Originally Posted By lolitsgabe

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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Originally Posted By pinuparena

pinuparena:

By Stanley Lau 


I don’t watch a lot of TV but isn’t that the lady from 30 Rock or something? I guess that show got weird or whatever.

pinuparena:

By Stanley Lau 

I don’t watch a lot of TV but isn’t that the lady from 30 Rock or something? I guess that show got weird or whatever.

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Originally Posted By southernglossary

southernglossary:

The Southern Glossary Instagram account launched today! A new photographer or artist will take over the account each week, showing their work and a peek into their lives. 
This week: New Orleans photographer Kevin O’Mara.
If you’re interested in signing up to curate the account, read more info here.

southernglossary:

The Southern Glossary Instagram account launched today! A new photographer or artist will take over the account each week, showing their work and a peek into their lives. 

This week: New Orleans photographer Kevin O’Mara.

If you’re interested in signing up to curate the account, read more info here.

Originally Posted By jamesjeanart

jamesjeanart:

Mizu. Ink and Digital, 9 x 12”, 2014.

jamesjeanart:

Mizu. Ink and Digital, 9 x 12”, 2014.

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Originally Posted By fuckyeahconceptcarz

willlaren:

fuckyeahconceptcarz:

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Type K

catch me in that sleeping beauty crystal coffin Trans Am


I have never wanted a particular car so much in my life ever.

willlaren:

fuckyeahconceptcarz:

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Type K

catch me in that sleeping beauty crystal coffin Trans Am

I have never wanted a particular car so much in my life ever.

Originally Posted By arrdeearr

therothwoman:

blairellis:

this never gets old

I met the creator of this a month ago and he said he got a lot of hate mail from dudebros who thought that he was a woman complaining about these problems.

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Originally Posted By 909miles

909miles:

I feel like I have spent sooooo much of my life trying to figure out how to store pan lids since all my pans hang and then this morning I see this and it’s like, how obvious can the solution be?! I’m going to drive off a cliff in shame.

909miles:

I feel like I have spent sooooo much of my life trying to figure out how to store pan lids since all my pans hang and then this morning I see this and it’s like, how obvious can the solution be?! I’m going to drive off a cliff in shame.

Originally Posted By calamityjonsaveus

calamityjonsaveus:

I’m very pleased to announce the digital-only BOO!Halloween Stories 2014 from Monkeybrain Comics, a followup to last year’s four-part BOO! series (still available for only 99 cents each!). Behind a luscious cover by Rusty Shackles, you’ve got eleven spooky stories and eerie illustrations from that huge cavalcade of creators listed above - all for only $1.99! Two measly bucks for 64+ pages of story and art, and all of it lookin’ this good! Plus you got a chance to win an original page of art, yow!

You can pre-order your copy of BOO! Halloween Stories right now over at Comixology! Don’t miss out!

Originally Posted By thedeathhead

damnhebig:

Ball is life

I’ve never reblogged anything faster than I just reblogged this.

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Originally Posted By calamityjonsaveus

calamityjonsaveus:

I am super-proud to announce the publication of my first book,The League of Regrettable Superheroes from Quirk Books, debuting June 2, 2015!
You may know that I’ve been running a blog since the late 1990s called Gone&Forgotten, which covers the lowest, the worst, the most ignored and the most ridiculous comic books of the last eighty years. You may also know that I was on This American Life once to talk about the superheroes who never made it big. 
Well, the nice folks at Quirk thought there’d be a pretty good book in that, so earlier this year I completed a collection of entries on 100 of the most unfortunate, amazing and unbelievable near-misses in the history of superhero comics! “From Atoman to Zippo,” as they say in the promo material, and 98 more, including such weirdos and what-the-hecks as The Red Bee, Nature Boy, Brother Voodoo, Mother Hubbard, Detective Eye and many more!The book debuts next year, but the promotional push starts now, so check out the link and, you know, bear with me because I’m going to be talking about this for like the next eight months nonstop!
( If you’d like, you can also pre-order the book on Amazon! Dang! )

calamityjonsaveus:

I am super-proud to announce the publication of my first book,The League of Regrettable Superheroes from Quirk Books, debuting June 2, 2015!

You may know that I’ve been running a blog since the late 1990s called Gone&Forgotten, which covers the lowest, the worst, the most ignored and the most ridiculous comic books of the last eighty years. You may also know that I was on This American Life once to talk about the superheroes who never made it big.

Well, the nice folks at Quirk thought there’d be a pretty good book in that, so earlier this year I completed a collection of entries on 100 of the most unfortunate, amazing and unbelievable near-misses in the history of superhero comics! “From Atoman to Zippo,” as they say in the promo material, and 98 more, including such weirdos and what-the-hecks as The Red Bee, Nature Boy, Brother Voodoo, Mother Hubbard, Detective Eye and many more!

The book debuts next year, but the promotional push starts now, so check out the link and, you know, bear with me because I’m going to be talking about this for like the next eight months nonstop!

( If you’d like, you can also pre-order the book on Amazon! Dang! )

Originally Posted By mutantfunnies

mutantfunnies:

Slurricane: Beard Wind by Will Laren

mutantfunnies:

Slurricane: Beard Wind by Will Laren

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Originally Posted By neilaglet

Originally Posted By devilscollection

lioneater:

Alexander Heir

lioneater:

Alexander Heir

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Originally Posted By manningkrull

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