I think it’s standard to tell everyone that this is filled with spoilers. I’ll leave the spoilers under the cut.
However, I just finished watching Prometheus. As a fan of the Alien series, Prometheus was one of those movies that was supposed to answer some of the questions about that planet.
The main plot is that a pair of scientists find several markings around Earth that point to a star system light years away. Interested, and with the help of Weylund, a team goes off to explore this and find out it’s secrets. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charliez Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and several others, you almost knew right away who was going to die (let’s face it, it was a prequel to Alien, people were gonna die). When they get there, all hell starts to break loose.
Though, in a rather slow paced way.
Mind you, if you look at the pacing of Alien, Prometheus was pretty dead on the mark.
The characters themselves all had certain flaws, and I was really not shocked that Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) played the Ellen Ripley role of the film. Michael Fassbender’s take on David, the synthetic of the voyage, was interesting, and creepy all at the same time. Theron played the ambitious, though cautious executive for Weylund, while Guy Pearce played the CEO of Weylund who was well aged (though, not well in the sense that he looked good, he was just really freakin’ old).
For those of us who have seen the Alien series (me, including all of the Predator and Alien vs Predator movies, though the last AvP was pretty awful), we all knew what was coming, we just didn’t know the events that took place. Think back to Alien; the Nostromo finds a derelict ship, they find an organism on the ship that infects one of the crew, and one by one, they’re all picked off save for Ripley (and a cat). They find a dead pilot of the bridge of the ship, and something burst out of his chest. Surrounding him are eggs, all over the place. So the questions become, how did all of that happen. Prometheus does answer some of those questions.
As the movie progresses, we discover that the Engineers, those who the researchers were trying to find, created the human race. But something went wrong. Now, time for the spoilers. Click the link if you want more.
GamerGate has become a monstrous thing. It says it is a attempting to clean up corruption in journalism. If that was the case, one of their biggest targets should be Fox News. On the face of it, cleaning up journalism and forcing it to be fair and balanced is a good thing. But in all honesty, GamerGate really doesn’t have a firm or solid philosophy.
At it’s birth, it began as one guy whining about his ex-girlfriend, who just happened to be making a video game. He whined so much, he wrote a 10,000 word rant (which is a really big waste of time). With that kind of energy, he could have used that to make a really awesome first draft of a novella, but no, he used it to complain that his ex-girlfriend cheated on him.
From there, it went into something else, as members of this “movement” attempted to give it solid ground. GamerGate is against corrupt journalism. But what they view as being corrupt is opinionated reviews of video games. Which is impossible to make a review of a video game without being opinionated. The reviewer plays the game, the reviewer has an opinion on everything in that game from story, to graphics, to game play, and even box art if he or she so chooses. That’s how a review goes. If you disagree with the review, that’s fine. No one’s saying you’re stupid (or they shouldn’t) because you find a review that doesn’t match with your feelings on a game (or movie). Hell, there’s games and movies I loved playing that reviewers tanked on.
GamerGate has recently said they are anti-harassment. Again, this is fine on the surface. But many of the more outspoken members of this movement also happen to be serial harassers. Several have targeted known feminist and pop culture reviewer Anita Sarkeesian. They have done so with death threats and rape threats. And she’s not alone. Some of the more outspoken members of this “movement” have gone on to make parody video games where Anita is beaten bloody. I use parody with tongue in cheek. And it’s constant harassment. If GamerGate is so against harassment, why isn’t it, as a “movement”, attempting to filter out these negative elements and moving away from them.
But GamerGate has allied themselves (or has received alliance from) some major Men’s Right Activists. Some of whom are outspoken haters of reviewers like Sarkeesian.
If GamerGate does anything, it’ll be to make mainstream media take several awkward steps away from the video game industry. Throwing it back into the stone age of media and ignoring it completely. GamerGate has accomplished to make themselves look like right wing extreme radicals who want education stripped away from women (the Taliban), who want the rights of women’s health scrutinized by legislative law (several right wing legislatures in the United States), and close off equal opportunity to everyone (many States which have but a ban on gay marriage or made it impossible for trans*gender people to get jobs or living accomodations).
There’s going to be those who will say comparing GamerGate to the Taliban is extreme. Normally, I would agree, but one GamerGate individual has already proven that comparison is dead on. Of course, it could also be compared to the Montreal massacre at Ecole Polytechnique in the late 80s. A message was sent to USU which stated “Feminists have ruined my life, and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all others they’ve wronged”. It was signed Marc Lepine, who is ironically, the name of the individual who killed a number of women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989. One individual, basically a murdering psychopath. But GamerGate has a whole host who have proven they are ready, willing, and able to issue death threats, rape threats, to dox, to form hate filled diatribes of women, and blame it all on some fantasy called misandry (which DOESN’T FUCKING EXIST!). So I think the comparison of GamerGate champions to the Taliban is pretty dead on.
I do apologize if the comparison has triggered anyone who has actually been affected by the Taliban, as they as a group have committed atrocious acts of violence, have committed acts of rape and murder, and have used their version of ideals to commit crimes in the name of God. Those who have felt the effects of the Taliban, and other organizations like them, I do apologize because your suffering is very real, and we should take care when mentioning it.
But GamerGate, you’re on the cusp of becoming that. You are driving people from their homes with real fears that you will enact violence on them. You are very close to becoming a terrorist organization, leaderless or not. You, GamerGate, are a new brand of evil.
It’s drawing near to Halloween, and even in the fictional world of computer games are ghosts and goblins popping up. Unless of course you play horror games, then that’s pretty standard fair all year round. I decided to write a poem based on the events in Guild Wars 2 that have been brought back this Halloween season.
Tis that time, oh Halloween
The time of year for the Pumpkin King
So grab your pistols if you dare
And brave the world that would scare
Brave the evils that would fright
The creatures giving an awful sight
Show courage on this scare filled night
Avoid the minions that would bite
In this time of Halloween
When cats would cry and ghosts would scream
When the mist is thick, just like steam
Don’t you worry, don’t make a scene
The Mad King rises once again
With toys and games for all to claim
He’ll take you through a scarey game
Make sure you do just the same
But watch out for Edric, son of the Mad King
His voice is shrill, as he will sing
To bring about fear is his thing
And revenge is the ultimate scares in his ring
Tis that time of Halloween
When ghosts and ghouls share the scene
So grab your pistols if you dare
And brave the world that would scare
poem written by Tim Holtorf on the gaming world of Tyria in Guild Wars 2, based on the events from the Halloween event, screen shots from Guild Wars 2 using the character of Shani Wennemein in game. Guild Wars 2 and all characters are copyright ArenaNet.
I had three songs going through my head this morning. So here’s the morning play list.
An odd mix, I know, but these are the things I wake up to.