I edited this little XKCD strip to more accurately reflect the message Randall was endorsing. I know people will call “Godwin’s Law” on this but quite frankly I think it’s justified when the person writing the shit actually *is* saying shit that sounds like it came outta a Nazi.
Casual reminder this was never canon, that Samus never wore that under her suit and never had those measurements.
It might sound crazy but the Super Metroid Player’s Guide isn’t the definitive word on the Metroid series. It might sound even crazier but the people who wrote that guide aren’t actually in charge of what Samus should actually look like. You know who is though? The people who make the games.
On my way back home, I kept thinking about that interview. It bugged me, and I tried to figure out why. My first reaction was: female game players need role models? Really? A woman doesn’t know who she is until a video game shows her someone to emulate?
"Very important. General rule for English speakers - if you don’t do it in the human context, don’t do it in the nonhuman context.
Just make a little effort to say “she or he” or “her or him” if you don’t know the sex. It’s a little effort with a very important social message.
Nonhuman animals are *persons*, not *things*. Therefore, we should refer to a nonhuman animal as a “she” or “he,” never as an “it.””
Oh tumblr you so crazy
Before I say any of this, I want to make clear that I’m aware that this is just an opinion and I’m not trying to tell you you’re wrong or anything like that. I’ve been told I sound condescending but if it comes across that way I’m really just discussing my opinion on it. I dont mean anything negative towards you or what you feel.
However I cant agree. I felt like I was talking to a brick wall the whole time with him. Bioware aready proved that they know how to make a stoic strong character. Thane was stoic standoffish. Mordin was very standoffish at first, as are most of the krogan. But Jacob was just boring. Dont get me wrong, Kaiden was too. And so was Ashley. But I dont think there can ever be any reason for it. If you can make “unique” characters interesting as Thane (who basically has cancer) or Morinth (a woman) or Joker (someone with a disability), I dont see why to only make some interesting.
It was just on a whole other level with Jacob. Always the same tone. The man didn’t even feel feelings until Sheperd told him to.
"Um sheperd my dad’s been killing and brainwashing people and well i dont know should i be mad? I mean kililng is bad and everything but he’s my dad. Well he hasn’t been around or anything but I guess this is where he’s been. Well I guess I’m sort of mad but I wont be if you tell me not to be sheperd. Sheperd?"
Ohgod what? Most people can think and come to conclusions for themselves. Either you’re mad or you’re not. IN THE GAME YOU LITERALLY TELL JACOB WHETHER TO FORGIVE HIS DAD OR NOT. AND HIS ATTITUDE TOWARDS HIS DAD CHANGES DRASTICALLY ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU CHOSE. THAT’S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING.
In other games, where the game revolves around your decisions and what you want the other characters to do, like Fable, that’s fine. But in this game, Mass Effect, where it’s famous for all the characters having so much personality, it’s ridiculous. I mean, half the time in mass effect, you make one decision and the characters will do whatever they want, regardless of what you think. BECAUSE THEY HAVE PERSONALITY. Seriously. Even if you tell Edi to do stuff, she’ll just do whatever she thinks is best. The only time she listens to you is if she needs some advice with Joker.
I just cant with Jacob.
Originally, I never played the ME series. And I picked up all 3 and played them all within a week and it blew me away. I was more than impressed with Bioware’s ability to make characters that you ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT. You ended up talking about your playthrough to people like these were your actual friends or even children. Like these were real people because their personalities made you care. Even though I knew Thane was going to die I was actually pretty distraught when he finally did. Even though I knew Mordin was going to die I was actually pretty distraught when he finally did. I cared about everyone in that game, dearly.
And then there’s Jacob.
That’s really typical of Bioware games, while you control the protagonist you also have some control over the personality of your team.
In Jack’s loyalty quest Shepard literally can tell her if she should kill the guy trying to start the research she went through or not. If Miranda should talk to her sister or not and if Legion should hack or kill the heretics are also decisions up to Shepard.
In Dragon Age Origins, at least from what I played, it is up you to decide Alistair’s feelings over his lost sister.
