Author: Rachel Stevens

The Right Number: A Review of Hotline Miami 2

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Devolver Digital/Dennaton Games March 10th 2015 I was gifted the first Hotline Miami game ages ago and adored it. Beautiful colors, intense gameplay, unnerving artwork and confusing narrative + story theming, and the most amazing soundtrack to a video game I’d ever played. I was looking forward to the sequel but was horrified by news of the its tutorial featuring a potentially triggering sexual assault sequence. It was cut short and revealed to be within a fictional narrative within the greater fictional narrative, but I was still not impressed by the justifications, even within...

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Women in the Toy Army: Marauder Task Force Valkyries Kickstarter

Looking for non-sexualized action figures of female soldiers that you can repurpose for your preferred modern day setting? Marauder has you covered. Following on last year’s Task Force Gaming Figures, Marauder launched a line of intentionally generic female soldiers in various paint jobs and with customizable gear setups to use as you see fit. They’re in the same 3 3/4″ scale as Star Wars and G.I. Joe figures, and look pretty darn poseable to boot. From the Kickstarter: Each highly detailed Marauder Task Force VALKYRIES figure is fully articulated, features multi-role customizable design options, is fully factory painted and equipped...

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Books That Shaped Me: I, Robot

It was with some trepidation that I picked Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot as part of WWAC’s “Book That Shaped Me” series. I know that there’s probably something a little off about picking something written by a man in the 1940s and 1950s. Couldn’t I have picked something else? I was a voracious reader as a child, escaping into books, away from an awful home life with my father and a miserable existence at school, perpetually teased because of my apparent visible physical and mental attributes of an overweight, nerdy, anxious boy. I’ve read so many posts about the alienation...

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Farewell Satoru Iwata: Nintendo Loses a Beloved President

The fourth president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, died on July 11th at the age of 55. He took on the position in 2002 and was instrumental in the release of the DS and Wii. CNN reported him saying, ‘”On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer,” he said at a conference for game developers in 2005. The socialverse has been mourning this loss for days with the  hashtag #ThankYouIwata. A hacked rom of Balloon Flight, one of Iwata’s first titles, has been released...

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Transphobia in the Year 3001: Superman A Super Jerk, No Justice For Guy Gardner

“These great heroes called themselves the Justice League — protectors not just of Camelot, but of all the universe,” rambles an insect-like robotic being on the first page of Justice League 3001. It’s part of a speech used to set the stage for the futuristic superhero comic by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Howard Porter. “Brave men and women who faced danger, risked death… and brought hope to the hopeless, and freedom to the–” The speech is cut off by another character, which as it turns out is a blessing because this Justice League doesn’t stand up to the...

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