galaxyspeaking:

I saw rocketssurgery's awesome tattooed!Hiccup and my hand slipped (EDIT : torso looked a little weird so..changed it a little :) )

galaxyspeaking:

I saw rocketssurgery's awesome tattooed!Hiccup and my hand slipped (EDIT : torso looked a little weird so..changed it a little :) )

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gizzlescribbles:

Another birthday drawing for my bud boldriley (Leia) of her character Bold Riley.
Happy birthday Leia!

;0; Sweet princess Gisele…

gizzlescribbles:

Another birthday drawing for my bud boldriley (Leia) of her character Bold Riley.

Happy birthday Leia!

;0; Sweet princess Gisele…


dgaider:

Indira Varma (the voice of Vivienne) in a skit with jessicamerizan!

This may, in fact, be the best thing ever. Indira, aside from being an absolutely perfect Vivienne, is so completely game. :)


championsandheroes:

Because let’s face it, if there is any meme Hawke embodies, it’s Florida Man. You can all blame Zenatness for introducing me to this meme. I find it hilarious XD. Champions and Heroes Presents:Kirkwall Man

championsandheroes:

Because let’s face it, if there is any meme Hawke embodies, it’s Florida Man.

You can all blame Zenatness for introducing me to this meme. I find it hilarious XD.

Champions and Heroes Presents:
Kirkwall Man

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nutmeg-comic:

Here is Jackie Crofts’ cover for Nutmeg #4, “The Bake Sale.”
Don’t forget that our culinary coming-of-age crime comic, Nutmeg,officially debuts from Action Lab Comics in March, so make sure you tell your local comic shop to pre-order it!
And you can follow us on Twitter for more updates!

nutmeg-comic:

Here is Jackie Crofts’ cover for Nutmeg #4, “The Bake Sale.”

Don’t forget that our culinary coming-of-age crime comic, Nutmeg,officially debuts from Action Lab Comics in March, so make sure you tell your local comic shop to pre-order it!

And you can follow us on Twitter for more updates!

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hyperbali:

wanted to try an art…deco…thing…
idk

hyperbali:

wanted to try an art…deco…thing…

idk


Q
So um, I think the reason so many protagonists are male is because men have always been in the front line in combat, and that's because it's been proven that (not being sexist) that men are defaultly physically superior... I say again that I'm just saying that from a scientific/medical standpoint... If I sound like a dumbass I'm sorry I just woke up and I saw ur account and saw the earlier post about this and wanted to give my thoughts on this
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lostcitycomics:

jessicalprice:

crytictroll:

jessicalprice:

cynixy:

askagamedev:

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"Do you believe that my being faster, stronger has anything to do with muscles in this place?"

Video games are entirely abstract constructs, created solely from the rules of our own making. We try to model the game rules after real ones in some amount of similarity, but things like muscular development, or traditional front-line combat fighters mean almost nothing when you’re talking about a fantasy or science fiction world that can choose which laws of physics it wishes to adhere to. There’s really only one reason why the default protagonist in video games is a middle-aged white man - the developers and publishers choose it to be so.

THIS. Every game universe represents a series of choices made by its creators. What you include, what you omit, what you present to the world is a direct reflection of your thoughts as the visionary for that world. There’s no such thing as a “neutral” or “apolitical” game. Even the fact that you chose games as your medium says something about who you are and what you believe is important.

Whenever people scream “keep your politics out of my games,” what I hear are people who agree so completely with the traditional industry version of reality that they can no longer recognize it as a POV. The one particular perspective that creators choose to present. 

For me, the magic of games—of literature, of film, of all the arts—is that we are free from all the constraints that tie us down in reality. As noted above, you don’t even have to obey the laws of physics in your new universe. I look to games to show me something unexpected, something I can’t see when I look out my window. I want creators to make interesting choices that represent fresh POVs. I want them to be able to say “what if…” and run with the idea, not worrying if it aligns perfectly with reality. I want game worlds to be better and more interesting than real life. Because otherwise, what’s the point?


