Archive for March, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

*I’m not going to censure myself for spoilers, but if you’ve seen the trailers, you should know the plot already.  It’s not very complex or surprising.  Read at your own risk.*

The last movie I went to see in the theatre was the new Tim Burton movie, “Alice in Wonderland.”  I have to say, I am a fan of Tim Burton’s works.  I recently went to see the exhibit at the MOMA in New York of his art.  I love his humor and his imagination.  I also love that he loves women.

No, I’m not singling him out simply for being straight.  I don’t love Charlie Sheen and he certainly has his own brand of love for women, though Sheen’s love involves using women as sperm receptacles and punching bags.  I’m talking about respect and appreciation.  In his movies, women are equals.  They are strong, intelligent, and are as likely to rescue as to be rescued. … continue reading this entry.

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18

No post today because I’m too busy turning 18 while on a cruise in the Carribean.  Yeah, life is sweet.  Other posts this week are pre-scheduled while I am away.  The cruise is great, but it would better if there was a 360 in the room with me…

I have for you 6 videos I watch over and over.  Why six?  ‘Cuz it’s a third of 18 and the month of march is 3 and 3 is also my favorite number.  3×6 is 18!

I’m just kidding.  I chose 6 just because I wanted to. … continue reading this entry.

Link week

This week is all about smaller posts because I have no access to my computer.

Adult film industry women playing D&D.  Watch and decide for yourself what you think.

Friday Link

Short post today.  I’m packing for my trip to the Bahamas and going gokarting with some friends, so I don’t have a whole lot of time.

Check out this really cool article on girl characters from Game Informer.

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My Tribe

I’m going to admit something embarrassing about myself.  There is a game on Facebook that I play.  Now, before you switch sites in disgust due to hardcore betrayal, let me explain my seemingly horrifying actions.  The game I am playing on Facebook is called My Tribe.

What I like about My Tribe is that it’s a game that I’ve played before.  The first time I encountered it was on my father’s Palm Pilot and it was called Village Sim.  It was a real time game that required constant visitation to build up your castaway society.  They could become sick, the ocean could become overfished and berry trees could lose their berries, and they could solve mysterious things on their island.  The first attempts to play were done by a young child, unable to grasp that I needed to find alternate sources for food, and that if a person is sick, they can’t work no matter how many times I dragged them to their posts.  Eventually I gave up, and tiny skeletons littered the island.

village sim screen shot

I always had a lady scientist.

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Ada Lovelace Day

Bonus post today!

Just wanted to wish you a happy Ada Lovelace day!

Who was she?  Many consider her to be the first computer programmer! Check out the links below for more information.

Further reading herehere, and here.

Gamecrush

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the new site that launched called Gamecrush.  Along the same lines as a phone sex line, this site promises a female companion gamer for about eight bucks per game.  The site claims that they model the price after the price of buying a girl a drink in a bar.

Let’s let this sink in for a moment, shall we?  I certainly had to.  When I first heard about it, I thought, “Guys are lonely and just wanna play video games with some women?  Can’t they do that for free online(or with an xboxlive gold account)?”  My second thought was, “Sign me up!  Cash for beating some guys at games? I do that for free all the time.”  So I looked into it.  Not to join, but out of curiosity.  What I found was not what I expected.

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Games of my Childhood Part One

And now?   A moment of nostalgia.

Dress up games, princess games, baby care games, horse games, princess games, etc.  The industry for creating games that appeal to this ‘untapped’ market has consistently misunderstood and patronized it.  When I was growing up, I hated the girl games.  Boy games had trucks and firefighting and robots.  I wanted to construct a city or save the day, so I played boy games.  But my favorite games of all were the games that didn’t make the distinction between boy or girl.  One game franchise that springs to mind is Jumpstart.  I was in elementary school when these games were big.  They were broken into grade levels and my favorite was third grade.  You played as a student with a robot named Botley wandering a castle and fixing history that the professor’s daughter, Polly Spark, had messed up to make the answers on her history test right.

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The Mirror

Rebecca Mayes does videos featuring song reviews of games for Escapist Magazine.  The stuff  at the site is really funny and original and if you haven’t checked it out (what’s wrong with you?), you should.

Anyway, her most recent episode features not a review but a commentary on the people found in games and their body shape/image.  She’s a beautiful woman, but she still understands that when people look like barbies in games even the most beautiful women don’t have their deformities.  Check it out below.

Link here. (had trouble with the embed)

Women in Games Conference Canceled

The Women in Games conference, scheduled for the 25th and 26th of this month, has been canceled due to “low delegate numbers”.  It is unfortunate that it was scheduled on the same date as the east coast meeting of Penny Arcade Expo.  I just wanted to make sure women gamers didn’t take this as a bad sign.  Penny Arcade Expo looks really cool, and Women in Games has had strong attendance these past two years.  It just sounds like a case of bad timing.  Still, it’s a shame but they are asking how to improve for next year on their website with a survey.

Further reading here, here, here, and here.

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