Over the past few weeks, there have been repeated calls to “take gaming back” from the “white knights”, the SJWs, the liberal “crusaders”. But calling for better gender representation in games and game development isn’t about taking anything away. As an artform, as an industry, as a sport and as countless other things, gaming is growing at the speed of light. Yes, the traditional, “triple-A” boxed game business appears to be in decline, but that’s a poor yardstick for a medium that now encompasses hundreds, thousands of different devices, access points, genres and tastes. Such growth invites, demands and can only benefit from a more diverse and inclusive spread of creators and concepts. This is a question of evolution. It’s about taking what we have into tomorrow. Nobody needs to be excluded. And there is no need to panic.
I wonder if the decline of AAA titles has something to do with the vast majority of them being derivative of each other, and gamers are getting tired of the same old thing with marginally different graphics? I wonder if people are growing up and getting tired of dealing with assholes when they try to play these AAA titles online?
Women playing games isn’t the problem. The way some men treat women who play games is.
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Flawless commentary warrants another reblog. :)
Well there’s ten individuals who’re never going to get a date ever…
I am terrible at most games (my reflexes aren’t that great), but I am not representative of the thousands of ladies out there who rock at gaming, and I still love video games and have just as much a right to play as anybody.
Because they [Americans] want to be thought of as a rich nation, they are very ashamed of this place [Appalachia] that has come to represent poverty, even though poverty exists all over the country, and exists as much in urban areas as it does in rural, if not more.
Silas House on why Americans feel shameful about Appalachia. (via modernhillbilly)
But as the host of Fingolfin marched into Mithrim the Sun rose flaming in the West; and Fingolfin unfurled his blue and silver banners, and blew his horns, and flowers sprang beneath his marching feet, and the ages of the stars were ended.
From “Of the Return of the Noldor” in the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fingolfin is so awesome. If there’s one thing Tolkien can always write well, it’s a memorable entrance.
Thither [to the Feast of Reuniting] came many of the chieftains of the people of Fingolfin and Finrod; and of the sons of Feanor Maedhros and Maglor, with warriors from the eastern March; and there came also great numbers of Grey-elves, wanderers of the woods of Beleriand and folk of the Havens, with Cirdan their lord. There came even Green-elves from Ossiriand, the Land of the Seven Rivers, far off under the Blue Mountains; but out of Doriath there came but two messengers, Mablung and Daeron, bearing greetings from the King.
From “Of the Return of the Noldor” in the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.
A couple interesting things about this guest list, in order of appearance:
While Finrod and Fingolfin seem to have fairly large retinues at this feast, a few folks are notably missing, namely Fingolfin’s children and Finrod’s younger sibilings. While they may be there, it’s unusual for them not to be named. Perhaps someone had to stay behind and mind the castle during the feast.
Maedhros and Maglor wisely left their more volatile younger brothers at home.
The Grey-elves outside of Doriath, who are more under threat from Morgoth and have more directly benefited from the Noldor’s presence display a gratitude and friendliness the Maia-protected Thingol could learn from.
Fingolfin’s feast is so awesome that even the Green-elves, who are still so traumatized by Denethor’s death that they mostly hide in the woods, came out in force to celebrate.
Sigh. Thingol, what is with the offensively tiny retinue? Sending Daeron is interesting, as he is said to rival Maglor’s musical ability. Perhaps he was sent to remind the Noldor of the Sindar’s superior musical abilities. It certainly sounds like Thingol just sent Daeron and a guard.
We had Daeron and Maglor in the same place and didn’t get a sing-off? So much for Thingol’s plans for musical domination.
Where are the Dwarves??? Poor Dwarves.
There are so many interesting political choices in this one paragraph. I find the Long Peace fascinating because of how the Noldor settled into an uneasy status quo both with the Sindar and with each other. There’s a lot going on here, and I wish we had more about it.
"Of the Return of the Noldor"may be the most crowded chapter plot-wise in the entire Silmarillion. Any one of the events briefly mentioned here could be an entire book all on its own, from Turgon and Finrod establishing their secret realms to Fingolfin’s awesome return to the many battles to the Feast of Reuniting, entire novels full of plot slip by in a few moments. However, Tolkien manages to make them not only memorable but powerful, and chooses some lovely moments to flesh out in more detail - these moments of reuniting (Fingon and Maedhros, Finrod and Thingol and the dwarves, the Feast) are appropriate since the theme of the chapter is reunion, the calm before the storm.
Another thing that impresses me about this chapter is how Tolkien so economically and skillfully gives us just enough information to flesh out the core of so many characters.
Thingol’s pride and suspicion will characterize his behavior for the rest of the story.
Finrod’s near-immediate acceptance of everyone and everything he sees is a testament to his genial nature, and Caranthir’s outburst (“YEA MORE”) paints him as a violent wild card as much as Angrod’s walking away from the situation reveals his dignified and diplomatic nature (probably why he was sent to talk to Thingol).
Galadriel is wise and accepting enough to fall in love with a Sindarin prince and learn from the best (Melian), perhaps suggesting she’s still following her dream of ruling, but making sure she’s prepared first. Smart lady.
Maedhros has seen the enemy firsthand more than anyone else and is so completely done with everyone else’s petty shenanigans, and Turgon wraps his grief in isolation and secrecy.
And, incredibly, each one of these characterizations is accomplished within a sentence or two. Every word, every phrase is so well-used and deliberately chosen.
It’s a great achievement that we get so much about each character in an impossibly brief number of pages. Kudos to Tolkien for introducing so many timeless and colorful characters in record time.
Wow, there’s so much happening in this chapter I really didn’t know where to begin, so I thought I would represent the three eldest members of each set of Finwean grandkids as the three main Triforce bearers from the Legend of Zelda series in their Skyward Sword incarnations. Because why not? :)
I had forgotten how much Fingon does in this chapter, even apart from the renowned rescue of Maedhros. He defeats an entire army of orcs and later even defeats a dragon (albeit a young one)! Fingon is totally the MVP of this chapter, so he gets to be courageous Link. (The scanner sort of messed up Fingon a bit, sorry!)
Finrod spends the chapter creating strongholds and making friends with, well, pretty much everybody, as Finrod is wont to do. Since he gets named after his wisdom later and he loves to play music, Finrod gets to be Zelda. ^.^
I don’t consider Maedhros being the Demise/Ganondorf here a statement on his moral character, but rather a commentary on Maedhros’ sheer might. He recovers from his years of torment and comes back stronger than ever, so orcs flee in terror of him and even Morgoth is too afraid to attack the Feanorians because Maedhros is lying in wait for him in the east. Making the enemy who captured you too afraid to look in your general direction? That’s just how Maedhros rolls.
I am really excited about this game. I am sure I cannot play it (I have trouble with Super Mario Galaxy) but it will be fun to see how Celebrimbor is used in the game, and how his history is incorporated into its story.