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An Open Letter to Games Media

trinandtonic:

"Neutrality means the status quo forever."


Signal boost to re/Action zine, guys. More voices. Different voices. Louder voices. 

drawvideogame:

Samus Aran

drawvideogame:

Samus Aran

missespeon:

gamers: feminists are babies with victim complexes
gamers: being politely asked not to say slurs is like being lynched
gamers: women wanting less oversexualized characters in games is just like nazi germany
gamers: being asked to not plan elaborate harassment of people is like being exiled from your home country


Free copy of Tropico 3 on Steam, today only on the Humble Store! 

Expires this morning, so don’t wait!

Free copy of Tropico 3 on Steam, today only on the Humble Store! 

Expires this morning, so don’t wait!

lunaticobscurity:

what do we want? videogames to continue being made by the exact same people, for the exact same audience and nobody else under any circumstances, and for any criticism of or attempt to make changes to the established status quo to result in threats and harassment!

when do we want it? for the rest of time!

Here’s your new protest sign, #GamerGaters!

My 30th birthday is next month. Fortunately, my Steam wishlist is mostly really cheap titles, for those of you who love me, but don’t "$49.99" love me, if you know what I mean.

can you draw some terraria fan art for me

I can’t draw anything for anyone. You could throw up on a tablet and it would look more like Terraria fan art than if I tried to draw something.

retsambal:

I bet someone’s gonna unfollow me right now, just because.
Anyway, for those of you that don’t unfollow me, I thought we could have a special moment. I’m shit with money. Really terrible. Often, I’ll get a bundle from the guys over at Humble Bundle filled with games I already own, and after a while, these games tend to pile up.
Right now, the list of piled up games is this: 
And let me tell you, some of those games are absolutely fantastic. Which is why I already had them. Since I don’t have any real use for these copies, and this is a relatively special moment in my tumblr “life”, I figured I’d give them away to those who want them.
Rules are as follow:1. You need to ask for the game to get it.2. That’s it. Wait no. For the next 2 days, I’ll only give the games away to people who are following me. After that, if the game hasn’t been given to any of my followers, I’ll give it to anyone who asks.3. One game per person, let’s be fair here.4. Ok, NOW that’s it.

retsambal:

I bet someone’s gonna unfollow me right now, just because.

Anyway, for those of you that don’t unfollow me, I thought we could have a special moment. I’m shit with money. Really terrible. Often, I’ll get a bundle from the guys over at Humble Bundle filled with games I already own, and after a while, these games tend to pile up.

Right now, the list of piled up games is this: 

And let me tell you, some of those games are absolutely fantastic. Which is why I already had them. Since I don’t have any real use for these copies, and this is a relatively special moment in my tumblr “life”, I figured I’d give them away to those who want them.

Rules are as follow:
1. You need to ask for the game to get it.
2. That’s it. Wait no. For the next 2 days, I’ll only give the games away to people who are following me. After that, if the game hasn’t been given to any of my followers, I’ll give it to anyone who asks.
3. One game per person, let’s be fair here.
4. Ok, NOW that’s it.

A little Clump of Soul

overthinkingvideogames:

Yesterday was Katamari Damacy’s 10-year anniversary! The Prince must click on the link and roll up all of the text at Metafilter! Yes! You must! We are not patient. Roll, roll, roll.

This space is evolving, dear dinosaur. As it should. As all artforms should. It doesn’t take away the games you have. It brings new games to the table. New voices. Voices by people who are long under-represented, speaking to audiences who have long been under-served. You can’t stop that. You shouldn’t want to stop that, because that’s something assholes want.

- Chuck Wendig, The Cankerous Slime-Slick Shame Pit that is #GamerGate

warpdoor:

Blacksmith (Davide Aversa, Maurilio di Cicco)
"The idea is to bring a kind of experience never tried before from the point of view of blacksmith in a fantasy world who tries no to kill the biggest dragon or to rescue the princess from the highest tower of the fallen kingdom, instead, his aim is to fullfill the request of all the men who actually will try those ventures." - Author’s description

warpdoor:

Blacksmith (Davide Aversa, Maurilio di Cicco)

"The idea is to bring a kind of experience never tried before from the point of view of blacksmith in a fantasy world who tries no to kill the biggest dragon or to rescue the princess from the highest tower of the fallen kingdom, instead, his aim is to fullfill the request of all the men who actually will try those ventures." - Author’s description

spacetwinks:

that people actually believe there is some kind of massive, unstoppably powerful feminist conspiracy behind the internet and all media is so weird to me cuz if there was, you think they’d be more successful at, say, getting kevin feige to make one marvel movie not lead by a dude before 2020, or getting AAA game producers to target them instead of the same demographics as ever with the same excuses why you can’t play as a woman

anyway, fuck shitnerds

There’s (at least) two reasons this massive “conspiracy” thing is so funny and ridiculous. The first is mentioned above. If feminists are so powerful and collusive and control all of the media, then why does their one related agenda (equal and reasonable representation of women in the media) continue to elude them?

The second thing that makes this so funny to me is that I think at least some of the guys saying this stuff are 100% sincere. Like, they see a majority of art and media critics (and almost anyone else with common sense and an internet connection) all sharing the same basic opinion - that the portrayal of women in media is problematic and deserves examination and change - and the only explanation that makes sense to them is a shadowy conspiracy by disinterested outsiders to ruin everything good and pure, apparently just for giggles.

Think about that for a minute. If it appears that pretty much everyone (with the exception of a few particularly awful Reddit and 4Chan dungeons) all share an opinion, there are two possible explanations: the first is that there is a huge and complicated conspiracy, powerful enough to infiltrate every sector of the media, arts, culture, and the internet, and yet sophisticated and covert enough that nobody has ever admitted to it or been caught at it, and also so ineffectual that its one chief aim has remained entirely unsuccessful. The second possibility is that there’s something to it.

And it’s hilarious that, given those two options, one perfectly simple and reasonable and the other outlandish and impossible, these guys go for the conspiracy option. I mean, c’mon guys. I don’t want to get all “fedora athiest” on you by talking occam’s razor and shit, but which one of these things is really more likely: the most sophisticated, pervasive and ineffective conspiracy in human history, or maybe - just maybe - they just might have a point?

Me chatting about games journalism over on twitter.

alvaroruso13:

*New interesting videogame*

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*Only for XBox One*

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The Cankerous Slime-Slick Shame Pit That Is #GamerGate