By Any Other Name
the tale of Willow

Willow
Date: 03:08AM | Sat, November 12th | 2011
Subject: And How I Don't Much Feel Like A Gamer
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Mood:bah humbug
Tags:comics, games: general, grr argh

1. I'm a girl (mostly), there's a whole lot to say and has been said about being female and dealing with gaming. But right away it's the screen door in my face when I start thinking about it.

2. I find the numeric dynamics of D&D type tabletop games, ridiculous. I'm always focused on the story, and all the numbers ever seem good for is determining who wins in a fight, a pissing contest, or who gets to wield weapon number blah blah blah of blah blah blahness.

3. I adore the worlds of some video games (and table top games). The possibilities are amazing. But each time I buy one, or watch one, I realize my enjoyment is mostly about what I think could happen, or how the person playing (whom I'm watching) is reacting to what is happening. But I? I don't get the point on spending money for hours and hours of fetch quests and grinding to level up, so you can be the proper power level to go after some big bad, blah blah blah cakes.

4. Pokemon 300+ has proven to me there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. I was really enjoying this. But now, not so much. I need to switch my focus, I think. I still like the bright colours and the fact that things don't have the world 'die' on the screen w/ the skullface or whatever. But the more pokemon they are, the more I'm finding myself not focused on any one group that I like - not thinking strategically like I did with the first version (with unique indie pokemon/fakemon) and having a well rounded 'team'. I just go a little 'whee! So cute! So pretty!' and then end up grinding to get that pokemon up to the level of everyone else and that's... boring.

5. Have I mentioned Fetch Quests? Fetch Quests and Grinding. W. T. F. I loathe it in games. I loathe it in 'fantasy books' - most of which I don't even read anymore cause thumbscrew the white boy farm boy and his epic destiny while there's not one shred of measured learning in his head. But I've realized I can't see myself paying money to run around doing chores in the middle of a crisis to convince people I'm worthy enough to be joined to - to defeat the damn crisis in the first place. Video game mechanics to me seem effing fucked up and crawling along, severely hampered by (currently bleeding) injury to try and reach a level that tabletop games already had and some few are moving beyond.

6. How can I be a gamer when there's so much I want to complain about; how female character don't really change size, but men can be whatever. All the judgements about female characters needing to look pretty or sexy, while male characters can be badass, imposing, intimidating and the rest. Hearing that perpetuated in people's vids, or seeing it in game ptb interviews. Shuddering as 'diversity' is catpeople and lizardpeople.

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There was more, but I just got distracted by Dex-Starr, the various Lantern Corps being underused, how the Blue Lantern Corps is apparently a servant class for the GLC and no one finds this skeevy, and all the complaints about the various other corps colours; despite the fact there's a long history via the Sapphires that it takes a while for a Corps to hone purpose for it's emotional inspiration. After all, Willpower is NOT an emotion. Determination, is. And given Love has avenues to obsession and possession, makes sense it would take a while to hone; Anger? Not so much. There's revenge, vengeance, avenging, righteous rage, even the concept of purifying anger. It's all set up to make sense to have conflicts between the Corps. Red = Scorched Earth. Green = Jail and second chances. Yellow = Intergalactic Boogeymen perhaps leaning towards Facists policies.

But meh. Maybe this is also why I don't much feel like a Comic Book Girl anymore either, or a Super Hero Loving Girl.

ETA: Friend read this, im-ed me to say that they think while I don't get all of gamer culture (I'd say most), that I am a gamer. I just haven't yet found a game that meets my needs. It's a thing to consider.'

ETA2: Added 'currently bleeding' to injury. Because the visual is not meant to invoke physical handicap or claim vidgames are 'crippled' - but to invoke them dying of injures but still plodding on. Somewhere between walking wounded and crawling dead.

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Willow
Date: 01:00PM | Fri, February 18th | 2011
Subject: I Have Been Informed
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Tags:being a multiple, comics

That Bendis plans on using Moon Knight to do some sort of MPD 'insane' (his words) hero whose personalities are all the Avengers. I don't need anyone else to tell me about this crap. I've given up on Marvel and DC already. This is just a reanimated corpse further being disgusting.

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Willow
Date: 02:03AM | Sun, September 13th | 2009
Subject: My Big No
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Mood:done done
Tags:comics

Do not talk to me about Marvel. Ever.

I don't care about the movies. I don't give a damn about current storylines.

I'm going to hold on to Dazzler and Cloak and Dagger from when I was little and the X-Men that live in my head.

I'm not yet sure about DC, but they have the stupidity and horror of what happened to Sue Dibby.

All in all the Big Two at least make my womb ache and make me stabby. I will be sticking to Manga and Anime and the few indie PoC Comics I can find.

I'm upset, but I will breathe and calm and do my best to get over it. Everyone has institutions they give up on, yes?

PS: And some idiot anonymously commented where I heard the upsetting news about Uther and Igraine as if it isn't stated in the texts that Uther wanted to bed Igraine and soothe the fire in his loins with no regard at all for HER. I snapped. Rape's also in the bible. Don't give me shit about how it's an 'established narrative trope'.

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Willow
Date: 12:34AM | Tue, August 11th | 2009
Subject: Amazing Fanfiction!
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Tags:comics, fanfiction, feeling: squee

Ordinarily I wouldn't double post, but this needs cross-sharing.

This amazing photo-essay by Peter Parker of 'The Mutant Problem' is just one of the many ways fanfiction is cool, and fanfiction right now is cooler than PTB Marvel (at least to me).

Comment to the creator of the tranformative work here at her LJ.

Special Note: [info]fickle, seriously, you'll love it.

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Willow
Date: 12:11PM | Mon, September 22nd | 2008
Subject: MARVEL, the comic book company that says "Marriage Isn't For Queers"
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Mood:no words apply no words apply
Tags:comics, wtf!!

Guggenheim = "Here's my attitude, if anyone is upset about the marriage going away, then they must all be pro gay marriage," he continued. Because if you're pro gay marriage, you understand the distinction between a marriage and a civil union -- that a civil union is not equal to a marriage. We downgraded Mary Jane and Peter to a civil union. If that bothers you, then you're pro gay marriage."

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By Any Other Name
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