2015 Videogame Highlights
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 January 2016, 2:54 am

I played a few great games in 2015, but two stood out for me because I enjoyed them so much and spent a lot of time in their respective game worlds. Until Dawn and Life is Strange have common themes, the idea of choice and the impacts those choices have on outcomes, and it was interesting how a similar concept was explored in each…

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Project 365 Year Two: 2014 Edition
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 January 2015, 9:00 am
I have taken and published one photograph per day for the past two years. I started this in 2013. I had so much fun, that I decided to do it again in 2014, knowing that it would be harder to produce a unique and interesting photograph for a second year running. I used similar tools […]


2014 Videogame Highlights
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 December 2014, 3:11 pm
I have other interests and activities besides videogames that occupy my time, so it’s uncommon for me to start games, much less complete them. I dislike adding to my long list of partially played games, and I rarely play games at launch anymore unless I’m extremely hyped. If I’m interested in a game, I make a note of it, […]


My Project 365: 2013 Edition
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 January 2014, 4:25 pm
One year ago today, I decided to participate in Project 365. Project 365 is a photography project where participants take one photo every day for 365 days. It’s self-directed, so participants can set their own standards, use whatever tools they want, whether it’s taking photos with a smartphone or DSLR or even film camera, and […]


Things That Have Been Keeping Me Busy
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2014, 1:43 am
It has been almost a year since I wrote anything game-related on this blog. Although this blog hasn’t been active, I have been doing things. Here’s a rundown. Conventions This past March, I attended the Game Developers Conference. I had an amazing time at GDC 2014. I say this almost every year, but this was […]


Harassment and Marginalization in Videogame Culture
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2014, 9:00 am
It has been a long time since I’ve commented about anything related to misogyny and other forms of bigotry in videogame culture, much less specific incidents. Although I noted more than a year ago that the discourse is shifting, that we’re seeing more and more coverage on mainstream sites about marginalized groups of gamers, we’re also seeing […]


#1ReasonWhy: Thoughts and Link Round-Up
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 December 2012, 11:20 am
An interesting conversation thread happened on Twitter last week. Someone who works at Kickstarter as the specialist for games projects asked why there are so few women working in the games industry. It’s a huge question, one that seemed like a borderline troll question, given this person’s apparent disingenuous and condescending attitude in his follow-up [...]


PS3 Number Two
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 November 2012, 5:29 pm
I have a new PlayStation 3. After discussing my options regarding my inoperative PS3 with a Sony Customer Service Rep, I decided that it would be better to purchase a new PS3 than to spend $100+—which is a third of a cost of a new one—to repair my old 80 GB model. Repairing the old [...]


My PS3 is Probably Dead
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 October 2012, 11:30 pm
I’ve been without my PlayStation 3 for about a month, just as I was really getting into Sleeping Dogs. I searched to see whether anyone else on the internet had had the same problem, and there were quite a few people whose PS3s had the symptoms. Signs pointed to a problem related to overheating. I [...]


Guild Wars 2 Released!
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2012, 1:07 am
We released Guild Wars 2 today to retail stores. Yes, the game is live! Even before the game was available on stores, pre-purchasers bought over 1 million copies, paying the entire amount for the game before the release date today. In another milestone,  during the three-day early access  period the game reached over 400000 simultaneous players online. [...]


Speaking at GeekGirlCon 2012
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2012, 9:37 pm
I’ll be speaking on a panel at GeekGirlCon in Seattle, taking place from 11- 12 August: Saturday, 11 August 2012, 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM  “Go Make Me A Sandwich”: Barriers to Women’s Participation in Online and Fan Spaces – RM301/302 How many times have you read “get back in the kitchen” or “go make me a sandwich” [...]


A-Kul’s Arrival
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2012, 2:46 am
It seems fitting that one of the main reasons that I am purchasing a brand new computer is the imminent launch of Guild Wars 2. My previous desktop computer purchase was partially prompted by the intention to play the original Guild Wars over seven years ago. This time, I decided not to go the DIY route. This [...]


Guild Wars 2: 28 August 2012
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2012, 9:01 am
Guild wars 2 is launching on August 28. That’s two months from today. I cannot wait to finally play with a character (or four) in which I’m invested. All the characters I’ve created will be erased before the game launches. I’ve tried not to spoil myself on the charr personal story while I played in [...]


