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Now THIS is the type of logo that gets me pumped up for a game. First let's start with the things I love, I love the visuals. It makes ...

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I really should make an attempt to update this journal more often.
So, starting today, I'm going to make weekly updates, just to keep myself active in this community and to let the 0.1 percent of people out there who care about me know that Yes. Yes world. I'm still here and I'm still alive, thank you very much.
Now that I'm here though... what should I write about?
My daily life? Videogames? Cat videos? Well, perhaps, but I should probably go for something that expresses my thoughts and opinions more.
Such as what the flip is going on in the freaking gaming community.
It seems like as if there's such a huge schism in the gaming community that's been caused by past company decisions and the fans' own reaction to the games that they play.
Videogames today have evolved to a point where they're now being considered as an art medium, and as a result of this people picked, and tore through, and dissected their games in terms of story and because of this many people are noticing "flaws," or recent trends that makes gamers frown at the content that they're playing.
Why is it that Zelda, in spite of being established as a capable young woman, always end up getting herself kidnapped if not imprisoned?
What is it with this recent trend of videogame characters in the LGBT community being portrayed as villains or as being psychotic and unstable?
A trend fairly recently put to light by a Mr. Matpat:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdmJXH…

And why, oh why on God's green earth, did Sega thought it was a good idea to make another "Sonic '06" 2.0?
These stereotypes of videogame women as incapable, as videogame members of the LGBT community as being sadistic villains, etc. have these groups given bad light and as a result of this as uproar is caused from these communities and understandably so.
More notably from those on Tumblr and from a Ms. Anita Sarkeesian, but that is neither here or there.
Then we get to see the other side of the argument who understand that videogames, while they are fun to play and tinker with, are still products of a business. The videogame industry's main concern is to know whether or not their product was successful or not, and this is a necessary mindset to have in order to run a Grade A, million dollar company. Otherwise, how will you make anymore games?
Then we also get some people on this side that are little homophobic or sexist or whatever the third thing is (racist maybe? Idk). People who believe that women shouldn't, and are perfectly incapable of playing videogames anyway, so what the fuck are they doing outside of the kitchen? Those from the LGBT community? "Well those shouldn't exist at all, they should it get it beaten out of them, fuckin' faggots!"
 So where do I stand in all of this?
As a female videogamer should I feel obligated to my gender that I should join with that side of the argument or should I allow myself to flip over to the more conservative side of things?
... Do I have the option to be in the middle?
I understand why some people may be annoyed at your typical damsels in distress trope, and I for one fully support the idea of there being a female protagonist such as the ones in Metroid Prime and Portal. However, strange as this may sound, I'm also fine with the damsel in distress trope. Yes, throw your spears and pitchforks at me. Ahhhhh, I'm so scared...
But there are examples of this where this can prove as both an opportunity that allows for some interesting character development and for there to be a slightly more dramatic story.
One example to use here is Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite. Yes, Elizabeth does indeed get herself captured/imprisoned on two occasions, but that still doesn't undermine her character. She's still a bonefied badass who, while lacking in Booker's physique and arsenal, makes up for it by being a godsend in combat. She creates tears to help you, throws packages of health and ammo when you're running low, and she helps you get back up on your feet if you die in combat.
But according to some people: "Nooooooo, Elizabeth is a damsel in distress TWICE and she's subjected to the male gaze--"
And statements like these overlook all the good parts associated with her character, and this can cause several people to be angry with the other half of the argument since they refuse to listen.
We're not rescuing her because we see her as an object to be rescued, that would be boring. We're rescuing her because  she's an incredible character and the last thing we want to see is her getting hurt, or worse. 
As for Princess Peach's and Zelda's case, I direct you to this video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJihi5…

In fact this video perfectly explains the mental turmoil she had to go through just  waiting for Booker to show up, and the kind of strength Elizabeth had to have while waiting for him to save her.
Also, while I wouldn't mind at all seeing more characters like Vivian from Paper Mario, or that one guy from Persona 4, I think it's kinda badass seeing some LGBT videogame characters being portrayed as villains.
One example of this is Ghirahim from Skyward Sword.
Now, while the game doesn't explicitly state what Ghirahim's sexuality is, it would be a fairly safe assumption to make that this guy is gay. He's blatantly flamboyant, his character design is reminiscent to that of a drag-queen, and his sole purpose in life is to bring back his master... who is a guy. But this in no way makes him any less of a badass. In fact he can be downright scary when the situation calls for it. His mannerisms can range from calm and poetic to giggling and jumping with excitement, to "I'll make your ears will bleed from your own screams." Throughout the course of the game we can see him going through any means necessary in order to kill you once he sees you as a potential threat. He's responsible for sending forth a couple of boss fights at you (the Automatron being the most memorable), he sends forth monster after monster in your way to stop you, and he even goes as far as to shattering own body just to kill you. We can see his demeanor slowly changing from being the frisky and flamboyant villain into this horrible, intimidating monster with only one purpose in mind: bring his master back, no matter the cost.
... Come to think of it, was there ever a time when he actually used the word fabulous?
So, long story short, I believe what social justice warriors are doing can be great for the gaming community can be great on a macro-level. Hell, I for one would be interested in seeing how Anita Sarkeesian would go about developing her own game. However, on a micro-level I can vouch for some of the characters that many people seem to be so prejudice against just because they fall under the "Damsel in Distress" trope or the more recent "All members of the LGBT community are insane and evil" trope.
Now can we all just get along well enough to where we can stop and listen each other?
I'm woozy from this gaming drama as it is, and it breaks this lady's heart to see the gaming community separated this way.
But hopefully someday the gaming industry will find a way to reduce this schism that has cropped up in the gaming community in more recent years, and with luck they will start making games that will satisfy all parties involved.


