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Jan 13 2014

My current project-time black hole: I’m building a video game!

A generated map for my platform game. Areas are defined by different colors, special rooms are designated with colored squares, and special doors and breakable walls are indicated by boxes on room borders.

I generally have only a limited amount of time each day to devote to projects that don’t directly relate to life-maintenance or my job. Lately, my job has been eating up a slightly higher than usual amount of time, and I’ve developed a new goal for the new year: to create and release a video …

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Dec 12 2013

Ascension of the Jackdaw

So, Assassin’s Creed 4. You’re a pirate. It’s kinda awesome, though I’ve mostly so far only watched Ben play it rather than playing it myself. But like all games, there are glitches. This one was amazing. Yes, the choral music was added as a joke. I love glitches like these in games because they illustrate …

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Sep 16 2013

Fez

Pixellated white character wearing a fez, leaping ecstatically at a 3-D golden cube

Late last week, I got the latest Humble Bundle (this one was another Indie-games Bundle, so of course I had to get on board). Humble Bundles are a pack of cross-platform games where you get to choose how much to pay. By default, most goes to the devs, some goes to Humble, and some goes …

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Sep 14 2013

Elders React to Grand Theft Auto V

Some of the quotes in here are very choice. Especially the lady who’s dead set against ever playing this game. Or the one being super creepy about wanting to play it. “I’m more a Halo man myself.” Okay, I LOL’d.

Aug 01 2013

Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games: Damsel In Distress, part 3

Hey look, it’s that video series that never existed because Anita Sarkeesian took the money and ran! Funny that it keeps existing, despite the trolls’ narratives. If you want to play a game where the Princess rescues herself, there’s always Zelda Starring Zelda. And various other rom hacks. Sad that you need to hack the …

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Jul 21 2013

#FtBCon: Video Games, Religion and Morality

Thanks to the tight timing between the Atheist Music panel and our panel, where we had many of the same participants, we ended up turning into a pretty raucous and jovial crowd at the top of the panel while killing time waiting for Ashley and Brianne to join in. That translated into a much looser …

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Jul 07 2013

CONvergence – Gods of Geekdom panel audio

I absolutely enjoyed this panel. It was thorough, informative, and hilarious. We discussed gods and god-concepts in various sci fi and fantasy fandoms, including comic books, novels and even video games. Panelists were Nick Glover, Ryan Consell, Jason Thibeault and Fionnuala Murphy. cvg2013-skepchickcon-godsofgeekdom.mp3

Jun 13 2013

Objectification vs idealization in video games

Escapist’s Jimquisition explains the difference. I love that he caps it off with an exhortation to thank God for him. If I didn’t like the guy, I’d be tempted to say something like “you’ve just handed us undeniable proof of a lack of gods.” And don’t forget that any suggestion that we have strong female …

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May 28 2013

Tropes Vs Women in Video Games: Damsel in Distress (part 2)

Anita Sarkeesian’s completely nonexistent series continues with a completely nonexistent part-2 for her completely nonexistent first topic, the Damsel in Distress. In this one, she specifically takes on the trope called Stuffed Into the Fridge. This trope almost always takes the form of a WOMAN stuffed into the fridge. Watch, to find out why. But …

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Mar 20 2013

A graph for the gun violence / video games conflaters

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Via The Atlantic Wire, this graph shows a clear correlation between gun violence and video game spending per capita… …oh wait, no, it doesn’t. Like, at all. Your move, gun apologists.

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