Hags of Lag – Tauriq Moosa Wishes To Usurp Us

We were doing this before it was “cool”…

That upstart newbie Tauriq Moosa has the audacity to demand our help on his blog! What is he? Lazy! Honestly!

So he is jumping on the sexism in gaming bandwagon. I am sure we have heard it all before. So what do I want you to do?

On no accounts must you click on this link. Which link you ask? This link right here. Not clicking on it? Good!

On no accounts must you go there if you have anecdotes playing games and have stories of abuse in the gaming industry or community. On no accounts must you go there if you have worked in games. All he wants from you is your anecdotes. And who wants to be listened to!

Bah Humbug! Hags of Lag was doing it before it was cool…

Hags of Lag – New PC

If you hadn’t heard already, I have a new PC and that means I can do many things like surf the Internet, do my work and indeed relax on a Saturday with a few games.

I know a lot off people were “miffed” that I asked for help in getting a new one and I know my readers responded with naught by generosity.

So Thank You.

But what this means? What this really really means? That I get to play games on a Saturday Evening!

So if you haven’t already joined me and JT Eberhard on League of Legends then “do so now“. If anything? We FTBulllies can wipe his smug opera singing smile off his face by  proving once and for all we are the superior blog!

Or you know… we can just sit around and play some games.

Hags of Lag – *Thunderfoot doesn’t get Regressive Crap II – Electric Boogaloo

Well he is at it again!

I have been sat on this for a while because stuff kept happening that required me to run around and be busy. I just attended an all day medical conference (on Breast Cancer and Reconstruction) and figured I need to unwind a bit. (I do have a post about my conference and it is indeed “something for the men”, but today is about the ladies).

So Thunderfoot had my curiosity, and now he has my attention.

It also helps that I have a laptop now.

So let’s see what’s up this time. [Read more...]

Hags of Lag – Youtubes, Escapist and Anita Sarkeesian

I know I covered Thunderfoot’s take on Anita Sarkeesian’s Damsel in Distress video and why I thought his arguments were pointless, but the Escapist’s Critical Miss explains the gripe in a much more succinct way.

Can’t put it better myself.

Still waiting for “part II” on the Damsel in Distress trope. I want to see modern games and games that do it well.

Hags of Lag – Guns don’t kill, Games Do

A lot of what we do as people who play games has harmed our image. A lot of the ideas and stereotypes about us are from the behaviour of our online players.

The idea of gamers as nowt but childish, sexist, racist children is harming us.

And people have noticed, we aren’t a group of pariahs who were left to their own devices. Dianne Feinstein, A California Senator who is pushing gun control legislation in the US Congress on Wednesday addressed her constituents at the Commonwealth Club. There she warned about the glorification of big, powerful guns and indeed thereatened that Congress may have to step in and do something about it. [Read more...]

Hags of Lag – Rage

Let’s not mince around the topic here.

Gamer Rage is infamous in the game community. To those who aren’t part of it? It can be simply described as the lack of sportsmanly behaviour. It can be racism/sexism/homophobia as seen in various slurs bandied around.

Games have gotten more competitive and much like sports where “Trash Talk” is common enough it abounds in games. However most sports have codified rules of behaviour that are heavily enforced. You may be the most talented person on the pitch but you cannot yell the sort of profanities anyone who plays “competitively” is used to. By competitively, I mean vs. another human opponent. [Read more...]