I have recently discovered the awesomeness that is 8tracks.com, and have made a mix for the Halloween season. Enjoy!
1. Scream-BoA 2. Always On My Mind-Akira Yamaoka feat. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn 3. Werewolves of London-Warren Zevon 4. Thriller-Michael Jackson 5. American Witch-Rob Zomie 6. Sympathy For The Devil-The Rolling Stones 7. 306-Emilie Autumn 8. Death & Burial of C.R.-KMFDM 9. I Love You, I’ll Kill You-Enigma 10. Hotel California-The Eagles
This warms my little language nerd heart. The amount of thought and planning that goes into making up an entire language from scratch absolutely amazes me.
I don’t have the faintest idea of why I think this is so god damned funny, but I just started laughing and couldn’t stop. I think that my favorite is Belle.
Simon Pegg is one of my favorite actors, and Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are two of my favorite movies. So of course I’m excited about another film from the same creative team.
…but just haven’t quite gotten around to it. That topic? The dearth of female main characters in video games.
We’ve all heard this excuse, I’m sure: games with female main characters simply do not sell well. I would like to posit that this is bullshit. Silent Hill 3’s main character is a young woman, and it’s considered to be one of the best games in the franchise. The latest Tomb Raider game was released in March to critical acclaim. Even if Parasite Eve isn’t one of Square Enix’s most lucrative properties it still did well enough to warrant a couple of sequels.
I think that the main reason is that game companies are afraid of alienating men, who they still see as their core audience. Even though an increasingly large number of women are getting into gaming. They think that men aren’t going to be able to relate to a female character.
Well, here’s the answer I have to that: why should I, as a woman who happens to game, be expected to relate to male characters? Because there are male characters (not just in video games, but across all media) that I do relate to, and I’m sure that there are many men out there who are capable of relating to female characters as well. Why can’t our media landscape reflect the gender diversity of the real world?
I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.