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mission 2 of Paracite Knights will start soon, thanks for your patience!! <3

ahvia:

mission 2 of Paracite Knights will start soon, thanks for your patience!! <3

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Date Nighto at Otakon 2014!

datenighto:

Big news, everybody! Date Nighto will be out in force at Otakon next weekend, August 8-10th! We have two big items for you all.

As you may have seen, hamletmachine will be at table M01. In addition to her amazing art, we will be presenting the opportunity to play the Starfighter: Eclipse demo at the table! Just remember table M01:

I’m gonna be here as well!!

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ohdeargodbees:

You are formally invited to Computer Parlor. Results will be posted tomorrow.
GODSPEED.

We apparently have plans for tomorrow.

ohdeargodbees:

You are formally invited to Computer Parlor. Results will be posted tomorrow.

GODSPEED.

We apparently have plans for tomorrow.

rvsa:

I’m taking a break. I’m not sure if I’ll be back. Thanks for the good times, guys

I have all the respect in the world for Rachel and understand her decision to stop posting here. It’s an undeniable loss; her work was a constant stream of joy and inspiration piped directly into my web browser almost every day, and I’m going to extrapolate and say I’m not the only one who felt that way.

We’ll miss you, Rachel. Take care and be well.

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No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

Important article and great follow up. Thank you to all who are contributing to this important discussion.

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"Working is hard, but thinking about working is pretty fun. The result is the software industry."

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datenighto:

We meet again, lovely Date Nightos! Every week, we have the urge to call a character “one of our favorites,” but that applies to all of them! This week, we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorites:
MASON
Mason is A Cat’s Paw’s chef. To most in the cafe, Mason is a woman of very few words. Her stature and gruff demeanor scare most out of talking to her, and she likes it that way. Mason sometimes has trouble expressing herself, and doesn’t always realize her reputation makes different statements than she intends. 
For all of her scowling, Mason loves her job. Cooking is a great passion of hers. She loves baking above everything else, though she would never admit it to you directly. 

Oh my gosh &#8230; 😳

datenighto:

We meet again, lovely Date Nightos! Every week, we have the urge to call a character “one of our favorites,” but that applies to all of them! This week, we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorites:

MASON

Mason is A Cat’s Paw’s chef. To most in the cafe, Mason is a woman of very few words. Her stature and gruff demeanor scare most out of talking to her, and she likes it that way. Mason sometimes has trouble expressing herself, and doesn’t always realize her reputation makes different statements than she intends.


For all of her scowling, Mason loves her job. Cooking is a great passion of hers. She loves baking above everything else, though she would never admit it to you directly.

Oh my gosh … 😳

vgjunk:

And that’s it, the World Cup is over and what a wonderful tournament it was. Congratulations to Germany, and roll on the new season!

vgjunk:

And that’s it, the World Cup is over and what a wonderful tournament it was. Congratulations to Germany, and roll on the new season!

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What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.

Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.

And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.

How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.

Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.

This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.

Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.

They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.

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BioWare EA Writer David Gaider speaking on sexism and sexuality in video games. (via lolitsgabe)

also known as “Why I Love And Support BioWare Games”

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Bioware ain’t perfect, but good gosh it does give me the warm fuzzies when one of their crew knocks it out of the park.

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Seeking Roommate for Brooklyn Apt

the-full-grohac:

Hey everyone,

I’m seeking a roommate for my 2BR Crazy apartment here in Brooklyn, NY.

The landlord requires the person moving in to be added to the lease (which ends mid next year). I can’t do anything about this. My hands are totally tied so don’t ask if I can just have you take the bedroom…

Let&#8217;s get some shit done today

Let’s get some shit done today

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mattahan:

Cannot be stressed enough.

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