Believe it or don’t, I let Jeremy Voss (jervo) write a piece about his playing as a woman for July’s Videodame Player 2. Find out why.

In the summer of 2013, I started becoming aware of a movement to boycott the as-yet unreleased Grand Theft Auto V specifically because you couldn’t choose to play as a female character. In particular, there was a Jezebel article that articulated this rather loudly, but I also recall talking about it with an acquaintance on Twitter. We were talking about both GTA V and Saints Row 3, and my friend refused to even consider playing GTA V:  “I only need one open world gangland sim in my life, and GTA won’t rate for me unless it adds a female PC.”

At the time, I found this line of reasoning profoundly pretentious, ridiculous, and ultimately misguided. For one thing, I found it preposterous that people were getting outraged over something that had never been promised or even hinted at in the first place. For another, the idea that you would actively choose to not play what by all appearances looked like the greatest game ever made solely because you couldn’t choose to play as a woman—in a franchise that has historically gone out of its way to treat women as horribly as they can be treated—seemed ludicrous. (Indeed, as of this writing, there are only two games in all of Rockstar’s catalog where you can choose to be a female character: the original Grand Theft Auto and Table Tennis.)

Of course, this hullabaloo took place long before the game had even come out. Once I finally got my hands on GTA V, I found a host of reasons to be offended that had nothing to do with the treatment of women, even as the game’s treatment of women was somehow even worse than I’d anticipated.

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Believe it or don’t, I let Jeremy Voss (jervo) write a piece about his playing as a woman for July’s Videodame Player 2. Find out why.

In the summer of 2013, I started becoming aware of a movement to boycott the as-yet unreleased Grand Theft Auto V specifically because you couldn’t choose to play as a female character. In particular, there was a Jezebel article that articulated this rather loudly, but I also recall talking about it with an acquaintance on Twitter. We were talking about both GTA V and Saints Row 3, and my friend refused to even consider playing GTA V:  “I only need one open world gangland sim in my life, and GTA won’t rate for me unless it adds a female PC.”

At the time, I found this line of reasoning profoundly pretentious, ridiculous, and ultimately misguided. For one thing, I found it preposterous that people were getting outraged over something that had never been promised or even hinted at in the first place. For another, the idea that you would actively choose to not play what by all appearances looked like the greatest game ever made solely because you couldn’t choose to play as a woman—in a franchise that has historically gone out of its way to treat women as horribly as they can be treated—seemed ludicrous. (Indeed, as of this writing, there are only two games in all of Rockstar’s catalog where you can choose to be a female character: the original Grand Theft Auto and Table Tennis.)

Of course, this hullabaloo took place long before the game had even come out. Once I finally got my hands on GTA V, I found a host of reasons to be offended that had nothing to do with the treatment of women, even as the game’s treatment of women was somehow even worse than I’d anticipated.

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Um, Yeah, I’m Gonna Need Those TPS Reports

Actually just put this in a conference report for work:

I chatted with a nice older gentleman about how the Penguins he used to buy as a little boy smelled like peppermint. When he left the booth, my neighbors came over and frantically whispered, “Do you know who that was?

Sure, he was the little boy who traded ten pennies for an orange paperback that smelled like candy. He was the man who smiled at me as we both stuck our noses in between pages of the books I was selling now, “just to see if they still do.”

What’s that? You want me to write something? PREPARE FOR WRITERLY ANECDOTES.

hugoweaving-rs:

"Weaving delivers everything that could possibly be expected of him in a muscular physical and vocal performance that simmers away before finally boiling over. He is the audience’s avenue into a play which is all about murder, witchcraft and ruthless ambition. The audience shares in every one of his moral dilemmas. He is a destroyed man by the end, and despite his monstrous acts, we’re all, somehow, on his side."
Photo: Brett Boardman
Full review: http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/macbeth-review-sydney-theatre/ #STCMacbeth

I want to go to there.

