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Feminism & Gaming

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (4)

Feminism - the word that so many of us find to be a dirty word. I mean, I'll tell you the truth; if you would have asked me 3 years ago if I was a feminist, I would have laughed in your face. It wouldn't have been a friendly laugh either, it would have been a scoff. Why? Because three years ago there wasn't a thing on this planet I hated more than the ever obnoxious "feminist". The thing is, 3 years ago I was also a naive 18 year old girl who wanted nothing more than to be 'one of the guys'. I wanted to 'one of the guys' because acting like 'one of the girls' meant that you were boring, basic and unwelcome. At least, so I thought. That is the train of thought that puts us so much farther behind in society than we could be. While we might allow our female youth to take part in things like video games and sports, we also make it very clear to them that these things are still 'boy-ish' activities.



 

 

Now that I'm older I realize that my young way of thinking was warped and immature. Being proud to be a woman, being a feminist, it's not a bad a thing. In fact, it's a very good thing! One of the best breakdowns I have seen of this was in a video by Laci Green. While I don't always agree with Laci's opinions on things, I think she really hit the nail on the head with this one.


In my opinion, it appears that a large portion of the gaming community has welcomed women with open arms. Take a look at gaming in previous decades; in games like Super Mario Bros or The Legend of Zelda you were tasked with rescuing the damsel in distress. Don't get me wrong, there are still many games (including sequels to the series mentioned) that still have you saving the girl, but now there are also a ton of games that allow you play as a woman and fight for yourself.


I'm one of those people that likes to believe that, in places like gaming culture, we are making huge strides forward for gender equality....and we are....but when I read stories like Anita Sarkeesian's in the news.....I can't help but feel a little disheartened. For those of you who are not aware, Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist video game critic who founded the website Feminist Frequency. I didn't know anything about this woman before she came up in the news, but I've since gone to the website and watched through a couple of her videos. While I may not agree with everything in her videos, I do agree with a simple idea: "Gender Equality".



The reason I even bring her up is because she was recently forced to cancel a lecture at Utah State University after the university received a terror threat from someone claiming that they would commit the "deadliest school shooting in American history." However, this isn't the first threat that Anita and other game critics have faced. The recent controversy known as Gamergate began in August 2014. I don't know much on the topic and so I won't speak to anything as if I know it as fact, but what I am seeing is a war between female gaming journalists who feel developers are being misogynistic and a group of anonymous angry gamers who want them keep their mouths shut.



Like I stated earlier, I don't agree with all of Anita's views or all of the videos on Feminist Frequency, but I don't have to agree with her to know that death threats are NEVER okay. The real issue lies with the fact that there are still men out there, and as crazy as it seems maybe even some women, who think that females don't deserve basic human rights such as freedom of speech. The problem is that there are group of men, both on the internet and in person that would tell a woman that if she speaks up about what she feels is gender inequality that he would shoot up an entire school. The problem is that, while not all men are this way, misogyny is real and people still say it doesn't exist. The problem is that some people still don't see the problem.



Why am I writing all of this? Well, I'm writing it because I'm a female and I am a gamer, but most importantly I am a human. I am writing because this type of thing is bad for everybody. I'm writing because I know so many wonderful gamer guys that would never put a woman down for speaking her mind.



I wish that I could add a segment to this and say something like "Ways to End Gender Inequality in Gaming" but it's not that simple. So instead, I'll leave you with - when you see gender inequality, speak up. You may not think that you'll see it, but all you really have to do is open your eyes. If you are a fan of a gaming page on Facebook or other popular forums, you probably see it every 10 minutes. This type of stuff happens all the time. Gamers should be united, not divided. Let's stand up for each other and bring down the internet trolls.

 

With Love,

The Lady Gamer

 

Top 10 Toughest Female Characters

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


10.) Faith - Mirror's Edge

When I first think of Faith, toughness isn't the thing that comes to mind. I think quick, athletic and almost stealthy. But thinking back on the game, I do recall having to deal with physical altercation, often with men much larger than her. Faith is impressive because she can take out men with guns even without the use of any weapon. We can't forget to mention that it takes a special kind of tough-ness to have the courage to do all that parkour. 




9.) Chell - Portal 1 & 2

Chell is a mute test subject at Aperture Laberatories being made to comply with the phsycopathic robot, GlaDOS. Chell isn't your standard definition of "tough". There is no sign of her being a great fighter or fierce enemy, but she does have her own sense of toughness. Through the whole series you watch Chell fight to stay alive even when all hope should be lost. When most men would have given up, Chell continues to hold on hope. 



8.) Sonya Blade - Mortal Kombat Series

Okay, so it's no secret I have a love for Mortal Kombat, but Sonya didn't make it on here because I love MK. She made it on here because she is an all around bad-ass. Sonya was the first female character to be introduced in the series and has been breaking bones ever since. Sonya doesn't look at her woman-hood as a disadvantage, but as motivation to be better. She knows her strengths and fights to overcome her weaknesses. She might be a bit hot-headed and impulsive, but we could all use a little bit of that every once in a while. 




