Now we shift over to Thomas and Reggie for a bit so Jo and Jess can do some off camera stuff. Who doesn’t like some quality Reggie time?
I had some credit saved up so I prepurchased the Mario Kart DLC packs yesterday. I haven’t been able to play it much, but I keep hoping I’ll get a chance. The stuff you can get right now are some recolored characters and some Mercedes cars. They look really out of place in the Mario world. It looks like you’re driving a Power Wheels car. XD I actually managed to 3 star a course with one though. I was surprised because it was kind of squirrely. Anyway, I just want to play as the Animal Crossing characters now, and drive on AC themed tracks. They might have to change the game to Nintendo Kart if they keep moving outside of Mario content though.
I don’t know how many of you pay attention to the “gaming community” on the internet, but a while back a lady got a bunch of money to make a series of videos about gender inequality in games. Anyway, you can check it out here if you like. I think it’s an interesting series. I’m told it’s kind of entry level subject matter, but whatever. I think it has merit. http://www.feministfrequency.com/ Regardless of what you think about the series the response from some of the community has been really appalling. Death threats and that sort of thing. Even if you don’t agree with someone’s opinions that’s just uncalled for. Which is not to say that you can’t talk shit on people you disagree with, but threatening them directly, or their families… That’s just not cricket. In this particular instance it just strengthens the argument she’s making. Which is a win on the one hand, but she shouldn’t be menaced for wanting a better world.
For my part I think including women as game developers and creators will only improve things all around. I mean that goes for anything really. If we don’t try to improve how we treat each other things are just going to keep sucking. Lots of girls I know have cool ideas for things and why shouldn’t they have a shot at making them happen? I dunno, at any rate I’m annoyed that people reacted, and have continued to react, so poorly to the whole thing.
As far as the videos go they seem to focus on the kinds of games I don’t like. Early on she took issue with Princess Peach and more harmless depictions of damsels in distress, but as the series has progressed we’ve gotten more into the brutality that I shy away from in all media. Prostitutes seem to get the worst of it. Sex workers in general. I’ve never gone in for games where those are themes. GTA, God Of War, stuff like that. I’ve never gotten far enough into Red Dead Redemption to have to deal with any of the stuff mentions about it. I’m not the kind of player who likes to take part in murder porn. As I’ve mentioned before, I still haven’t played an renegade in any bioware games… Still, I felt like taking a look at that side of things was important. Something to be watchful about.