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Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
I talk a big game about equality in the headspace of Video Games, and I’d like to think that I practice what I preach whenever possible. I’ll be taking an idea into action about it starting now.
Today I’ve been involved in several discussions about Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and the recent controversy that the four assassins used in the game are all men. When the developers were asked about why none of the assassins were female, they responded with:
"It’s double the animations, it’s double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets," creative director Alex Amancio said at the time. “Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work.”
While this is a viable and very truthful answer, I can’t stomach it. Ubisoft is one of the biggest, strongest, and most profitable studios of all time, and I have no doubt that Unity will be a fantastically fun game to play, but the lack of representation here is short-sighted, ignorant, and disrespectful. I can’t find a good reason why taking a hit on production costs is an excuse for excluding the other 50% of the gender walking on this Earth.
Since this morning, the hashtag #NoWomenNoAC has been passed around Twitter and I firmly stand by it. I’ve played and enjoyed every single Assassin’s Creed game since the first one (yes, even the mobile titles) and they’ve even given minorities like Connor (AC3) and Aveline (AC: Liberation) their own games in the past, which have shown a wider and stronger world than the games that came before.
I want to play in those worlds where men, women, straight, gay, bi, trans, everyone can be. I have enough to play in the Fall that I don’t need to spend another $60 on AC: Unity. Spending so much time in worlds inhabited by just one type of person can chip away at your worldview, so I’m going to cut down on that starting with Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
I’m sick of seeing one type of person in gaming. It’s time to grow up.
What will I do with that $60? Spend it on Dragon Age: Inquisition, which lets you play as anyone you wish. Male. Female. Black. White. Human, or other.
If you want to talk about this, I’d love to engage in thoughtful dialogue with you about it. My twitter handle is imaaronj - let’s talk.
One final thought - Most of us (speaking in terms of gamers, geeks, nerds, what have you) were looked down on in our youth. We were made fun of, ridiculed, and laughed at by others. We were belittled. Why are we seemingly working so hard to create the same environment for anyone?
Nobody likes Valentine’s Day. It’s a fact. It’s on Wikipedia…somewhere. We’ve decided that you should Date Someone Who Geeks. Date someone who geeks out on something. Anything. Whatever it is their passion is.
Big thanks to The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Beta Club Field Trip, and Stage 773 for lending their talents for this video!
hey everybody!! i’m in this!!! and my part is about tumblr and is representin’ for the bi community. and i mention hannibal and ships and its always sunny and yaayyyy :-D
Stupid lucky to have been a part of this. Giant ups to Caitlin Seibold for helping out with her Tumblr knowledge.
We’re starting a new series called Geeky Drinking Games where we details some boozy fun with your favorite geeky shows/movies!
First up is Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airing on NBC. Since there’s a new episode tonight 8pm EST, why not try the rules out tonight with some friends?
Happy to see that people seem to be digging this. Just ready to gather feedback and get started on the next one. I’ve been given Once Upon A Time and Battlestar as suggestions…
On the night of October 16, 2013, a group of formerly marginalized homo sapiens emerged from their hovels to worship their nerdy deities as only they know how… with a night of passionate fan fiction readings. These are the images of said humans. Their stories lasted for 5 minutes, but their legend will last… for at least a day (the internet as the attention span of a gold fish).
Join The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival as they present: Hey I’m A Big Fan next month (and the 3rd Wednesday of EVERY month) at Stage 773.
See you November 20th!
So this was a ton of fun last night. Look at my cheeks though. Holy shit do I look huge.
Ever wonder how to spice up a romantic scene? Easy. Just Add Pokemon.
We had an hour on Sunday and inspiration struck. If you like Pokemon and movies from the 80’s, this should tickle your fancy…
It’s June 1st and I’m cleaning my bathroom. This ritual is typically reserved for only the most boring of days and I really can’t stand to do it unless there’s a possibility that it has gotten so untidy that a grue may lurk within.
I bought a scale a few months prior and realized I hadn’t actually been using it. Might as well see what the old thing had to say about my wei-WHAT?
I was 227 lbs. How did THAT happen?
It is embarrassing to see this. I’ve never been wholly unhappy with the way that I looked, but I was a far cry away from the shape I was in during college when I was constantly performing, rehearsing, and more active. Something had to change. I made the choice to be fit, but I needed some inspiration. What better thing to inspire me than the things I spend most of my time on? I was able to take cues from video games, sci-fi movies, and comic books to start my quest towards a happier and healthier life.
It is now September 30th and I’m 196lbs. I’ve lost 31 lbs. That’s like losing a Charmander. It’s not a small amount.
This is how I did it.
So I wrote this.
And it took a TON out of me.
I was worried, y’know, about writing anything about my physical appearance. But it’s cool. People have actually told me they’re happy to know about it.
I guess the morale of the story is that anything worth doing that is difficult will be worth it. And anything worth the anxiety is going to be rewarding. I’m getting better every day, and tomorrow my friend is going to join me in this side-quest.
So yeah, I’m having a pretty great week. Thank you to everyone who has supported me. I love this ride and don’t intend to get off.
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We also believe that somewhere down the line he played a part in making Blernsball.
HAD to make this after seeing the Buccos kills the Cubbies yesterday!
“ Even though the city’s taxicab companies are already threatening to sue, the news was a big win for the so-called sharing economy — a phenomenon that seems increasingly propelled by smartphone-wielding millennials used to getting what they want when they want it. ”
Lyft and Uber and Airbnb are companies, and this aspect of the “sharing economy” is the same as the first guy who decided to sell bananas at his newsstand so customers didn’t have to truck all the way out to the grocery store.
Companies are, in a way, about people getting what they want when they want it, but that designation isn’t exclusive to millennials, and in fact a large proportion of Uber drivers AND Uber users (as well as Airbnb hosts AND Airbnb guests) aren’t even millennials.
(I’m not even a millennial!)
Also: take the smartphone out of your own hands before you deride young people for using theirs.
What Nicole said.