7.) Ellie - Last of Us

Oh Ellie, you are truly tough as nails. Ellie is one of my favorite female characters. She is a great supporting character but more than that, she is also playable at points in the game. Ellie made the list because even being so young she displays courage and perserverance. It's hard to decide whether Joel or Ellie are the hero of this game, so you simply have to decide on both. 




6.) Fem Shep - Mass Effect

Personally, I've never played through the Mass Effect games. I'm just not a fan. But even I can't dispute the fact that Fem Shep is a bad-ass. For starters, she just looks tough. I mean, c'mon, I wouldn't want to fight her. Her toughness is most likely due to the fact that you can play as a Female or Male character and have the same experience. I love this equality though!  Commander Shepard faces much adversity and fights to the bitter end. 




5.) Lightning - Final Fantasy Series

Lightning is a very well known character and she is known for her strength. As a young woman she was basically fearless. Lightning is determined, concentrated and independent. She is far from the damzel in distress that is sometimes portrayed by women in mainstream media. Lightning makes her own fate in the iconic series. 




4.) Jill Valentine - Resident Evil Series

Jill Valentine is one of my favorite female characters of all time. She had many different looks but none of them seemed to be overly sexualized. She was a member of S.T.A.R.S and not afraid to get her hands dirty. Jill was one of the first female characters I remember playing a child and I felt like she was a very empowering character. 




3.) Sarah Kerrigan - Starcracft 

With Starcraft II being my favorite game at the moment, I can't help but feel like Sarah Kerrigan needs to be on this list. She is a tough-as-nails character who has been through some seriously rough times. Sarah starts out a "ghost" and who is 'left for dead' by her commander. She comes back as Queen of Blades with vengence on her mind but even despite everything she is still will to put it aside for her love. This fearless female character is certainly one of my favorites.

 



2.) Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

I'm not even sure that I can think of another female character that has worse luck than Lara Croft. Between being shot at and falling one billion miles (seriously did anyone else realize how much she fell in the newest TR game?) she still manages to stay calm and collected. Through all of her battles she never gives up and keeps pushing through. Not only is she one of the toughest characters but also shows an independent and intelligent woman in gaming. 




1.) Samus Aran - Metroid 

Oh c'mon guys, you had to see this one coming. Everyone konws that Samus is the most bad ass female character out there. Not only is she one of the earliest female protagonists in gaming, but she is also one of the toughest. She isn't portrayed in some tiny skimpy armor, but rather in a giant suit that barely shows her as a woman. I wouldn't want this bounty hunter on my tail! So yeah, she's definitely number 1 in my book. 





The Geek & The Creep

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 By: The Lady Gamer

This is an odd topic and it's certainly an odd thing to write a blog post, but I like to write about things I feel are relevant. Today I saw multiple posts on Facebook about this topic and afterwards a friend of mine chatted with me about. I take this not as a coincidence but as a sign that this should be my blog post. (Okay, and maybe I was out of ideas for blogs.) The topic I'm referring to is that of "nerdy" or "geeky" guys attempting to pick-up woman in a 'less than classy' manner. Examples of this would be - Facebook stalking, actual stalking, inappropriate comments, etc. I'm probably not the best to be giving dating advice. It's not like I'm some love guru, but I am a woman and I have some insight on these things personally.

The image that I've been seeing circulating the interwebs is the image of a Facebook conversation. Basically, a guy sees a girl at Hot Topic that interests him. Rather than asking for her number there or even her name, he proceeds to go through the lengthy process of finding her on Facebook without her last name. After he finds and adds her, he reaches out to her multiple times with no reply. The man then floods the woman with messages expressing how he would worship her and such until she eventually flips out on him stating that she wants nothing to do with him. Although I think that the woman could have probably handled the situation a little better, I do in fact thing the man was entirely out of hand.

The nerd and geek communities have never been stereotyped as a group with awesome social skills. It's not typical for someone with extremely geeky hobbies to also be great at talking to women. Nerds that are charismatic and great with people do exist and they aren't really as rare as you would think. I know many people that would fit into this category. I'm not one of them. But this article is not for these people, it's for those that have trouble expressing their feelings without coming across like a creep. Now for a lot of you, these ways to avoid not coming off like a creep should probably be common sense but some people’s brain's work different than others.



 

 

1.) If you think a girl is pretty, say something, but not everything.

If you are in a comic store or at a game shop and you see a cute girl who appears to be single (from what you can tell), there probably isn't any harm in approaching her if you do it in a cautious manner. For instance, you could walk up to her and say "I see you like . I also like . How long have you been (playing, reading, etc.)?" This comes off in a passive manner and it opens up the door for future discussion. If a guy approached me like this, I would probably feel comfortable enough to talk to him. What you should not do is stare at her like a mindless zombie waiting to devour his feast. Remember, she's a girl. A living, breathing girl with a brain and she can totally see that you've been staring at her cleavage for the past 10 min. And for god's sake, if you have a friend with you do not do something like point at her and then whisper. This is literally the worst thing you could do. (Well, maybe not the worst, but it's up there.)

 



 

2.) Don't keep pressuring her for a date.

