Making One Mistake After Another

This Snakejuice is basically rat poison. Everybody’s wasted.


Happy 20th anniversary, Earthbound! ⊟

The SNES RPG released 20 years ago today in Japan, where it came out as Mother 2. Where did all those years go? Why isn’t there an English portable version of this? How am I going to justify buying a Mr. Saturn haramaki?

The series’ creator Shigesato Itoi posted this message today:

It’s been 20 years now since MOTHER 2 came out.

…Are you happy?

・Yes → Me too.

・No → Be happy!!

Thanks to @pimoji for the anniversary photo and artwork.

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I remember the days when games were about worlds you could explore and about being good, and not about who's got representation and gender this and sexuality that. I miss those days.


Those days miss you, too. I recently found a yellowed letter under one of the floorboards, and it was addressed to you and signed by those days with a tear-stained kiss of lipstick.

Meanwhile, in the present, those of us who work in the industry and who are—amazingly—able to consider more than one idea at the same time, will continue to create good games about worlds you can explore AND occasionally talk about inclusivity.

If you are feeling compassion fatigue, I think it might be okay to sit out those discussions, at least until you get your strength back. While it will be tough not having you available for close consultation, somehow we will soldier on.


Also: is this guy really saying he wishes games would stop trying to better represent the variety of people who play them? Eesh.

Dear Mr Gaider, I'm very curious what do you think about Anita Sarkeesian's video series "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" especially since she often speaks about BioWare games.




I think they’re quite thought-provoking. While I don’t always agree with her conclusions, I tend to agree more often than not… and, even if I didn’t, I fully support her right to ask these questions even about games on which I’ve worked or which I love.

The guys who defend their vile rhetoric (or outright abuse) regarding Anita with “because I think she’s wrong” clearly never grew out of the kindergarten-level mentality which says the only way to disagree with someone is to punch them in the face.

In fact, now that I consider it, I’ve seen children in kindergarten with better conflict resolution skills, so it’s more likely these guys are just assholes. They feel impotent in every other aspect of their life and are thus desperate to feel manly by lashing out at someone they’ve built up as a villain in their heads… and nobody took them aside in the schoolyard to educate them that hitting a girl is, without question, the least manly thing you can do, no matter what you think she’s done.

Either way, the videos are worth a watch. Those who don’t know about them can catch them on the Feminist Frequency channel here.

Mr. Gaider, to think that you would insult a group of people baselessly and with such vitriol is… greatly disappointing; especially since you’ve been one of my favourite video game writers since I bought Dragon Age Origins. You paint all disagreement with Sarkeesian as bullying, demeaning, disrespectful and baseless.

Sad to say, there were quite a few reactionaries in the early days of her infamy that were bullying and threatening and this is a stain on video game discourse in general. Worse yet it allows people to paint any criticism of Sarkeesian’s information as sexist bullies — much as you hear for just about any criticism leveled against any claim made by any feminist. This constant act of Strawmanning that you just took part in, is a great disservice to honest and reasonable discourse everywhere.

Is some of criticism against her disrespectful? Yes, absolutely; know why? Well, Mr. Gaider you’ve been working on a game where the is a focus on taking action to grow your organization’s influence in the world, so surely you must understand that respect needs to be earned not simply given.

Anita Sarkeesian has given no one any reason to respect her; her cherry-picking of facts and manipulation of information to always make her and her causes look victimized is simply disdainful. I refer you to the video below — in which her work is deconstructed thoroughly and without vitriol.

No one doesn’t support her right to ask her questions, what people take issue with is her spreading of misinformation and her portrayal of everything as victimizing women, and while there most certainly is still some victimization and marginalization of women in media, the idea that it is some all-encompassing, monolithic structure in media anymore is utterly false.

