Would you play a game where the protagonist was a Nazi?

It’s a rather “puzzling” surprise to many readers that I do play games. While poking around someone asked me a question.

Why can’t you play a game as a Nazi? Why can’t you play a WW2 game where you play as the “baddies”. I thought about it and I do have a genuine answer as to why that is possible but why no one would take the risk.

But we did play a Call of Duty game where we played the “Historic Bad Guys” (but at the time good guys). We played as Russians in the first two Call of Dutys, back when it was about showing the viewpoint of historical soldiers. Who here played Call of Duty 2 and forgot the training mission where you learnt to fight with potatoes because grenades are expensive, you are not.

So would someone ever make a game where you played one of the Axis powers in WW2?  [Read more...]

A Voice For Me – Not the Geeks!

In the aftermath of “Donglegate” (Dear Americans. Stop Putting Gate at the end of everything. It makes everything sound stupid. There are BIGGER scandals out there. Let’s start calling things Donlehman Bros) I wrote about my stance on the issue. I don’t think Adria Richards handled it correctly particularly considering it was a private conversation…

I don’t know if the employers of the two men handled it correctly.

I do know that the response from the Internet was bad and everything from “Rapey” to “Deathy”.

But do my eyes deceive me? It’s everyone’s favourite rape apologist brigade and all round worst dudes from A Voice For Men! This time they have sage advice for all us geeks. So we must take heed. [Read more...]

Sexism, Work and The Public

I didn’t comment on the Adria Richards story because I wanted to see how it panned out before I said anything. But here goes.

To Summarise? Adria Richards overheard two men sitting behind her at PyCon making frankly childish jokes about dongles and forking. She spun round, snapped a photo of them and posted it on Twitter with a summary of their joke. PyCon officials intervened and dealt with it. However, this didn’t stop here. One of the men was fired from his job. [Read more...]