If you do somehow manage to obtain her phone number or you are able to add her on Facebook, make normal conversations with her. You could ask her about what types of things she does for fun. If you feel the time is right, you could ask her to hang out. If she says that she can't hang out, or she doesn't answer you then you should drop the subject. Pestering someone into dating you probably isn't how you want to start a meaningful relationship. Chances are if you ask her 30 times, she is going to get annoyed, delete you from Facebook and block your number. If she does go out with you, it's probably just so you'll stop asking. Neither of these options are best for you. If you bring it up and she is interested, she will let you know when she is ready. Don't get upset if you feel like you have to "wait around" for her - nobody said you had to. There are plenty of fish in the sea.


 



3.) Don't put her on a ridiculous pedestal.

I don't want you to think that I'm saying you shouldn't treat her amazing or go out of your way to make her feel special - you absolutely should do this for your girlfriend. (But you should expect that same respect in return.) What I'm saying is that you should avoid saying things like "I'd worship you" or "You are perfect". You might think these sound flattering, but they can be quite frightening to some girls. It doesn't matter how much you like someone, they are not perfect. I can't tell you how many times this has been a deal breaker for me. I'm a normal girl. I have flaws. When I wake up in the morning, my hair is a mess, I'm a cranky bitch, and all I want to do is go back to sleep. I'm lazy. I hate cooking and cleaning and if you rub me the wrong way I'll be salty for hours. I know I'm not perfect and I don't want someone to pretend I am. I don't even want someone who is going to "accept" these things because it's not okay to be rude. All I want is someone who is going to acknowledge my flaws and say that I'm worth it anyway. You need someone who is going to help you grow as a person and become better, not somebody that is going to pretend you are already as good as you are going to get. When a guy tells me how 'perfect' I am, I run for the door.

 






4.) Accept that maybe she just isn't into you. 

 

This is probably the hardest step to write about because rejection hurts and nobody enjoys being let down. I truly wish you all the best in your endeavors and I hope that all the girls you fancy, fancy you as well. The problem is that this simply isn't possible. Everyone, at some point during their life, will have to face rejection. Certainly some of us will meet this pain more than others, but don't think anybody is immune. If she tells you she isn't interested, you simply need to lick your wounds and move on. I hate rejecting people. It might literally be my least favorite thing in the world. I would honestly rather be punched in the face than have to tell a guy I'm not into him. I wish I could be the perfect girl for everyone and make these guys happy but obviously that is unrealistic. Sometimes I have to tell a guy no. This doesn't mean that I hate them, think they have terrible personalities, or are super weird - it simply means that they aren't the right fit for me. Besides, I've been rejected before myself. Yes, it hurts. No, it doesn't get easier. But it also doesn't mean that you should give up. I'm a firm believer that there is someone special out there for everyone, you just need to get back up on that horse and try again.

 



 


Stop The Shaming (and Start the Loving)

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (15)

As cosplay becomes more and more popular, so do the topics of "slut-shaming" and "body -shaming." To me, both of these are simply a form of bullying and both of them are wrong. So many people ignore this type of thing because 'if you are going to put yourself out there, then you should expect to be insulted.' Alright, that might be true. You probably should expect it, but that hardly makes it right. The truth is, no matter how you spin it, it's a form of bullying and should be treated as such. Bullying is something I stand very firmly against (in any form) and I don't think you'll understand quite how much it means to me unless I explain why.

At this point in my life, one thing is becoming very clear to me: over the years, I've developed into a decently attractive woman. Feel free to dispute me there and I won't argue. I think the mirror might just be my own worst enemy. But that is all beside the point. What I'm saying is that at this point in my life I don't feel exceedingly unattractive or odd looking. I'm just a pretty normal girl. I do still have a bit of social anxiety and I'm still not everyone’s first pick for their team, so to speak, but in the grand scheme of things, I live a pretty average life. This wasn't always the case for me. As a young girl I struggled immensely with bullying. I was socially awkward, nerdy and to top it off, I never lived in one place long enough to make any real friends. Other students called me ugly, weird and a freak on a regular basis. Due to these situations I developed depression as well as severe anxiety disorder. Bullying is a problem and it does more damage than people realize. Just because someone dresses up in a costume does NOT give you the right to insult them blatantly.

Oh, look at that....It's my derp face ^^^^

So let's start with the "slut-shaming". If you don't know what this is, allow me to explain. This basically implies that a woman dressed in a costume that some would deem inappropriate is a slut. It bares the motto "She's just doing it for attention" and argues that she is not really a nerd. I'll be the first to admit (and I've made my stance on this quite clear) that I prefer an accurate character depiction as opposed to a smokin' hott girl in less than the optimal amount of clothing. There are a few problems with this "slut-shaming" judgment and even I myself am guilty of it. The first problem is that cosplay is all about how you perceive a character. This is why steam-punk cosplays are ever growing and nobody seems to complain about these. So if a girl can take a Princess Peach and make it in a steam-punk Princess, why can't we have things like "In the bedroom Princess Peach" without all the hate? It's simply another depiction of the character.


