It shouldn’t depress me as much as it does, but I’m somehow always more disappointed when people who share my n
ame do stupid things. Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem stepped up this week to talk about feminism and how it relates to Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton. Which is something that needs to be said, for all that Senator Bernie Sanders the sort of guy who practices what he preaches, he also has the benefit of being able to do so. Because he is a white man, he has privileges others don’t.
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Fear of being wrong is one of the main factors that prevents people from being even halfway decent allies, they’re just so overwhelmed with the fact that they may be called out for not being perfect that they don’t even bother to help their fellow humans. I will freely admit that being an ally – to any group – is tough because it forces you to examine your own privilege. You are an Ally because you are a member of the privileged class who has decided to stand up for the marginalized. That means that you benefit from privilege. Even if you are a member of one marginalized group, no person exists in a vacuum. I’m an asexual, disabled woman and yeah the last part is hard for me to admit, but I’m also white and from an affluent family which makes me pretty damn privileged despite the non-hetero, disabled portion of my existence. I benefit from “benevolent sexism” all the damn time because of my whiteness and cisgendered-ness. Just because benevolent sexism is also sexist behavior, that doesn’t mean I don’t benefit from it.
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Magic: Duels Origins debuted last week for iOS and has come to Steam and Xbox One, which is great news for everyone who tried to play Duels on their phone and realized that the screen was too small to even be remotely useful. Read the rest at BleedingCool.
Tinybuild’s Divided By Sheep is a Steam and iOS game that has you solving complicated math problems by flinging sheep from one island to another, and then finally onto a raft. Its a pretty fun puzzle game, with rather cutesy art and is insanely addictive. Read the rest at BleedingCool.
Last week, Night Light Interactive and LOOT Interactive’s Whispering Willows got a console release on the PS4 and PS Vita. While the game has been available for PC on Steam since 2014, the console re-release should at least see some updates but still has spelling and grammar errors. For a game that relays story almost entirely through text, having spelling errors on a re-release is kind of a shot in the foot. Honestly, they couldn’t even run the script through spell-check? Read the rest at BleedingCool.
Total War has always been a massive RTS game and this new edition of it brings in the characters and lore of Warhammer. NotWarhammer 40K, the original Warhammer – just to be clear.
While the cinematic trailer is already out, the in-engine trailer is due to follow in July. Being a member of the press, however, I got to view some footage of the game in Alpha. While it was a pre-programmed sequence, the game does look pretty cool. It is still recognizable as a Total War title, with the massive battle fields and grand strategy campaigns, there is a lot of Warhammer to it. I can also confirm that the Greenskins will indeed be a playable race. Read the rest at Bleeding Cool.
While Guild Wars 2 has had multiple free updates for the game, Heart of Thorns is a massive expansion that could prove to be worth the money. One of the key additions to this expansion will be the Guild Halls system.
At the end of Living World, Tyria no longer has a military to fight with, so while the Elder Dragons storyline will continue with this expansion, Heart of Thorns focuses mainly on Tyria’s struggle with the Jungle Dragon Mordremoth. Read the rest at BleedingCool.
The latest attempt at a PC version of Dungeons and Dragons is n-Pace and Wizards of the Coast’s Sword Coast Legends, which allows for players to take on a dungeon in a four-person team, or to play as a Dungeon Master. The DM mode allows you to create your own quest lines and characters as well as customize a pre-existing dungeon or to build your own. DMs can alter enemy monsters appearances, skillsets, and even take control of them. Similarly, the DM is capable of adding traps or monsters in real time as the party moves through. However, the DM will be rated at the end of the dungeon, which makes it a bit more imperative for the DM to cooperate with the party rather than treat them as an enemy. Voice-over IP allows for some LARPing capabilities with the dialogue, as well as the classic DM hint-dropping. Read the rest at BleedingCool
Magic: Duels Origins is the latest attempt by Wizards of the Coast to give you the Magic: The Gathering experience from the comfort of your own monitor.
This version of Duels will be as truly FTP as a game can while still turning a profit. You buy booster packs with an in-game coin currency which can either be bought or earned. So if you have a compulsive need to buy every new card pack when it comes out, you can still do that. But you can also earn your way through by playing a lot, since the Duels team has spent a lot of time making sure their in-game economy is balanced so that dedicated Magic players can earn every new card in a set before the next set is released. Which is a nice break from the usual “FTP just means pay-to-win” since they do give you the option to earn the new cards. Personally, I like it because I am cheap. Read the rest at BleedingCool.