Had a very vivid and realistic nightmare about a global nuclear apocalypse. Realistic in the sense that no one could do anything we were all just sitting around watching explosions on the horizon and being terrified and waiting to die.
And all I remember thinking was “welp, we didn’t even make it to mars before destroying ourselves good job humans” and “maybe there will still be post apocalyptic civilization” and then upon looking around “jesus I hope not.”
The Pirate Fairy character in the new Tinkerbell dvd looks exactly like the Neverland-Flying-Pirate-Chick mental-Mary-Sue* I had when I was younger except fairy-sized.
CLEARLY THERE WAS ROOM FOR MY MARY SUE IN NEVERLAND**.
A tiny bit of room.
Unrelatedly I can’t help but think of the blue uber-pixie-dust stuff as Walter White’s Pixie Dust.
*She wasn’t like the other girls in Neverland. She wasn’t a mermaid or princess of a racist stereotype of a native american tribe.
(She wasn’t like the other pirates either she could fly lol fuck you Pan.)
**That said, I would still rather she looked like a fairy version of Isabela or Zamira Drakasha I mean her name is ‘Zarina’ its not far of a stretch jesus. There are POCs (Pixies of Color) in the Tinkerbell series but its kind of the same deal as the Princesses where you get One Of Each (each what, ‘continent of origin’?) and everyone else is white.
To say there is an uncomfortable air of fear in security is one (perhaps overblown) thing. To see the largest and only production of its kind, with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line and an entire secondary production company locked in silent rapture under lit signage for Mountain Dew, the entire project gloriously rupturing like the belly of the Bismark – that is another. To be ushered by muted fear and nervous glances, to stand in desolate directors rooms filled with black screens and empty chairs. Darkened judging stands. Color-coded team challenge floors, soon to be dismantled, but left intact in the hopes that some shimmering archangel would descend and reinvigorate the 11 indie developers currently revolting against Maker Studios inside their rented Winnebagos.
To see the funeral procession of high creatives and story writers and production directors as they left the studio lot, heads down, on their way to a punishment tribunal we would only learn about in cracked voices and quaking half-jokes. The fake grass, crushed cigarette butts and empty beer cans; the trays upon trays of uneaten catering. And the understanding that it was a total wash – completely unsalvageable from a production standpoint – while the developers sat in tears, horror and shock on brand-integrated lawn chairs mere yards from a freelance crew already looking for their next gigs.
This is a very important article about an even that happened this past weekend at Maker Studios, one of the major production companies that manage groups such as the Game Grumps, Yogscast, and many other loved Youtubers. This is the story of how they fucked up, big.
if you care about game development, the indie game scene, and/or the toxic environment of sexism in gaming at large, READ THIS ARTICLE AND THE THREE ARTICLES IT LINKS TO. It will be well worth your time.
This guy’s prose is a little overly meandering for my tastes and I almost didn’t make it to the actual story because each of the ten or so paragraphs it took to get to the “day Zero” meat of the story left me thinking “okay yeah that’s great but what happened that this article is hopefully eventually going to tell me about?” but it really is worth reading.
The other articles really are very important to get everyone’s perspective:
I came into this event expecting to make a game, show people a glimpse into game development, and possibly have some fun. Instead, my intelligence, my legitimacy, and my integrity were all pushed and questioned. We, as developers, were being treated as desperate stereotypes, and we, as women, were treated worse than that.
On the one hand this is the story of one asshole bringing months of hard work crashing to the ground. It’s an incomplete picture of course: Leshem had a reputation of being an asshole before the show began. But the production’s failings are only part of the story. “GAME_JAM” didn’t crumble because of Leshem, and it didn’t crumble because of the dishonest production.
It crumbled because we, the developers, killed it.
…And that’d be the perfect analog for the way a lot of people end up in indie, right? You reject the big production with a lot of money that doesn’t fit you, that makes you feel like you don’t have a voice and aren’t creating what you’d like to, to flipping all the tables and walking away, banding together with other people who feel similarly, and doing your own thing the way YOU want to.
In this way, this game jam might have been the most “indie” thing I’ve seen.
Clickbait headline version: This story will make you really angry and then subsequently restore your faith in humanity.
The whole fiasco could be just another notch in the industry sexism bedpost, but it isn’t.
In the end it’s about about integrity and creative community.
on old computer crying over old music nostalgia, mostly remembering how much I love Shiny Toy Guns and the Aion: The Tower of Eternity/Annales of Atreia soundtrack wehb.
Forrealz that game was my entire life for two years before I discovered Bioware games. I still miss it. I still miss my derpy Asmo templar in his silly stompy space armor and hipster glasses. I still have dreams about gliding off of high places in Beluslan.
Also noo Ghost Rider such art very emotional roller coaster for twenty pages wow. <333
I may… like… actually start reading print comics again.
Ended up going in funky smelling local comic shop for All New Ghost Rider, and for the record the funky smell appears to originate from the food court and once inside is kept at bay by a pleasant apple cinnamon fragrance. :3
Nice place, they used to have an 18” Sheploo statue in the window but he’s been sold. :( Would have bought more if not for Comic Con tomorrow.
privateai said: Oh my god I miss that game…. drowning kids in the pool to get water ghosts…
I had no idea abuot water ghosts but I feel such kinship with you frined
Yah! If a Sim drowned they became water ghosts who would haunt you by flooding the house and leaving puddles everywhere that your grumpy Sims would be endlessly mopping (while complaining about environmental conditions.)
If a Sim starved to death they would be hunger ghosts and empty the fridge (potentially starving your Sims if they were poor.)
…And that’s why I never tried to kill anyone with fire…
I haven’t been able to play GW2 in months because of computer uselessness; was able to log in once just long enough to get my main the hell out of Lions Arch On Fire but then it crashed again and I gave up.
Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw clarified that horses are the only mount that they wish to publically announce at this time while hinting that additional mount types might be revealed in the future.
Every five or six years I have to take an evening to remind myself how gross Pizza Hut pizza is.
Still a wad of spongy undercooked dough soaked in grease and caked in squishy cold mozzerella?
I’ve worked at two Pizza Huts in my life, in two different cities. One was good and we ate there all the time. That one had a good manager. The second one I worked at, I could say absolutely nothing in our defense. Because goddamn. I warned my friends not to eat there.
But honestly, after tasting Domino’s, I’ll never go back. The sponginess of Pizza Hut’s dough is because all the dough is frozen and then thawed— unlike other places, which make fresh hand-tossed dough.
To be fair this wasn’t even a real Pizza Hut it was a Taco Bell that shoves little undercooked pizza hut branded pizzas through your driver side window.
And in their defense their taco bell menu food is above-average. Like on a scale from normal taco bell to edible food.
Domino’s is pretty good though, but I have to avoid it because its on the list of fast foods that I end up wanting all the time after eating once. X3