First look of a Sentinel in the upcoming X-Men 3 movie.
First look of a Sentinel in the upcoming X-Men 3 movie.
Okay, the paper is finally done.
Once again, sorry for not having a comic up today. The comic will go up on Monday. A new AG Lite comic will be up tomorrow.
I mentioned I was working on a character deisgn portfolio for class. Along side of that I have been sketching out some Applegeeks prints for upcoming conventions.
I’m hoping to turn one of them into a large banner.
I hate to do this but I’m moving Thursday comic to Monday.
I have a paper due tomorrow. Also, I’m working on creating a character design portfolio for an independence studies course I’m taking this last semester. The portfolio is due May 3 and I have two more characters to finish.
Another Applegeeks Lite will be up Friday.
EDIT: CNET has a fun article about the event.
The Frag Dolls are a group of girl gamers sponsored by game developer Ubisoft. A few months ago, they had an open call for girl gamers to submit resumes and bios for consideration as a new Frag Doll. Shannon entered, and she ended up as one of the eight finalists that got flown out to San Francisco for the Casting Call event. It was held at THX in San Francisco, and comprised of a series of interviews and tournaments. Gametrailers.com is documenting the event, in five or six shorts released once a week, all the way up through E3.
All very cool stuff, but I already know what a lot of you are thinking. I know, because the first time someone told me about the Frag Dolls, I rolled my eyes too. A group of hot girl gamers, sponsored by a large corporate entity? My first thought was that it was a rather transparent marketing ploy. Of course, it helps to dig deeper before making a judgement. Turns out that they are hardcore. I’ve watched Shannon play with a couple of them on XBox Live, and they don’t screw around … they’ll fuck you up rightquick. (And if you meet them in real life … well, I heard they killed a man once.) (I’m kidding.) (OR AM I?)
Let’s get serious for a moment …
There’s this controversy about girl gamers and how to make them more visible, simmering on the fringes of the (hardcore?) gaming community. Women tend to become marginalized as an invisible demographic, which (as most girl gamers will probably tell you) sucks. Female gamers also often have trouble being taken seriously – especially if they’re pretty or particularly girly. In most entertainment industries, good looks tend to work in an individual’s favor. Ironically, things seem to work backwards in the gaming community, especially when it comes to women. The prettier a girl is, the less credit she seems to be given for her skills – this on the top of the negative modifier they automatically receive because of their gender. Of course, if one logically approaches it, skills are independent of appearance entirely – a sexy movie star can still be a shitty actress.
Also often called into question is the relationship between the Dolls and sponsor Ubisoft. Here’s a link to an article I find particularly interesting, as it deals with Ubisoft and the Dolls separately, but if you’re going to read it be sure to read to the end (It’s long, and can be misleading if you stop partway through). The relationship seems, to me, to be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the Frag Dolls wouldn’t exist, period, without Ubisoft. On the other hand, Ubisoft is a large corporation, and the natural conclusion regarding corporations is that money is the bottom line – so it’s easy to follow that line of reasoning and assume that the Frag Dolls are a marketing ploy. If you look around their site, though, it becomes apparent that Ubisoft gives them a lot of leeway. Their logo is inconspicuously placed at the bottom of the page, and that is essentially the only official mention of them.
The Frag Dolls do play a lot of Ubisoft games, including GR:AW, but it’s logical – it is a great game, and currently the most popular FPS on the 360. They’re certainly not restricted to playing and talking about Ubisoft games – they play a lot of Halo 2 as well, and regularly blog about a variety of games on a variety of systems – sometimes from a uniquely female perspective, sometimes as an average gamer, and sometimes with all the insight and flair of an industry insider.
The girls themselves are rather different from each other. They all seem to favor different kinds of games, and each girl has a varied skillset. The first installment of the Gametrailers videos does a great job of highlighting this, and also does a great job of thrusting their intelligence and gaming skills into the limelight.
In the end, Ubisoft has assembled a skilled, multi-talented group of gamers. They are articulate, current, and thus far seem to be saying and doing a lot of interesting things. On their own, they seem poised to help pull the female gaming demographic into a better state of visibility, straddling the fine line between their gender and their status as gamers. It’s up to Ubisoft to step back and allow them to run with what the Dolls have started.
At some point on Tuesday, Gametrailers is going to post the second installment of their Casting Call miniseries. Shannon’s interview is in this one, so I’m looking forward to it. As for who I’m favoring for the outcome – well, don’t ask me that … I’m obviously biased. ;)
New comic up. Nothing tomorrow, but new AG Lite Wednesday, new AG like usual on Thursday, and another AG Lite on Friday. These are becoming full weeks.
Not much to say. Busy working on my day job, scripts, and laying groundwork for a few new projects. You know me (us, even) … always thinking about the next project we can do.
Don’t have a whole lot to say tonight … probably post some more later this week. Going to have to get used to posting at least two more times a week, since we’ll be updating four times. Bear with us over whatever transition we end up with.
Time to sleep.