 

The second problem lies with the boundaries. Who draws the line on what goes "too far." Who is the cosplay god or goddess making these absurd rules? Many of you might say - "Well, it's common sense".....but is it? Many cultures state that if a woman shows anything more than her eyes that she is an inappropriate woman. Well then, if that is the case....aren’t ALL of our cosplays offensive to somebody? Okay, maybe that's a little out in left field, but my point is - I don't think this cosplay of Sonya Blade that I created last year is slutty....but I'm showing a decent amount of skin....so it might be? I put the question mark there because I am not able to be an accurate judge of what is slutty and what is not and neither are any of you.



Moving right along to "body-shaming". This isn't something that is a cosplay specific term but we do see quite a bit of it in the nerd world now a days. You know what I'm talking about....."Wow, she SHOULD not be cosplaying as Harley Quinn....Harley was skinny and hot. She's not." or "Don't you think you should try to cosplay as someone with the same body type as you?" This is ever so frustrating to me. Why? Because personally I think this: 



is equally as beautiful as this:



Now maybe you disagree with me or maybe you agree. It doesn't matter. What matters is that the two people pictured above are both human. They are both living and breathing and have feelings. Maybe they just look like photos on a computer screen to you....and sometimes I am guilty of seeing cosplay photos this way. The thing is, we need to stop and remember that the comments we post and the statements we make are viewable by these girls in these photos. I know both of these cosplayers personally. I've had conversations with both of them. UndiesofWondy (top picture) s a beautiful girl and she does cosplay because she loves it. KittyHoneyCosplay (bottom picture) is a "cospro" as some would call her, but outside of the number of fans she has she is one of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of interviewing and speaking too. She isn't a slut just because likes to dress sexy. 


Another problem I have with the argument of "Well you should at least LOOK like the character you cosplaying." Oh really? Because I haven't heard a lot of complaints about white girls dressing as Japanese anime characters? How is a curvy girl dressing like a skinny character, or a black girl dressing a as a Japanese character any different from a white girl doing so. Are we as a culture really this judgmental, racist and blind that we don't see our own incompetence? C'mon people, let's stop the bullying before it gets too out of hand. Maybe you are sitting there thinking "Yeah! I've been body-shamed before! I'm a victim!" <--------That might very well be true, but I do want you to stop and think, do you slut-shame instead? I find a lot of slut-shaming happens by girls that aren't fully comfortable with themselves. They don't like to wear skimpy outfits and they insist that the girls wearing skimpy outfits are doing so because they are whores. BUT the same goes for the ones being "slut-shamed". Those girls that dress is skimpy costumes and get called names are often those pointing the finger saying "You're too big to wear that outfit". So often we see the victims become oppressors. We, as humans, feel a need to retaliate but we don't have to. If we can stop both of these occurences from happening, and take cospay for what it is - love of the character and having a good time - then we will all enjoy our fandoms a little more, don't you agree?


<3 TheLadyGamer

Kill the Friendzone

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

If you are anything like me, you probably don't feel completely comfortable asking someone out. Let's be honest, most people in the gamer/nerd/geek culture don't. It's a scary thing and rejection sucks. It really sucks! Being rejected by someone you are really into is like the equivalent to being hit by car in the relationship world. It feels like your heart has been ripped out and stomped on. I know all the guys are sitting here thinking "you're a girl and girls never get rejected." You'd honestly be surprised at the amount we do. It doesn't matter how skinny or good looking or fun you are - there WILL come a time when someone is going to break that heart of yours. Or maybe, you really like someone but you see them talking to your other friend all the time and you feel like you couldn't compete. You might start feeling like Princess Daisy. I mean, think about it. She's always invited but she's NEVER the center of attention. Even Luigi, who is supposed to be with her, goes about helping Mario save the damsel in distress. Being Daisy has to get pretty annoying. Second sucks. Everyone knows that.



 

The problem with this thinking is that if you constantly tell yourself you'll be rejected, and then you will never try. When people don't try to talk to someone they really like, they end up in the friendzone and as we know, this is not cool! Now sometimes there really is no other option than being friends with the person you have feelings for. It could be that this person isn't looking for anything more right now, or maybe they have a significant other already or maybe (and brace yourself because this one hurts) they might actually just NOT like you. Yeah. It hurts, doesn’t it? But if you want to find out if you stand a chance then you need to face the reality that those things are all viable possibilities. And if that is the case and you still care about them, then yes, being their friend really is better than nothing. But once again, you will never know unless you try.




 

So, now that you know the possible consequences you are wondering "How do I talk to that cool nerdy chick I just met before I get friendzoned." OR "How do I get out of the friendzone if I'm already there?" Well, I'm certainly no expert, but I can tell you what I know from my experiences. Let's get started. Having a player 2 is always better than playing the game of life alone.


