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July 10th, 2012


thatwordgrrl
12:56 pm - On the heels of the anti-harassment posters at Convergence
Jim Himes recounts what happened to him at Fandom Fest

We've got a long way to go...
Current Mood: cynical

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July 8th, 2012


thatwordgrrl
09:23 pm - A con getting it right
Dunno if people have seen the pics of this poster that was up at the recent ConVergence. There's another one that's more specifically cosplay/costumer oriented.

This makes me hate con fandom just a little bit less. It also makes me think that maybe, just maybe, the two years of my screaming and yelling, and all the shit I endured during the Backup Ribbon Project were not a total waste of my time.

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July 7th, 2012


weber_dubois22
12:24 pm - The case of Sarkeesian vs. Male Privilege continues

TRIGGER WARNING(s): Slut Shaming, Rape culture, Mentions of Abuse, Harassment

I tend to be pretty lucky around these parts. Occasionally, someone will show up in comments here and complain about the fact that we’re talking about pop culture rather than politics, and y’all will set that person straight. Once in a very little while, a true creep will show up and comment on my looks based on a cartoon of my face, my sex life based on…I’m not even sure what exactly, or fantasize about seeing violence done to me, in which case the banhammer comes out, sometimes before y’all can even run them off. And as a media critic who does a lot of feminist work, I hate the fact that I’m grateful for the fact that I’m not harassed for doing my job.


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June 28th, 2012


crystalns
05:36 pm - GLBT History in Video Games: Full Set of Articles
Uh, so my friend had posted on here the first article of my feature on the history of GLBT characters in video games. I got a lot of really helpful comments but didn't want to spam this group every time an article got written, so now that it's done, here's a link to all five of them: http://www.gamingbus.com/tag/glbt/ The last article (Present Day and Beyond) has some personal thoughts on where I'd like the gaming industry to go.

I dunno if I did an okay job or not or if it'd be interesting to anyone or anything like that, but I thought I'd share since the first one was shared. I'd love to hear people's thoughts on them, either on the site directly or on here.
Current Mood: anxious

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esprix
02:06 pm - Stonewall
43 years ago a bunch of queers decided they were tired of being harassed, denigrated and abused and stood up for themselves. 3 days of riots ensued, and the country was suddenly forced to see them as people. We have the queens, dykes, leather men, and drag queens of that night, as well as those brave individuals who worked for decades before them, to thank for laying the groundwork of the progress we've attained today. The fight continues every day, but I for one look back proudly on what they did for me and thank them for it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots
Current Mood: proud

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June 26th, 2012


thatwordgrrl
06:14 pm - Marvel in the pink
Your Susan G Komen donation dollars working ever so hard for breast cancer awareness.

Honestly? Can we move past awareness and on to, you know, *research*?

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pinkpolarity
04:16 am - Jim Sterling on r*pe vs. murder in video games
TW: discussion of r*pe

I know Jim Sterling has said some absolutely hideous things, but I've been consistently surprised by his videos on The Escapist, especially coming from the Yahtzee-like angry-ranting-reviewer persona he affects (which is consistently less awful than Yahtzee). He was on the right side of the complaining and bawwing about the existence of gay!Shepard in ME3, and he's got some things to say about r*pe that I think that site's commenter base seriously needs to hear.

Video is here.

Note: The comments, as you'd expect from a gamer site, are frequently godawful. Hell, the comments-- and all the threads that show up about r*pe on that site, and the fact that one of these lovely MRA assholes triggered the fuck out of me over there tonight-- are a big part of why I'm grateful to see this video.

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June 23rd, 2012


lickbrains
05:08 pm - Diablo III: A Devil of a Game


First and foremost, Diablo III is an exceptionally entertaining and highly addictive game. As a player with zero MMO experience, coming in with lots of expectations–I first played Diablo when I was 11–I was highly sceptical of the always-online game, not to mention its “rune”-based, rather than skill-tree and ability score, customization–a big change from Diablo II. But it certainly didn’t take long for Diablo III to win me over. In the age of Skyrim, the Diablo franchise can’t compete as an RPG; but what it lacks there, it makes up in spades as an action-packed loot-bonanza.

This is not to say it’s a perfect game. The mechanics may be at the core of a gaming experience, but anyone with at least one eye and half a brain will find that Diablo III is a game designed for neckbeards and their ilk–leading to a rather complete set of groans and shudders for those of us still hoping that big gaming companies can produce something that is not racist, sexist, and directed by the male gaze.

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ETA: Relevant post about ableism in Diablo III.
Current Mood: that's true

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June 22nd, 2012


mmaster
11:34 am
Warning: Kotaku. The article itself is quite good (I didn't notice any horrible language or anything, but tell me if I missed something), but the E3 sidebar features journalistic highlights such as "Which are the cutest booth babes?", and of course the comments section quickly devolves into victim blaming.

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/06/513794/

Summary: A female game journalist attended E3 and was forcibly pulled away from the keyboard so that the PR reps could 'Play it for her'. And then received similar treatment from most of the rest of the show as well.

Sigh.

Is it sad that I had this conversation with a friend of mine?
*I send him the link
Him: Are you honestly surprised?
Me: Surprised? No. Disappointed and vaguely infuriated? Yes.


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June 16th, 2012


pinkpolarity
12:51 am - LOTRO?
Anyone play LOTRO?

