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December 21, 2007

No more shit on my blog, I hope

Filed under:Site News, Wii — Lake Desire @ 10:49 pm

I finally updated my antispam plugins. I guess I never thought to, and just kept deleting the 40-60 spam comments and trackbacks that got through. Do the machines advertising the FF10 hentai know this is a gamer site, or throw that stuff all over the internets?’

Meanwhile, in real life, I made it through my first quarter of grad school and teaching unscathed. (I’m studying English.) The first quarter is supposed to be the hardest, but I still had time to join my university’s cycling team, keep volunteering at the foodbank, and maintain my extroverted lifestyle. I did, however, completely miss the passing of NG+’s two year anniversary. Oops.

I have no idea what’s going on in the world of gaming or game blogs. But at least I have been playing the darn things! (In the past I’ve been too busy writing about them.) As I’ve mentioned before, I’m playing Resident Evil 4 again with my copilot Meghann, this time on the Wii. We’re almost done and get to play the Assignment Ada mission soon. (We played RE4 on GameCube the first time, which left it out for some reason.)

I also borrowed Super Mario Galaxy from one of my classmates. I’m going to write a review for Cerise, but a preview: it’s an even more innovative stoner game that Katamari, but hella boring to play alone. My roommates and I have been working together on the same save file. Great bonding, and the second player even gets some action with the Wii remote.

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May 23, 2007

Carnival Reminders

Filed under:Personal, Science Fiction, Site News — Lake Desire @ 9:49 am

Hello everyone! I’m still around, but I’ve been outside cycling and enjoying the nice weather instead of gaming and writing about it. (Maybe I need to finally get that ladies D&D group together so we can do something nerdy outside.) And I’m stuck on Pokemon Pearl, that doesn’t help much, either.

Hey bloggers and LJ folks: Don’t forget to submit to the 14th Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans at Heroine Content by May 30 and the very first People of Color Science Fiction Carnival by June 15. As usual, I’d be happy to host your writing here if you’re not a blogger yourself.

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March 18, 2007

I’m ready for a new layout

Filed under:Site News — Lake Desire @ 10:07 am

I’m ready for a new layout for NG+. I’ve had this buggy thing for almost a year and a half now. Since I don’t know CSS or PHP, does anyone have any suggestions for a nice WordPress theme that fits my site’s themes? I’d like to keep something pinkish, but I also like brown and orange.

And hey, if any of you know how to do layouts, I’d be willing to mail you some vegan cookies or do some editing in return.

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March 1, 2007

Feminst SF Carnival #11 Up at Women’s Work

Filed under:Site News — Lake Desire @ 10:38 am

I can’t believe there are now eleven issues of the Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy fans. I’m proud NG+ has been included in every one–and extra proud of Meghann’s post, Relax, Gentlemen, for making it in the latest issue at Women’s Work.

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January 3, 2007

Sometimes, I Miss the Internet

Filed under:Personal, Site News — Lake Desire @ 5:33 pm

I wonder if I’m the only person in North America that has a Wii but no internet at home.

I’ve been gaming more lately (I just bought another DDR pad, so that’s been going on lots at our house), but blogging less–especially posts that are critical and analytical. Probably because I don’t have the internet at my house, so I have to go outside to get a wireless signal from the neighbors. This was fine and dandy in the summer, but now getting online involves bundling up. I usually run out, check my E-mail, then hustle back in.

My iBook is also getting rather decrepit, so I don’t like to spend a lot of time on it. (I spilled tea on the keyboard a few months ago, so the arrow keys and the equal sign don’t work. Very annoying when trying to write.)

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November 28, 2006

Happy Birthday, New Game Plus!

Filed under:Personal, Site News — Lake Desire @ 11:59 pm

New Game Plus turns one today. Happy birthday, my beloved blog.

I was terrified when I began blogging. I wanted to do a project on feminism and video games for a women’s studies class, and wanted to work on something that would keep going after the class ended. I was so scared I’d be flamed and critiqued by both gamers and feminists alike, but things turned out quite the contrary.

I’ve made so many amazing friends through NG+. As those who know me offline can attest, your love and support has enriched my life in ways that extend beyond the internet.

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August 4, 2006

Beyond Good and Evil

Filed under:Personal, Site News, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 7:10 am

I’m off for a long weekend, taking my first ever bike trip to the San Juan Islands. I’ll miss you all, but I’m sure you’ll give me some lovely comments to read when I get back.

