Capitalism and Diversity
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2015, 12:58 am
Daniel Vavra’s got some commentary on diversity from a different slant, in which he continued Adrian Chmielarz‘ bizarre critique of the social critics who dared to even start a dialog about race in the game.  Note; questioning the artistic vision is just fine when you ask why the art direction seems like a massive step backwards, […]


Derek Smart Joins Circus d’AirPlay
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2015, 3:28 pm
I began this month with a promise that I was not going to post the name of a certain hashtag on my frontpage for the duration of July.  The Airplay catastrofuck has made that promise very difficult.  Fortunately, Scott managed to say what I wanted to say, only funnier, anyway.


Derek Smart vs Star Citizen: Round Two
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2015, 4:01 pm
Derek Smart is still continuing his ongoing crusade against Star Citizen, most notably “the bullshit that is the ‘vaporware’ […] that RSI/CIG have foisted on […] legacy backers”. “These bastards, most of whom were probably running around in diapers, rubbing poo-dipped hands on their faces, when I was earning my chops as a hardcore Internet Warlord, […]


Drama in Troll Country
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 July 2015, 4:24 pm
It turns out that there’s been some problems in getting a handful of industrial grade neoconservative rape denialists and kool aid drinkers together to pretend to discuss ethics while slamming feminists and diversity initiatives in gaming and geek culture to a group of actual professional journalists. Enjoy the schadenfreude sundae. Here I have some exclusive footage, brought […]


Rescuing Princesses in Arkham Knight
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 July 2015, 1:34 am
I generally like Anita’s work.  However, one place where I’ve felt it to be weak is in regards to Damseling.  It’s not that I don’t agree that it’s an overused trope.  The issue is that a number of issues converge to make damseling difficult to fix. These same issues make the Bechdel Test worthless for […]


Trusting and Not Trusting Research
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 July 2015, 1:11 am
A few days ago, in my Magic Mike thought exercise, I concluded with a link to a study suggesting that young boys and girls want more female heroes and fewer as sex objects.  While this link didn’t fundamentally affect my article or my opinions on this topic, the authors of this particular study have since […]


Smedley vs. Lizard Squad
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 July 2015, 2:26 am
Speaking of unspeakable and horrific harassment, this week the member of Lizard Squad that authorities managed to get their hands on got sentenced for his part of their activities, which included that Christmas where none of us could play on XBox Live. For whatever reason, this group has decided in particular to target John Smedley, […]


Ellen Pao and Misogyny
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 July 2015, 2:09 am
I don’t really know if Ellen Pao was an effective leader or not within the walls of Reddit.  What I do know is that not much seemed to actually change during her tenure until the last month or so, and by that time, the angry outrage brigade had already made it clear they were determined to […]


In A World Dominated By Channing Tatum….
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 July 2015, 10:11 pm
Men. Imagine a world where every movie is Magic Mike.  Or a clone thereof.  Imagine that if you went to the movies, you were likely to experience the Magic Mike experience.  How long until you’re turned off from going to the movies? Hey, you’re open minded.  You’re comfortable with your sexuality.  Keep in mind that Magic […]


Why Mobile Is Where The Money Is
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 July 2015, 1:56 am
For the next generation, handheld screens are so much better that TV is punishment. According to a research report from Miner & Co. Studio, televisions are no longer the screen of choice for kids who have ready access to tablets and smartphones. More than half (57%) of parents surveyed said their children now prefer to […]


Derek Smart Would Like To Talk About Star Citizen and Crowdsourcing
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 12:51 am
Yes, the Derek Smart who spent the 90s promising the moon before discovering that game designs should be small enough that they’re achievable.  Anyway, he’s learned a lot on the way, and that’s helped him forge some opinions on the current state of Star Citizen in the face that a planned FPS module of the game […]


Fire Emblem’s Terrible, Horrible Gay Conversion Romance
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 1:02 am
Say what you will about Hatred – it’s a mediocre game that manufactured outrage in order to generate a modicum of buzz so that the Perpetual Outrage Machine would be duped into buying a few copies.  But hey, at least they were aware of, and were trying to be, offensive.  It’s harder to get a good read on […]