 

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Videogame music, mofos
  • Reading: Comics man... comics
  • Watching: Sherlock
  • Playing: Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Eating: I never eat... ever. Nope. Nada, not ever... nope
  • Drinking: Monster Drink
ART by xBubblez101x
ART
LOOK
ART
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
... BECAUSE HELL IF I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS?
I SURE AS HELL DON'T, THAT'S FOR YOU TO FIGURE OUT
NOW IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME I'M OFF TO HAVE NON-EXISTENTIAL LUNCH
*munches on invisible sandwich*
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Discarded Ideas by xBubblez101x
Discarded Ideas
Sometimes I feel like ideas are like mannequins.
Because to me, ideas can be something that can be played, toyed with, and painted on. What's important for these ideas is that they need to be ready for their big performance whenever they're needed to be put on display in a mall somewhere.
However there are some ideas, particularly the discarded ones, that haven't been used for an artist's piece; whether it's on book or painting. This could be because the artist felt like the idea wouldn't work, or that it's too much of a hassle to experiment with, or that they found a better idea in place of the old one. Whatever the reasoning is, these discarded ideas are placed in the back of our minds, and for all we know they may never see the light of day.
This drawing is suppose to be a representation of that: a bunch of blank, discarded mannequins that are all shoved in a dark, dusty place where they may or may not resurface for us to see.
And here is an idea that could either be leaving that place or entering it, we don't know.
I guess it's one of those "the cup is either half full or half empty" situation.

Photoshop time: 2 hours

Anyway, for those still interested, here are some facts:
- This is a new style of art that I've never done. I've usually gone for softer tones of shading in my past works, or with solid black lines when doing my lineart, and this was just an experiment seeing on how well I can manage this shading style.
- This is also my first time drawing mannequins, and I'm fairly pleased with the results here. Granted, I probably need a bit more work, but otherwise, I like how this turned out.


Art (c) Hannah Lewis

**You are not to use this artwork without my permission. That's bad. No.
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I really should make an attempt to update this journal more often.
So, starting today, I'm going to make weekly updates, just to keep myself active in this community and to let the 0.1 percent of people out there who care about me know that Yes. Yes world. I'm still here and I'm still alive, thank you very much.
Now that I'm here though... what should I write about?
My daily life? Videogames? Cat videos? Well, perhaps, but I should probably go for something that expresses my thoughts and opinions more.
Such as what the flip is going on in the freaking gaming community.
It seems like as if there's such a huge schism in the gaming community that's been caused by past company decisions and the fans' own reaction to the games that they play.
Videogames today have evolved to a point where they're now being considered as an art medium, and as a result of this people picked, and tore through, and dissected their games in terms of story and because of this many people are noticing "flaws," or recent trends that makes gamers frown at the content that they're playing.
Why is it that Zelda, in spite of being established as a capable young woman, always end up getting herself kidnapped if not imprisoned?
What is it with this recent trend of videogame characters in the LGBT community being portrayed as villains or as being psychotic and unstable?
A trend fairly recently put to light by a Mr. Matpat:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdmJXH…

