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Art Games Intro

Yes, this is going to be another article attempting to refute Roger Ebert’s stance that video games are not art.  Please bear with me for a moment.

What is art?  It’s one of those things with a tricky definition, partly because as soon as we draw the line of is and is not, something dares to cross that line.  If we are talking about traditional canvas works, we have examples like impressionism, cubism, and my favorite, pop art, to give examples of this changing definition.  Andy Warhol famously created art from the everyday and happily mass produced it.  When he began he was scoffed at.  Art could not be mass produced, they said.  They claimed that what he was creating wasn’t art, but years later, we recognize Warhol’s creations as defining a generation.  He crossed into the ‘is not’ and forever changed the art world.

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Rape Simulations

Rape is serious.  It is never justifiable, it is violent, and it leaves emotional and sometimes physical scars for the victim.  I understand that there are games out there where the goal is sex, and that is okay.  Sex is a normal part of life and video games are an obvious step beyond pictures and video in the porn spectrum.  But just like games where the goal is to have sex with children, games where the goal is to have sex without the consent of the other individual is not okay.

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Frustrating Men

Face it, most if not all of us ladies have been in this situation.  It doesn’t matter if you are straight, gay, or something different.  Men piss us off sometimes.  Whether it’s an ex of your or a friend’s, a guy friend, an older person, a person in authority, a coworker, a parent, or anyone else with xy chromosomes, sometimes you just get angry at men.

Maybe you’ve been told to make them a sandwich?  Maybe they give you a blank stare when you ask to join in their L4D game.  Perhaps a male friend decides to buy for you ‘Imagine Babies’ when they hear you like to game.  Sometimes you just feel frustrated.  Today I will reveal to you my solution for those days when chauvinism beats me down to a place I hate to go.  Resentment.  I love men and not just for their bodies.  I love hanging out with the guys just as much as hanging out with women.  So to fix my resentment, I do the following:

I watch videos where female gamers heavily pwn male gamers.

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Girl Gears

Gears of War is a favorite of mine because it’s a really great buddy game.  Whenever I have a fellow gaming friend over, I either take this one out or Lego Batman.  It really depends on the friend and the type of games they like.  All of my friends like Batman, but only a few can tolerate violence.

batman and robin lego

Instead of blood, their enemies explode in a shower of lego pieces.

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Femme Fatale?

What is a Femme Fatale? A Femme Fatale is a female character who uses her sexual appeal to draw others to their doom. Think Batman Return’s Catwoman, and you get the idea.

catwoman straddling a fallen batman

C'mon. You would have let your guard down too.

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Womenfolk given Edge by Video Games?

The other day I was reading Kotaku (shock, I know, for a gamer) when I came upon this article about a man in Kansas who doesn’t understand the difference between correlation and causation. His claim specifically is that because boys are playing so many video games, it’s given women the chance to take their place in education. That’s right, he’s saying that women are doing better because video games are making guys do worse. Let’s let that sink in for a second before we delve into exactly why this is an offensive and unreliable conclusion.

Has it sunk in? Let us begin.

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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.

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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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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