Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spotlight: Tales of the Otori

I first encountered the Tales of the Otori series in college way back in the 2000s; I would often wander the college bookstore looking for reading material, and there it would be. As I was (and still am) an anime … Continue reading

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Fire Emblem’s Demographic Catastrophe

I’ve been a fan of the Fire Emblem series of video games by Nintendo ever since my high school days, when I saw Marth and Roy kick ass in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Set in medieval-style worlds beset by evil … Continue reading

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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Dames in Games

While going through Jeffro Johnson’s Google+ feed, I found this: Yet again, social justice types bemoan the sexy female in video games, instead wanting everyone to dress the girls up in cargo pants and sensible shoes. But instead of taking … Continue reading

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Culturally Appropriate All the Things

Our world is a diverse one, full of different ways of life, different patterns of thought, and different social and physical environments. As communication and travel have grown easier, contact between different peoples and their ways of life has grown … Continue reading

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Fantasy Doesn’t Embrace 21st-Century Modernity

My Twitter buddy Benjamin Cheah recently wrote a long Facebook post about the new Beauty and the Beast movie, criticizing it for allegedly portraying 18th-century rural France as more progressive than it actually was. In response, a commenter (who did … Continue reading

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When Playing RPGs, Go Homebrew or Go Home

Ever since Gary Gygax published the seminal tabletop RPG Dungeons & Dragons, many other creators penned their own gamebooks with their own systems — some in imitation of D&D, some much less complex, and the internet has caused their numbers … Continue reading

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Story Spotlight: The Witch of Elrica

The Witch of Elrica by Jennifer R. Povey Published in Cirsova Vol. 4 (pp. 45-55) DISCLOSURE: I paid into Cirsova’s Kickstarter, and I regularly communicate with the editor. Marek, bastard son of Ilvia’s king, has a longstanding rivalry with Petor, … Continue reading

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Yorha-2B: Literal Objectification

A week ago, the PS4 game NieR:Automata was released in North America. Its director, Taro Yoko, did an interview about various aspects of the game. At one point, the interviewer asked him why the main character, combat robot Yorha-2B, wore … Continue reading

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The New Samurai Jack: A Non-Fan’s Perspective

I watched a lot of cartoons as a child. I still watch them now. But I hadn’t watched Samurai Jack when it was new since the flat art style repelled me. At most, I was only vaguely aware of the … Continue reading

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Castalia House Post: The Action Girl Mandate

On the Castalia House blog, I talk about an unspoken assumption in nearly all modern genre fiction — the warrior woman. Even conservative types are into it, and they would argue with you vigorously on why it is so necessary … Continue reading

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