And why, oh why on God's green earth, did Sega thought it was a good idea to make another "Sonic '06" 2.0?
These stereotypes of videogame women as incapable, as videogame members of the LGBT community as being sadistic villains, etc. have these groups given bad light and as a result of this as uproar is caused from these communities and understandably so.
More notably from those on Tumblr and from a Ms. Anita Sarkeesian, but that is neither here or there.
Then we get to see the other side of the argument who understand that videogames, while they are fun to play and tinker with, are still products of a business. The videogame industry's main concern is to know whether or not their product was successful or not, and this is a necessary mindset to have in order to run a Grade A, million dollar company. Otherwise, how will you make anymore games?
Then we also get some people on this side that are little homophobic or sexist or whatever the third thing is (racist maybe? Idk). People who believe that women shouldn't, and are perfectly incapable of playing videogames anyway, so what the fuck are they doing outside of the kitchen? Those from the LGBT community? "Well those shouldn't exist at all, they should it get it beaten out of them, fuckin' faggots!"
 So where do I stand in all of this?
As a female videogamer should I feel obligated to my gender that I should join with that side of the argument or should I allow myself to flip over to the more conservative side of things?
... Do I have the option to be in the middle?
I understand why some people may be annoyed at your typical damsels in distress trope, and I for one fully support the idea of there being a female protagonist such as the ones in Metroid Prime and Portal. However, strange as this may sound, I'm also fine with the damsel in distress trope. Yes, throw your spears and pitchforks at me. Ahhhhh, I'm so scared...
But there are examples of this where this can prove as both an opportunity that allows for some interesting character development and for there to be a slightly more dramatic story.
One example to use here is Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite. Yes, Elizabeth does indeed get herself captured/imprisoned on two occasions, but that still doesn't undermine her character. She's still a bonefied badass who, while lacking in Booker's physique and arsenal, makes up for it by being a godsend in combat. She creates tears to help you, throws packages of health and ammo when you're running low, and she helps you get back up on your feet if you die in combat.
But according to some people: "Nooooooo, Elizabeth is a damsel in distress TWICE and she's subjected to the male gaze--"
And statements like these overlook all the good parts associated with her character, and this can cause several people to be angry with the other half of the argument since they refuse to listen.
We're not rescuing her because we see her as an object to be rescued, that would be boring. We're rescuing her because  she's an incredible character and the last thing we want to see is her getting hurt, or worse. 
As for Princess Peach's and Zelda's case, I direct you to this video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJihi5…

In fact this video perfectly explains the mental turmoil she had to go through just  waiting for Booker to show up, and the kind of strength Elizabeth had to have while waiting for him to save her.
Also, while I wouldn't mind at all seeing more characters like Vivian from Paper Mario, or that one guy from Persona 4, I think it's kinda badass seeing some LGBT videogame characters being portrayed as villains.
One example of this is Ghirahim from Skyward Sword.
Now, while the game doesn't explicitly state what Ghirahim's sexuality is, it would be a fairly safe assumption to make that this guy is gay. He's blatantly flamboyant, his character design is reminiscent to that of a drag-queen, and his sole purpose in life is to bring back his master... who is a guy. But this in no way makes him any less of a badass. In fact he can be downright scary when the situation calls for it. His mannerisms can range from calm and poetic to giggling and jumping with excitement, to "I'll make your ears will bleed from your own screams." Throughout the course of the game we can see him going through any means necessary in order to kill you once he sees you as a potential threat. He's responsible for sending forth a couple of boss fights at you (the Automatron being the most memorable), he sends forth monster after monster in your way to stop you, and he even goes as far as to shattering own body just to kill you. We can see his demeanor slowly changing from being the frisky and flamboyant villain into this horrible, intimidating monster with only one purpose in mind: bring his master back, no matter the cost.
... Come to think of it, was there ever a time when he actually used the word fabulous?
So, long story short, I believe what social justice warriors are doing can be great for the gaming community can be great on a macro-level. Hell, I for one would be interested in seeing how Anita Sarkeesian would go about developing her own game. However, on a micro-level I can vouch for some of the characters that many people seem to be so prejudice against just because they fall under the "Damsel in Distress" trope or the more recent "All members of the LGBT community are insane and evil" trope.
Now can we all just get along well enough to where we can stop and listen each other?
I'm woozy from this gaming drama as it is, and it breaks this lady's heart to see the gaming community separated this way.
But hopefully someday the gaming industry will find a way to reduce this schism that has cropped up in the gaming community in more recent years, and with luck they will start making games that will satisfy all parties involved.


 

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Videogame music, mofos
  • Reading: Comics man... comics
  • Watching: Sherlock
  • Playing: Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Eating: I never eat... ever. Nope. Nada, not ever... nope
  • Drinking: Monster Drink

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Age: 20
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~ Hello, my name is Hannah Lewis, and I'm just another deviantartist here like yourself (assuming you have already applied for membership in this charming little online community and are not just a random person reading this). I enjoy reading, acting, browsing through youtube videos, playing videogames, writing (though I admit I haven't written anything in quite some time), and of course making artwork via Photoshop. Comments for my artwork are always appreciated, and if you leave one I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER.
... But enough about that pishposh, I hope you enjoy looking through my art!
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DJ-Mika Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello again! XD
Just wanted to welcome you to :icondimension-d:! :heart:

Wanted to drop by and give a big thank you for joining! We hope you can find plenty of things to enjoy from our members, as well as contribute a few things of your own :D
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Thankyou kindly for the watch :D
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Happy Birthday!
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xBubblez101x Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Writer
IT'S MY BIRTHDAY?! O_O
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YES.
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... ah... Thank you! :D
(Bitch.)
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Thanks for the fave!
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Hi! :wave: Thank you very much for your :+fav:! It's very much appreciated! :thanks:
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LittleSakis-Aubade Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have to say, I really do miss your comments on my pictures XD They were always so informational and ahhh just made me feel good about myself XD *doesn't sound like "comment on my pictures!" at all XD
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Thank you so much for the fav on:
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