Fanatical Queer Geek

mediamattersforamerica:

The internet’s most beloved geek Wil Wheaton calls out misogyny in gaming, and confronts the men who attack him for doing so. Incredible. 

gamingoverstorm:

aroihkin:

accobi:

beranyth:

prothy-the-prothean:

masterassassino:

doctorscottie:

ozolopolis:

xeruth:

pepsie:

theamericankid:

Gaming Logic

more you tilt your body your character will get away from danger

the louder you yell, the more critical hits you’ll land

when you stand up you can see everyone’s weakspots

when you tilt your head you’ll be able to see more of the area

When you lean forward, you get +30% concentration.

When you use controller 1, it means you’ll win

Throwing yourself bodily to the side helps you avoid obstacles in racing.

Threatening the playable character with physical injury will make platform puzzles easier.

All of these things. All of them.

Including all these mechanics is the reason why games take so much time to be fully developed.

gamingoverstorm:

aroihkin:

accobi:

beranyth:

prothy-the-prothean:

masterassassino:

doctorscottie:

ozolopolis:

xeruth:

pepsie:

theamericankid:

Gaming Logic

more you tilt your body your character will get away from danger

the louder you yell, the more critical hits you’ll land

when you stand up you can see everyone’s weakspots

when you tilt your head you’ll be able to see more of the area

When you lean forward, you get +30% concentration.

When you use controller 1, it means you’ll win

Throwing yourself bodily to the side helps you avoid obstacles in racing.

Threatening the playable character with physical injury will make platform puzzles easier.

All of these things. All of them.

Including all these mechanics is the reason why games take so much time to be fully developed.

totallynotabadvirus:

I just bought my Wonder Woman comic and these were the last two pages. Wonder woman makes me extremely happy.

If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.

Unknown (via thexpotent)

This hit me harder than I expected.

(via isarian450)

Um, I just photographed my FemShep from Mass Effect 3……

Are you the SAT because I’d do you for 3 hours and 45 minutes with a 10 minute break halfway through for snacks, and then I can stare at you for like 10 minutes and think ‘wow, I hope I don’t ruin this.’

- Dude on OKC with the best pick up lines I have ever heard (via katamarang)

This is the most romantic shit I’ve ever heard.

(via the-mayfair)

She’s a warrior. I saw her fight in New Mexico with Thor - climbed a giant metal killing machine, speared it with her double-bladed sword. It was pretty badass.

80slove:

Labyrinth,1986

Buffyverse Alphabet {insp.}

bumblingbeard:

normcore-dad:

Shout out to Al Jazeera straight up showing a video of their reporters getting tear gassed during a live interview of the Ferguson police chief denying that they are tear gassing journalists.

God damn it, I’m loving all things Al Jazeera lately.

Should Have Asked for Directions Novel Theft and Newspaper Article Update

freeasabirdlostinthewind:

Hey everyone. I know a few months ago word got out that Should Have Asked for Directions had been stolen, changed, and published. I asked everyone to let me handle it and you all honored that brilliantly. I can’t thank you enough.

The past few months have been a roller coaster of events and emotions. I’m going to give a brief - sometimes vague - rundown of what occurred, what was done about it, and where we’ve landed because I think you all deserve it.

I found out about the novel from a fan in England who wants to remain nameless. He shot me a message and linked me to a newspaper article about a girl who, against all odds, had written her first novel. It was my story, a hetero version of it, with another writer’s name on the cover out there for all to buy.

The first thing I did was talk to Google’s DMCA department about removing search links to all the retailers who were selling it. They responded swiftly. The next thing I did was hire a lawyer. He’s brilliant, perfect, and I imagine him doing his lawyer work wearing a sort of royal blue super hero costume. He also agreed to work pro bono for me in an effort to help combat online infringement.

We sent a threatening letter of lawsuit due to Copyright Infringement and Trademark Infringement to the publisher, to Random House (the publisher’s parent company), to the newspaper reporter, to the girl who stole my story, and to her family.

Instantly, the publishers responded. They yanked the novel off websites and shelves and eagerly agreed to a financial settlement with me in lieu of going to court. I was pleasantly surprised. The reporter also responded and interviewed me for a followup corrective piece to be published in that newspaper.