While Jacob is probably one of the worst characters in Mass Effect, he’s really not that alone on the “decide my feelings for me, Shepard” ride.
Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly, how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
— Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format.This sounds like the biggest pile of bollocks ever. Did they really tally up every single video game ever? But lets say it is real, then the following female protagonists don’t count, since they are strictly speaking, non-humans: Liara T’Soni, Samara, Arria T’Loak, Nyreen Kandros, Morinth, Tali Zohrra (Mass Effect: all various species of aliens) Alis Lansale, Phantasy Star (a Palman, a humanoid species of aliens) Amy Rose, Rouge the Bat, Cream the Rabbit, Blaze the Cat Samus Aran (due to her DNA now being a mish mash of various alien species from X parasites to Chozo to Metroids, she is no longer considered human) Bayonetta (Witches are a different species to humanity) Terra Branford (a half human, half Esper hybrid) Bubbles from Clu Clu Land Brittany, Pikmin 3 Mao, Hilda Valentine from Shadow Hearts (a giant talking alcoholic cat and mafia momma, and a magical girl gothic lolita vampire princess, respectively) Pascal, Tales of Graces (a different species to human) KOS-MOS, MOMO, T-elos (Xenosaga, all different types of robot) Aegis from Persona 3 (also an android) Milly, Baten Kaitos Origins (a cyborg) Emerelda Kasim, Chu Chu (android and pink fluffy thing respectively) Tio, Grandia 3 (also an android) Judith (Tales of Vesperia, non human species) Raine Sage, (Tales of Symphonia, half elf) Arche, Tales of Phantasia (also a half elf) All the female only species of pokemon (Miltank, Blissey, Chancey, Cresselia, Jynx, Smoochum, Liligant, Petilil) I could go on and on and on….From what I’ve read, it isn’t entirely bollocks: Here’s the study:http://www.childrennow.org/uploads/documents/fair_play_2001.pdfBut, here’s the catch (there always is one, isn’t there?); the study was done onDecember 1st, 2001. This study was done over a decade ago, and therefore an (intentional, it appears) misrepresentation of facts, since there is no indication of this in either the graphic, or the campaign that is backing it.
Read their methodology at the bottom. They only played the top ten best-selling video games for each of the six game consoles available in the United States including the PC. They also only played through the first level of each game. In short, the people conducting this research were fucking morons and don’t know shit about them.
^^Even better. This entire thing is bullcrap.
Surprise surprise, using statistics that are over a decade old.
LoL Once again half ass try and COMPLETE FAIL from Feminists but how many people do you wanna bet reblogged this without even checking?
God, smashsurvey, that’s pathetic. You probably spent more time on photoshop making those two images with Shadow and Chell than actually reading the research.
Let’s meet Sheri Graner Ray, someone who makes computer games since 1990. She has worked for EA, Origin Systems,SOE, and Cartoon Network.
The licences she had worked on are Star Wars Galaxies, Ultima and Nancy Drew.
She wrote the book Gender…
"A cyborg dragon from space? Totally grounded and realistic."
"A dinosaur-looking alien with three eyes that shoots spykes from his belly? How boring and predictable."
"A jelly thing that hover in the air and can copy any animal ever and use its jelly powers to turn COMPUTER DATA into organic matter? Wouldn’t look at it twice."
"So this guy can separete his body in half and walks on his hands while his legs fires a little turret? How conventional and not silly at all!"
"You mean this guy has no neck and his head hovers over his body and this is a completely normal feature of his species? Wow, I thought Metroid was sci-fi, where’s the goofy stuff?"
"Oh look, this robot’s faces melts, god, this series is so serious and uptight."
"Green alien monkeys that wall jump. My god, is this series some gritty and realistic shit."
"A fucking ghost that summons blue fire? Damnit Metroid, stop being such a grounded on reality franchise!"
"Heels? HEELS!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME NINTENDO!? This is a serious franchise, grounded on reality with defined rules! This is Metroid, shit here is serious, realistic and gritty, you think this is Metal Gear? Hell no, it’s fucking Metroid, where the last boss is a brain a jar, it’s a serious franchise!"