/

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July 14th, 2012


lickbrains
06:31 pm - GAMER FRIENDING MEME
a gamer's friending meme

Hey, everyone! I was going through my f-list and I realized that I only have one friend who has a PS3 on LJ and only two f-listers on my Steam friends list. I thought I'd make a game-related friending meme since there hasn't been one that I've seen that isn't exclusive to a console/game. If you want more gamers on your f-list, go for it! Just post the meme in a comment below and fill it out!

RULES:
1) No tomfuckery. This ranges from bigotry to trolling.
2) Maximum of TWO images or ONE gif so that we stay dial-up friendly.
3) Have fun and play nice. I demand it.
4) Don't just hit and run—browse through the comments too. You might find someone interesting!
5) Spread the word to other gaming communities and/or your own journal (optional)!

SPREAD THE WORD!
Copy (Ctrl+C/Command+C) and Paste (Ctrl+P/Command+C) wherever you're allowed to post and/or post it to your journal so that someone can be friends with your awesome gamer friends as well!


THE QUESTIONS:


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HAPPY FRIENDING!


While we're talking about games, Steam is having a massive summer sale! GET THEM GAMES AND MAKE SOME FRIENDS SO YOU CAN PLAY TOGETHER! ;D
Current Mood: ecstatic

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