Life is still full of suck

But sometimes games make it better.

I’m doing horrible at keeping this updated regularly. I’ve been trying to work on the final paper for my English class that ended. I got an extension because of the circumstances. I have until the end of the month, and while I’m really fascinated with my topic, I’m having a heck of a time actually writing it. It’s on video game literacy. As in, the special “literacies” which video game players have. It’s me trying to prove, through other people’s research, that video games are not just trash, that players learn valuable skills from playing video games.

With our reacquiring a PS3, I’ve been playing Costume Quest again. I bought the DLC, Grubbins on Ice. I finally finished everything, after about 4 days of play. I usually just play a couple hours at a time, so it takes me a while to finish. I really hope the team at Double Fine brings out more DLC for Costume Quest. The ending of Grubbins on Ice left it really open for another chapter, and it’s so much fun to try out different combinations of costumes and battle stamps.

I also got the chance to try to PaPo & Yo demo. I really enjoyed what little bit it lets you play, but I’ve read about some issues with bugginess in the game. I’ve played buggy games before (I’m looking at you Alice), so that doesn’t bother me too much. I’ll probably end up purchasing the full game at some point, I’m just not sure when.

Hunger Games comes out on DVD at Midnight, and we’ll probably be picking it up tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll finally be seeing the Dark Knight Rises this weekend as well.

Random post is random.

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Might make some enemies on this one..

Alright, so it’s been like what? A month? Some crazy shit has went down that I’m not going to bore you with here. This blog is not for whining about my personal life, it’s for nerdy shit. So here goes with some nerdy ranting.

A couple days ago, Dan had mentioned that he was thinking about trying to trade the Xbox we had for a PS3. He really missed some of the indie games on it, as well as some of the other exclusives, and there was more coming out on the PS3 than the Xbox that he wanted to play. Next thing I know, we’re at Game Stop trading in all our games and our system to get a PS3.

So now we have our 320gb PS3 slim sitting next to our Sony Bravia TV, and all is right with world.  Or something. This is the…3rd time we’ve had a PS3, and have, over time, accumulated a good amount of downloaded content. So we spent a majority of the day yesterday installing all of that.  Today, Dan was browsing through the store, at some of the themes and dynamic themes you can download for the PS3.  There is one whole category devoted to “Babes”. Dan started laughing and looked through them. And the more he looked at, the more angry I got.

Let me stop here to say I am not some radical feminist. I am for women’s rights, and I am strongly against the objectification of women. Using women as sex objects helps no one, and it really bothers me that Sony has so many themes that do just that. Almost every single theme with a woman, had her in skimpy clothing, suggestive poses, and some of the dynamic themes were even of them exercising in their underwear. I am absolutely disgusted with Sony’s view of women. It’s degrading, it’s unrealistic, and is alienates female players.

I’m not so naive that I don’t realize that a lot of regular users of console systems are male. However, I probably know just as many, if not more, female gamers than male. And after reading about how females were treated at E3 and other gaming conventions, it makes me really sad. I’ve played games every since I was little. I had a handheld Donkey Kong arcade machine, as well as a Donkey Kong Jr one. I saved up for months to be able to buy my first Game Boy, and some of my favorite memories are of playing video games with my mom and step-dad.

Everyone makes fun of Nintendo, and their casual gaming, but you know what? Not once have I ever, ever felt like Nintendo objectify women in anyway. They welcome female gamers with open arms.

I only hope that one day, the rest of the gaming community will do the same.