"This is horrible, why can’t we keep the politics out of games? Why can’t we just talk about the games?"

"This is one of those deeply tricky philosophy type things: not talking about politics is actually taking a political stance on them. It doesn’t keep the politics out. Tricky, right? It seems like a trick. But it’s really not: just talking about the games, without questioning anything, is you taking a political stance on games because it amounts saying that you completely accept the games at face value. Your stance on their politics is: this is fine. You can’t just talk about the games, because they can’t be pulled apart from the ideas and circumstances that brought them into being. You can ignore problems, or just not see them, and that’s okay. But if you talk about games, you talk about politics.

"When we discuss how a woman is presented in a game we are talking about the game. She’s part of that game. If she’s a prostitute who gets killed by a pirate, then that happens in the game. That imaginary murder is part of the game content. Furthermore, games are not a disconnected dimension, even while they are being amazing escapist outlets for fantasy. They have a context. They reflect the world, and they are expressions of what the people made the game were trying to achieve. Some people want to examine that. They want to look at why a prostitute being murdered by a pirate is what happens in that game. They want to examine what it means. You don’t have to – it’s totally fine for you to enjoy whatever you like, and completely ignore any possible criticism, or even any possible meaning – but please don’t attack others for wanting to do so.

"So basically this policy of “just talking about the games” isn’t really anything of the sort, and it can lead to saying that people who do analyse them politically, and point out how they might be problematic for themselves or others (if not for you) should shut up. It is silencing criticism, which is the thing that everyone wants to avoid. Let’s not do that, no matter what.”

—RPS: "Videogames Are For Everybody"



What Is GamerGate?

It’s the Tea Party of video games. And Zoe Quinn is its Benghazi.

Okay, But What Is GamerGate Really?

GamerGate has been disingenuously framed as a grassroots campaign of gamers “concerned with the quality and integrity of video game journalism.” The campaign is, in truth, an effort to fold in, rehabilitate, and retroactively justify a previous campaign of blatant gender-based harassment against a female videogame developer for the capital offenses of having (a) a vindictive ex-boyfriend and (b) friends within the industry.

Read more…

"The unfortunate thing is that there is certainly corruption and a lack of ethics in many pockets of the video game industry’s journalistic wing. Suspect sponsorships and payola have been standard for years; anyone remember when Jeff Gerstmann got fired from GameSpot way back in 2007 after writing a middling review of Kane and Lynch, advertisements of which were plastered all over the website? Where was GamerGate back then? Why did it take The Zoe Post, a story utterly bereft of actual corruption, to galvanize gamers into pushing back against these entrenched practices?

No matter how desperately GamerGate proponents try to sweep this detail under the rug, the fact is that they only got truly interested in this subject when there was a woman to sexually shame for it. And that’s more damning than anything in The Zoe Post.”

This entire post is gold, and you should take a minute or two to read it.


Sometimes I forget that Firefly Online is a thing that is actually happening, and then some news or a new trailer will float down from the aether to remind me. This week sees both, the aether in this case being the ever-reliable Rock, Paper, Shotgun, so I figured it’d be worth sharing that here.

The news is that apparently they’re reuniting the original cast to voice their respective characters in-game, and the trailer is that video wot’s up above, featuring a few brief snippets of gameplay.

From RPS:
"The idea of Firefly Online is the same dream as the show–be a space-cowboy captain gallivanting about the wild frontier, doing missions, building a crew, and customising your Firefly-class spaceship. Which, surely, has an appeal beyond the fanbase."

Honestly, I’m… not sure how I feel about it, all things considered. Though it could be interesting, for a free-to-play browser-based game. Provided they don’t go overboard with microtransactions…

But I’ve registered for it anyway, because I am a weak-minded cretin!



Two Best Friends Play Murdered: Soul Suspect

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"In accordance with the International e-Sports Federation’s (IeSF) tournament regulations, since the main tournament event is open to male players only. This is to avoid possible conflicts (e.g. a female player eliminating a male player during RO8) among other things."

What the actual fuck?

This seems to amount to “We want to be taken seriously as a sport, and since other sports don’t let men and women play together, we won’t either.”

Really? Really?!

what the fucking fuck

Actually reblogging again to highlight this little gem:

This is to avoid possible conflicts (e.g. a female player eliminating a male player during RO8) among other things.”

Like, uhh, what? If a conflict is going to arise because a player eliminates another player then gender is not your issue. 

This article pretty much says that part of their reasoning is that conflict my arise because the fragile egos of some male e-athletes might not be able to cope with being beaten by a girl.

Wow. Just WOW. 

This is some hardcore BS. From the article:

"The IeSF have responded to questions about their stance on male-only tournaments on their Facebook page, giving two justifications, quoted below.

"1 - promoting female players. We know that e-Sports is largely dominated by male players and females players are actually a portion of the overall player base. By hosting a female-only competition, we strive to promote female gaming on a global scale.

"2 - International standards. IeSF is very close to get e-Sports recognized as a true sports like it should be. Part of that efforts is to comply with the international sports regulations. For example, chess is also divided into male / female leagues."

To point one, there isn’t a Hearthstone competition for women, who are only allowed to enter StarCraft 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament contests, and segregation has historically proven to be a pretty poor basis for the promotion of equality. To point two, we’re unsure to what “international sports regulations” the IeSF are adhering to, and why separating men and women would “get e-Sports recognized as a true sports.” The Chess example is odd, because while there is a separate competition for women, women can enter the World Chess Championship and compete against men. Just ask Judit Polgár.”


Damnit, I really need to reinstall and play through Dreamfall before Chapters comes out, I am excited.

"Perhaps, right about now, there are people involved in the game who are desperately wishing they had doubled the work. Instead of, for just one example, making six different special editions of the game. Clearly I know that staff, workloads and disciplines aren’t transferable in that way, but it does speak to the troubling priorities here. Time will be found for what seems directly profitable, but will not for making a multi-protagonist game even slightly inclusive. That is the reality of game development."

— Alec Meer, on Ubisoft’s claims that it would just be too much work to include a female character as one of Assassin’s Creed: Unity's four playable protagonists. [RPS]




A little bit Metroid, a little bit Journey, a whole lot awesome.

No Man’s Sky from Hello Games looks interesting for a number of reasons. There’s a strong emphasis on isolation and exploration that reminds me a lot of the Metroid games, but the combination of vivid colors and rich textures looks unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a game before.

It’s also an indie game by a small studio with some pretty ambitious goals.

See, when each player starts up a new game, they start all alone on a single planet that is entirely unique to them, complete with creatures unique to that world. The creators claim that game is infinite, with limitless worlds and creatures.

Check out the No Man’s Sky E3 2014 gameplay trailer below for a taste of the craziness.

Here’s a list of the game’s features ripped straight from the official site.

  • A TRULY OPEN UNIVERSE If you can see it, you can go there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky is a sun that you can visit.
  • EXPLORATION IS SEEING THINGS THAT NO-ONE ELSE HAS EVER SEEN BEFORE Every creature, geological formation, plant and spaceship is unique.
  • SURVIVE ON A DANGEROUS FRONTIER You are alone and vulnerable, and will face threat everywhere, from deep space to thick forests, barren deserts to dark oceans.
  • BUILD FOR AN EPIC JOURNEY Collect precious materials and trade them for better spacecraft and upgrades for your suit and equipment.
  • PARALLEL UNIVERSES Choose to share your discoveries with other players, or not. You will never see another player, but you could make your mark on their worlds as well as your own.

Exploring new worlds, being chased by giant alien creatures, and jumping from planet to planet!? How can you NOT be excited for this!?


For reals, just watch the video and droooool




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