 

Let's say you have a friend with a girlfriend. You're buddies girlfriend always hangs out with you guys and one day she decides to bring a friend of her own. That's when you see her (or him ...but for the purpose of this not getting annoying, I'm going to refer to said person as a girl from here on out)! She is everything you think of when you hear the phrase "your type." You casually say hello because you're still in shock that this lovely woman is standing in your living room. Everyone gets to talking and hanging out and your buddy mentions a new game that is coming out. It's a part of a series you totally love. Next thing you know, this random girl pipes up. "I love that game! I've played all of that series! I can't believe they are coming out with a new one so soon." And that's it. You're in love. (Well, not REAL LOVE of course, but you get my point.) Now you know you need to get her on a date. But how? It's so terrifying. Yeah. It is, but it's not impossible. Now, you have endless possibilities of where this conversation could lead but let me focus on three.


 

Option 1: You could be a Passive Paul. You could say something like "Yeah, it's a great series for the most part. I'm going to get it when it comes out and probably play it but who knows anymore. The last one kind of sucked. I don't know. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if it's good or not." There really isn't anything wrong with this type of conversation but you're kind of closing the door for any hang outs related to the game. Plus, it kind of makes you seem like an elitist when you say a game sucks. This is an end-all deal breaker or anything but it could go a bit better. Check out the other options!


Option 2: You could be a Shy Steve. Shy Steve wouldn't say anything. He would just nod. And smile. But no words. Shy Steve doesn't use words. Don't be a Steve. Steve is lame.


Option 3: You could be an Inviting Irwin! You could just hop right in there and say something like "Wow! You love that series too! It's my favorite. I have to admit, the last one wasn't as good as the previous games but I have faith in them bring back the old things I loved! You know, I hear there is going to be an awesome co-op. If you don't already have someone to play with, you could come play it with me! Or better yet, we could hit up the midnight release together!"



I think that option 3 is going to be your best bet in getting a date. It's friendly and lets her know you are at least somewhat interested. Even if she says no, at least the door has been opened. But if she says yes, then you have your in! Option 1 isn't bad either. It won't really help or ruin your chances. I would stay away from Option 2 as much as possible. Nobody likes the person that doesn't talk.


Moving right along, let's say this girl starts coming around more with your buddy and his girlfriend. You guys haven't hung out on your own but you also have been talking a lot more (mostly about the new game). She's even added you on Facebook. You're sitting at home about to play this new game right after release and you think of her. What do you do? Do you sit there and pout because you aren't with her?! No! You send that girl a Facebook message. You probably should avoid saying something like "I've been thinking about you" right off the bat. Go with something more along the lines of "Hey, I just got . I know you said you liked the series and I was wondering if you wanted to come over and check it out. Maybe we can go out and grab dinner beforehand. Just let me know." Adding dinner to an invite can make or break a hang out. Dinner is more personal than just playing games together. It's much more date-like and should let the girl know you want to be more than friends. If she says yes, you should take her to a nice place to eat. (Seriously guys....no McDonalds! We're not 12.) If you guys hit off and you do feel like you like her, make sure it's obvious. Tell her she looks pretty. Tell her you want to hang out more. All of these things will help you win her heart. It can be the difference between the F.Z. and having a new person by your side.


 

For those of you already in the Friendzone, I'm sorry. It always sucks being the shoulder to cry on and never the one that is desired. Sadly, you're probably the one who put yourself here though, and you are the only on that can get you out. I've been in the friendzone many times. Sometimes I wonder if my guy friends are even aware that I have boobs too! Girls in the friendzone often have it easier than guys. I mean, let's be honest - a new outfit and some extra makeup can make a guy realize you're not one of the boys pretty quick. However, this isn't really the best way of going about it. There is only ONE thing to do when you are in a friendzone and that is to tell the person how you feel. Sure, this doesn’t always work but 80% of people in the friendzone put themselves there mentally. Telling someone that you like them might be all it takes. If they say they think of you as a friend, challenge them to the one date rule.


One Date Rule: When someone in the friendzone requests a date with the person they've been put in the friendzone by. It is a single date. If there person still only thinks of the person as a friend, they forget the date ever happened. They remain friends and nobody else has to know about it.


The One Date Rule doesn't always work but in some cases it could change everything.


So this is how I think we can kill the friendzone. But there is one more thing. I've saved this for last because I think it is by far the most important. Everything else I've said so far is in a fairly joking manner. I don't know if this will actually help you get the girl/guy you want but here is what I do know - YOU ARE WONDERFUL AND LOVABLE AND GREAT WHETHER YOUR CRUSH LIKES YOU ARE NOT AND IF THEY DON'T SEE THAT YOU DESERVE SOMEONE BETTER. Please, if you take anything away from this blog post, please take that. You don't need to spend your life trying to impress someone else. You just need to love yourself for every flaw, quirk and all of your baggage.

 


That is all. As always, Stay Beautiful and Game On.

 



Game Review: Beyond: Two Souls

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi there my little minions! It's been quite some time since I've made a blog post about anything! For that, I am sorry. However, I'm back now and ready to get my daily blog posts back on schedule with a review for a game you might not have even heard of. The game is called Beyond: Two Souls and it's a PlayStation exclusive. Beyond: Two Souls follows the life of a young girl (who is also a young woman at points during the game) named Jodi. While I really enjoyed this game I have to say it felt more like this was Sony's way of showing off a bit. The game play was more "eh" than anything else with a lot of "Push X! Good now run here and push O". I never actually got a "game over" screen even when it felt like I should have died, so I don't actually know if it's possible to lose this game. Now, I'm not saying that is a bad thing, just seems like something to point out.


