Just a Day in the Life

As some of you surely know by now, I’m a frequent contributor to www.techcircuit.net (I’m even listed on the Staff page, woot woot).  I was just bored, considering it’s 6:30 and I have nothing else to do (and even if I had friends, they wouldn’t be awake right now anyway), so I started rereading some of my old articles.  Man…I’m kind of terrible at everything.

I know I was “hired” to write about literally whatever I wanted, thus explaining my overly-opinionated pieces there, but sometimes I kind of want to smack myself in the head and point out how bitchy I sound.  Seriously, there are numerous pieces I wrote in regards to games I quite like, and they all make it sound like I hate them.  Maybe I focus on the cons too much, or simply fail to mention the pros.  Probably says something about my state of mind.

Regardless, if you guys like sites like kotaku, you should probably go follow us or sign up for the newsletter or whatever.  I could always use a few more readers.

In other news…

Well, I have no other news.  This is literally all I do, all day, every day.  I should probably get back to working on that book at some point.

Effects of Pointless Video Gaming

A lot of attention is paid to violent movies and video games when it comes to finding a scapegoat. I do not wholly approve of this, but at the same time I wonder if it’s a possibility. Not to say they’re truly responsible; after all, there is no single reason behind a vast majority of actions, but rather a large collective of past events, thoughts, and life choices fueling even the smallest decisions.

No, I am instead wondering if they can at least play a part in inducing desires for an impossible, unattainable future. I grew up playing these games and I’ve always wanted my own adventure. Who hasn’t? Establish yourself as a force to be reckoned with, condemn and single-handedly dismantle a corrupt, sinister villain’s evil scheme, save the princess. These are exciting fantasies which I have lived through vicariously hundreds of times, so much so that it makes the real world seem a little less…preferable, I suppose is the best word.

Granted, I don’t only play the fantasy stories. I’m also known to engage in the straightforward military shooters, blowing the heads off my enemies without a second thought as to who they were. Does that mean I’ve been desensitized? No, absolutely not. There’s an innate difference between seeing the red polygons splashing around my TV screen and witnessing an act of violence first-hand, one which I don’t think the human mind will ever fail to differentiate.

But at the same time, maybe it makes me less hesitant. Maybe, given the right circumstances, I would be a little quicker to pull the trigger.

This post really has no point. I’m not showing any sympathy for the despicable shooters we’ve seen over the years, nor am I advocating any of the media’s blame game that always follows. I’m just saying I want to save the princess, be the hero, and maybe wipe out an alien planet full of exploding creatures in the process.

Racism

Today I shall talk about racism.
I came home from work this evening. My roommate Ian works as a developer for a gaming company, so he often feeds me little tidbits about the industry and keeps up on all the relevant news. Today he told me that the creators of Borderlands 2 (specifically the character of Tiny Tina) was under fire for being racist. Why, you ask? Simple: she used the words “crunk” and “badonkadonk.”
This brings a few questions to mind. Before I get into it, however, I would like to express that I am not racist. I believe we are all equals, I’m pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage…pretty much pro- anything that expresses said equality. Having said that, I must say these seemingly random arguments and accusations infuriate me to no end.
Firstly, since when can an entire race of people “own” a word? Sure, I understand the N word being unacceptable, since it has been used throughout history as a degrading and derogatory word, but “crunk” and “badonkadonk” have nothing similar in that respect. So how is it offensive for a white person – nay, a fictional white child – to use these words? The only reason seems to be reflective of the fact that the black community invented these words. Good for you, I’ll stick with the tried-and-true dictionary and stuff that only white people invented. I’m sure I’ll be fine.
On that note, does that mean only people from Mexico and Spain can speak Spanish? Or only people from France and Canada are allowed to speak French? They invented the language, so clearly we shouldn’t be using it. You know, in case they find it disrespectful in some unfathomable way.
Second, why choose this to single out, of all things? A child in a video game, one which I might add doesn’t even take place on planet Earth, not to mention the fact that one of the four main characters is a black guy. And (spoilers) he dies at the end. You’re okay with them abiding by and even encouraging the oft-used “joke” of killing off the black guy, but a white girl using a slang term for “ass” is beyond the boundaries of acceptability?
Fine, have it your way. If that’s how it’s gonna be, I want a White History Month, as well as the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, just to balance things out a little. Don’t like it? Well, stop being racist and go make some more Tyler Perry movies instead.
To the rest of you, no matter what color, let’s try to be more tolerant of the rampant stupidity that currently plagues our world, especially since the invention of the Internet makes it so easy to spread like wildfire. As they say, “don’t feed the trolls.”