I don't know how important guilds are to this game or how often I'll play it, but I'd love to find kind, inclusive people to play with right off the bat instead of getting situated on a server and finding out later that there's a great LGBTQ-friendly, feminist guild someplace else.

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June 13th, 2012


teh_riaz
03:55 pm - Tomb raider horseshit (trigger warning)

http://kotaku.com/5917400/youll-want-to-protect-the-new-less-curvy-lara-croft

Presented without comment as I'm too fucking furious to be coherent for so many reasons.  (also, trigger warning.)


edit: hell no I can't do this without comment.

PROTECT? WH

people don't identify with her?  well GOD DAMN I forgot women aren't people.

and I'm not even going to comment on the rape shit other than to say, holy fucking wow, if they ever made a duke nukem origin game, I'm PRETTY FUCKING SURE HE WOULDN'T GET RAPED.


edit #2:

here are two well written articles that are worth sharing:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnyegriffiths/2012/06/12/the-new-lara-croft/
http://www.themarysue.com/lara-croft-misogyny/


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June 8th, 2012


fiercereaper
03:21 am - Skyrim fan vid
Friend linked me to this since I like Lindsey Sterling. Pretty neat!


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June 6th, 2012


lickbrains
12:48 pm - Square Enix's Final Fantasy Next-Gen Tech Demo
Soooooooo Final Fantasy is looking even more racist and glorifying the white hero even more with the next installment in their series. They illustrate what seems to be West Asian men (or "Middle Eastern" as most like to say which makes no sense to me because Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and the countries in that area are not in the middle of Asia. /mini-rant) as villains. It's really worrying.



However, I will concede that my jaw dropped and I went, "WHAAAAAAAT THE FUUUUUUUUCK" when I saw the graphics. Next gen is gonna be unreal in terms of visuals but I see no improvement in their politics. I most likely won't get the game if this is how they're going to portray West Asians; tired of seeing them as villains. I mean, am I wrong? Am I just imagining it? I'm getting a lot of "but that's how they are!" (which is a different breed of shitfuckery jfc) and "I don't see it." :\

Thoughts?
Current Mood: geeky

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June 5th, 2012


hinata19
06:58 pm - History of GLBT characters in video games
I write for this site (though I'm not the author of this article), and I figured people here would find this an interesting read, especially since it's not a subject that gets a lot of coverage. You can read it here.

There's going to be an article every week this month covering each decade in honor of GLBT month, for those interested.

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lickbrains
01:04 am - Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for Vita to Star a Woman of Color

A scan from Game Informer. Aveline, the new protagonist, is on the right.
Click image to enlarge and read article.

Because we really need some good news this week: via Joystiq and Nyleveia, a NeoGAF user has posted scans from the most recent issue of Game Informer that has the first details of a companion game to Assassin’s Creed III on the Playstation Vita. What’s interesting and exciting is that the protagonist of the game will be a woman of color named Aveline. It will, apparently, take place in and around New Orleans.

Assassin’s Creed fans have been asking about a female protagonist in the series for a long time now. The series is no slouch in the character design department, and Aveline looks to be no exception. It will be exciting to find out more about her, what her story is, and how she’s connected to Connor, the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed III. Hopefully we will find out more this week during E3.

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ETA: For those interested, there was a trailer released for the game at E3 that you can view here.
Current Mood: ambivalent

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June 4th, 2012


luminousmotion
10:54 pm - British television shows all coming together, sort of
Figured i'd link this for anyone interested. David Tenant(The Doctor from Dr. Who), Billie Piper(Rose Tyler from Dr. Who), Vicky McClure(Lol from This Is England), and Kaya Scodelario(Effy from Skins) are all going to be in a BBC series.

http://youtu.be/38GW6JWMNac

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May 25th, 2012


hollzilla
05:13 pm - Friday's Open Thread
You're free to comment about anything, whether it relates to the interests of the community or not.

No nudity, please.
If you post pictures, please don't make them so big that people have to side scroll. (If you're unsure about a picture, just link us to it instead.)
No personal attacks.

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May 17th, 2012


thatwordgrrl
01:22 pm - Lowest Difficulty Setting
So I'm curious what y'all think of John Scalzi's attempt to explain straight white male privilege to straight white males. In gamer terms.

I guess as a straight white bro to straight white bro thing it works, but I'd like some other opinions.

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May 8th, 2012


salacious_pop
12:27 am - Bioware Interview re: Mass Effect 3's exclusively lesbian/gay NPCs, a first for the company
"Same-sex romances have been part of previous BioWare games, but until now, these romance-option characters could be attracted to a player character of either gender. Mass Effect 3 characters Samatha Traynor and Steve Cortez represent the first time BioWare has written full romances that are exclusively for same-sex characters. Patrick Weekes and Dusty Everman wrote these relationships and talk about their experiences here."

Rest of article (sourced to Bioware's own blog). Will open new window/tab.

Don't worry about the comments section - its disabled for this article (and I'm not enough of a masochist to deliberately scour the forums for a thread. A+ forethought, Bioware. Also, the two men interviewed make references to accusations of "ninja romances" from male gamers who resent accidentally flirting with male NPCs, because, you know, that's the worst thing EVER.

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May 7th, 2012


luminousmotion
10:59 am - The Secret World
Anyone else get into the beta for The Secret World?

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