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Apr 8
Onya Adeoye II by Blasian89
Please go to dA to read the original art’s design notes.

Onya Adeoye II by Blasian89

Please go to dA to read the original art’s design notes.

Apr 8

Sketches and assembled rough for an upcoming Tacticlown piece.

Would you believe I’ve had this idea written down since last year?

Apr 2

"This is Sabine. She’s a feisty, spunky, character from a race that’s been written into the ground by Karen Traviss, with edgy, punk-inspired armor. Her name is also similar to Satine, who was also a female Mandolorian. Also, she’s Asian, apparently. And a grafitti artist. Look at all these women involved in her creation!

Tumblr, do you like us yet?

Seriously, Delsin Rowe did it better. Tribe Akomish 4 lyf. I’m willing to give her a shot, tho.

Also, if I wanted to complain about unoriginality, I shouldn’t be a Star Wars fan.

I won an argument with an idiot, then left!

I love how he’s totally convinced he’s right, but he can’t even get his argument straight. Heck, he can’t even get my argument straight.

Him: FPSes are generic because of these criteria! I wish someone would make a game like X!
Me: Here’s one that isn’t.
Him: Nuh-uh, that doesn’t count because of this criteria I just made up which has nothing to do with what I originally said!
Me: Except that criteria would apply to most of the hypothetical X games as well.
Him: Well, I’m abandoning that criteria to make up a new reason why it’s generic.
Me: And I’m done.

(I wasn’t done.)

I’m having an argument with someone who thinks that being sued three times for alleged racism means someone is racist.

Hang on, let me elaborate.

I’m having an argument with someone who thinks that being sued three times for alleged racism in the United States of America, one of, if not the most litigious countries in the world means someone is racist.

Not this crap again.
1. Some guy I don’t recognize.2. Nathan Drake, Uncharted. You know, the guy whose best friend is an older man, who has two love interests, both of whom are just as capable as he is.3. Some guy I don’t recognize.4. John Marston, Red Dead Redemption. So you’re complaining that a POC or woman isn’t a bounty hunter in the old west? Yes, I’m sure that would work just fine.5. Some guy I don’t recognize.6. Alan Wake, random crime thriller writer from New York. In case you haven’t noticed, most writers of crime thrillers are white dudes. And the actual game had several prominent female characters.7. Rico Rodriguez, from Just Cause. As the name would indicate, he’s Hispanic, not white.8. Ethan Mars, Heavy Rain. Of the four protagonists of that game, one was a grieving father (this guy), the next was a white male FBI agent, the third was an older white male PI, and the fourth was a female reporter.9. Adam Jensen, DXHR. Ethnicity unknown, actually.10. This…this is Sam Fisher from the original version of Splinter Cell: Conviction. The one where he looked like a hobo. This version was not used in the final game. His boss for most of the series is a black guy, his support team prominently includes a woman, and his daughter is a major presence in his life. Heck, in the following game, he gets a black partner.11. Some guy I don’t recognize.12. Booker Dewitt, Bioshock Infinite. Of course, Elizabeth Comstock is just as much a protagonist in the game as Booker is, even if she’s not the player character. And FYI, the reason she doesn’t appear on the cover is because they were trying to appeal to players who weren’t already familiar with the game.
So, let’s review. Of the 12 characters here, I don’t recognize 4, one’s actually Hispanic, one is a promo shot from a version of a game that was never released, and several others have to actively ignore POCs and women because they’re not player characters. Heck, they can’t even decide whether they want to include beards or not.
This is the same sort of biased-sampling BS that exaggerates the problem by using a dozen shaky examples from the thousands of games released every year. I mean, I suppose y’all could actually talk about the games that do feature women and POCs in major roles, like Infamous Second Son, but that wouldn’t let you hypocritically* whine about “lazy, reductive stereotypes”, would it? It’s also near-useless if you’re not preaching to the choir. Also, it’s kinda hard to tell a character’s sexuality unless you see them or they say something about it. A certain AAA title recently revealed, in DLC, that one of the main characters was gay. No one figured that out before said DLC, best I can tell. I don’t think there was a single point in the main game where it would’ve been appropriate for the character to mention she liked girls, and even the preceeding content in the DLC could’ve been mistaken for her and her love interest playing around until they smooch.
Of course, this gets accusations that they’re not really “committed” to it, to which I would like to respond that lots of people, like me, don’t spend very much time talking about who they want to bang, or discussing their love life, whether gay, straight, bi, asexual, or albino ice phoenix. Heck, even race can be hard to discern; Blonde, blue-eyed Cameron Diaz is partially Hispanic.
This is the equivalent of taking a Harry Potter poster with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, cropping it to Harry, and then complaining that women aren’t adequately represented.
* Because he’s treating characters with diverse backgrounds, personalities, and motivations as one big lump just because they look kinda similar. Which is textbook prejudice.

