Dave City

Oct 19

guilelessmonk:

I’m so sick of games that would prefer to be movies.

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Oct 17

Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage -

slotman:

davecity:

slotman:

chrisroberson:

I’m not scared of desperately uncool cultural reactionaries like Jack Thompson or anti-witchcraft Harry Potter burners. I’m scared of the people who do hold cultural power, who have the loud voice, who are, in fact, the cool kids, but think they’re embattled underdogs. I’m scared of the people who think that because disco was “taking over music” they had the right to “fight back” bullying and attacking disco performers and fans.

I’m scared of people who look at someone like Zoe Quinn, an individual who makes free indie games, or Anita Sarkeesian, an individual who makes free YouTube videos, and honestly think that these women are a powerful “corrupt” force taking away the freedom of the vast mob of angry young male gamers and the billion-dollar industry that endlessly caters to them, and that working to shut them up and drive them out somehow constitutes justice. The dominant demographic voice in some given fandom or scene feeling attacked by an influx of new, different fans and rallying the troops against “oppression” in reaction is not at all unique. It happens everywhere, all the time.

But let’s be honest: It’s usually guys doing it. Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s what masculinity is.

This is well worth your time to read. Some great insight here.

Look, I love Arthur Chu—he’s unexpectedly (at least to me) went from Jeopardy villain to one of America’s better writers on race—but this, like most of the left wing reactions to #gamergate, is pretty underwhelming, probably because they’re trying to plug into the regular culture war and I feel like it resists easy analysis on that score? It’s not unlike Occupy in which it was easy for the right to dismiss it based strictly on appearances. (I assume.) It’s hard for me to see the (mostly awful) corporate games media as the underdogs against a bunch of gamers on twitter armed with a hashtag.

I think I’m where Boogie or TotalBiscuit or Erik Kain are with #gamergate: not really for, but I find the evidence for condemnation lacking. (That Deadspin article people were passing around like it was amazing? Jesus Christ. Lee Atwater? Willie Horton? Just go full Godwin next time, content farm kid!)

Also helping me sympathize with the misogynist neckbeards: Kotaku, #gamergate’s number one target, is atrocious. Polygon isn’t much better—did we really need a Slate for games? At least on actual Slate there’s comments making fun of the suck…

I’m having a lot of trouble with the idea that, if a website sucks, then it is easy to sympathize with misogynists. 

Gamergate is connected to the escalation of harassment of women in the game industry: Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, and countless others in less eye-catching ways. If Kotaku and Polygon suck, we can talk about that, but the movement started by a bunch of trolls trying to think of a better way to dox and harass women doesn’t get a seat at the table.

I think I’m just resisting the idea of painting #gamergate as one thing only? I mean they say they don’t doxx, they aren’t misogynists, that it was the notorious “gamers are dead” articles that got them on board. They seem sincere and I’m not super interested in determining if they’re not? Two months and counting seems a ways to go running on nothing but misogynerdity but it’s certainly possible. I got about halfway through that HuffPo “women of #gamergate” thing—they were definitely earnest, but some of the stuff they wanted—an ideology free press? what would that even look like?—is strictly speaking, impossible. But they didn’t sound hateful. Naive, probably.

A lot of my thinking on the subject (since I barely game anymore due to the horrible timesink called real life—I basically collect Steam sales at this point) has been influenced by Erik Kain’s early reporting, I should point out. He traces it back to the Mass Effect 3 shitstorm and I guess it’s easier for me to believe this is the culmination of a few years of festering back and forth between gamers and the games media than a hate campaign specifically launched to target female indie devs.

I don’t think it is one thing. One of the strengths of Gamergate is that, actually, it can be whatever you want it to be. Whenever somebody gets doxxed or harrassed, the response is that Gamergate isn’t about that - because Gamergate is an idea, and it can’t be sullied by the activities of an individual. Whenever someone speaks out against Gamergate, people are hurt - because Gamergate is a group of people, it’s an identity.

I’m certainly not saying that every member of Gamergate is actively looking for home addresses so they can send death threats - or even that they would, and not even that they would approve. I’m saying that I was paying attention when Gamergate started, because I follow the work of some of the people who were first affected, and whatever else it has become, it started as a harassment campaign, and whatever else it has become, it continues to be a harassment campaign.

For me the main thing is that the women I know or who I follow in the games industry feel less safe since Gamergate appeared. I’m not familiar with the reporting of Erik Kain on the subject; my first impression of Gamergate came from Zoe Quinn and other women in the industry, and their perception is that whatever the rhetoric Gamergate has been accompanied by a groundswell of hate and harassment. Obviously there have been the high-profile cases making national news, but there has been women who left the industry more quietly as well, who decided the industry is simply intolerable, such as Jenn Frank and Mattie Brice (and probably more common, people who just… go quiet, who nobody even realizes have left). And the people who are left make no secret that they’re dealing with a higher volume of bullshit than normal.

It’s not that Gamergate is an army of harassers; nobody’s claiming that there is not a one-to-one correspondence between people who throw up the hashtag and dangerous criminals. It’s that Gamergate started when a few thousand people spent a few days trying to ruin a woman’s life - as large crowds on the internet occasionally do, if that woman works in games - who then pivoted and said “But really, isn’t the fact that she’s dating a games journalist the important thing here, and that he wrote a glowing review of her game?” (Which of course he didn’t, but that’s hardly the point). And a lot of people said yes, or worse, said “I don’t agree, but we need to respect both sides of this debate.” And it’s still serving the same function today.

Incidentally I would assert that two months and counting does not seem at all like a long amount of time for someone (or a group) to sustain themselves on “misogynerdity”. The accounts of women who are the victims of harassment show that people have been sustaining harassment campaigns for as long as there has been an internet. There are a lot of first-hand accounts available about how common harassment is and how persistent trolls can be, but I might recommend reading Kathy Sierra’s recent piece that was published on Wired as a place to start: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/trolls-will-always-win/. 

