Apr 24

“I have nothing against gays, but I don’t want a child exposed to that.” Someone actually wrote this on a forum about MORTAL KOMBAT X

“I have nothing against gays, but I don’t want some child exposed to that.” Someone actually wrote this on a forum about MORTAL KOMBAT X having a gay character.

For the reference, this is in Mortal Kombat X:

You can’t make this shit up.

The post in question

Dec 17

I support returning Hatred on Steam Greenlight

A retweet/reply to Halceon’s

Because while it’s fully within the rights of customers to ask vendors not to carry something (and vendors are fully within their rights to agree or refuse), I am, as a general rule, against taking stuff down just because some people don’t like it. It’s actually pretty hard for me to even imagine a game that I would even think about supporting the removal of from any store, apart from maybe something targeted at a specific person.

That being said, I’m not a fan. The game sounds almost exactly like Postal 2, and Postal 2 was a boring, tedious and empty shell of a game that had no engaging content beyond transient shock value & controversy. Shock & controversy wears off quickly, and there’s only so many times you can chop someone’s head off with a shovel, set it on fire, play football and then put it out by pissing on it before fatigue sets in. And Postal 2 was being camp about it, while Hatred seems to be playing it as straight as an AAA “Call of Battlefield” title.

So yeah. I think it’s a stupid concept that will lead to a boring-ass game and will probably be voting it down.

Sep 03

The problem with women in games isn’t bad writing

One of the opinions veering on the side of the women-in-games “war” that says representation / sexism isn’t the problem is one that says female characters are badly written, but so are male characters, so the problem isn’t sexism, it’s bad writing. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that writing in games is mostly crap. However, that does not mean there isn’t also a problem with how genders are represented. To me, the sexism / gender stereotype problem isn’t exemplified by bad writing, it’s exemplified by the utter and complete lack of variety.

Name 3 games where the protagonist, a party member or a story-important female NPC was teen-to-middle-aged, but not conventionally attractive (without being a parody)! Unless you dig very deep into the huge swaths of indie games, you’ll have enough trouble finding even one (and even then it probably won’t be easy). Because while most AAA games do indeed have bland, cardboard cut-out straight white male protagonists, most of them have supporting characters and/or enemies that are quite varied — they might be a huge muscle-bound tank, an average Joe, an emaciated mad scientist or maybe even a talking animal. All female characters that aren’t kids or grannies are always average hight, slim, conventionally attractive and in the overwhelming majority of cases dressed in an overtly sexualized manner.

And that’s just the physical appearance. Let’s not even get into the uniform sameness of the female characters’, well, characters.

And the point isn’t that it’s bad — what’s bad is the fact that it’s the only kind of women we get to see in games. Variety is where quality and change is born. The best way to fight both gender stereotypes *and* bad writing in video games is to encourage and support, wherever and however possible, developers who try to create as many different female characters as there are male ones.

Jul 10

Adam Jensen’s moral complexity and charisma

Adam Jensen is one of the most morally complex, charismatic characters out there.

I weep for humanity (as I suffocate it with a pillow).

I mean, I love Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I’ve already played it more hours than any other game since I got my first job, and will keep doing it for the forseeable future, because I just enjoy it so damn much. But if there is one thing that this game couldn’t see with a pair of binoculars strapped to the Hubble telescope, it’s any kind of substance to the main character. For sanity’s sake, the most emotionally engaging thing about him is the fact that he has a voice like Solid Snake finally getting around to his cough medication!

Jun 21

Jaunais Tomb Raider

Man jaunā Tomb Raider treileris patīk, pareizāk — tas liek man domāt, ka man patiks spēle. Viens no retajiem gadījumiem, kad treileris vien jau rada cerības, ka spēle būs tiešām interesanta t.i. — labs sižets ar interesantu un cilvēcīgi uzrunājošu Laru. Tāpat arī piemērs (kādu nav daudz), kādām būtu jābūt par “mature” sauktām spēlēm (nezinātājiem — videospēļu industrijas vispārpieņemtā definīcija “mature” jeb pieagušajiem paredzētajām spēlēm ir “asinis, iekšas, pupi un rupjības”).


P.S. Jauks jociņš par tēmu: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/06/06/peril