Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gender Negotiations in Gaming Commentary

One commenter says, "How about a nice female character with strong and positive attributes that I can relate to and feel proud of?"

Another says, "How about a nice cup of Shut The Fuck Up?"


Iris Ophelia entered that fray today with her post on New World Notes, "How 'Knights of Pen & Paper' Spoils a Cute Concept with Offensive Characters." So far the post has been warmly received, if, that is, you like your cup of "Shut The Fuck Up" as hot as your coffee.

But before you either rush to defend or attack Iris, know that she does not stand alone.

Felicia Day, for example...


Backing up, I feel like most of the hatred wasn’t even directed at ME personally, it was at this general IDEA of some “Gamer Girl” type, who, in the perceived mind of these guys, disenfranchises gamers? I dunno. Clearly a segment of guys on the internet HATE “Gamer Girls”. This is the part I don’t understand, why they are so frikkin emotional about it. They hate on this type of girl who “pretends” to game for attention. This archetype they can somehow factually attribute to a few women (then paint the whole gender with the brush) that exploit them for attention, cheapens their hobby with “casualism”…who knows. The irony here is that the “Hot Gamer Girl” is there because….guys click on them/watch them more than non-hot girls. So yeah, talk about creating their own problem, lol.

I know, for ME, when I started this road with The Guild, I had NO women to look at who were not wearing bikinis while they gamed. There was no “relatable” woman/girl figure for me to look to, and that’s why Codex, Clara and Tink are EXACTLY NOT THAT: Because that’s not who I personally gamed with, that bikini-chick. I gamed with moms and angry college students and shut-ins. So to be accused of pandering Girl Gamer, of BEING A CASUAL (whatever the EFF that means)…well, it hurt. But the comments from MY viewers, who didn’t wanna be bullied, that made my night. So thanks to all of you who commented, even if you didn’t like the video, who defended “casuals” and “girl gamers”. Whatever label you slap on it, it’s just another way to hate.


And Cat Valente...


And if you want to see the ugliest fandom has to offer, all you have to do is be a woman and say something negative about a popular SFF property. Bonus if it’s male-authored and male-directed. Shit on urban fantasy all you want. But Game of Thrones is holy.
The fact is, to be a woman online is to eventually be threatened with rape and death. On a long enough timeline, the chances of this not occurring drop to zero.


And Becky Chambers...

If I play a game in which women have been pushed to the sidelines, and I were to ask the developers why that choice was made, the rationale of “that’s just how it is in that world” is not good enough. That’s not a reason. That’s defaulting to the status quo, and it’s lazy. And boring. And unnecessary. If a game sells itself as an escapist experience that will make the player feel like a hero, the developers should remind themselves that sometimes the player is a woman.

Anita Sarkeesian, Jennifer Hepler, Susana Polo, Kate Beaton, Jade Raymond...and many more.  So consider your approach accordingly.  It's all about strategy, right?



Links:
http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2012/11/knights-of-pen-and-paper.html
http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2012/11/sexism-in-games.html
http://feliciaday.com/blog/gamer-girlcountry-boyflame-fest
http://www.themarysue.com/but-alas-she-is-a-woman-how-dishonored-uses-gender-roles-to-tell-a-story/
http://www.themarysue.com/the-all-too-familiar-harassment-against-feminist-frequency-and-what-the-gaming-community-can-do-about-it/
http://www.themarysue.com/bioware-jennifer-hepler-announcement/
http://catvalente.livejournal.com/675153.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Sarkeesian
http://harkavagrant.com/

Friday, October 26, 2012

Profiteering Protest and a Shot at Whiskey

If you read this humble little excuse for a part-time hobby blog, then you know I am a big fan of the art of Whiskey (Mon)day, which is why I got my hackles up when a friend of mine linked me to a deviantART page where someone, who is not Whiskey, has posted one of Whiskey's pictures as her own.

I know how hard-won Whiskey's art is because she blogs about the complexities and difficulties of her bittersweet life.  That knowledge makes this transgression seem all the more vile to me.  These are not hastily cobbled together lolcat or demotivational poster pics for quick laughs on forums.  Whiskey's pictures are thoughtful creations representing pieces of her very being.

Based on the growing howl of protests in both deviantART and Second Life venues, Whiskey was not the only victim of this theft of a piece of artistic soul.