I’m leaving you all with a link to an article about one of my favorite games, Beyond Good and Evil. It’s a favorite because it’s the closet I’ve played to a feminist video game. Owen Huges of Ubisoft PR reflects on why the game didn’t take off in popularity:

In the end BG&E got off to a slow start and never really picked up. Everyone who played it loved it, but not enough people to warrant any further investment in sequels at this point. It’s always gratifying to receive an email or letter from a customer who bought and enjoyed Beyond Good & Evil, and I always try to make a point of responding. It’s a game I personally think was a high point for Ubisoft, and proof that gaming is not always about polygons, frame rates and rag-doll physics. The recipe that made Michel Ancel’s game what it is—style, imagination, gameplay and emotion—is hard to beat for those looking for something more in their gaming than their next head shot, touchdown or fastest lap.

Article found via GayGamer.net.

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August 3, 2006

Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans: 3rd Edition

Filed under:Online Communities, Science Fiction, Site News — Lake Desire @ 10:26 pm

Welcome to the 3rd Edition of the Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans. Putting together this issue has been a pleasure; I’m learning so much about comics from you lot.

If you’d like to host a future issue of the carnival, please E-mail ragnellthefoul AT hotmail DOT com .

Onward!

Film and Television

Starting us off, Jen of reappropriate writes on Lois Lane in her Margot Kidder incarnation as a feminist icon:

And despite being married to the most powerful man in the world, the flawed Lois is a reminder that what is truly breathtaking is not what Superman can do with his powers, but what humanity, particularly femininity, can do without them.

In the category of race, LiveJournal user rachelmanija writes a two part post that analyzes the pros and cons of colorblind race casting, honing in on Star Trek.

In another LiveJournal post, bitterfig shares her Thoughts on Lady in the Water, the latest M. Night Shyamalan film.

Comics

Pam Noles–in “Persistence Overcomes Resistance”: Thoughts On The Black Panel at Comic Con International, 2006–recounts and analyzes the lone Black Panel at this years Comic Con:

It’s one thing to choose to not acknowledge the myriad Other around you when you set out to do your fiction. I might even argue that this is your right, in a Woody Allen sense, if you choose to unleash your skills exploring a unique cultural subset with as much verisimilitude as you can muster to which this type of issue is not entirely applicable. But it’s something else ENTIRELY to recognize those differences, yet be too afraid to even make the attempt to engage with them on any level in the fictional worlds that you create from your soul. What’s wrong with your creator soul that the thought of realigning yourself beyond your default boundaries is so very frightful that you won’t even make the attempt? If you are too afraid to do that, perhaps it’s time to take another look at the job description.

On the Whileaway LiveJournal Community, Ide Cyan writes on desirability of male nerds in Spider-Man: Unmasked and how it influences her purchases.

100LittleDolls discusses Batwoman in Access to Power:

As far as DC making the current incarnation of Batwoman a lesbian: it’s to sell books. DC in no way believes that straight women can’t be powerful, that a straight woman superhero isn’t the answer to the typical male (straight) superhero. Most of the superhero’s that we read about are straight: Wonder Woman is straight, She-Hulk is straight, Phoenix is soo straight, I could go on and on. I can only count on one hand the number of lesbian superhero’s I’m aware of.

In Monday Misandry, Ragnell wonders if any man would actually avoid entertainment with respectul female characters.

Katherine of Whereof one can speak writes about female characters positioned as the Other and how difficult it was for her to identify with these characters when she was a girl. From her post Costume design and reader identification; or For God’s sake, woman, put some underwear on!:

Well, Sheeva was a very cool character in many ways. She was self-assured, confident, strong; she could make things explode with her mind. Even the above image of her is not the worst cheesecake I’ve ever seen, by a country mile: there’s no cleavage, she’s reasonably proportioned, her stance and expression are not porny and (gasp!) her shoes have flat heels.

But she’s not wearing any underwear!

And BANG! my eight-year-old self lost interest, just like that.

Panties still seem to be out these days for superheroines. Karen Healey breaks down the of an upcoming issue of Supergirl in Whose Goddamn Title Is It Anyways:

What the fuck is that miniscule ruffle that barely covers the top of her thighs? Could it possibly be made any clearer that this sixteen-year-old flying superheroine is not wearing underwear?

If you weren’t familiar with either of these characters, based entirely on the depiction of their costumes and positions, which one would you say is capable of beating the crap out of the other without breaking a sweat?

Who is powerful?

Who is vulnerable?

Yeah. And people wonder why I’m angry.

