October 5th, 2006



There's this article on BBC about women being insufficiently involved in the gaming industry. It's got a comments section which won't let me actually post a comment, so I'm posting here what I tried to write there, because apparently I'm sufficiently annoyed by the whole thing to do so.

I find it interesting that this article focuses entirely on console games. My own experiences as a gamer began with Dungeons & Dragons as the only girl in the group at age 8, and even then I experienced none of the highly-flaunted discrimination against girls in gaming. Now in my thirties I still play RPGs when I get the chance and participate in the MMORPG City of Heroes, where no one is in the least surprised that there's a woman at the keyboard. Perhaps if the media would stop insisting women are marginalized in gaming people would stop thinking it--I doubt the gaming industry is failing women any more than the personal care industry is failing men. The truth is, I think we're pretty much all getting out of it what we want to.

That's a bit sweeping and generalized, but then, so was their article. I suspect I've got quite a lot more to say on the topic, and maybe I'll revisit it sometime soon here.
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Ted and I went into Cork today, mostly to see "Children of Men", which left us both kind of staggering. It's really very good, but it's *extremely* emotionally intense and *really* doesn't let up. I'm not entirely sure I'd have gone to see it if I'd known how relentless it was, but it was well worth watching. We hit Other Realms after that and picked up comic books, and staggered home to eat morally inferior food and goof around on the computer all night.

We are *nearly* finished with season one of Tru Calling, which aberdeen sent us ages and ages ago. Ted is deliberately torturing me and not letting me watch the last two episodes tonight. It is much, *much* better than we expected it to be, which is still surprising me. Jason Priestly is in the second half of the season, and I've never seen him in anything, and he's really *good*. The entire setup is good, the acting is good, the characters are well-developed, the episodes are consistent--I'm totally surprised. Must! Get! Second! Season!

And, in closing, Cutest! Sloth! Ever! countered by Naughty, naughty lemur! :)