There is a word teachers use on the school grounds when children are cruel to each other that is sounding in my mind right now, "Unacceptable!"

If you find this casual theft of something so significant as abhorrent as I do, perhaps you will join us in protesting the theft of the art of Whiskey and her fellow artists.

And bekidarling, if you are listening or reading, please remove the stolen content from your deviantART account.

Thank you.

- LeeHere Absent


Relevant links:

http://bekidarling.deviantart.com/#/d5izklp
http://bekidarling.deviantart.com/
https://my.secondlife.com/bekidarling
http://whiskeymonday.com/
https://twitter.com/Whiskey_Day
http://www.flickr.com/photos/75351422@N03/
http://singleframestories.wordpress.com/

p.s.
I have screenshots.



More links:

http://archaical.deviantart.com/journal/beki-darling-fake-297734432
http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/216/7/b/profile_picture_by_bekidarling-d59rzcf.jpg
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/beki-darling
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/123895
https://my.secondlife.com/whiskey.monday/posts/508a2dbc5c6ef30002001086
http://www.sluniverse.com/php/vb/other-web-sites/68797-crimes-against-convention-lee-here-2.html#post1662170


ETA:

It looks like Whiskey's pic has been taken down.  Whether that was done by bekidarling or deviantART - thank you.

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Please visit the deviation page to try again.

http://bekidarling.deviantart.com/#/d5izklp




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Go back to our homepage
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http://bekidarling.deviantart.com/art/Our-Little-Secret-334223629

Sunday, August 19, 2012

R Pub - Where Our Pub Is Your Pub, Bay City - Harwich (38, 148, 25) - General

R Pub being the pub of Sylvia and Tray.  Check it out.

R Pub

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Links:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Harwich/40/144/25
http://secondlife.com/destination/r-pub
https://my.secondlife.com/traydien/#about_tab
https://my.secondlife.com/sylvia.tamalyn

Guitar Zane / Timothy Eightay CD Release Party Last Night

Great show at GZ's party last night with the C.A.S.T Burlesque dancers and the usual Inzane fans.  Here are some pics from the event...

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Guitar Zane and the C.AS.T. Burlesque Dancers complete with costume changes and synchronized choreography.

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Rae Hazelnut

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Tricky Ohh

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Ophion & Liz

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shahayla Tearfall & Merlin Edwardstone

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Biggles Magic in a "I Survived Guitar Zane's CD Release Party" t-shirt.

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Lyric Serendipity doing the Cupid Shuffle.

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Guitar Zane dancing to LMFAO.

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Fedora Jones

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Cellandra Zon & KerryRing

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Links:
http://guitarzane.com/
http://leeherevw.blogspot.com/2012/08/guitar-zane-timothy-eightay-is-having.html
https://my.secondlife.com/leehere.absent/snapshots

Friday, August 17, 2012

I Love A Parade & A Parody

So I'm in luck as Botgirl and her pals have started a new challenge - a parody!


Links:
http://aisforavatar.com/
http://www.botgirl.com/2012/08/new-second-life-parody-blog-is-for.html
http://leeherevw.blogspot.com/2011/02/tongue-in-cheek-rules-for-forum-posters.html

Whiskey

I get some of my inspiration from Whiskey.

Whiskey

Inspiration & Illumination






"And with that in mind, before you view this week’s Gallery, the challenge for next week is 'Illumination.' Make of it what you will."

Links:
http://leeherevw.blogspot.com/2012/08/single-frame-stories-new-challenge-from.html
http://leeherevw.blogspot.com/2012/08/lees-last-words.html
http://singleframestories.wordpress.com/ 
http://www.flickr.com/groups/2042185@N23/
http://www.botgirl.com/2012/08/enter-single-frame-story-in-our-new.html 
http://www.botgirl.com/2012/08/heres-my-single-frame-stories-entry.html http://whiskeyshots.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/single-frame-stories-challenge-is-up/ http://whiskeyshots.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/last-words/ 
http://whiskeyshots.wordpress.com/ 
http://www.botgirl.com/ 

Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash on ASU's Dyess Colony

Saw the NWN blog post.  Teleported over to check it out.  Met the builder who gave me a quick tour and some background.  Took and posted pics, naturally.   Here are a few of those pics from the build that recreates the boyhood home of Johnny Cash from the 1940s.

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Links:


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