Scared Men Troll the Tropes vs Women in Video Games Series

I posted about the start of this series back in March 2013 and it’s now 7 videos in to the series (YouTube playlist here) and every episode is worth watch­ing for the very well researched com­men­tary on the way women have been pre­sented in video games.

With the release of the most recent episode (embed­ded below or watch on YouTube here) series cre­ator Anita Sar­keesian has been receiv­ing all sorts of nasty threats and com­ments from scared lit­tle men/​boys:

Since the project launched on Kick­starter way back in 2012, the gam­ing com­mu­nity has been treated to an inces­sant, deeply para­noid cam­paign against Tropes vs. Women gen­er­ally and Sar­keesian per­son­ally. This includes a flood of vio­lent com­ments and emails, videos doc­u­ment­ing ways in which she’s not a “real gamer,” a game in which you can punch her in the face, and a pro­posed doc­u­men­tary devoted to expos­ing the “lies” and “cam­paign of mis­in­for­ma­tion” from what is, again, a col­lec­tion of opin­ions about video games. Also, now, she’s appar­ently spent the night with friends after con­tact­ing law enforce­ment about “some very scary threats” against her and her family.

I can­not fathom how one human being can think it’s a ratio­nal response to someone’s video on YouTube to threaten said person’s life and their fam­ily. It’s one thing to dis­agree vehe­mently and get angry and shout “you stu­pid head” at per­son in a com­ment box.

But to be so threat­ened by a woman’s opin­ion about video games. That’s some seri­ous crazy.

You can com­bat the crazy by donat­ing to Fem­i­nist Fre­quency or watch the series and like/​share it to pro­voke some dis­cus­sion among your gamer friends.

The Video

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A More Powerful Dropbox Pro

I love when ser­vices I use get bet­ter with­out hav­ing to pay more:

Intro­duc­ing a more pow­er­ful Drop­box Pro:

Whether you’re a pro­fes­sor send­ing out your les­son plans, a musi­cian cre­at­ing and shar­ing your new com­po­si­tion, or a con­sul­tant writ­ing and refin­ing a pro­posal, Drop­box Pro pro­vides a home for your pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity. Today, we’re mak­ing that home even more pow­er­ful and roomier!

The big news for most folks is the $10/​month plan now includes 1TB of space. Other new fea­tures include:

  • Pass­words for shared links
  • Expi­ra­tions for shared links
  • View-​​only per­mis­sions for shared folders
  • Remote wipe is the abil­ity to wipe a device’s Drop­box files like a lap­top or iOS device in the event it gets stolen.

Check out Drop­box if you haven’t already started using it for back­ing up, shar­ing and stor­ing your impor­tant documents.

►The Intellectual Radio Program 47: I Got Purple Today

Adam and Chris fly with­out Tim again this week and talk Break­ing Bad, Mad Men, Sound­cloud and the best way to thank some­one for some­thing online. And of course we men­tion The Intel­lec­tual Drink­ing Game built by Kyle Roderick.

Lis­ten to episode 47 of The Intel­lec­tual Radio Program

Chris Enns on The Gently Mad

Hey that’s me!

My Good­stuff co-​​founder Adam Clark was nice enough to have me as a guest on his pod­cast, The Gen­tly Mad:

Adam is joined by fel­low pod­caster and Good­stuff co-​​founder, Chris Enns. They dis­cuss, of course, pod­cast­ing, how Chris came to be a blog­ger and pod­caster, and his web busi­ness, Lemon Productions.

Adam does a great job of mak­ing his inter­views less interview-​​y and more con­ver­sa­tional. I had lots of fun being on the other side of the mic, so to speak.

Go lis­ten to episode 47 of The Gen­tly Mad.

CSI: Minecraft on Penny Arcade

First read this.

My wife opened up the activ­ity log and began cross-​​referencing the log in times of the var­i­ous chil­dren with the what we believed was the time of the attack.

Then read this.

Inter­ro­gat­ing your child is a novel expe­ri­ence, and we have many mod­els in pop­u­lar cul­ture to inform us. I was sur­prised at how exquis­ite the par­al­lels were. I could prac­ti­cally see the pat­tern of light from a lone and swing­ing phan­tom bulb.

I love read­ing about how nerds have to nav­i­gate the par­ent­ing waters together on dig­i­tal plat­forms and play­grounds that are no dif­fer­ent than the real ones at the park.

I have an angry rant in my head pointed at peo­ple who give me that “some­one spent how much time play­ing a dumb video game to build a stu­pid house?” when­ever I men­tion Minecraft but I’ll save that for a future Daily(ish) episode I think. Swear­ing in audio is much more fun than swear­ing on a blog, right?

For now I’ll leave it with Tycho’s well writ­ten thoughts:

Minecraft is a game, and this game has rules. You can give those rules more or less weight. But it is also a one to one model of peo­ple and actions. Which means that, among other things, they can learn about being human.

Space Age Trailer

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Great look­ing game that’s com­ing soon from the mak­ers of The Inci­dent (Mac App Store, iOS App Store). I love the retro look and sound of Big Bucket Software’s games — sim­ple and pleas­ing yet still hav­ing a lot of depth and care to the game­play. And on Space Age an inter­est­ing look­ing story to boot.

Sign up to be noti­fied when it’s released at SpaceAgeapp​.com.