- The Bodyguard | Five Players
There’s a man in a tube in a town in a desert. And he can’t get out. I’m going to help him.
- Unconventional beauty: Leave Princess Theradras alone! | Border House
The concept of a Princess has been drilled into our head as a beautiful, fair-skinned, Caucasian, damsel in distress who wears flowing gowns and is nothing but gracious and royal. How easily people disregard that the title is based on royalty and family ties, and that it is one of politics and not of choice. The fact that people think she is not worthy of being a princess just because she doesn’t look like something out a Disney movie is appalling to me. And not calling her feminine? She is a strong and powerful elemental who has birthed and raised the beginnings of an entire race, and is a royal princess in her faction of people. That’s a pretty cool woman, in my opinion.
- Infinite Lag: A Seat at the Table
Games have definite issues with gender equality, diversity, jingoism, and maturity amid other concerns; but as far as outward bigotry goes, seems to me there’s an awful lot more of that in the movies, on TV, and in political speeches than in videogames. I can think of many games I’d say have “problematic treatments of sexuality,” for example, but few that overtly encourage or legitimize bigotry on the level of a Jim DeMint.
UPDATE: Upgrading to WP 3.0.2 seems to have caused the RSS Digest plug-in to freak out, producing this gigantic post with links from way back when October was middle-aged. However, since all those links are completely worth it, I won’t be deleting them, but will merely hide them after the jump.