Not this crap again.

1. Some guy I don’t recognize.
2. Nathan Drake, Uncharted. You know, the guy whose best friend is an older man, who has two love interests, both of whom are just as capable as he is.
3. Some guy I don’t recognize.
4. John Marston, Red Dead Redemption. So you’re complaining that a POC or woman isn’t a bounty hunter in the old west? Yes, I’m sure that would work just fine.
5. Some guy I don’t recognize.
6. Alan Wake, random crime thriller writer from New York. In case you haven’t noticed, most writers of crime thrillers are white dudes. And the actual game had several prominent female characters.
7. Rico Rodriguez, from Just Cause. As the name would indicate, he’s Hispanic, not white.
8. Ethan Mars, Heavy Rain. Of the four protagonists of that game, one was a grieving father (this guy), the next was a white male FBI agent, the third was an older white male PI, and the fourth was a female reporter.
9. Adam Jensen, DXHR. Ethnicity unknown, actually.
10. This…this is Sam Fisher from the original version of Splinter Cell: Conviction. The one where he looked like a hobo. This version was not used in the final game. His boss for most of the series is a black guy, his support team prominently includes a woman, and his daughter is a major presence in his life. Heck, in the following game, he gets a black partner.
11. Some guy I don’t recognize.
12. Booker Dewitt, Bioshock Infinite. Of course, Elizabeth Comstock is just as much a protagonist in the game as Booker is, even if she’s not the player character. And FYI, the reason she doesn’t appear on the cover is because they were trying to appeal to players who weren’t already familiar with the game.

So, let’s review. Of the 12 characters here, I don’t recognize 4, one’s actually Hispanic, one is a promo shot from a version of a game that was never released, and several others have to actively ignore POCs and women because they’re not player characters. Heck, they can’t even decide whether they want to include beards or not.

This is the same sort of biased-sampling BS that exaggerates the problem by using a dozen shaky examples from the thousands of games released every year. I mean, I suppose y’all could actually talk about the games that do feature women and POCs in major roles, like Infamous Second Son, but that wouldn’t let you hypocritically* whine about “lazy, reductive stereotypes”, would it? It’s also near-useless if you’re not preaching to the choir. Also, it’s kinda hard to tell a character’s sexuality unless you see them or they say something about it. A certain AAA title recently revealed, in DLC, that one of the main characters was gay. No one figured that out before said DLC, best I can tell. I don’t think there was a single point in the main game where it would’ve been appropriate for the character to mention she liked girls, and even the preceeding content in the DLC could’ve been mistaken for her and her love interest playing around until they smooch.

Of course, this gets accusations that they’re not really “committed” to it, to which I would like to respond that lots of people, like me, don’t spend very much time talking about who they want to bang, or discussing their love life, whether gay, straight, bi, asexual, or albino ice phoenix. Heck, even race can be hard to discern; Blonde, blue-eyed Cameron Diaz is partially Hispanic.

This is the equivalent of taking a Harry Potter poster with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, cropping it to Harry, and then complaining that women aren’t adequately represented.

* Because he’s treating characters with diverse backgrounds, personalities, and motivations as one big lump just because they look kinda similar. Which is textbook prejudice.

Sketches for Black Widow’s design in Ferris.

Actually, if you take out the cryonics, it sounds a lot like SJWs seem to think history was like.

  • Me: You know, I'm tired of Retsupurae slagging off MRAs on thin pretexts and talking about social justice stuff. They've got two strikes already, so if this video -
  • Retsupurae's "Mass Erect" video: So, a plot about men being treated as commodities owned by women due to a dearth of them and you're the one free man trying to escape and free your brothers? Sounds like a crazy fedora-wearing MRA fantasy amirite yuk yuk wink wink nudge nudge.
  • Me: ...
  • Me: [UNSUBSCRIBE]
Depicted above:Studio Trigger, Kill La Kill Episode 21 “Incomplete” opening.
Me, watching said opening: 
Seriously, this is really uncomfortable to watch.

Depicted above:Studio Trigger, Kill La Kill Episode 21 “Incomplete” opening.

Me, watching said opening:

Seriously, this is really uncomfortable to watch.

escapekit:

SlatePro

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