(via hugo-weaving-hangout)

hugoweaving-rs:

"Weaving delivers everything that could possibly be expected of him in a muscular physical and vocal performance that simmers away before finally boiling over. He is the audience’s avenue into a play which is all about murder, witchcraft and ruthless ambition. The audience shares in every one of his moral dilemmas. He is a destroyed man by the end, and despite his monstrous acts, we’re all, somehow, on his side." Photo: Brett Boardman  Full review: http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/macbeth-review-sydney-theatre/ #STCMacbeth

I want to go to there.

hugoweaving-rs:

"Weaving delivers everything that could possibly be expected of him in a muscular physical and vocal performance that simmers away before finally boiling over. He is the audience’s avenue into a play which is all about murder, witchcraft and ruthless ambition. The audience shares in every one of his moral dilemmas. He is a destroyed man by the end, and despite his monstrous acts, we’re all, somehow, on his side."
Photo: Brett Boardman
Full review: http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/macbeth-review-sydney-theatre/ #STCMacbeth

I want to go to there.

(via hugo-weaving-hangout)

Kristen Stewart in Jenny Lewis’ new music video ‘Just One Of The Guys’ (x)

I used to balk when people said we looked alike. I rue all the days I was disloyal to KStew, a queen among peasants!

No, not a queen—a khaleesi.

(Source: closetalkers, via katespencer)

Kristen Stewart in Jenny Lewis’ new music video ‘Just One Of The Guys’ (x)

I used to balk when people said we looked alike. I rue all the days I was disloyal to KStew, a queen among peasants!

No, not a queen—a khaleesi.

(Source: closetalkers, via katespencer)

#Oldsauce

sirfrogsworth:

This is an article written by my assistant and bestest friend, Delling. I was finally able to scramble enough brain cells to read it and I think they did a fantastic job. I’m really proud of them.  

It explores their feelings on games like Mass Effect missing the opportunity to be truly inclusive and represent other relationship models. Delling is asexual. They are in one of the cutest romantic relationships in the history of space and time.

Through their relationship, I have seen how profound and amazing romantic love can be. I see the same level of adoration and commitment that I see in my mother and father—who have been together for over 40 years. Love is love is love is love. Sex is optional and too many of us see it as some kind of be-all and end-all commencement of a serious relationship. Like christening a ship by breaking champagne on its hull. 

Love takes many forms and by continuing to perpetuate that sex is required for romantic love, we are actively hurting a lot of people. 

I have had the privilege of being represented in pretty much every form of media you can think of. Men are everywhere. White guys aplenty. Straight guys—no problem. I can look to sitcoms to represent the goofy fat guy. Even when I got into opera, there was a fat beardy guy ready to go for me to admire. 

Regrettably I didn’t realize the importance of feeling represented. It was something I always had and didn’t even know I needed. I took it for granted. As I see many of my friends who are marginalized fight for representation, I feel almost embarrassed by how much of it I have. There is so much room in the boat, but modern media feels compelled to fill it with straight white dudes.  

I’m hoping if you read this article, you will see why representation is important. You will demand that creators seek out ways to be inclusive. And you will see why I love my friend Delling so much. 

sirfrogsworth:

This is an article written by my assistant and bestest friend, Delling. I was finally able to scramble enough brain cells to read it and I think they did a fantastic job. I’m really proud of them.  

It explores their feelings on games like Mass Effect missing the opportunity to be truly inclusive and represent other relationship models. Delling is asexual. They are in one of the cutest romantic relationships in the history of space and time.

Through their relationship, I have seen how profound and amazing romantic love can be. I see the same level of adoration and commitment that I see in my mother and father—who have been together for over 40 years. Love is love is love is love. Sex is optional and too many of us see it as some kind of be-all and end-all commencement of a serious relationship. Like christening a ship by breaking champagne on its hull. 

Love takes many forms and by continuing to perpetuate that sex is required for romantic love, we are actively hurting a lot of people. 

I have had the privilege of being represented in pretty much every form of media you can think of. Men are everywhere. White guys aplenty. Straight guys—no problem. I can look to sitcoms to represent the goofy fat guy. Even when I got into opera, there was a fat beardy guy ready to go for me to admire. 

Regrettably I didn’t realize the importance of feeling represented. It was something I always had and didn’t even know I needed. I took it for granted. As I see many of my friends who are marginalized fight for representation, I feel almost embarrassed by how much of it I have. There is so much room in the boat, but modern media feels compelled to fill it with straight white dudes.  

I’m hoping if you read this article, you will see why representation is important. You will demand that creators seek out ways to be inclusive. And you will see why I love my friend Delling so much. 

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