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Three good pieces on gender

Three good pieces on gender

There must have been something in the tubes last week, because I found three really excellent pieces about gender and feminist concerns that really stuck with me as I procrastinated on finishing the edits to vN. Given that the novel has a female protagonist for much of the story, you can see why I might have had these issues on my mind.

What I’m working on lately

What I’m working on lately

In case you missed it, my recent Tor.com Dystopia Week contribution talks about my training as a futurist and my contributions to the 2020 Media Futures project. Here’s another thing I’m working on: Now, I didn’t make this glove. But for my work on the PLAYPR project, I get to write stories about it. I attended a fantastic meeting today with the people who designed and manufactured this glove. They’re planning the next phase of user testing, and I got…

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Another plea for more female leads in games:

Another plea for more female leads in games:

BB Offworld has a great essay on why there should be more female leads in games: Ultimately, though, I need games to have a few more girls in them because it’s just downright *weird* that they don’t. Girls are pretty much an epidemic. We get everywhere. We do all kinds of stuff. There really are an awful lot of us around. That we still run out of entries for the Great Gaming Leading Lady Pantheon before we run out of…

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"Like fucking a burning dolphin"

"Like fucking a burning dolphin"

Via Making Light, we have a foully erudite, fantastically observed explanation of why people still love Silent Hill 2, including why the story needed to be told via a game rather than a book, film, or zoetrope. (Wait until he mentions imperialism. Make sure your drink is well away from your keyboard.) God, I have such a serious urge to go kick the shit out of some vomiting ghost babies, right now. Which is sad, because I’m woefully bad at…

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In which I am yet again inspired by gaming tech:

In which I am yet again inspired by gaming tech:

Remember this? Jon lay on a white leather divan, utterly unaware. The two girls who sat beside him every day in literature class were drawing on him with calligraphy brushes. They had duct taped tracked pens to each brush. A little remote infrared camera sat atop a humming portable projector. Another camera sat on a tripod beside it. On a monitor at their feet, Violet watched a digital iteration of Jon’s supine body slowly acquiring each mark, each brushstroke. The…

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possible "Trico" trailer afoot

possible "Trico" trailer afoot

I’m posting this footage for Death Ray, and anyone else who’s curious about a possible followup to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, two of the most important games to come out of the PlayStation household in recent years. Honey, we need a PS3.