December 17, 2009

Where I’m writing

Filed under:Lake Desire Elsewhere, Personal, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 11:59 am

This blog is getting a bit decrepit. I started writing on a feminist gamer group blog called Border House. I’ll probably post most of my videogame related writing there in the near future because I’m into doing a group project. As always, my general science fiction related writing goes on Feminist SF – The Blog!

I’ll still post here now and again, especially things that don’t belong on either group site.


June 7, 2008

Plans for New Game Plus

Filed under:Personal — Lake Desire @ 3:25 pm

My blogging hiatus does not mean I’m going to give up blogging! On the contrary, I am finally getting the internet at home this September, so I ought to have more time online to post. I’m planning on opening my topic of discussion in New Game Plus to include more on my life than gaming and tangental geeky stuff. I intend to blog more on activism, radical politics, and academia. And of course, write about being a nerd with game and film and nerd culture criticism. I plan on figuring out how to put a new layout on my blog, too.


January 23, 2008

Texts that Mimic Videogames

Filed under:Personal, Videogames, Writing — Lake Desire @ 10:39 am

Hey all. I want to pick your brains.

I’m taking a class on intermedia theory, and I’m deciding what to write my final paper on. I’d like to focus on remediation, the theory that new media mimics old form (like ebooks mimicking the printed page). I’m curious if there are any texts out there that mimic videogames. I was thinking about writing about how one could play the novel House of Leaves, and then bring in the DS game Hotel Dusk to discuss a game mimicking the presentation of a book (holding the DS sideways) and genre conventions of a mystery novel. (I haven’t played Hotel Dusk, but it would give me an excuse to check out a new game.)

My question for you all: any other texts (books, movies, games, otherwise) I should check out for my project? PC games are harder for me to play since I’m a Mac user, but I have access to pretty much any DS game, and am willing to rent or buy Wii and PS2 games.


January 20, 2008

Musings on Pirating Games

Filed under:Personal, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 1:48 pm

I pirate games. I’m a bit afraid to openly admit it on the internet because I don’t know if saying so incriminates myself in some way, and I’m not sure if I’ll be reprimanded by my readers. I wanted to open discussion and see how my fellow radical gamers feel about pirating. I don’t want to hurt my friends who work in the game industry, but I’m a cheap-ass, capitalism-loathing student and when I can remove myself from supporting multinational corporations. I’m also privileged and know it’s unlikely I’ll ever be punished for software piracy.

Where are you all at with pirating? What’s an anti-capitalist gamer to do?


December 25, 2007

I am Happy

Filed under:Personal, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 11:20 pm

I got Metroid Prime 3 for Christmas. I haven’t really played much of the old Metroid games, but I figure it’s about time I get into the series because folks I trust rave about it. And I admit I’m intrigued by Samus and want to join the conversation on her gender with a little bit more authority. I left my Wii in Bellingham (I’m at my parents house, visiting), but I’ll post my thoughts once I have a chance.

Christmas was fun. I was showered in all the material goods I could ever want! I saw I am Legend with my parents and brother, and go figure, I wrote a blog post about it like I always do when I step out into pop culture.


November 5, 2007

New Cerise Issue

Filed under:News, Personal, Writing — Lake Desire @ 9:07 pm

The November issue of Cerise is out today! It’s sex themed, and I’m not especially into talking about sex, yet I find myself just as engaged with this issue of the magazine as any other. Go figure. I even had time to write an article for this issue (grad school is calming down a bit), a gamer story called Who’s entitled to me? It’s more of a narrative than analytical. I really needed to write it, but it was stuff that was hard to put out there for the world to read.


September 27, 2007

Grad school!

Filed under:Personal, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 6:44 am

Hey all! I’ve got a darn good reason for not posting all month–I started grad school! I’m going to the same university as I did for my undergrad, but this time around I’m working on my MA in English Studies. As a part of my program, I just started teaching English 101 this week, which is an introduction to college composition course. I’ve spent the last two weeks getting ready for it.

My actual grad school classes start today, so we’ll see how it goes. And don’t worry, blogging and Cerise are still going to be a part of my life.


August 22, 2007

No content in this post, either

Filed under:Personal — Lake Desire @ 9:23 pm

Sorry I haven’t been blogging lately. I always have one excuse or another: school, work, no time to game, etc. Now it’s savoring the last bits of summer outside and even getting out and traveling. I just got back from a bike trip to Vancouver Island, and in a week and a half I’m going to Nicaragua with my brother’s bike time. I’m not even giving you all much to miss, since I’ve been so quiet on blogging lately.


August 7, 2007

Cerise August 2007

Filed under:News, Online Communities, Personal, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 3:56 pm

The August 2007 issue of Cerise Magazine is out. I think that the whole issue reeks of awesomeness. Check it out, yeah? And don’t forget to submit for the September issue by August 20.

I would have posted this sooner, but I was camping over the weekend at Lake Wenatchee with my mom and her sister. I remembered after I got there that I brought my laptop last year because a local sundries shop has wireless, but I still can’t get it in my head that I’ll find free wifi in rustic Eastern Washington.


July 22, 2007

Don’t spoil HP7 Plz

Filed under:Personal — Lake Desire @ 10:01 am

I really need to stay offline. It seems like half my internet friends are done with Harry Potter already, and I haven’t even opened my copy yet. (I accidently shipped it to my house because I forgot I had a bike race out of town this weekend and was going to stay with my parents.) I’m not an especially fast reader, so it’ll probably take me at least half a week to finish the book, so don’t tell me what happens, OK? In the mean time, I really am going to try and keep away from people.

Edit 7/24/2007: If you haven’t finished the book yet, don’t read the comments to this thread. (I haven’t yet. Sorry, I really am being careful with the internet.) My mom said someone posted a spoiler. She wasn’t sure if it was fake or not, but I asked her to delete it for me.