(Source: the-full-grohac)

Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage -

slotman:

chrisroberson:

I’m not scared of desperately uncool cultural reactionaries like Jack Thompson or anti-witchcraft Harry Potter burners. I’m scared of the people who do hold cultural power, who have the loud voice, who are, in fact, the cool kids, but think they’re embattled underdogs. I’m scared of the people who think that because disco was “taking over music” they had the right to “fight back” bullying and attacking disco performers and fans.

I’m scared of people who look at someone like Zoe Quinn, an individual who makes free indie games, or Anita Sarkeesian, an individual who makes free YouTube videos, and honestly think that these women are a powerful “corrupt” force taking away the freedom of the vast mob of angry young male gamers and the billion-dollar industry that endlessly caters to them, and that working to shut them up and drive them out somehow constitutes justice. The dominant demographic voice in some given fandom or scene feeling attacked by an influx of new, different fans and rallying the troops against “oppression” in reaction is not at all unique. It happens everywhere, all the time.

But let’s be honest: It’s usually guys doing it. Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s what masculinity is.

This is well worth your time to read. Some great insight here.

Look, I love Arthur Chu—he’s unexpectedly (at least to me) went from Jeopardy villain to one of America’s better writers on race—but this, like most of the left wing reactions to #gamergate, is pretty underwhelming, probably because they’re trying to plug into the regular culture war and I feel like it resists easy analysis on that score? It’s not unlike Occupy in which it was easy for the right to dismiss it based strictly on appearances. (I assume.) It’s hard for me to see the (mostly awful) corporate games media as the underdogs against a bunch of gamers on twitter armed with a hashtag.

I think I’m where Boogie or TotalBiscuit or Erik Kain are with #gamergate: not really for, but I find the evidence for condemnation lacking. (That Deadspin article people were passing around like it was amazing? Jesus Christ. Lee Atwater? Willie Horton? Just go full Godwin next time, content farm kid!)

Also helping me sympathize with the misogynist neckbeards: Kotaku, #gamergate’s number one target, is atrocious. Polygon isn’t much better—did we really need a Slate for games? At least on actual Slate there’s comments making fun of the suck…

I’m having a lot of trouble with the idea that, if a website sucks, then it is easy to sympathize with misogynists. 

Gamergate is connected to the escalation of harassment of women in the game industry: Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, and countless others in less eye-catching ways. If Kotaku and Polygon suck, we can talk about that, but the movement started by a bunch of trolls trying to think of a better way to dox and harass women doesn’t get a seat at the table.

(Source: the-full-grohac)

Oct 15

[video]

Oct 14

Anonymous said: What reasons might two knights (who were on the same side) have to start a long standing feud?

howtofightwrite:

Because they’re people… and people inevitably will be drawn into conflict with something?

Some slight, either imagined or real was allowed to fester, and deteriorate into avarice. But, as to what could cause that? Almost anything. Perceived favoritism by a superior, blocked advancement, betrayal of trust, jealousy over a third party’s perceived attentions, holding beliefs that are offensive to the other knight, taking the last deviled egg. Anything.

It’s people. You’re asking me to tell you who your characters are, without telling me anything about them, except that they’re part of a knightly order.

-Starke

One idea is that knights were part of feudalism, and feudalism often led to a lot of fragmentation and odd alliances. Knights on “the same side” might have nothing in common other than a liege to whom they both owe allegiance. They might not even speak the same language (imagine they are both knights to a noble who controlled territory in England and France, which definitely happened).

Or, conversely, they might know each other all too well - they might own neighboring estates that are constantly competing for the same resources, not unified in the slightest except that we happen to have the same lord. Property and business is a potentially endless source of strife.

Add in the importance of inheritance in a feudal society for extra fun - not only is the knight next door letting his peasants graze their animals on my land, but they should be my peasants, if his grandfather hadn’t swindled my grandfather out of the estate.

DoJ producer says Diana will be Zeus’ daughter in the Movie

thehappysorceress:

fyeahwilliammoultonmarston:

Can’t say I’m surprised, but I’m still disappointed they’re using that awful New 52 origin, especially since this will be Diana’s first appearance before a global audience.

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What could have been…

http://comicbook.com/2014/10/13/wonder-womans-demigod-origin-in-batman-v-superman-confirmed/

Yep.

With all we’re expected to accept in comics-based movies, THIS is the one that no one will believe.

Suuuure.

Oct 12

[video]

Oct 09

storycade:

Guenevere (Interactive Romance Fiction)

sonnet009:

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So, guys, I really think you should play this.

Part 1 of a planned 7-part series by newarcana, Long Live the Queen is a great introduction to an ambitious and rich interactive novel series based on the Arthurian legend.

As far as love interests go, Guenevere can feel the pull of…

Good god do I recommend this.

REBLOG IF YOU WANT A LOVE LETTER FROM A FICTIONAL CHARACTER IN YOUR ASK BOX NOW

(Source: seeyouallintherapy, via eleneripenneth)

Oct 08

thehappysorceress:

9musesandanoldmind:

Diana and Artemis being cute amazon kids, well, maybe not so much, but yet somehow… And looks like little Diana keeps emerging in my brain, I’m doomed… also, think I don’t really need to say it, but she’s a good sport.

Soooooo adorable!!!

thehappysorceress:

9musesandanoldmind:

Diana and Artemis being cute amazon kids, well, maybe not so much, but yet somehow… And looks like little Diana keeps emerging in my brain, I’m doomed… also, think I don’t really need to say it, but she’s a good sport.

Soooooo adorable!!!