adventures in geekdom

The blog of a twentysomething who is finally unleashing her inner geek after stifling it for the majority of her adolescence.

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Take the Pledge!

I thought this was a nifty little website, and wanted to pass it along so others could share it. I’ve gotten some of my male gamer buddies on my Facebook to sign up (including The Boyfriend), so yay!

From the Gamers Against Bigotry website:

As a gamer, I realize I contribute to an incredibly diverse social network of gamers around the world, and that my actions have the ability to impact others. In effort to make a positive impact, and to create a community that is welcoming to all, I pledge to not use bigoted language while gaming, online and otherwise.

Bigoted language includes, but is not limited to, slurs based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

Read more about the pledge, including what is and isn’t included, and the overall purpose here.

Read why you shouldn’t use the word “rape” casually here.

The people behind this website are looking to become a non-profit, so please donate if you can. The Mary Sue posted an interview with one of the founders of the site, which is a really fantastic read.

The pledge benefits folks who are already avoiding bigoted language in-game because it unites them and shows them they aren’t the only ones who feel the way they do. At times, and depending on the game you’re playing, it can feel like you’re the only one who is put off by the bigoted speech that’s tossed around in game chat. Every additional pledge is another person speaking up, publicly, that bigoted language isn’t okay. As our numbers grow, we’ll get a better sense of where the gaming community really stands on this stuff.

You can pledge on their website, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

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And now, for a Public Service Announcement supporting feminism.

Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of Feminist Frequency on YouTube, which discusses feminism and misogyny in both pop culture and in geekdom. She’s smart, concise, and is a wonderful feminist voice in a world where women are marginalized, harrased, and put down. Not just in the regular, big, outside world, but especially in the geek world. Anita is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for her upcoming project, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Unfortunately, the gamer community has caught wind of this and have begin harassing her website, Wikipedia page, YouTube videos, etc.

No, really. When I say “harassing,” I really mean terrorizing.

This coordinated attack was launched by various online video game forums and has included attempts to get my accounts banned, a torrent of hate on YouTube, plus countless threats of violence, death, sexual assault and rape. As part of that intimidation effort the Wikipedia page about me was vandalized with misogynist language, pornography and racial slurs.

This was not done by just one or two trolls but was a coordinated cyber mob style effort involving dozens of people.

It’s important that Anita’s message about misogyny in video games sees the light of day in spite of these attacks against her, and if you can donate to her Kickstarter project it’d be absolutely wonderful. She’s already far surpassed her original goal on the Kickstarter campaign, but any and all extra money will go to future FemFreq projects. I’ve spoken to Anita previously and she’s absolutely lovely, and this sort of treatment towards a woman standing up for a marginalized group in geekdom is NOT FAIR.

…these types of online harassment tactics are used against women, feminists and people from oppressed and marginalized groups everyday.

Anita is absolutely right, and as a female geek/nerd/gamer/etc. myself, to see someone like Anita with such a wonderful mind and voice coming under attack for spreading the truth about misogyny in gaming is sickening. Especially since it’s not just a troll here or there, it’s a concentrated group effort by multiple popular online forums.

I am certainly not the first woman to suffer this kind of harassment and sadly, I won’t be the last. But I’d just like to reiterate that this is not a trivial issue. It can not and should not be brushed off by saying, “oh well that’s YouTube for you“, “trolls will be trolls” or “it’s to be expected on the internet”. These are serious threats of violence, harassment and slander across many online platforms meant to intimidate and silence. And its not okay.

Support Anita, and support a feminist voice in the geek world.

/endPSA

“And we’re on to the Hunger Games competition already.”

The Boyfriend and part of the Nerd Herd are starting a new Minecraft web series! So naturally, I decided to give them a bit of a boost here. :) Check out the first video below where the guys chat, build stuff, and randomly attack each other! The audio and commentary are a work in progress, but they’re pretty goofy so check it out if you’re so inclined. (The Boyfriend = Wildonion, FYI.)

Okay, the battle droids are cute. Useless, but cute.

I’m not even gonna try and explain the most recent gap between posts. But let me tell you, this semester has been FUN. I mean, just look at my happy face: :|

In the meantime, I’ve been keeping up with my bucket list a bit. I’ve begun watching The Clone Wars animated series and I’m nearly done with season one. So far it’s pretty good, and I’ve heard it gets much, much better as the series goes on. I’ve been trying to keep that in mind, since this first season is definitely pandering to fans of the prequel movies (because those fans exist?).

Of course, Obi-Wan is awesome and flawless and the best character on the show. *girlish sigh* I wish I liked Ahsoka Tano more, but so far I’ve nicknamed her Catchphrase Girl™ because everything she says is cheesy and out-of-place. Hopefully they develop her character better later on, though this is Star Wars we’re talking about. Princess Leia is the only redeeming female character in that entire universe that I’ve seen so far.

(But, okay. I’ve kind of adopted the phrase “Artooey” and often squeal as I say it. BUT HE IS JUST SO SMALL AND CUTE AND SQUEE. OMG.)

I’ve also decided that over the summer, I’ll start playing Skyrim. IT LOOKS SO SHINY. And I’ve heard some rumblings that it’s an awesome game. Y’know, here ‘n there. ;) But since I’m on spring break this week, I’m gonna try and catch up with Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean. I’ve nearly completed all of the story levels, then I can go back and snag all of the bonus stuff.

My Magic: The Gathering deck is finally complete, and a post about that will surface someday. In the distant future. In a galaxy far, far away…

Yes, I still love these games. SUE ME.

One geeky thing I started over break that I forgot to mention in my last post is reading The Myst Reader. The boyfriend got it for me as a Christmas present in 2010, and I’m an awful girlfriend because I’ve only just now started to read it. :X

If you played the Myst games and were totally confused about the storyline or you just want to know more, The Myst Reader is a collection of three novels written by the original creators of the games. Each book covers either what happened before Myst and after Riven. The Book of Atrus is about Atrus’ upbringing by his grandmother Anna, and how he is discovered by and becomes an apprentice for his father Gehn and later retaliates against him and Gehn’s irresponsible methods for writing linking books. The Book of Ti’ana is about the woman Ti’ana/Anna, the first human to ever venture into the D’ni world and how she single-handedly destroyed their universe. (You think they’d put this one before The Book of Atrus, since Ti’ana/Anna’s story precedes Atrus’, but I digress.) The Book of D’ni describes the events after the second game in the series, Riven, and Atrus’ attempts to rebuilt the D’ni civilization and make up for the damage his sons and father caused.

I finished The Book of Atrus over break and have started on The Book of Ti’ana, though that will probably have to wait until this semester is over. (SO. MUCH. READING. OMG.) Still, I was extremely impressed by the first book and while it could’ve used a better editing job, it was intriguing and was perfectly tied in with the opening of Myst which brought back a ton of nostalgia. According to Wikipedia, fans have been given the blessing by Cyan (the creators of Myst, Riven, and Myst V: End of Ages) to turn The Book of Ti’ana into a film, and I honestly can’t wait for it. Unless it sucks.

Myst was my very first video game ever (if you don’t count the original Oregon Trail), and it’s been great to have some extra backstory on the D’ni and the characters we come to know throughout the rest of the games. I’d still love to know more about Sirrus and Achenar’s misadventures, so hopefully a book on that is in the future, but for now these books are more than enough. I just wish I had more time to finish it!

Until next time, keep calm and geek on. 8)

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