Sorry, I’m Black

Hey guys, my name is Jean Kalyx (triaD!). I’m a writer of fantastically exciting things, a commentator of social silliness, an ambitiously aspiring game designer, a rigorous competitive gamer, an opposer of ideological sophistry, a lover of pizza, and a- OH MY GOD I’M BLACK!

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Watch superhero movies drunk. Become worthy.

 

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Re: Ode to Lara Croft’s Thigh Gap

So Ashley Valazquez of Not Your Mama’s Gamer, a feminist gaming blog, wrote an odd poem of sorts lamenting the fact that Lara Croft – a Tomb Raider – is fit enough to have a thigh gap. While she’s obviously having a bit more fun with it than the usual diatribes about this sort of thing, I still found it telling enough to wanna respond to it by way of translation. I’m going to break down each passage for you so we may gaze into the mind of somebody who plays games and ends up reflecting on their body. In poetry.

I also wanna preface this by stating I do not like the new Lara Croft. She’s ironically designed to cater to people like Ashley while abandoning the gameplay oriented elements of the actually good Tomb Raider Legend reboot. So keep this in mind.

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The real Lara Croft, far as I’m concerned. (Legend, 2006)

 

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Destiny: Swords For Heavy Weapon Class (Updated)

Update: As of The Taken King expansion this totally came to pass. Carry on.

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I’m going to copy and paste a post I put up this morning in Bungie’s official Feedback forum (link here) regarding the addition of swords in Destiny’s weapon sandbox. Putting it here on my blog to increase awareness, because I kinda really want this to happen. Will be back to the typical blogging later. Remember; Listen and Believe! Hit the jump on the post.

I CUT YOU

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Titanfall Xbox 360 Update & The Cross-Gen Gambit

The official Titanfall website, which horribly runs a video at the home page for whatever reason, updated on the case of the 360 version. Here’s a snip:

“You’re my best friend forever, Ginrer!”

“Now, I want to update everyone on Titanfall for Xbox 360 in development with Bluepoint Games. I’ve been playing the game a lot, and it is fantastic. But we see a few things that can be made even better, so we’re giving Bluepoint a little more time to do just that and deliver an epic Titanfall experience for Xbox 360 players. Titanfall for Xbox 360 will now be releasing on April 8 in North America, and beginning on April 11 in Europe. The game will feature the same 6v6 gameplay, maps, modes, weapons and Burn Cards as the Xbox One and PC versions of the game.”

Microsoft is in a bit of a corner here… If Titanfall drops on 360 successfully recreating the X1 version experience, bots and Titan AI included, from a outsource-gig dev – then they will severely undercut the abilities of X1. Bear in mind the 360 still have more users than X1, and if Bluepoint Games emulate the game well enough (becoming instant rock stars in the process), questions of the necessity of next-gen in general should be had.

I love Titanfall. I loved it since early details leaked last year. I KNEW it was a winner before the first trailer. But I’m also a realistic guy – I think Respawn could reasonably get Titanfall to run on 360. I think Double Helix can get Killer Instinct to run on 360. The distinction between X1 and 360 Titanfall will have to be as instantly evident as the difference between X1 and 360 Battlefield 4. It has to validate the jump to next-gen.

Worst case scenario, I have a just as good Titanfall to play nightly. So whatever. And yeah, I will be speaking about my experiences soon. I love the game.

Amazing Spider-Man 2: Fan Reaction, Hypocrisy, & Super Cynicism

The trailer for Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out, and it looks great. But this blog isn’t a screencap rundown or a trailer review, because we got those all over the place. Nay, I want to address something that segues into something bigger that itself hints at something grander. Something, something, ya know? You know. You don’t? Well let’s start knowing, dammit! Today’s discussion is about the fan reaction to the trailer, fan bias/hypocrisy, and most importantly something I’m going to call “Super Cynicism”. First, the epic trailer in question:


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