Tumbly Muffinness

I’d play the shit out of this game.

grolia:

How to (not) protect you and your beloved from the rain with your school blazer.

thatisnotahat:

I’ve been watching this for 5 minutes and giggling like an idiot.

thatisnotahat:

I’ve been watching this for 5 minutes and giggling like an idiot.

Metal Gear Rising Bosses in a nutshell

zato-the-fiend:

LQ-84i:

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Mistral:

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Monsoon:

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Sundowner:

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Jetstream Sam:

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Armstrong:

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it’s back

oh, look, someone responded to my “Straight White Guy Narrative” post with a great big “NUH-UH, IT’S BECAUSE ANITA SARKEESIAN IS ACTUALLY A HORRIBLE PERSON! I RECIEVE DEATH THREATS ALL THE TIME AND THEY AREN’T SO BAD” post.

Stuff about the Straight White Guy Narrative

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and I think you can explain a LOT about the bad parts of “gamer culture” and “anime culture” and “comic culture” and the like — the straight white guys who live in a Straight White Guy Narrative and react with DEATH THREATS to the very idea that other points of view exist, much less that someone somewhere ought to give time for these points of view — if you view this whole ethos as a kind of selfishness, which is a fairly easy mindset to get into when almost everything in the media takes it for granted that, as per the Straight White Guy Narrative, your sex and ethnicity and sexual orientation is not just “the default kind” but “the only kind.”

I should also stress that none of this is a conscious thought process on the part of people who buy into the Straight White Guy Narrative. It’s more a consequence of how the Narrative works than anything else.

The selfishness works like this:

  • According to itself, the Straight White Guy Narrative is not only “objective”, it the only correct way to look at reality, and all other points of view are “subjective”, or in other words, wrong. (This is an extension of human nature; to quote John Kenneth Galbraith, “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”)
  • Everything that isn’t nailed down, according to the Straight White Guy Narrative, was already theirs by god-given right.
  • Anything that can be pried loose (that is, reframed so that it fits in the Straight White Guy Narrative when it didn’t already) isn’t nailed down — y’know, things like depictions of female homosexuality (because girl-on-girl is hot, never mind how the “girls” in question actually feel about this), My Little Pony or anything with a large female cast that fulfills the Friedman Addendum to the Bechdel Test (because “they’re cute/sexy”, even if that isn’t the focus in the work itself), and so on.
  • Just the concept of something that is “nailed down and can’t be pried loose”, something that’s not just outside the Straight White Guy Narrative but counter to it (depictions of male homosexuality, etc), is as completely alien and unthinkable and incomprehensible as a Lovecraftian outer god’s true form. And, also like an outer god’s true form, seeing it drives them insane.

With the above in mind, it’s relatively easy to see why people who buy into the Straight White Guy Narrative view anything and everything counter to it as A Menace Which Must Be Stopped At All Costs, not because it’s actually dangerous in any realistic way, but because it breaks the Narrative by demonstrating that it isn’t the only way to look at the world.

It doesn’t actually excuse this attitude in any way shape or form, but at least it’s one possible explanation, I guess?

weejaboard:

YOU IDIOT . its the GAMES. its not that other thing you said its the GAMES who will rpotec t the GAMES if we dont PROTECT. the GAMES. ME. IM protecting the games, and the journalism, from the women , the games. yy ou moron. you cretin. get your fucking gender shoes off my handmade pristine Amy Rose the Hedgehog®™ welcome mat. fucking idiot

WAIT JUST A GODDAMN MINUTE

I was reading Livebloggery’s liveblog

Kanaya says, “Every Time You Tell Me To Can It I Think Its Funny

She said this almost 119 pages before she actually got her reader-submitted name

I give Just Cause 2 one point for the fact that the protagonist, instead of a burly white dude, is a burly Hispanic dude (you can tell he’s Hispanic because he has a Spanish thick enough to float oil on and says “Mierda!”)

I will then dock it 4,294,967,296 points for the fact that one of the only two named black characters in the game is killed in the intro cutscene, the other one is the leader of the Roaches and “of all the Roaches, he is the most deserving of the name”, the fact that almost everyone on Panau has that racist “switching L and R sounds” accent, and the fact that every named female character wants to sleep with Rico (I give Bolo Santosi half a point back for the fact that she comes off as creepy rather than Sexy Male Gaze-y, and then rescind it for this probably being unintentional).

so -4,294,967,295 on the Let’s Ruin Video Games scale