I took that moment to speak about internet fiction and how stories aren’t posted online for the taking. They’re slaved over just like hard copy. It’s not a free for all. I encouraged writers to register their online work. 

I also took that moment to speak about this fandom. This girl stole a story beloved by many and yanked its heart out by turning it into a heterosexual love story. I spoke about how the story brought me closer to thousands of people across the world and would eventually be read by millions who continue, to this day, to email me what it meant to them. And I know it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s very understandable, but those who loved it… loved it fierce.

Which led me to speak about the fandom’s extreme passion for our ship, Faberry, and each other and how its a point of pride to us. And I talked about how my mother first turned me on to the simplest form of “fanfiction” when she rewrote the endings to her favorite stories in order to fulfill her own desires for the characters. It’s what opened my eyes to the joy of fanfiction and what ultimate led me to write the story I always wanted to read when I was a young gay woman.

What she stole from our story broke me in that moment of discovery. A stream of expletives flew and tears fell. She took its heart for a buck and I don’t think she’ll ever understand what that felt like for me, its actual author.

What happened next continues to confuse me. The parents of the girl who stole it have yet to be cooperative. They believe she believes she wrote it. They claim every excuse from Sunday, but none of it makes sense to anyone listening considering she was smart enough to take a 250k word story and adapt it. I honestly believe she had help. But I won’t get into that. Where this defensiveness comes from, I don’t know. Is, “I’m sorry, we were wrong,” too much to ask for?

I never went after this girl for money. She’s 16. And although she stole my story, even stole things I’ve said about Wuthering Heights and Jane Austen, I was never interested in ruining her life or the life of her parents. I even assumed it only to be a very naive mistake by a young woman. There was never any malice brought against her. After all, she’s 16. I simply wanted an admission of truth - that she didn’t write it. Signed, sealed, and delivered in beautiful affidavit form.

The truth is all we ever wanted to reveal. This started with a retraction from the paper. My lawyer and I waited for the article to come out. For three weeks, we waited. Today, it did.

Today, what should have been the nice in-depth piece of journalism on an interesting case of copyright infringement, instead came a bereft article - if you can call it that - about a book being withdrawn from sale. The article ridiculously still only says I “claim” to have written it, as if the truth isn’t available for all eyes to see. The article doesn’t even mention her by name. Considering all the lawyer work and most of the article is under my actual name, that small curtain of privacy I had will now go away. However, I think it’s more important to involve you guys.  You can read it here. They’ve since removed the original article, too. But you can view it here. Prepare yourselves for bullshit.

The full length corrective article I previewed before it was to go live was the exact opposite of what they released today in favor of protecting themselves and the girl who stole it. What I’ve come to realize the situation to be is this: personal responsibility is apparently overrated.

The girl won’t admit she stole. Her parents won’t admit she stole it.

The newspaper wants to bury its lack of investigation the first time around (Really? Can no one Google things?) and follow it up with a shameful piece of correction, if you can even call it that. As if all the evidence they needed wasn’t relayed to them and STILL EXISTS ON THE INTERNET. 

Frankly, it’s disappointing. Simply seeing the word “claims” by the statement that I wrote it is hard enough. I was also thrilled to have a small platform moment to talk about this community of women and men and what it means to me and to others. I feel when it’s spoken about in the press, it’s often with a tone of mockery or embarrassment. I don’t feel that way and never have.

And the one thing I wanted from all of this was for the people who did wrong to admit said wrong doing and for my story to return to the people it belongs to: you guys. Apparently, that’s too much to ask for in this day and age. 

I don’t wish to leave this on a defeated note, so I’ll say I’m extremely pleased with how the publishers responded. I’m extremely pleased with how serious my lawyer took me. The question, “What is fanfiction and what is Faberry?” provided a funny start to entertaining dialogue.

And I’m extremely satisfied with the experience this situation brought me. If only for the fact that I can take this moment to urge all of you writers to register your work like I do. Do it today. Spend the money. Protect yourself and your stories, fanfiction or not. You deserve it.

The crazy thing is, in the original article, the 2nd novel she was working on was a rip off of a Brittana story- The Knife Throwers Daughter!

This is an excellent read. Also, I’m totally quoted in it (even if I forgot I gave that quote!)  For anyone who reads for writes femslash fanfic, this breaks it down hardcore.