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The Most Anticipated Video Game of the Year Has Failed Female Gamers

"There’s no telling how a game with a female protagonist would perform if it had Watch Dogs’ creative energy and marketing budget."

This article, while a bit old (May 2014), reminded me of an even older article that brings up the very same issue. It’s very disheartening to see how this self-fulfilling prophesy keeps itself alive through all these games. The marketing for Remember Me was atrocious, nearly non existent. Watch Dogs went the route of least resistance, giving us the plain white bread of today’s protagonists. The latest to join the crowd of games that are too scared of the “female protagonist curse” is Assassin’s Creed: Unity after revealing only male playable characters in the hugely anticipated multiplayer mode.

There’s one game that broke the mold when it comes to having both a female lead protagonist and receiving a fair amount of marketing and in doing so disproved any idea about it being bad for sales — enter Tomb Raider. It was quite a big success if I recall correctly. While it may have had it’s problems in reviews, both professional and non-professional, it was never about the fact that it had a female lead protagonist. Lara Croft is an established name in the industry. Sure, Lara as a character has been through her fair share of sexualization in games, movies and commerce. However, in the latest iteration of the series — of which I’m basing my point — the aforementioned sexualization is but a faint whisper compared to the titles that came before it.

That is why it’s especially saddening to see game publishers still hanging on to the old and tiring adage that it’s somehow hard to sell games that carries a female protagonist as a lead. It could probably be argued that it’s only because of her well established name that Lara was accepted in the gaming community and that’s why her gender didn’t affect the sales. I have a hard time buying that excuse though, and seeing as game publishers are too scared to throw equal marketing money at games with female protagonists, we’ll probably have to wait a while before finding out for sure.

anemicshoe:

Let me preface with: I LOVE FEMALE TAUREN. 5 of my 90s are these lovely ladies.

While I think the new models look amazing I think their faces need a little tweaking. I set to work making this as soon as I had seen the reveal and studied what bothered me most.

The main issues are the CHIN and NOSE. I’ll let my pictures speak for themselves.

If people who agree with my edits/feel passionate about female tauren could spread these to the forums/places it might get noticed i’d appreciate! My sub literally ended yesterday so I cannot post ;-;”

edited my wording a little.

(please remember to tweet your issues with the female tauren nose at https://twitter.com/artofcgrobinson this is the only way it will get seen! Be polite and respectful with your critique!)

Editing to tag Mr Robinson himself: chrisgrobinson

taruhanako:

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A comparison of the old and new Tauren model.

They did a great job on the overall model but the face still need a bit of work.

There are a lot of repaints and I like them but instead of making a drawing of what I think the Tauren should look like I want to show what parts would need changes to stay true to the old one. :)

I know Tauren faces can be quiet challenging and I just want to show how it could be improved C:

See what I mean, moriarty-castiel?

Red: Seems a bit too restrictive, and it doesn’t seem to be that fun in the long run. It’s not like anything you touch while invisible also turn invisible, it’s only your clothes. However if that were the case I’d give it more consideration, since the potential increases dramatically, but ultimately would probably still get a bit tired of it in the long run. I’m practically invisible anyway haha.

Blue: Wouldn’t be that effective when implemented into the (otherwise) real world. Without combining it with a power of near or absolute invincibility, or time manipulation, or super human reaction, there would be too much of a risk to die when using it.

Yellow: Seems extremely restrictive to be honest, it says “thoughts” for example. That would imply it would only be “fresh” things, i.e. not memories — unless the person actively thinks about something from the past. It’s basically just like hearing people’s inner dialogues, including any kind of mental imagery.

Green: Tempting, but feels like you’d risk dying or being captured while in the shapeshift form. When shapeshifting back you’re just inviting to be experimented on. Worst case scenario, you wouldn’t even be seen as a human, which opens up so many excuses to to further experiment on you. Sure you’d be able to escape by changing into some extremely powerful animal. Then what? Also, you’d need to study history extensively to actually unlock any possible potential when it comes to this power.

Orange: See Blue, and make it even worse. No thank you.

Purple: My second choice. Just like with Red it’s a bit restrictive when taking it as it is written, without any further detail. If objects, including living things, that you touch can phase through anything as well then yeah, it sounds pretty damn awesome. Still only my second choice.

Grey: This power right here, ladies and gentlemen, is what is called an “Omega” potential power. Omega is first and foremost a description of the actual power wielder, and secondly it would depend on that wielder if the power is great enough. All that aside, Grey — taken as it is written — is amazingly powerful. Restriction is thrown completely out the window here. There’s no mention about limitation on weight or size.

Pink: This falls behind Grey and Purple mainly because it’s restricted to non-lethal wounds.

The way they’re written, I would pick Grey in a heartbeat.

Feel free to chime in.

You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle in your iPod, iTunes, whatever it is you listen to music on and then write down the 20 songs that comes up first. Tag up to 10 people that you want to do it too.
NO SKIPPING

I was le tagged by moriarty-castiel, so here are 20 songs “selectively shuffled” from youtube and my brain. Not going to number them, because that will make it seem like there’s an order of preference. I hate picking a favorite anything, so… fuqit.

Spinnerette - Ghetto Love
Kings of Leon - Closer
M.I.A. - Bad Girls
Talla 2xlc - Can You Feel The Silence
Meg & Dia - Monster (DotEXE Dubstep Remix)
Flyleaf - Fully Alive
Tool - Parabola
Porcelain Black - Who’s Next
Therese - Time
John Murphy - Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)
Jem - 24
Rammstein - Du Riechst So Gut
Infected Mushroom - I Wish (Skazi Remix)
Spooks - Things I’ve Seen
Lucy Pearl - Don’t Mess With My Man
Modjo - Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
Conjure One feat. Sinéad O’Connor - Tears From The Moon
Staind - Zoe Jane
ZZ Ward - Move Like U Stole It (Paul Oakenfold Radio Edit)
Iio - Is It Love (Radio Edit)

lesquatrescavaliers:

catslock:

foreverandadalek:

teamfreekickass:

timelordparadise:

hawkstars:

avocadokitten:

women are better than men = misandry

men are better than women = misogyny 

men and women are equal = feminism

everyone is equal but also shit = misanthropy,

everyone’s equal when they’re dead = lesmiserables

everyone’s dead = supernatural 

everyone’s important = doctor who

everyone’s an idiot = sherlock

everyone’s food = hannibal

technicalrabbit:

santiadragon:

So this just happened and I swear this is just plain bullshit. THIS ARTICLE states that anyone who is LGBT or non christians can be bullied and the state is just cool with that because of “religious beliefs”

I NEED YOUR HELP TUMBLR

Even if you don’t live here please help make it a better place

SIGN THIS PETITION

We need 100,000 signatures by April 26, 2014 to stop this bullshit. Please spread this like wildfire because bullying is a MAJOR problem here and this is just encouraging it. What happened to FREEDOM of religion America?

SIGN THE FUCK OUT OF THIS. Seriously! There’s over a thousand notes and less signatures! I /live/ in TN and this is so not fucking good.

Signal boost the fuck out of it.

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