In An Open Letter to Edgy Writers Who Write About Really Real Real Life, Dan Jacobson writes about rape as a plot device:

You may think that this means that I think there’s something inherently wrong with dealing with sexual assault and rape in comic stories. This is not precisely true. Dealing with it is fine. But simply introducing it into the text is not the same thing as dealing with it. Simply presenting it as bad, or taking a textual stance against it, is not the same thing as dealing with it. We all know it’s bad. You won’t be blowing any minds with that stunning revelation. And yes, the same could probably be said for all violent crimes. What sets rape apart, however, is that it is a crime that, the overwhelming majority of the time, happens to women, and happens to them precisely because they are women.

Video Games

Guilded Lily has conducted a wonderful two part interview with game developer Tara Teich on getting more women into the game industry.

My own entry for the carnival is Passing, in which I discuss my reasons for hiding that I’m a gamer and a geek.

100LittleDolls–after experiencing a form of malicious alternative masculinity–declares in her post Masculinity, Nerds, and Me:

I’m not interested in games, comics, anime, what have you, in order to prove anything. My interest is that I simply like them. I think the guys I came in contact with initially started out the same way, but found that as they grew older and had their masculinity questioned, they had to use their hobbies as a way to prove themselves. I, as a geek girl, stand in direct opposition to that, which is why I failed, after the first couple of hours, to find a common ground with them.

That’s it for this issue! Thank you all for submitting. Keep an eye on the official carnival home for announcements involving the next issue. Until then, keep reading, writing, gaming, and opining.

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July 27, 2006

Official Call for Submissions: 3rd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans

Filed under:Science Fiction, Site News — Lake Desire @ 8:50 pm

I’m hosting the next issue of The Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans, which will be released one week from today on August 3, 2006.

The issue’s theme–or writing prompt–is the present through origins. This could be a reflection on how your feminism and geekiness came to intersect, a post that traces the the evolution of women in a particular genre, a revisitation of the old school canons, a look at fresh and new things that are starting a revolution of their own, a memoir of finding that first great book or game or comic that really clicked for you, or whatever you can imagine.

Of course, the usual guidelines are fair game. They are (written by Ragnell):

  • All Weblog Postings on Science Fiction and Fantasy works in all media (books, comic books, television, film, roleplaying tabletop games and video games) written from a Feminist Perspective are eligible.
  • Fan fiction written from a Feminist Perspective is eligible.
  • Posts about fan fiction written from a Feminist Perspective are eligible.
  • Posts about conventions and fan gatherings of a Feminist nature are eligible.
  • Posts about conventions and fan gatherings written from a Feminist Perspective are eligible.
  • Posts about any science fiction or fantasy fandom written from a Feminist Perspective are eligible.
  • Posts linking to newsand announcements are eligible, so long as they pertain specifically to the Feminist Sci-Fi Fantasy community.
  • Considerations about science fiction/fantasy news from a Feminist Perspective are eligible.
  • Analysis of non-Feminist works from a Feminist Perspective are eligible.
  • Rants about any of the above written from a Feminist Perspective are eligible.
  • Posts which spell “Space” using 3 A’s and two exclamation points and are written from a Feminist Perspective are eligible.
  • Posts about Green-Skinned Amazons (from Outer Spaaace!) with more than two breasts that are not written from a Feminist Perspective will not be eligible (and if they aren’t damned funny,* will be reproduced for mockery).
  • Posts about Getting Your Girlfriend into [specific type of fandom] had also better be damned funny. If written from a Feminist Perspective (even tongue-in-cheek), they will be eligible.

    *Sexist and/or homophobic does not equal damned funny, nor does it constitute anything approaching a Feminist Perspective.

  • Anything goes, really.

    Submission deadlines are August 1, 2006 (although I’ll still consider late submissions if I have time). Please E-mail them to lakedesire@gmail.com or use the web submission form.

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    June 12, 2006

    Adverts and me

    Filed under:Site News — Lake Desire @ 10:42 am

    I’m thinking about running advertisements on New Game Plus–something like Google AdSense–but I’d like my readers’ feedback before I make a decision. I’m not especially opposed to advertisements on websites because they allow poor people to have their own websites. Me… well, I’m a privileged college student dependent on my parents’ generosity. I’d like the extra income to help out with bills, and, yes, also so I can afford to buy that DS Lite I’ve been eyeing (I’m generally a rather frugal gamer, buying most of my games used or borrowing from friends).

    Does anyone have experience with blogging for profit on their own sites? I get about 500 hits a day, so I’m not expecting enough to live off of or anything, but I’d love to hear your experiences.

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