The story line is pretty great - if you love stories that jump back and forth in time that is- but I personally do so I enjoyed that portion. I will state that playing as child Jodi got really annoying really fast. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't love walking around and moving stuff with my linked entity but you can only do that so many times before you just want the game to progress. It was definitely a little bit slow moving. If you don't like stories that jump between the past and future, you'd probably hate this game. It's a little hard to keep up with if you're not used to that kind of thing. All in all, the story was very well put together and managed to keep my attention. (This is mostly because I wanted to understand where Aiden came from). I have to admit though; there were points where it felt more like I was watching a movie than playing a game. This leads me into our next point: The Game Play!




For someone like me, it felt a little too simplistic. Beyond: Two Souls sort of felt like I was playing a really really long tutorial for a game that hadn't actually started yet. Now I'm sure that this is because it told me exactly what to press and when to press it the entire game. I'm also sure I'm over exaggerating it, but either way that's how it felt to me. I would have like it a lot better if it would have taught me all the controls in the beginning and left me to fend for myself. Not to mention, controlling both Jodi and Aiden were downright annoying. At times I actually thought I was getting dizzy. (Okay, okay maybe I'm exaggerating again but you get my point). One great thing about Beyond: Two Souls and its game play is that even if you aren't a gamer. In fact, one of my non-gamer friends was able to pick up pretty quickly.


Now I've been holding off on talking about graphics because we all know graphics don't make a game but these were seriously amazing. (Hence my previous showing off comment). I know it was a performance cap, but still! I literally felt like I was in the room watching Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page play out the story. As a huge fan of Willem I really enjoyed it! Everything was so very crystal clear. All I have to say is good job on that!




So all together I have some mixed feelings on the game but when I put them all together I'd give the game a 7/10. I was going to give it a 6 but the honest truth is, I enjoyed playing through it and that has to count for something. It's worth a play through, but I'm not really sure that its' worth the $59.99 sale price. You're probably better off waiting that one out.


With all that in mind, these are only my opinions and now I'll leave you to construct your own thoughts on the game.


Until next time, Stay Beautiful and Game On.


Beyond: Two Souls Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NhLj1Z0_UY



 

4 Video Game Characters I wouldn't Hang With

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I hear a lot of people talk about how they would totally love to hang out with their favorite video game characters in real life. That might sound all fine and dandy, but I don’t think it would actually be that enjoyable if you actually think it through. Why? Because usually these characters are on a mission to save the world (and let’s be honest, you’d just get in the way) or because they are trying to kill everyone and everything. I’ve compiled a list of 4 characters you wouldn’t actually want to meet in real life. Along with that, you’ll find my reasons for thinking this way.


4.) Mario 


I know what you are thinking. "But Lady, Mario is an aweosme dude and he always saves the princess!" Maybe you are right. But first, let’s just step back and look at what Mario actually is. I mean, if you really dig deep, what is Mario on the inside? He’s basically just this insane plumber, high on mushrooms, running around town after some girl that clearly only thinks of him as a friend. Not to mention he does some serious damage to the wildlife on his journeys! You might think it would be a good time to hang out with this dude but I think once you got through the first half-hour you would be regretting your decision. Plus, he betrays his faithful steed (Yoshi) to save his own skin. If you think this guy would be a loyal friend, you're probably mistaken.


3.) Corvo Attano


At first glance Corvo seems like a great guy. He obviously cared about the empress and Emily. He's just a sweet and caring figure who is trying to regain the throne for little Emily. He was framed for a murder that he nothing to do with. He wanted to clear his name.  I certainly looked at it that way. If you played through this game on "Low Chaos", then sure, that idea could probably hold up. However, for me personally, I did no such thing. I'm pretty sure I did everything in my power to make this play through the highest chaos possible. So basically what I'm saying is this - Corvo is a killing machine. A stone cold murderer. Seriously, I killed like 20 maids just for the hell of it. Last I checked, killing everyone in sight isn't the best way to prove your innocence. Oh Corvo, I thought it would be so cool to be your friend. However I’m pretty sure if I got close to you that you would slit my throat. So that probably wouldn’t be in my best interested. Not to mention you talk that crazy witch lady. I try to avoid associating with the crazy types.


2.) Chell 


When I asked who people would like to hang out in real-life, I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting to hear Chell. I thought this one would be pretty obvious. In the words of GlaDOS she is a “crazy mute lunatic”. Now to be fair to this girl, I probably wouldn’t want to talk much if I was being held captive by a homicidal robot. So let’s that once she was out of the lab she decided to talk. I’m still not sure I would want to hang out with her. She’s been through some crazy stuff. I mean, you have to think that living through all of that would have done some serious physiological damage. She always seemed so furious and enraged. That much solitude could have easily turned her into a serial killer. I’m just saying.


