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personal blog about games and astronauts
Reblogged from discovergames

Anonymous asked:

which topics do you think are too sensitive for games?

discovergames answered:

I’m about to make two statements that will seem contradictory or even hypocritical at first blush. Ready? 1) Videogames are an artform every bit as important, interesting, and culturally relevant as any other medium, such as literature or film. Videogames are not an inherently lesser medium and can (and should) handle any topic with gravitas and grace. 2) I absolutely shudder if I hear about a videogame trying to comment on rape, AIDS, abortion, or other “serious” and deeply personal topics.

See, those things may sound like they are at odds, but there’s one word buried in there that rescues me from accusations of hypocrisy - “inherently.” Videogames are not inherently lesser as a medium - that is to say that they don’t have to be bad at handling certain topics - but the sad fact is that they currently are

Game developers (and this is especially true in the AAA world, though indies are not exempt) are too caught up in games as toys, games as products, games as nostalgia, games as cash cows, games as collections of mechanics, etc., to honestly and truly examine and explore tough topics with the level of depth and maturity that they deserve. Right now (and again, I stress this is the current - not permanent - state of affairs), videogames excel at excess, at visceral violence, at “badass” and at “epic.” They do not excel at nuance or honesty or sincerity, and these characteristics are essential for those creators who want to comment on the difficult and sensitive issues in society. 

So, the short answer to your question? No topic is too sensitive for games to handle. But until developers can see their medium as something other than a paycheck, and tackle these problems with a measure of maturity and heart, they will continue to come off as heavy-handed, incompetent, and offensive. There will come a day when videogames treating serious subject matter will be par for the course, but that day is not today.

Posted on 2014_06_22 June 22 2014 2014年6月22日 by 384400kilometers

"If you generate money from putting my content on your channel, you owe me money. Simple as that."

I think Phil Fish should get payed by the online gaming press, because he has generated them a fuck-ton of clicks and revenue by saying something on the internet no one should have really cared much about.

This is so meta, probably the most funniest thing that happened this week, right after last nights round of Cards against Humanity~

Reblogged from oldsnot


I once uploaded this story but decided after some input and thinking to drop it off my tumbler into some paperarchive because of the the ending.

when i began working on it (its a contribution to a festival competition with a max of 4 pages and the theme “10”) my biggest issue was the flow of the story and that i works in terms of readability. but later it came to what it counts - the content - and it didnt satisfy me anymore.

but i think its a huge part of me because its the comic i put most effort in to today and although i’m sad i didnt put that much effort in the content i’m happy how it turned out.

so i’m reposting this so its in my tumblr and people can read it (and hopefully critize me) also i did a small zine with my comics of the last year which this story is a part of.