Bioshock Infinite: the video game we deserve

Rating: one out of five

or

At least it looks pretty

Bioshock Infinite is a video game about shooting guys in the face. It’s a video game about sweet gibs, rad decapitations, and about having all the guns ever. It is a game about magic shields and eating canned goods off of corpses of policemen to restore health. It is a game about drinking potions and having holes appear on your hands and racist vampires who carry coffins and shoot crows at you. It is about having a pet who picks locks but who asks you to pick up lock picks from trash cans. It is about a girl who will periodically interrupt important plot points to throw you a jar of salt. It is a game about robotic George Washingtons chaingunning you.

It is also a game about god rays through windows. About some really pretty flying buildings that explode around you as you shoot black people and Irish people. It is a game about pressing A to throw an apple to an orphan and play a guitar. It is a game about pressing X to hook policemen in the face.

It is a game about shooting a rocket launcher at ghosts.

It is a game about how every person is fundamentally an asshole. About how racists and their oppressed are really the same thing if circumstances are only slightly altered.

It is a game about saving a damsel in distress.

But most of all, Bioshock Infinite is a game about how nothing matters, because there are infinite worlds and you can just move around between them and whatever. Stuff happens for no reason and the rules are arbitrary.  And I guess there are gods.

The only constant is that it is so much a video game.

Source: Order of Eris

Blogger accuses Simon Pegg of sexism, objectifying cosplayers

Here’s blogger Courtney Stoker laying into Simon Pegg for some
appreciative comments he made about Comic-con attendees dressing up like
Princess Leia: http://storify.com/cnstoker/cosplayers-are-geeks-too

Did Pegg claim the Leia cosplayers were there to fulfill his sexual fantasies? Since Stoker makes the claim multiple times, let’s take a look at that first. Clearly the phrase “sexual fantasies” doesn’t appear in any of his tweets. Did he imply it then? “I’ve got a thing about cosplay girls” he says. “They’re like zombie stormtroopers, a glorious combination of beloved things.” Then he posts the pic and describes Homer Simpsons trademark sound of desire.

Does Simon Pegg have a sexual fantasy regarding Leia cosplayers, and what is it? It’s not clear because he, of course, never mentions sex or sexual fantasies. But here’s the thing: a sexual fantasy by definition involves sex. So it’s really unlikely that just looking at a picture of girls in bikinis fulfills any kind of fantasy. That wouldn’t be much of a fantasy! An actual sexual fantasy would involving having sex with them. Did Simon Pegg say he was going to have sex with them? No. Did he claim that the whole reason they dressed up was to sex him up good and proper? Of course not. Did he suggest that they were “existing solely for [his] fantasies”? Fuck no.

So bullshit count so far: 1.

Stoker’s other initial accusation is one of objectification. She doesn’t entirely explain how Simon objectified them, or what she means by the term. Online dictionaries are rather sparse on its meaning, so let’s see what Wikipedia has to say:

“Sexual objectification refers to the practice of regarding or treating another person merely as an instrument (object) towards one’s sexual pleasure, and a sex object is a person who is regarded simply as an object of sexual gratification or who is sexually attractive. Objectification more broadly is an attitude that regards a person as a commodity or as an object for use, with little or no regard for a person’s personality or sentience.”

In Stoker’s view, how did Simon objectify the women? She doesn’t say in her tweets. She just repeats “objectifying” and “turning women into objects”. Is it expression appreciation, or the way he did it? Here’s what she says on her blog: “This kind of attitude is really common and really destructive. It reduces cosplayers down to objects, and suggests that they are NOT fellow geeks, but actually decoration. They are only there to serve as fantasy fodder for male geeks. You know, the actual PEOPLE in this equation. (A good sign you’re objectifying women: you’re comparing them to food.)” What attitude is she talking about? Saying they’re a combination of beloved things? He never specifies what those beloved things are. It’s probably the donut reference that really got to her.

Except he wasn’t comparing the girls to donuts. Homer Simpson is a notorious oaf who makes a gurgling sound when he sees anything, food or otherwise, that fills him with longing; donuts are probably the most iconic subject. Simon was trying to pick something self-deprecating and humorous that almost everyone would recognize. Was it a crude method of expressing appreciation for beauty? Yeah, definitely. Was he saying that the women are objects, that they’re like food to be eaten? No. God no.

Bullshit count: 2

Finally, she talks about agency. “Sexuality implies some agency on their part.” What I don’t even. As if these women were forced, at gun point, to make and then wear these costumes. The slave Leia costume, worn only in 1 part of 1 Star Wars movie, when Leia was captive of the disgusting Jabba the Hutt and forced to deal with his advances and nasty slimy tongue. An outfit so revealing and sexy that it became an iconic symbol of geek fantasies for decades to follow. (On Friends, Jennifer Aniston’s character even wears it at Ross’ request.) Stoker would have us believe that not only are these cosplayers completely unaware of the history of the costume, they are also completely oblivious to the fact that wearing a bikini costume expresses some kind of sexuality, and then of course she’d also have us believe they had absolutely no choice in the matter.

Bullshit count: 3, 4, 5!

Hopefully, in the future, Simon Pegg will have a little more sense than to try and engage the loonies, assholes, and trolls that go out of their way to pick a fight with him.

Some people call him Maurice

Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:15:17 -0400
From: Ryan North <ryanqnorth@gmail.com>
To: Quintin Stone <stone@rps.net>
Subject: Re: NICE TRY, SPENCER

Absolutely!

On 14/03/2012 11:33 AM, Quintin Stone wrote:
> Does Spencer speak of the pompitous of love?

Skyrim: Next mod

Here’s some before-and-after shots from the first stage of my next mod
(utility mod, adds new types of weapon stands, containers, some fixes, and
more).

In vanilla Skyrim, there are just some weapons you don’t want to put on
a shield/weapon plaque. Basically anything that’s not symmetrical except
for battleaxes, which they managed to get right.

Skyrim: Q’s Windhelm Basement

Windhelm’s Hjerim is a fine estate, but worthy of The
Dragonborn
?

The true Dovahkiin needs a place to display his prizes, treasures,
trophies, and spoils of war. This mod adds the option to purchase a
basement addition to the house in Windhelm. Within it you’ll find 10 new
mannequins, display cases of assorted sizes, wall plaques, and a dozen
weapon racks. In the corner are 4 tall bookshelves, with a knapsack,
satchel, and locked safe. Extra weapons and armor can be stored in various
chests. A full smithing chamber is provided, complete with smelter and
component storage.

Along the back wall are plaques for your symbols of rank: a wall
plaque
for each Hold which can grant the title of Thane. Each plaque is adorned
with a shield to indicate the source of the weapon.

The cases and ranks and mannequins all come empty, waiting for you to
fill
them with your story.

Once the mod is installed, talk to the steward of Windhelm. The
basement
is another decoration option you can purchase. When you do, the ladder
down will be unlocked.

Get from Skyrim
Nexus

Get from Steam Workshop

December 29, 2011

After spending over $900 earlier in the week to replace a cracked radiator, what is a nail in a tire? Annoying as hell. That’s what. Lol

December 28, 2011

Shealyn asked for a book of hairstyles for Christmas. This was my first attempt. She was ecstatic and wore it for two days before I finally made her comb it out.