thesevenbeerstitch said: What's up with this Zoe Quinn situation?
Today is brought to you by the experience of waking up grimly certain that if the genders were reversed in the Zoe Quinn “scandal,” the headline would not be “dude trades sex for reviews,” but “lady trades sex for scoop.”
Anyone who thinks this story is about integrity and not punishing women for their presence is fucking delusional.
What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.
Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.
And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.
How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.
Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.
This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.
Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.
They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.
also known as “Why I Love And Support BioWare Games”
Bioware ain’t perfect, but good gosh it does give me the warm fuzzies when one of their crew knocks it out of the park.
jqsilver said: Did Miles have an evil twin? I am imagining a "Nice" Miles who is a "Nice Guy" and who is in the friend zone with "Nice" Rachel.
Miles had a prior engagement. Maybe his evil twin is invisible…
two silent hill fan comics,
The first made from L’s memory of how Silent Hill 2’s plot unfolds
The second based on leaked script of upcoming Silent Hill game
these are both perfect
Anonymous said: I love your earrings!
Thank you! Me, too. I wear dangly earrings maybe once a year, and it’s usually either those or the ones I made out of Ames lettering guides.
Last night, I read a very—like, as of about two hours before—new story at the Steep & Thorny Way to Heaven Night Carnival, and it was an awful lot of fun. I’m doing a residency thing there, by the way—we semi-officially announced it last night—where I write new kinda-bespoke fiction for a series of events (six or seven in all? IIRC? It’s not super formal. I’ve done three so far.).
I generally have chapbooks for sale at Carnival if I can finish them on time—see the very new fiction part above. Here are the covers to the ones I did not finish on time to sell last night. They’re a limited edition of 13; the red is sealing wax, which will make more sense if you were there to hear the story. I will, ideally, have them finished and available (along with the previous and next ones), at the next Carnival, which is on Halloween.
(If you’re in Portland and you like weird, splendid fringe and experimental arts and circus stuff and music and fiction and excuses to dress up splendidly, you should really be a regular at Steep & Thorny, by the way. They’re splendid. There are Night Carnivals and other arts stuff and music and dancing and weirdly affordable fancy drinks. They also do short-one-act-play karaoke, which is a fucking genius idea, and also the Platonic-ideal format for any work by David Ives that isn’t Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread. ALSO also they did their research and found fog-machine chemicals that aren’t insanely toxic, which may not be a big deal to you but is pretty damn exciting for me.)
So, anyway, the theme of last night’s Carnival was “My Evil Twin,” and, based on what I had in my closet and the general tone of the last few weeks, I decided to twist it up and go as my nice twin instead.
Nice Twin. Not Good Twin. There’s a really key difference. (And a relevant quote from Into the Woods, but you can look that up on your own time.)
My Nice Twin doesn’t wear sunglasses indoors. My Nice Twin smiles and flirts and is polite and graceful and takes whatever she wants but always apologizes with such effusive gratitude and sincerity that you’ll think it was your choice.
My Nice Twin is appropriately culturally feminine. She wears a dress, and tasteful make-up, and she is pretty but not overtly sexual. My Nice Twin is there to make you comfortable, too busy acting like she cares to actually engage. My Nice Twin will thank you so profusely that you won’t notice until a few minutes later that she didn’t leave a tip.
I think the earrings are my favorite part.
bowtunga said: Can you explain the difference between All New X Men and Uncanny X Men! Both are headed by Bendis and I just started the All New series and was wondering if I need to also be reading Uncanny so as not to miss anything
I think you may be looking for the Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men ask box.