Tropes vs. Women on the Internet: Having Opinions
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 June 2012, 11:31 pm
One of the big pieces of news over the past few weeks has been the organized harassment campaign (trigger warning) against Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency. What she did wrong, according to the harassers, was to dare to put up a Kickstarter project to raise funds to create a series of web videos examining common stereotypcial female [...]


Journey
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2012, 9:15 am
This post is filled with spoilers for Journey, so if you care about that sort of thing, finish the game before you read it. It’s perhaps a testament to thatgamecompany‘s minimalistic and purposefully artistic design that a player can read Journey in different ways. Journey succeeds admirably as both a fun game and and as [...]


Official Madonna App for iPad
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 April 2012, 2:57 am
This week, Madonna released a new album, MDNA. The marketing push for the album has involved traditional advertising as well as social media events, and an official iPad app. The iPad app includes all the basics, like a section devoted to highlighting notable songs in Madonna’s career, the latest news from her official website, a [...]


Now Consuming (and Producing)
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 February 2012, 11:31 am
I don’t have a whole lot to report on the gaming front. When I get home from work these days, I’m too tired to want to invest time and attention into triple-A games like Final Fantasy XIII, which I started a couple months ago. A couple weeks ago, I worked over the weekend to support [...]


Guild Wars 2: 2012
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 February 2012, 2:59 am
This year is going to be exciting for me, both professionally and as a gamer. Last week, ArenaNet made a big announcement: Guild Wars 2 has captured the imagination of gamers and media all over the world with its action-oriented combat, its living world full of dynamic events, its highly personalized role-playing experience, and the [...]


UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 December 2011, 2:47 am
UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception is a fun follow-up to UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves. Gamers who enjoy cinematic action narratives and UNCHARTED fans will probably enjoy it. The plot in UNCHARTED 3 is not as intriguing as the previous two installments, the action is mostly familiar, but it still delivers solidly awesome game play and an [...]


Miss Representation: Thoughts
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 December 2011, 11:00 am
A couple weeks ago I saw this new documentary film, Miss Representation. The Special Events team at GeekGirlCon invited me to the showing in Seattle and the post-film panel discussion. Miss Representation discusses the representation, misrepresentation, and lack of representation of women in media, popular media, and politics. The Good Stuff It’s a great, accessible [...]


Miss Representation Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 November 2011, 2:22 am
This week, I’ll be attending a screening of the documentary film, Miss Representation, and speaking on a post-film panel discussion. Here are the event details: Miss Representation – Presented by Women’s Funding Alliance in partnership with Reel Grrls, GeekGirlCon, and SIFF. Join us on November 30th for a special screening of this compelling new film [...]


Now Read This: Three Articles on Sexism and Games Culture
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 October 2011, 1:42 am
I read a lot of articles and blog posts about -isms (sexism, racism, etc.) and how they relate to videogames and the culture and community of gamers. Here are three articles I read over the past week that I found thoughtful, insightful, interesting, and which I think you should read, too. Each article discusses sexism [...]


Recap: GeekGirlCon 2011
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2011, 12:43 am
GeekGirlCon was held in Seattle at the Seattle Centre from 8 – 9 October. They had over 2 000 attendees, which is actually quite good for a first-year con. From a logistical perspective, convention went pretty smoothly from my observation. In general, as a women-friendly and women-focused convention, I thought it was great. It was great [...]


Speaking at GeekGirlCon
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 October 2011, 12:12 am
This weekend, on 8 – 9 October, I’ll be speaking on two panels at GeekGirlCon in Seattle: Saturday, 8 October 2011, 12:00 – 13:00, Lopez Room — Feminism, Race, and Geek Culture: Perspectives from Women of Color These feminist and anti-racist cultural commentators take a critical look at the intersection of race, gender, and other facets of personal identity in [...]


In-Flight Entertainment
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2011, 12:00 pm
I’m flying to London today to attend Eurogamer Expo for work (say hi if you see me!). It has been more than several years since I’ve been in the UK. When I was last in the UK, there were no smartphones, iPads, or e-book readers. When I’m on long flights, I typically busy myself with [...]


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