No Shirt, No Pants, No Group

Let’s get a little controversial all up in here! There was a big todo in the blog world this week about skimpy gear on female characters, and it’s kind of been making me cranky. I feel like the conversation has unfortunately fallen into a common rhetorical trap, and I dislike it when things that are variable and complicated are phrased in very cut-and-dry, “us vs. them” ways. The crux of the matter, as outlined...

Worst boob window ever

The above image was taken from the front page of the Firefall website. You know, after years of playing video games and reading fantasy novels I’m used to inhuman physiology in related artwork. I can overlook the fact that this woman’s right shoulder doesn’t seem to exist. (Seriously, try and figure out where her right shoulder is. It hurt my brain after a while.) Her head also doesn’t seem to be attached to...

Maybe SWTOR Wasn’t Meant For You

This post is pretty much entirely speculation and thinking out loud. I think at this point no one can deny that SWTOR has been incredibly polarizing. Quite a few people are enjoying it and will defend the game, and the folks who don’t like it… well, let’s just say they really don’t like it. I’ve seen people call SWTOR the “worst game ever made” and predict that it will be completely dead...

Enough With the Casual Homophobia in Gaming!

I had a really facinating discussion on Google+ earlier this week about the use of casual homophobic slurs in gaming and why it should be actively discouraged. It made me think about this blog, and how I am hugely into the “politics” side of gaming but I rarely bring it up here. In retrospect, it seems dishonest of me to believe in something related to gaming so passionately and yet not ever mention it. So, enough. For an...

The Case Against LFD

With a shiny new MMO out everything old is new again, and that includes discussions over the necessity of an automated Looking For Dungeon group-matching tool. I have seen a fair number of posts on other forums lately that start out saying something like, “Well obviously everyone agrees that a LFD tool is necessary…” and it makes me want to bang my shoe on a table or something. Perhaps we can all agree on some common...

Mea Culpa from Space

For months I have been telling everyone that SWTOR is going to be a bust. End-game is dubious, the graphics are cartoony, and themepark MMOs are so 2009. Plus, I’m not a huge Star Wars nerd. This game, I declared once, is not for me. And I still could be entirely right about all those things, but what I didn’t account for is that it would also be a wagonload of fun. I’m not saying it’s the greatest MMO ever, or...

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