- 6 months ago
I'm not a misandrist, but: I’m not a misandrist, but I just don’t think boys are as interested in gaming as women are.
I’m not a misandrist, but I just don’t think boys are as interested in gaming as women are. I mean, women keep playing despite the vast majority of games being explicitly targeted towards boys and only boys, we’re obviously in it for the games themselves. However, I’ve heard boys complaining about how gaming has been ruined forever because a few games have women protagonists that have personalities beyond “tits.” If they were true gamers like us, they’d be able to look past that for the love of the game.
Seriously, fake gamer boys, I’m not a misandrist, but perhaps you should stop trying to earn our attention via gaming and get back in the garage where you belong.
- 9 months ago
Crossing a Line: Gender Identity in Animal Crossing
[Writer and game creator Anna Anthropy (Dys4ia) examines how Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the series’ most queer/transgender-friendly game yet, but also explains why she’s weary to applaud Nintendo for this seemingly progressive stance. Image above is via @imataharu.]
animal crossing has always been ripe for queering. i founded my last animal crossing town — in city folk for the wii — with my partner and our mutual then-girlfriend (my partner took great satisfaction in demolishing her house after we broke up). there’s really no getting around the fact that animal crossing is a very capital-affirming, binary-enforcing game by a publisher that recently edited gay marriage out of one of its games.
player characters in city folk are born with gendered clothing attached to their bodies: BOYS get t-shirts and pants, GIRLS get dresses with poofy sleeves. the same piece of clothing magically transforms according to the body it comes into contact with: a flowery dress will become a flowery t-shirt, worn over shorts, the second a “boy” tries to put it on.
player characters are also born white: there are over fifty kinds of animals represented in the game, but all humans are pale and pink. for animal crossing, enforced whiteness is nintendo’s path of least resistance to the question of player race. you do get a choice of gender, but it’s between two identity-erasing extremes: do you want to wear a dress for the rest of your life, or never?
- 10 months ago
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- 1 year ago
I still remember the first day I owned a Super Nintendo. I was with my grandmother in Canberra, and we went into the DJ’s at Woden Plaza where they had a demo setup playing F-Zero. We ended up leaving with Super Mario World and F-Zero. It was a good day.
I didn’t bring much with me from Australia to the US, but I still have my original SNES controller here. It was a Big Deal in my growth as a person. Super Mario World was one of those games that turned me into a designer. It’s in my top 5. F-Zero, through no fault of its own, turned me into the jaded husk of a man I am today.
See, I was really good at F-Zero. Specifically, Mute City - I had that track down on lock. Anything above 2:51 was a terrible time, and I could usually break 2:50 on good runs. All of my schoolmates who challenged me were defeated. I was a golden god, until the American exchange student came to town.
I don’t even remember his name now. I just remember standing outside our classroom, and the topic of conversation moved to F-Zero. I bragged about my 2:49 lap times. Then, that goddamn seppo dropped his line.
“What? That’s a terrible time. My best is 2:32”
Even worse, he had verification from other kids who’d seen him do it. I was basically nobody now. I practiced and practiced, but never figured out how he was shaving off that much time. I’m skipping some details, but this story ends with me changing schools and never mentioning F-Zero again.
A decade later, Super Nintendo emulation becomes feasible. For old times sake, I grab a F-Zero ROM and play. I’m obviously rusty.
I get a time in the 2:30s. That goddamned asshole. Of course he got a faster time, his dumb imported purple console was 17.5% faster than all of ours. What a goddamned fucking hack on a pogo stick! If I translated my time, I would have completely smoked him! GodDAMMIT! WHAT A FUCKING HACK.
I still can’t remember this guy’s name, but every year or so I try googling around to see if I can finally get revenge. I never do.
Now, Nintendo of Europe has the balls to side with this guy, and whitewash all of the victorious lap times that us non-yanks achieved. This is our thanks for sticking by you when you didn’t release Animal Crossing? This is our thanks for being stuck with Doshin the Giant instead of Earthbound?!
- 1 year ago
And click “I am under 21.”
THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN
just do it
OH MY FUCKING GOD
OMG I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING HELP
OMG! SOMEONE SPREAD THIS EVERYWHERE
(via elizabethbanner)Source: supernaturalshitfest
- 1 year ago
Patriotism would only cost you $30 this weekend. (Taken with Instagram at Croswell Fairgrounds)