Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Indie Games Vs The Heavy Hitters

I have mostly stopped buying games for $60. I'll only buy say, CiV or FF13- games I really anticipate for $60, and that's maybe one time per year I'll drop that much on a game. For indies,$10 is my sweet point, because some indie games are really short. $20 is pushing it, and I'll be waiting for a sale. For $20, I can get a DS game (used) or one of the huge backlog of PS2 games. I actually prefer 2d graphics or retro style game play. Unless the voice acting is stellar, I don't need voices. So a lot of the things that push up the price such as fancy graphics, motion controls, or whatever, I don't really have enough interest in to invest $60 in.

I used to have a lower threshold, but as I've added more hobbies, and more importantly, as real life priorities have increased, I have less money and less time to spend on games.

I think that a lot of times, the major labels so to speak, forget that not every game needs bells and whistles, but every game needs solid gameplay. With a lower price, I'm not so annoyed if it's not an amazing game, but at $60 per pop, it has to be the best game I've ever played in my life.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Alisa Valdes Explains Why Tv Sucks

4 layered interesting Latina women of all races and backgrounds become stereotyped over sexualized cardboard cutouts. The reason people liked Dirty Girls Social Club(I read it, and liked it) was that the women were interesting characters! I don't have a Latina background, but really, we're not as stupid as TV creators believe. Our worlds are more diverse than theirs. I see young Latinas, young black women, young white women, young Asian women, young Arab women moving forward and taking charge of their futures. We write, we study math and science, we create art, we have friends and family in our lives that are as or more important than the fleeting attentions of a man. Really, get it together, tv writers!

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Manga Criticism and Skip Beat 22

The dynamic in the thread is interesting- a woman states that some may not want to deal with mansplainers, stalkers and other wackos while discussing manga, and some dude is like OMG, YOU'RE OVERREACTING!

Now, personally, I don't intellectually criticize manga because really, as a person who has no idea about the cultural context of manga, and who while I do sometimes enjoy vague 'intellectual' grumblings, I'm not interested enough to put much effort into creating them. Even if I wrote a 3000 word essay about the similarities between Tohru and Akito and how that contrast exemplifies the theme of redemption in Fruits Basket, really, is that even necessary?

I think we just have our own fan culture and folks need to try to understand it before they comment on it. For example, most of us rely on translations, so even if the stories are 30 years old, many of us have not read them- we have to rely on whether we can find either illegal translations or the good will of a company. Even manga that was released in the early 00s can be difficult to find in translation, and the conversations of people who read the official volumes only versus those who don't can diverge rather widely due to the time lag in between.

Instead of going on and on about theory, I'll review Skip Beat volume 22. I'm glad that we've gotten back to what's interesting in this manga- Kyoko's growth as an actress. Ren's acting lessons of course are shoehorned in here for Ren/Kyoko fans, but luckily, that doesn't detract much from Kyoko's amazing turnaround. I also liked how Chidori represents one possible future for Kyoko that she has avoided using her talent, and her luck. I was slightly surprised that Kyoko was able to apply makeup so well due to the fact she doesn't usually use it, but then again, that's within supension of disbelief. Overall, a satisfactory volume.

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