Why is the asker a sexist dumbass?

Well, for a lot of reasons.

1) As askagamedev pointed out, the “reality” in video games is whatever the developers decide it is. 

2) “Physically superior” is an awfully broad term. Men, on average, have greater upper body strength than women. But these things are overlapping bell curves, not fixed points. So while the average man has greater upper body strength than the average woman, there are plenty of women who are stronger than the average man. 

3) The heroes of most games aren’t the average man or woman. They’re exceptional. So it makes no sense to argue that the protagonist of a combat game should be male because most fighters are men. I mean, especially in a futuristic world where you’re fighting for “earth” or “humanity” as opposed to a particular country, if you want to go by what’s “normal” or “average,” it makes no sense to have the protagonist be white, as most people on the planet aren’t. 

4) “Men have always been in the front line in combat”? Sure. Yes they have. So have women, actually. Not in the same numbers, but often enough that it’s not a rare exception or anything. Women have always fought. Women have always led armies. I mean, here’s just a smattering:

3500 BCE(ish) - Queen Vishpla loses her leg in battle, is fitted with an iron prosthesis, and returns to battle, as described in the Rig Veda.

1300 BCE - Female warriors carrying axes and swords are painted onto the walls of Hittite fortresses.

740-720 BCE - Zabibi commands an army containing large numbers of women, and rules as a warrior queen. Her successor Samsi does the same.

500-400 BCE - Female skeletons of Scythian women are buried with swords and bows.

102 BCE - Plutarch describes Roman soldiers fighting contingents of female Celtic fighters.

39-43 CE - Meanwhile, in Vietnam: Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, whose mother Tran Thi Doan trained them to fight and led her own troops to support them, lead an uprising against the Chinese and took over 60+ fortresses with an army composed predominantly of women. Phung Thi Chinh also fights in those battles, and delivers a child on the battlefield.

49 CE - Agrippina presides over the exercises of the Roman legions. The captured Celtic king Caratacus and his tribesmen, when brought before the emperor, assume Agrippina is his partner in martial leadership and bow to her.

61 CE - Boudicca.

63 CE - Tacitus complains in his Annals that Nero’s gladiatorial shows, while pleasingly lavish, are marred by senators and women of rank “disgracing” themselves in the arena. Female gladiators are also mentioned by Petronius, Statius, Suetonius, Martial, Cassius Dio, and other Roman authors. Septimius Severus prohibits female combatants in the arena in 200 CE.

250-275 CE - Zenobia, governor of Syria, leads her armies against those of Claudius and Aurelian.

366 CE - Empress Jingo Kogo of Japan invades Korea. She’s pregnant at the time and has to have adjustable armor made.

373-380 CE - Queen Mavia leads her Saracen army against Rome in Palestine, Phoenicia, and Egypt.

550ish CE - An English princess, known as the “Island Girl,” takes an army and invades Jutland, capturing King Radigis, her betrothed, who’d jilted her.

600 CE - Kahula and Wafeira, two Arabian army commanders, join forces to defeat the Greeks.

647 CE - The (unnamed) daughter of a Roman prefect named Gregory fights in the front ranks at Tripoli. She is trained in horsemanship, archery, and the use of the scimitar.

656 CE - Aisha bint Abu Bakr, wife of Mohammed, fights in the Battle of the Camel. Salaym Bint Malham fights in the army with weapons she keeps strapped around her pregnant belly.

645 CE - Daya al-Kahina, a Berber queen, leads her people in battle against the invading Arabs.

890 CE - Queen Thyra of Denmark leads her armies against the invading Germans, and builds the Danneverke wall to defend her country. There are also numerous Viking graves from around this time containing the bodies of warrior women, and female fighters are frequently mentioned in sagas.

900ish CE - Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia, leads her troops against the Vikings and builds fortifications to support the reign of her brother Edward the Elder.