Peter Moore Recounts Red Ring of Death
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 July 2015, 7:39 pm
I’ve been part of million dollar fuckups before.  I can’t imagine adding three zeroes to that. “And, I am trembling sat in front of Steve [Ballmer], who I love to death, but he can be an intimidating human being. Steve said, ‘okay, talk me through this.’ I said, ‘if we don’t do this, this brand […]


Australia, Land of the Banned – Now Affecting Steam?
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 July 2015, 12:52 am
Australia is still a repressive gauntlet of government game censorship.  However, recently they switched to a new ratings scheme which makes things marginally better.  It used to be that the equivalent of R-Rated games were ‘denied classification’ which effectively banned them.  Since 2011, though, they’ve instituted a new rating that was the equivalent of Mature […]


Getting Diversity to Speak
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 July 2015, 1:26 am
Today Tauriq posted a request that all of his followers who are currently boardwarrioring to defend him (I would assume including myself) instead take that time and energy to actual substantial change in  minority developers in games.  He writes. Lots of folks are trying to show me support. I really appreciate it, but what I would appreciate […]


Standing With Tauriq
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2015, 11:49 pm
Tauriq Moosa is one of the few, and in my opinion, one of the better, major video game writers who examines cultural issues about video games from the point of view of a Person of Color.  He’s a native of South Africa, where he is literally an ethics tutor.  This weekend, the totally not racist  elements operating in […]


Apple and the Confederate Flag
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2015, 10:12 pm
It’s hard to believe that we’re just 30 years or so, give or take, away from the Confederate Flag being on Prime Time television.   It’s tempting to say that ‘times have changed’, but the interesting thing is that the racist connotations of the flag have not – it’s merely our desire to stomach it […]


Yes, Some Devs Oppose GamerGate on Principle
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2015, 12:59 am
Bizarro-world former developer Mark Kern,  notable terrible boss and purveyor of multimillion dollar non-functional vanity buses, and supposedly recent convert to a religion he’s been preaching for months, recently found that he had some time to kill after hiccups on his last job.  So he did an AMA where he had this to say about why some […]


Last week, when Reddit clamped down on Redditors rights to harass fat girls to the point of suicide, many of the disenfranchised redditors took up a mantle that they were going to flee to Voat, a creepy alternative to reddit where you can still live in the free speech utopia of upskirt shots, ‘jailbait’ pics of […]


Fem Freak
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2015, 4:41 pm
Last night, GamerGate was following around Jonathan McIntosh and mocking him for having an expensive backpack – that it turned out wasn’t even his. As if that wasn’t stupid, creepy and stalkerish enough, this morning E3ers woke up to find the area around the convention center papered with anti-Anita posters. @charlesrandall pic.twitter.com/qsInT14ird — Aubrey Cottle […]


Kern Being Kern: Part Gazillion
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2015, 1:34 am
You may remember Mark Kern from his little temper tantrum from earlier this year – a temper tantrum that may or may not have resulted in him being shown the door from the company he founded. Whether this was due to his spending all of his time shitposting rather than getting work done, or whether […]


Professional Victims: Part Deux
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 June 2015, 11:08 pm
You may remember when I pointed out the story about the Honey Badgers at the Calgary Expo, who threatened to sue the convention for kicking them out once it was pointed out that they lied about their agenda upon entering and were according to some a disruptive force on the floor?  Yeah, well, shortly afterwards, […]


Three Great Magic the Gathering Stories
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 June 2015, 6:14 pm
My favorite game of all time, bar none, is Magic the Gathering, the collectible card game.  For those who care about the details, I tend to be a card collector, but prefer to stick to the Standard format, which is a more constrained format that roughly limits the player to using cards from the last […]


A Bad Week To Be an Utter Asshole Online
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2015, 2:37 am
This has been a rough week in the real world for me, but today something happened that put a big ol’ smile on my face.  First off, Twitter made it very clear where they stand on blockbots by effectively implementing a feature that does the same thing by allowing users to share blocked user lists.  This, […]


Anne Rice and Brigading
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 June 2015, 2:16 am
A new article from STGRB (Stop The Goodreads Bullies). This one involves a “bully” review that was removed by… http://t.co/ao6TGaQW91 — Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) June 1, 2015 Just in case the recent imbroglio wasn’t weird enough, Anne Rice (perhaps accidentally) aligned herself with #GamerGate by slamming Randi Harper in Twitter, pointing to an article on […]


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