1.) Master Chief


There is not debate the Master Chief is one of the most recognizable and well-known video game characters around. He's tough and fearless. A lot of people had said they would love to hang out with him in real-life. Yeah sure, he's a cool guy but I'm just not sure he'd be super fun at parties. He's dedicated to his work. He is a man of few words. Plus, he'd be wearing armor EVERYWHERE you went. You have to admit that it would get annoying. You'd be all like

"Hey Chief, we're hitting up the bar wanna join"

Chief: "Yeah I'm ready"

You: "Sweet, you gonna wear that helmet"

Chief: *Silence*

You: "Alright, let's go then."


So yeah, I can't imange that would be a good time. But hey, to each their own. 

The Death of Console Gaming

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (1)



With the next generation of consoles about to drop, and fans so eager to get their hands on the PS4 and Xbox One (I even have my PS4 pre-ordered already) it does raise a few questions. The main one that is on a lot of people’s minds is this – “Will this generation of consoles be our last??” Now before you run off saying I’m crazy let me tell you why!!! Do a quick search for it on Google and you will see that there are many people voicing their concern about this very issue! Granted, there is a good chance that people are just blowing smoke (as many on the interwebs are so prone to doing) but some of these arguments hold some valid points.


An article by whatculture.com mentions that all PC manufactures would have to do in order to make consoles obsolete is find a way to make the PC more convenient in the living room. Let me be the first to say that this is very optimistic but not too far from the truth. We are starting to use consoles as more than gaming devices. They allow us to get on the internet, they allow us to store music, and yeah, they allow us to play games. But aren’t these all things that the PC also allows us to do even better? Some might disagree, but I have to say that I support that statement. PCs are constantly evolving and easily upgradable. So that question is, why don’t I just hook my PC in up in the living room and play that way? The truth is, I could if I really wanted to but it’s too much of a hassle. I want to be able to do all my computer stuff at a desk and all of my gaming stuff on the couch. So there is the dilemma. Will there be work-arounds to the annoyance of it in the future? I don’t know. I guess we will have to wait and see. To read the full article from WhatCulture.com, click here!


CEO of Paradox Interactive, Fredrik Wester, has his own doubts about the future of console gaming. "The next generation of console hardware will probably be the last," he said during the company's annual showcase. "I'd be surprised if we see another generation after that.” Wester predicts that there will be an ongoing decline of boxed console products and an increase in platforms such as social networks, media and PC. For more on this source, click here!


There was recently an AWESOME article on one of my favorite sites (CNET) about this very topic. You can read it here. Dan Ackerman makes some awesome points about how we will be moving away from the bulky living room consoles and into a world of what appears to be a lot of cloud computing. Of course, it’s all speculation, but certainly a good read!!


In my opinion, I don’t think the console creators are ready to give up just yet. I bet there will be at least one more hurrah after the Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One. Consoles last a long time and God only knows how many strides forward we will make with technology in the next few years. (I mean look at the Google glasses for goodness sakes! Those things are insane! ) We aren’t going to know until it’s time to know….and that is just the matter of fact. And honestly, I couldn’t care less either way. All I want to do is play awesome games with my friends and I really don’t care how I do it as long as it’s happening. I’m not going to discriminate based on the device the plays my games. Right now I have a PC, Wii U, PS3 and 360 for all the new age games. (Not to mention my older consoles.) I have them all because they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I’m not a fangirl for one specific manufacturer. All I’m saying is that if in the future consoles were gone and the entire gaming world was packaged up in one nice gamer bundle, that wouldn’t be so terrible, would it?


Well that is all I have for today guys. I hope you enjoy your hump day and get to play some awesome games!!

 


Stay Beautiful and Game On

 


**Article Written by TheLadyGamer

 

We are Females, We are Gamers, We are Just Like You

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

With the amount of woman who are beginning to pick up gaming as a hobby, you'd really think all the hateful and rude comments would stop. The truth is, they're not going anywhere any time soon. I'm here to voice my side of the story. Although you all know me as Lady, my real name is Aireal. I'm a female with a stable job and nice love and yes, I love gaming. In fact, I enjoy it more than some guys I know. Now, I'll pause for a moment to let all of unintelligent, entitled a-holes in the audience to soak that in. (Whew, you guys good now?) Okay, so as I was saying, I'm a female and I play games. And what else? I don't mind if other people know I play video games!!! I will even call my self a GamerGirl if I have to in order to get my point across. I know what you are thinking...."She used the G..G... word, she must be phoney." Why is this even a thing? Why do people get so angry over the words 'Gamer' and 'Girl' when you put them together? I know that a lot of people say that this is because they don't NEED to state that they are a female. They are just doing it for attention. I have one big problem with this. First off, where are these girls calling themselves "Gamer Girls"? Is it on facebook? If so, wouldn't everyone they are friends with KNOW they are female? (If not, they probably have some bigger problems to address). Even if you are online, it's easy to tell whether the person on the other side of the mic is a girl or a guy. And if it's not then why would they NOT want you to know they are a girl? Ladies, there is one misconception that a lot of girls have in their head because other people put them there and it's not right. So let me say this to you nice and slow: WE ARE ALLOWED TO BE PROUD OF BEING FEMALE. 