900ish CE - Hethna, Visna, and Vebiorg lead Danish companies during the battle of Bravellir.

945 CE - Olga of Russia, raises an army and ends the revolt which killed her husband Igor.

1061 - Matilda, Countess of Tuscany, first goes into battle at her mother’s side. She begins commanding her own armies at 1069.

1070s-1080s (?) - Duchess Gaita of Lombardy marries a Norman mercenary and rides into battle with her husband, wearing full armor.

1098 - Urraca of Aragon leads her own armies into battle to protect her son’s inheritance rights. Her half-sister, Teresa, also leads her own troops.

Late 11th century - Isabel of Conches rides, armed as a knight, into battle over land in Northern France.

1172 - Countess Alrude of Bertinoro and her army break a siege at Aucona. When she returns to her own castle, she takes part in several more battles.

1173 - Countess Petronilla of Leicester arms herself in a hauberk and fights in her husband’s rebellion against Henry II.

~1100s - Queens Eleanor of Aquitaine, Eleanor of Castile, Marguerite de Provence, Florine of Denmark, and Berengaria of Navarre all go on Crusade. A troop of female fighters accompanies Emperor Conrad to Syria, and female Crusaders fight in the army of William, Count of Poitiers.

Late 1100s - Tomoe Gozen fights alongside her husband, a Minamoto general, in the Gempei War. Yae fights alongside her lover Takeda Shingen and commands a squad of female cavalry.

1200 CE - Saxo Grammaticus writes about Danish women who dress in men’s clothing and spend all their time learning “soldiers’ skills.”

1216 - Nicola de la Haye becomes sheriff of Lincolnshire and defends the town against rebel barons and the King of France’s son.

1261 - The Order of the Glorious Saint Mary is approved by Pope Alexander after about 30 years of existence. It grants the rank of “militissa” to women. (Sixtus V suppresses it in 1558 because women fighters oh no.)

1300-1374 - Jane, Countess of Montfort, rides armored into battle to defend her besieged city. She mobilizes the townswomen to defend the ramparts of her castle with missiles. She breaks out of the castle at the head of a troop of 300 horsemen and fights her way to freedom, later returning with another 600 men to reinforce the town. Later that year, she fights in a naval battle, wielding a sword at the helm of her ship.

Early 14th century - Isabelle of England takes up arms against her husband Edward II. Edward II forces her to flee to Scotland, where she fights in the ensuing war with a troop of women that includes the sisters of Nigel and Robert Bruce.

Late 14th century - Agnes Hotot’s father agrees to a lance duel to settle a disagreement. On the day of the encounter, he falls ill, so Agnes puts on a helmet, mounts her father’s horse, and beats his foe in the tourney. While he lies on the ground, Agnes lets down her hair and bares her breasts so he will know he has been beaten by a woman.

1383 - Pope Boniface VIII writes several letters mentioning female Genoese crusaders.

1518 - A group of 350 girls constructs and defends fortifications for the Protestant Garrison in Guienne, France.

1521 - Hernan Cortes’ army includes Spanish and Mayan women.

1524 - Ameliane du Puget leads a troop of women who break a siege at Marseilles.

1568 - Amaron and Kenau Hasselaar lead a battalion of 300 women to defend the Dutch city of Haarlem against the Spanish.

1584 - Tomoe Gozen, described as an excellent swordswoman, captures Kyoto after winning the Battle of Kurikawa.

And again, that’s just a small selection of some of the more interesting examples. Women have always fought. 

TL;DR: In a combat game in which the physics and reality and biology are made up wholesale by developers, and in which the hero is positioned as exceptional, not average, the only real reason not to have female protagonists is, yes, sexism. 

Just a thought, but these games are based on what the creators think would be most comfortable to the players. Yes, male protagonists are quite common. Yes there are some sexist views on that. However, think of society as a whole. Most are comfortable with putting a man in a heroic position. Its the norm. Men are expected to be tough and strong and such views are projected on the games we make.

