Scripturient: Microsoft killed solitaire for me

Solitaire – also known as Klondike and Patience – is a very popular game on computers. So popular, in fact that a version of this 200-year-old card game has been included by Microsoft in every version of Windows since 3.0 (1990), aside from a brief hiatus with Win 8 (which gap was filled in by ...

Dead Wild Roses: The LoLgasm that is #Gamergate – Misogyny in the Gaming Community

Impotent dude rage… Fun fact: Morgan Ramsay, founder of the Entertainment Media Counsel, did an objective study of how much of gaming journalism talks about sexism or social justice. To do this, he downloaded 130,524 articles from 37 RSS feeds of 23 outlets, including The Escapist, Rock Paper Shotgun, CVG, Edge Online, Eurogamer, Gamasutra, Game ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Video Game Review – Warhammer Vermintide

This game has a long title, it is called Warhammer:Endtimes – Vermintide.  Vermintide is a four player cooperative survival game, set in the Warhammer fantasy universe.  People familiar with Valve’s Left4Dead series will be familiar with the play-style and challenges to be encountered in Vermintide. The plot of the game resolves around the actions of ...

Dead Wild Roses: Game of the Year 2015 – Bleatmop’s Pick

There is no secret that video games are a big business, grossing more each year that Hollywood and growing each year. In fact, video games have largely replaced television for me. To that end I wish to start honoring what I consider to be the best of the best each year. This may turn into ...

Dead Wild Roses: Triple “A” Fail – Mad Max the Video Game

I have no interest in playing the new Mad Max game, Jim Sterling summarizes the hollow shell that is this game: “Mad Max feels like the embodiment of everything Ubisoft has been building with its own dire stable of open world games – a pure saturation of nebulous “content” that offers nothing of substance but simply ...

In-Sights: News not fit to print

A Wall Street Journal story, repeated by The Australian and Financial News, other Rupert Murdoch News Corp properties, is apparently not worthy of coverage by Canadian media. I found no reference to this matter in any Canadian pro-media reporting. By RITA TRICHUR and ALISTAIR MACDONALDAug. 6, 2015 7:40 p.m. ET Canada’s top banking regulator has ...

Dead Wild Roses: Our Families, Technology and Having the ‘Right’ Experience

We can lump this video in with the others that attempt to shed light on issues in society that matter while discreetly hawking their wares in the background.  The best form of advertising?  I’m not sure, but the commercial makes space for some thinking about how generational experiences are becoming increasingly stratified and foreign to ...

Dead Wild Roses: Video Gaming: Misogynistic Harassment is the Wheelhouse of Losers.

Women in video games, destroying men’s lives everywhere!!! Spending your time harassing people just doesn’t seem like productive or pro-social behavioural choices.  According to a study recently undertaken it seems there is a positive correlation between unskilled players and the amount of abuse they heap on other players, especially females. “Some male players, however — ...

Dead Wild Roses: Dungeon and Dragons: Character Alignments Explained

I swear, there is a helpful graph for everything on the internet. Where do you fit in? 🙂  I’m pretty sure I firmly inhabit the rectangle of snooze…*sigh*.   For those of us who like lists – The list describes the basic ethos of killing in a fantasy setting according to each alignment type. ( ...

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Frequency – Sword and Sorcery

A review of the game Sword and Sorcery, a game that challenges some of the gaming conventions of our time with the bonus of feminist analysis. 🙂   Filed under: Gaming Tagged: Feminist Frequency, Sword and Sorcery, Video Games

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The WOW Factor

After two years away from the game, I was recently convinced by a friend to return to World of Warcraft again and play in the fantasy universe of WOW. At 10 years old, WOW remains the biggest, most-subscribed, most popular MMORPG, with around 10 million subscribers. By technology’s rapid-aging standards, WOW is a grandfather game; maybe ...

Dead Wild Roses: Enter the Jimquisition – The Worst Games of 2014

The mighty Jimquisition, with the help of a three foot long purple dildo lays the smack down on the worst games of 2014.  And of course, thank god for Jim Sterling.     Filed under: Gaming Tagged: Jim Sterling, Jimquisition, Video Games, Worst of 2014 in Gaming

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Banished: Sandbox Gaming at Its Best

Banished is a medieval-style city building game, along the lines of SimCity, but with several significant differences. While not as slick or comprehensive as SimCity, it still provides a compelling, addictive gameplay.* It’s slow and cerebral, true, not your basic action-filled RPG or FPS, but it’s one of those games that demand ‘just another fifteen ...