That's right! It's okay to be happy that you are a female. We are strong and vital creatures. The truth is, being a gamer was never a female passtime. Even though it is now, a lot of people don't see it that way. Yes, it's still rare for you to meet a lady gamer. So if you are one, then you have every right to scream it from the rooftops. (The figurative rooftops of course. Please don't actually climb on your roof.)

Now here is an interesting thought ladies, why do we get sooooo very upset when a male gamer offends us? We mustn't let this get us down! I know that you feel that by sending you rude messages these males are saying that you are not welcome in their little man's world but that simply isn't the case!  Often as a woman gamer, if you play online, you'll receive a message that looks like this:


Now, being called fat is never fun. It's especially not fun if you are already dealing with a bad self image. However, you have to keep in mind that this is what the trolls of the online gaming world do. And if they aren't doing it to you they are doing it to someone else. Yes, that includes other guys. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if there are guys out there that get requests saying "ShOw M3 Ur B3WBs". Because that is what the internet does. Just remember, while you are sitting around being sad cuz the guys don't accept you, just remember that some guy our there is reading a message similar to this:


So if anything, it just means they treat you exactly like one of the guys. Isn't that what you want to begin with? Nobody ever said that you can't reply back? Make a good comeback and fire it back at them! Or better yet, just ignore them. They are hardly worth your time!

My point of this blog post was to explain to you that being a woman in gaming is great and being a woman who announces that she is into gaming is O.K. too. You are your own person and nobody should dictate how you live your life. Not to go all "gansta" on you but Haters Gonna Hate. (Boy, I have been playing too much GTA V). 

Be who you want to be. That is all I'm saying.


**Post By: The Lady Gamer**


How to Meet Player 2

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Ladies, have you ever noticed a very attractive guy at a convention but been too afraid to talk to him? What about you guys, have you ever been in a game story when the girl of your dreams walks in but you just choke? This is an absolute tragedy! You could be meeting your perfect match but instead you’re hiding behind your new copy of Grand Theft Auto V! Now, I know you want to get home and play your new game but imagine being able to play that new game with your player 2 by your side! Imagine all of the sandwiches that could have been made for you! Now I’m being jokey but this is a serious issue! We as nerds and geeks have never been inheritably good at talking to the opposite sex. It’s in our DNA!!! So I’ve made this quick little article on why you SHOULD go talk to that girl and HOW EASY it is to get that guys attention!

Recently I had a conversation with a good friend of mine who said that although she was really interested in one of our guy friends she could never tell him because of her “social anxiety”. As someone who is no stranger to anxiety, I know how this feels but the one fact that everybody seems to forget about anxiety is that there is only one real way to conquer it, and that is to push through it and put yourself in anxious situations. Sure, medications and calming home remedies might help it but if you want to deal with the root cause you’re going to have to be uncomfortable.

While you are soaking in that little gem, let me move on to another concern a lot of geeks have about talking to other geeks. It’s this stupid thought of “Well, I’m a nerd and I like weird stuff so they’ll probably just think I’m weird and laugh at me.” This embarrassment has got to go! Kick that mentality to the curb. Why? Because everyone does something that can be considered weird! Did you catch that? Either way it’s worth saying again. It’s worth bolding even! EVERYONE DOES SOMETHING THAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL CONSIDER TO BE WEIRD. You like cats way too much? That’s fine! It doesn’t mean you should be deemed to a life of cat-induced loneliness! No way! Get out there and meet someone that will share that with you. The two of you can run off into the sunset with Mr. Cuddles and your 15 other kittehs. But seriously, if you meet someone at a Con, chances are they are equally as “weird” as you. Which makes both of you normal in a way, don’t you think? We are so used to be the ones who were bullied in school that we believe everyone is going to make fun of us no matter what we do. The truth is that might only happen like 5% of the time. I don’t know about you but I’m probably going to get made fun of 5% of the time anyway, so I might as well at least give love a try! “But what if a strike-out?” Well, I can almost guarantee you’re going to strike out at least once. But so what!? Here is another question – “What if you don’t?” Yeah what if you don’t strike out and you meet the most amazing person in the world and you get married and next thing you know you’re telling your kids the story of how you met their mother or father.

So now you are probably thinking – “Okay, Lady. So I’m over my fear of embarrassment but whatever do I say to this lovely woman or man standing in front of me?” Well, “hi” is usually a good place to start. Or maybe start if off with a question. You’re in a game store and you see her buying GTA V, why not ask her if she has played the other GTA games? You could ask her what other games she is into. This is a great way to start a conversation and it also opens the door for future opportunities. Let’s say this person mentions a co-op game you’ve heard of, that would be a good chance to say something like – “I really like that game and I love co-op! Maybe we could play together sometime”. Now that might sound a bit forward but the truth is, a lot of people enjoy when other people are up front. I mean, this person is probably a nerd too, right? So, they might be having the same fears as you!

The moral of the story is that you need to get out of your horrible lonely shell and talk to people! You’ll never know unless you try!

Stay Beautiful and Game On!

 


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