Does this mean a female protagonist would be a bad idea? Yes and no. No because anyone can be a hero and sometimes women can buckle down and get the job done. Yes because sometimes, in some established settings, we sorta expect a male figure to rise up. This following expectations keeps us comfortable with games. At least in what I believe to be a majority of gamers.

Now I’d love to see more female protagonists. I’d love to see women given a chance to shine in the role of hero. But at the same time I relieze that people are raised to have a general view when it comes to the roles in society between men and women. So in all honesty, here is my final thought on the matter.

Play the game based on the story and or how much fun it is to play it. Don’t let social views or anything else shame you into not enjoying the games you love. A hero is a hero, no matter what shape or form they come in.

Easy to say “just enjoy the game” when you’re the one being catered to.

You know why Roger Ebert can say games aren’t art and have it be plausible? Because our storytelling is so impoverished we only know how to tell one type of story, with one type of protagonist. 

Do you even E3, bro?

Here’s a summary of what AAA games have planned for us this year:

"Imagine a world… in which you could play A WHITE MAN WHO SHOOTS THINGS!"

Easy to say “a hero’s a hero” when you’re being told you can be a hero and everyone is being told they can’t.

You are the equivalent of someone sitting at a banquet table, eating a sumptuous meal, telling people who are eating rotten potatoes for the hundredth day in a row, “Hey, enjoy the food no matter what form it comes in!”

Jesus fucking christ on a unicycle. 

I don’t care if “most” players are comfortable with a white male macho protagonist. A good storyteller or game maker doesn’t give you what you’re asking for. That endless echo chamber can only lead to boredom. Look at the dismal state that the Hollywood echo chamber is in right now. You don’t want that.

No, a GOOD storyteller or game maker gives you what you don’t expect, what you didn’t even know you wanted until you saw it. Give me every unexpected protagonist, every story that breaks the “hero’s journey,” every game that uses some undiscovered game mechanic.


No Gods Or Kings,
Only CLAMP
talking about arcane female cartoonist circles in the Skype chat tonight. (via bluedelliquanti)

matthoworth:

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Dragon Age: Inquisition for four years and it’s release is only a few months away. Mages have always been my favourite class, so I’m counting down with illustrations of the upcoming mage companions.
Dorian is first up, naturally. I painted him manipulating water because, damn it, I want some water spells!

matthoworth:

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Dragon Age: Inquisition for four years and it’s release is only a few months away. Mages have always been my favourite class, so I’m counting down with illustrations of the upcoming mage companions.

Dorian is first up, naturally. I painted him manipulating water because, damn it, I want some water spells!

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zefram-cockring:

rosalarian:

greenonthursdays:

huffingtonpost:

WHY THIS WOMAN WOULD RATHER READ HARRY POTTER EROTICA THAN WATCH PORN

When spoken word artist Brenna Twohy tells you that she is an unabashed devotee of all things “Potterotica” — erotic fiction based in the magical universe of Harry Potter — your response probably shouldn’t be that her taste is “unrealistic.” 

Watch her full monologue here. 

(Source: National Poetry Slam uploaded by Button Poetry)

I’m happy to be getting to the point where I don’t have to feel weird about enjoying fanfiction, or having written a bunch of it. Partly it’s that the fandom experience has become more broadly shared. Partly it’s that I stopped giving a shit.

And as for why I like the porny sort of fanfiction, see above. She says it better.

I like sex with context. I like sex when it involves fully fleshed out characters. I like the backstories. I like feeling like these people do other things when they aren’t having sex.

Reblebbing for Rosalarian’s comment and to say this: I was actually embarrassed about my Smut Peddler submission for a while, because it featured two people who had backstories and were enthusiastic about sex. Because sex within context rather than BANGIN OUTA NOWHERE is a “feminine preference” and therefore “not real porn” and ugh fuck that mentality, fuck all of it forever