johnhexcarter:

Can I Upvote this meme?

Does anyone else find it horrifying that all of the 80s films predicting why we should fear unrestricted business and capitalism are coming true?  Yes, they are often filled with bullets, explosions, ridiculous one-liners, and huge beefcakes, but their political messages have been much too accurate for my tastes.  I want my fantasy villains to get out of my life and back into the silver screen.

johnhexcarter:

Can I Upvote this meme?

Does anyone else find it horrifying that all of the 80s films predicting why we should fear unrestricted business and capitalism are coming true?  Yes, they are often filled with bullets, explosions, ridiculous one-liners, and huge beefcakes, but their political messages have been much too accurate for my tastes.  I want my fantasy villains to get out of my life and back into the silver screen.

The above is a trailer for GTFO: The Movie aka GTFO: A Film About Women In Gaming.  I actually want to apologize for uploading the trailer as a file rather than a link, but unfortunately the website for the movie didn’t offer a linkable version (oddly enough just the downloadable one), so please please please visit the website by clicking on any of the hotlinks I provided.

Anyway, I didn’t want to just provide the trailer and links for you guys.  I actually backed this film when the Kickstarter campaign first came out, and as of this past Friday I received my DVD copy!  Since I have watched it as well as all of the special features, and must say that it is a fantastic documentary on very important issues rooted in just one issue:  the gaming community needs to be better, especially in the case of how it treats women.

The film opens with an extremely uncomfortable section of footage from the show Cross Assault without any narration or explanation.  From there we are treated to interviews, anecdotes, and statistics explaining the problems with female representation in gaming, the misconception that women don’t play games, and how women are currently treated in gaming.  The film also does a great job of showing that this isn’t just a bunch of women whining as there are also a few men who speak out.  It doesn’t really deal with the issue too closely, but it also touches on sexual-orientation representation in gaming, and if you watch the special featurette Diversity, then you get to hear more about it.

Everyone should find a way to watch this movie and further support the project.  The website for the film also contains links for a large number of other pro-equality websites and projects for those who are interested.

Congratulations, Ms. Sun-Higginson!  You did a wonderful job, and should be proud of your contribution to gaming, film, feminism, and the fight for equality.

johnhexcarter:

hellotailor:

FIRST TRAILER FOR MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, STARRING TOM HARDY AND CHARLIZE THERON.

But srsly holy monkey this looks spectacular

I recently read an article which discussed the author’s fear for the new Mad Max movie and game.  The primary argument as that Mad Max is loved because of the world, not because of Max.  The fact that Max is such a small character in this trailer (honesty, we barely see him in it or doing anything) gives me so much hope for the new movie and the creators’ understandings that the world is why we love the original three movies.  I’m also rather curious about what appears to be a tech-level advancement in the world (bionic arm!?)

Also, if my friends in town refuse to see this movie with me, I will be stealing a semi-truck and ramming it into their houses.

Please take this survey!

genderandgames:

Hello all! If you all could take a moment to respond to my new survey, that would be great! I really need responses to all the questions! Go HERE for the survey! It’s only ten questions long and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. It won’t even cost you money! While you are on my website to get to the survey, maybe you should check the rest of it out if you haven’t already!

I am both signal-boosting and incredibly interested in the results.  Here’s hoping they get a good and varied sample (I worry that only a certain population of people will take the survey, and thus the results won’t actually be able to make as sweeping of a claim as we may hope for.)

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nerdyshow:

There’s a new Mad Max film and video game on the way, but there’s an aspect of the films that the game’s creators have egregiously overlooked.
ARTICLE: Why The New Mad Max Game is Missing The Point

I agree with this article wholeheartedly.  The world of The Road Warrior is what we really fell in love with.  The creators didn’t even originally plan on Max being the protagonist of the film.  They just needed a lead and decided that their titular character from Mad Max would make a good fit.
Though my honest fear for the game isn’t that it will focus too much on Max, but that it will feel too… populated.  I had a similar experience playing Fallout 3.  There just wasn’t a large expanse of nothingness for me to wander through, so the game ended up feeling small.  If we are to truly experience the vast nothingness of the wasteland, then we need to be given a vast nothingness to walk through.

nerdyshow:

There’s a new Mad Max film and video game on the way, but there’s an aspect of the films that the game’s creators have egregiously overlooked.

ARTICLE: Why The New Mad Max Game is Missing The Point

I agree with this article wholeheartedly.  The world of The Road Warrior is what we really fell in love with.  The creators didn’t even originally plan on Max being the protagonist of the film.  They just needed a lead and decided that their titular character from Mad Max would make a good fit.

Though my honest fear for the game isn’t that it will focus too much on Max, but that it will feel too… populated.  I had a similar experience playing Fallout 3.  There just wasn’t a large expanse of nothingness for me to wander through, so the game ended up feeling small.  If we are to truly experience the vast nothingness of the wasteland, then we need to be given a vast nothingness to walk through.

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owlturdcomix:

We go forward.

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This is why it is inhumane to disallow backtracking in sidescrollers.

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