I played a bit of The Binding of Isaac in its original PC form, though my laptop tends to overheat or lag when I play even the most basic of games on it. (My roommates will tell you how much of a nightmare it is playing Civilization V with me.) This kept me from truly enjoying the game. However, with The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth now on PlayStation Vita, I’ve been able to carry it around with me everywhere I go (it doesn’t lag or overheat either), so I’ve been investing some serious time into it.
Every so often, a writer is struck with an idea that is destined to become that person’s definitive work. That work, by its very nature, will transcend everything else that writer has done and will outlive the writer him or herself–in some cases, by centuries.
When that inspiration strikes, one must obey its call. One must rush off to the nearest computer or typewriter and get that idea on paper or on a screen before it fades. If the person is having dinner at a restaurant, he or she must grab a napkin — nay, a stack of napkins — and borrow a pen from another patron. Despite the chaos this may cause, especially if this inspiration descends during lunch rush, that idea must be put into a form in which it can be seen or heard by the world.
I’ve had some strong words for #GamerGate recently, but that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to point out when one of their own does something incredibly awesome.
I’m referring to Michael Piña (Tumblr user hokuto-ju-no-ken)’s interaction with a 16-year-old girl who was harassing him. I reached out to him over Skype to get the full story. Here’s what he told me:
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who asks about GamerGate — this friend is anti and I’m pro — but it was a really calm and civil debate. It ended pretty quickly and we just went on with our day.
A few hours later I suddenly saw the tweets I posted screencaps of in my mentions on twitter, the doxxing/threats, and reported the account and asked people on my tumblr to report it as well.
A while later, the friend I had the initial discussion with told me that one of their followers/personal friends (the 16-year-old girl) sent her a message saying that she thinks she sent me a “really strong message” and that she did her best to make sure I wouldn’t “bother anymore women” with misogyny/harassment, etc.
She told the girl that her actions were disgusting and unacceptable. The girl reacted angrily, blocked contact, and called her a gender traitor and — excuse the language — a “male cum-guzzling sycophant.”
So, my friend, being a personal friend of this girl, decided to get in contact with her mother out of concern for her actions. I don’t know about their exact conversation, but the mother wanted to speak with me directly on the phone. That’s where the summary I gave came in.
This summary is pretty heartwarming, in fact. Instead of just telling you about it, I’ll let you read it for yourself. Here’s the link.
It’s sad that this girl honestly believed that “being a good feminist” meant she was obligated to doxx and harass people. However, Piña’s response was beautiful and heartwarming, and I’d like to believe he changed a confused girl’s life for the better.
More conversations like this need to happen right now. It’s been a rough six weeks, but I’m glad to know I live in a world where things like this happen.
I’ve spoken about my thoughts on #GamerGate before. I sat down with some people, had some conversations, and tried to find some middle ground. I met some good people, I met some terrible people, and I met some confused people. I did not, however, come to a resolution on how I felt about the whole thing at that point.
After having some time to think about it, though, checking in on the #GamerGate hashtag whenever I have a free minute, I’ve finally formed an opinion:
#GamerGate will never accomplish anything ever.
It’s no secret that Alcoholic Luigi and I have been planning a night of Hyrule Warriors for a while now. Well, this night has finally happened, and it included cheap pizza. Because why wouldn’t it?
Turbine has done it again: They’ve lured me back into the world of The Lord of the Rings Online with the promise of a new feature that sounds awesome. Last time it was mounted combat (which came with the Riders of Rohan expansion), and this time it’s the promise of the upcoming Beorning class.