I would also ask you about this statement “and nobody took them aside in the schoolyard to educate them that hitting a girl is, without question, the least many thing you can do, no matter what you think she’s done.” Why is it only ‘hitting a girl’? Should it not be ‘hitting anyone’ — though I disagree that there is never a reason to hit someone, I will agree that out of a philosophical difference is never acceptable — why should that statement only apply to women? Men, women and any non-binary person should all be equally protected from violence. We ought to live in a society where all people are treated equitably; putting such a strong focus on any one group within is, in truth, detrimental to that cause.

In short Mr. Gaider, while you personally do have my respect and admiration, the way you portray any disagreement with Ms. Sarkeesian is entirely assinine and I hope to see some evolution from you on this matter. Thank you for your time.

Oh, please.

I did not portray “any disagreement” with Anita as anything. I said those who use vile rhetoric or outright abuse. Why you’d choose to lump yourself in with those you yourself call a stain on video game discourse, I can’t really imagine. You’re not one of those people? Awesome. You disagree with Anita, and can do so in a respectful manner? Even better.

Because you’re wrong about one thing. Respect does not need to be earned. You shouldn’t have to go out of your way to prove that you deserve to be treated in a respectful manner. Unless you’re confusing respect with admiration, that should be pretty clear.

As for “why is it only hitting a girl?” — come on, man. Seriously? Yes, you are absolutely correct that it’s not okay to hit anyone… but if there are men out there who didn’t figure out at some point that it is indeed worse when their target is a woman then they simply don’t know what it actually means to be a man. Worse, they aren’t listening when a woman says it is not the same as when the situation is reversed. Because it isn’t. I learned that in the schoolyard—why didn’t you?

Have I mentioned that David Gaider is great? Because he is.


Earlier tonight, someone tweeted at me, “Not to be rude, but you’re part of the problem. You’ve compromised your integrity as a journalist by being an activist.”

There are always a few things that come to mind when I hear this viewpoint expressed. First of all, my role at GameSpot was not that…


Donatello Game Boy ⊟

To quote Juicy J, “All this green in my pockets, you could call it turtle power.” Fitting tributes to the best turtle from the arcade game. The fanart comes from Thomas Mikkelsen, while the Game Boy mod is from Balkani.

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Oh man, I love this.



…You know, I was initially inclined to write off the whole “oblivious-Danny-unwittingly-flirts-with-closeted-Ethan” storyline as just more good old-fashioned, sitcom-style hijinks born of simple misunderstanding, but…


…belatedly? It occurs to me here that Danny never actually said that he was straight.

It’s a Willis strip, after all. We can’t assume anything.

I cannot express how happy I would be if Danny was bisexual. I mean, I would feel bad for Amber, but still. Representation and shit.

Dude can be bi and still date Amber exclusively. Or did you mean something else…?



i thought my artist friends would appreciate this omfg

For all my inker/colorist friends


I went on a twitter rant yesterday and I still feel the same way today.  Because of work, I didn’t have time to write the essay on this I think it deserves, and honestly so many more people have already put it out there better than I might (roxanegay for one, but also probably so many others).

This is a complicated issue for me. My brother, a police officer, was in riot gear in Ferguson on Sunday night and Monday morning. I texted him last night and he was geared up again, waiting for the call, cradling my infant niece. I know what’s right here, and it’s justice for this family and this community, and it hurts to know that my own brother—a thinking, reasonable, justice-loving person like me—could be (is?) part of the problem right now.

All I can do is think about this. All I can do is talk about it and hope that it eventually starts to make sense, and that it helps other people to make sense of it too. And I want change, too, but I don’t know what my place in that is yet, and I’m looking for it. And I’m doing my best to listen. For now, maybe that’s my job. Listen, listen, challenge myself and the people around me to really listen, and then listen some more.

I want my black friends, and their kids, to wake up every morning knowing for certain that they matter as much as me and my family. I want them to know this so hard that they don’t even have to think about it anymore, in the same way that I don’t have to think about it and never have. They deserve that, the same privilege as me. And I want them to feel like they can trust the institutions that are ostensibly supposed to serve and protect them (something even I am feeling less and less every day). Everyone deserves this. I think it’s a human right.

Also, these tweets made two pretty racist people on twitter angry so mission accomplished I guess.