Feminist vs Video Games

The first episode of this Kickstarter is out: Damsel in Distress (Part 1) Tropes vs Women 

Random Thoughts
- Why hasn't there been a Zelda game starring Zelda?
- Lara is a great lead female character in the new Tomb Raider game. Progress! Watch the starting cinematic set up:


- I like the fact that in the simplest terms the summary for Bioshock Infinite is literary "saving a damsel in distress in a castle in the sky". I can't wait to see the subversion of that trope.

"BioShock Infinite US TV Commercial. This is the short version. The full version will be set to air during The Walking Dead on Sunday."




+ Bioshock Infinite Grasps the Cultural Chalice: With Bioshock Infinite mixing shooting, religion and politics Andy Robertson sat down with Ken Levine to talk Christianity, artificial companions and video-game violence.
+ Let’s talk about Anita Sarkeesian


2 Months (B.B) #bioshock

Let me explain how I think of this year: There are two parts to it - (B.B) and (A.B). BEFORE BIOSHOCK and AFTER BIOSHOCK1



BioShock Infinite creator Ken Levine speaks exclusively to Polygon about his past, his fears and his irrational process

As far as games coming out B.B, the only one I'm buying is this one:

This Is What Romance Looks Like In Fire Emblem: Awakening

I got into Fire Emblem with the Wii game and hope to actually complete this once. Also, even when finished, Nintendo has more stages and characters for download on a weekly basis. How modern of old ass Nintedo. Speaking of them, I found this in my closet the other day:

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1 I hope the year then turns into (BU2) Before the new U2 Album and (AU2) After new U2 album. *fingers crossed*


My Reasons for making it to 2013 #2

OBVIOUSLY the #1 reason is Bioshock Infinate. I'm not even going to bother with posting that, ya know. Anyways, you don't even know how HYPED I am for this 3DS game even though I never finished the Wii game b/c one of my best characters died and my previous save with him alive was too much of a backtrack. So yeah, permadeath, the Japanese love that:
In the various Fire Emblem games, if a character dies in combat, they will be permanently dead, though one loophole is to restart the battle from the beginning (The game saves the number of deaths in even if the player restarts). If a player chooses to finish the battle after a party member dies, they will be permanently lost. In some situations, goals of the missions are to keep one character alive, so that loss instantly ends the level and forces the player to start that battle from the beginning. In all cases, the main player character must not die under any circumstance—the death of this character will result in a Game Over. 

+ Reserve Fire Emblem: Awakening And Get An Art Book As A Bonus

"Day of Ceasefire For Online Shooters" is a waste of time

"The Ceasefire For Online Shooters—a demonstration in memory of Sandy Hook—starts tonight. "

CeaseFIRe

+ Bill O’Reilly Talks About Video Games and Violence and Ends Up Being Somewhat Reasonable About It All

Sorry but I don't buy into "Violent" Video games being a problem. The sentiment behind this is fine but tying it to video games, nah.

Video Games And The Sandy Hook Shooting: Two Very Different Reactions 

+ Do Violent Video Games Lead To Violent Behavior?

My Favorite [GAMES] of 2012

The Witcher 2: Enhanched Edition

Such an amazing RPG. There's a point where the game changes direction based on one decision you make. I played both decisions and was amazed at how completely different things went down. It really is two huge fantastic games. I eagerly await a third game on the next generation of consoles.

Mass Effect 3

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The ending was a clusterfuck but the journey and the people we met along the way. What a fucking classic Epic Sci-Fi thing I want to share with all my friends. 

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STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN

I've been playing Street Fighter for 25 years and I'm never going to stop. Chun-Li is my homegirl.

Lumines: Electronic Symphony

The reason I got the PS VITA. That's how much I love LUMINES, I bought a device with a very unknown future but a gorgeous screen and Lumines is the best game to tune out the world and get lost in Music and Puzzles.

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Dishonored

It gave me the Bioshock vibe and wonder I have not felt since 2007 when Bioshock came out. It's been a long time coming for a game to capture ambiance and cool gameplay, powers, setting, story and voice actors ( Susan Sarandon, Chloe Moretz, John Slaterry et al)

Journey 

It has to be expiranced to be understood. Fucking brilliant soundtrack.

XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN

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Brilliant Addictive Turn Based Strategy on a console? A Miracle.


If I voted for the Video Game Awards

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It's a bullshit awards show but it's all we've got. My personal picks:

Game of the Year

Assassin’s Creed III
Dishonored
Journey
Mass Effect 3
The Walking Dead: The Game

Studio of the Year

343 Industries - Halo 4
Arkane Studio - Dishonored
Gearbox Software - Borderlands 2
Telltale Games - The Walking Dead: The Game

Best XBOX 360 Game

Assassin's Creed III
Borderlands 2
Dishonored
Halo 4

Best PS3 Game

Assassin's Creed III
Borderlands 2
Dishonored
Journey

Best PC Game

Diablo III
Guild Wars 2
Torchlight II
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Best Shooter

Borderlands 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Halo 4
Max Payne 3

Best Action / Adventure Game

Assassin's Creed III
Darksiders II
Dishonored
Sleeping Dogs

Best RPG

Diablo III
Mass Effect 3
Torchlight II
Xenoblade Chronicles

Best MP Game

Borderlands 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Guild Wars 2
Halo 4

Best Individual Sports Game

Hot Shots Golf World Invitational
SSX
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
WWE ’13

Best Driving Game

Dirt: Showdown
F1 2012
Forza Horizon
Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Best Original Score

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Halo 4
Journey
Max Payne 3

Best Graphics

Assassin's Creed III
Dishonored
Halo 4
Journey

Best Independent Game

Dust: An Elysian Tail
Fez
Journey
Mark of the Ninja

Best Fighting Game

Dead or Alive 5
Persona 4 Arena
Street Fighter X Tekken
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Best Handheld / Mobile Game

Gravity Rush
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Sound Shapes

Best Performance by Human Female

Emma Stone as Amanda Cartwright - Sleeping Dogs
Jen Taylor as Cortana - Halo 4
Jennifer Hale as Commander Shepard - Mass Effect 3
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine - The Walking Dead: The Game

Best Performance by Human Male

Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack - Borderlands 2
Dave Fennoy as Lee Everret - The Walking Dead: The Game
James McCaffrey as Max Payne - Max Payne 3
Nolan North as Captain Martin Walker - Spec Ops: The Line

Best Adapted Video Game

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
The Walking Dead: The Game
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Best DLC

Dawnguard - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Leviathan - Mass Effect 3
Mechromancer Pack - Borderlands 2
Perpetual Testing Initiative - Portal 2

Best Downloadable Game

Fez
Journey
Sound Shapes
The Walking Dead: The Game

Most Anticipated Game of 2013

Bioshock Infinite
Grand Theft Auto V
South Park: The Stick of Truth
The Last of Us
Tomb Raider

Character of the Year

Connor - Assassin's Creed III
Commander Shepard - Mass Effect 3
Clap Trap - Borderlands 2
Master Chief - Halo 4
Raul Menendez - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2


Blops2 Clan

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If you want to join a Black Ops 2 clan for the hell of it, join mine. Elite membership is free by the way. It's called WiiU b/c every other tag I thought of was already taken and the WiiU came out the day I was creating it so it was on my mind. I don't have a WiiU. Not getting one until Zelda/Metroid or Smash Bros. comes out for it.