Dead Wild Roses: It’s *ALL* about Ethics in Game Journalism – ???

It is amazing the amount of turgid self serving drivel that gets posted these days about Gamer Gate.  We’ll investigate today, one individual along with the trusty RPOJ one embattled gamer -“Maverick”- and his quest to achieve victory over Anita Sarkeessian and the evil wimmenz gamers in general.   This post is about Anita’s recent appearance ...

Dead Wild Roses: #Gamergate – Misogynistic Iteration #4534390 – Overview

Ah, misogyny.  Definitely a feature of society not a bug.  Amazing the amount of fuss dude-bros can whip up in their crusade against the evil double X conspiracy.   I’m still gathering information on the whole debacle, but I may as well share what I’ve read about Gamer Gate so far. Amanda Marcotte has a succinct ...

Dead Wild Roses: Anita Sarkeesian Now In Rolling Stone! – Keep up the Good Work Internet Misogynists!

   Ah, all the poor male gamers having their pet misogyny project blow up in their faces.  Yep, you dudes are for sure are ruining Anita Sarkessian’s career.  Keep the hate-train going maybe you can get her into the NYT again, or Le Monde or Time or… really the sky is the limit. *basking in ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Ready, fire, aim

Andrew MacLeod provided the title above in a Thursday Tweet linking to his column in The Tyee. Slots on Ferries a Complicated Bet, Warned Finance Ministry: “After Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced BC Ferries’ proposal to put slot machines on its vessels last year, the finance ministry began compiling a list of concerns that ranged ...

Dead Wild Roses: Are Video Games Sexist?

Why yes, yes they are.  Next question.   But hey, here’s a video with a catchy tune replying to the anti-feminist Christina Hoff Sommers. Filed under: Gaming Tagged: Gaming, Sexism

Dead Wild Roses: The Shadow of Mordor – Krimp the Orc’s Very Bad Day

I’ve been keeping tabs on this game since it was announced.  An open world, stealthy, combaty, psy-opsy medieval romp through some of the back story of Tolkien’s fantasy world.  This of course isn’t actual game footage, but a rather a clever marketing ploy to hype up the release of the game. It has swords, orcs, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Women as Background Decoration, part 2. – Anita Sarkeesian

Patriarchy pissing in the punchbowl for hundreds of years continues to make things crappy, even in the land of video games. Filed under: Feminism, Gaming Tagged: Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency, Patriarchy, Women as Background Decoration

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: World of Tanks

Tanks are a long distance weapon, you know. They are best used in concert with one another to provide cover and overwatch fire, and are best placed in a covered or hull-down position where their profile is reduced to the minimum. Tanks should never travel alone; they should always advance with supporting vehicles on their ...

Aaron Manton: UPDATED: Mini Metro High Score

Mini Metro by Dinosaur Polo Club High Score Saturday 3 May, 2014 2000 Riders Delivered 7 Lines 5 Tunnels 1 Increased Capacity Line 3 Double Rail Lines Previous High Score Friday 2 May, 2014 1305 Riders Delivered 5 Lines 2 Loops 3 Tunnels 2 Double Capacity Trains 1 Triple Capacity Train 1 Double Rail Line ...

Northern Insight: Money laundering and casinos, who knew?

CTV Vancouver: Money laundering rampant in casinos, April 10, 2014 “Confidential documents are shedding light on a host of suspicious behaviour at B.C. casinos, where patrons routinely carry bags loaded with small bills onto the gaming floor. “Government reports obtained by CTV News highlight dozens of instances of suspected money laundering and loan sharking, most ...

Dead Wild Roses: Telling Stories – Turtle Style

I’m not sure how much longer I can hold on to my introverts card as the membership committee takes a dim view of many of the activities I quite deeply enjoy doing.  One of the renegade activities I partake in is running a role playing campaign in a fantasy world that involves a talking animals, ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: BL2: Resistance is futile

I tried to resist. I really did. I avoided it for more than a year, skillfully averting my eyes from the store shelves where it sat, ignoring the emails with invitations, sales offers that dangled newly-released DLC packages before me. I looked the other way when ads popped on on websites. I have more serious ...