Painting With Shotguns #51
I Really Should Know Better
The other day, I had me a new Escapist article up — “The Pasty White Person Is King” — which admittedly was poised to raise a little controversy by dint of it being about race. (In particular, it’s about the white-washing of video games, wherein many races fail to be represented well or at all, especially in terms of character creation.) Now, one point in the article was my fault, in which the writing suggested that you couldn’t change the color of your skin in Dragon Age, and what I really should’ve said (and the article now says) is that you can change the color of your skin but it’s more like applying a new coat of paint — it does not cascade through the storyline, it seems to have no effect at all on the skin color of your family, friends, rest of the world, etc.
I’ll take my licks on that one. It’s a little bit of splitting hairs, but I was wrong, so bad on me.
The thing that gets me is the alarming amount of casual racism that pops up in the comments — okay, I’m not surprised at the existence of said racists, but I’m surprised at a) how racist they are and b) how ignorant they are of their own racism. Hey, if you’re going to be racist, at least own it. It’s not a good thing, but I appreciate self-awareness more than utter ignorance. Weirder still are the few commenters who somehow found my article to be racist. *scratches head* I don’t know if I wrote the most elegant article, but racist? Really? Anybody care to explain that? Like, in a way that doesn’t sound like moonbat logic?
All the more troubling is what happens when you pop over to another excellent article in that issue, “Muslims In My Monitor,” by fellow DMLA author Saladin Ahmed. Saladin basically says, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we had some positive Muslim role models instead of lots of Muslim villains in video games?” And in reading the comments, you’d think he was building a mosque in the Oval Office. People are very bold, very open about their distrust and distaste of, well, every Muslim ever. A lot of the logic comes down to, “Well, if you so-called moderate Muslims would do more to speak out against the extremist Muslims, we wouldn’t have to call you all terrorists.” As if a Muslim should preface every opinion with, “I disown Al-Qaeda and all its extremism” before preceding.
“I disown Al-Qaeda and all its extremism, and I think we should be able to have religious freedom in this country like everybody else.”
“I disown Al-Qaeda and all its extremism, and I think it’d be super nifty if we had some great Muslim role models in video games.”
“I disown Al-Qaeda and all its extremism, and I really like Honey Nut Cheerios.”
It’s bold-faced, underlined, highlighted prejudice, and it’s growing more inflamed with this nonsense “Ground Zero Mosque” debate — you know, the non-debate that’s been turned into a gas fire by all the assholes pouring gas and fire on it? That one? The one that staggeringly betrays some of the core precepts of this country? The one that highlights the irony of a GOP who pretends to want small government but who really wants the biggest goddamn monolithic Christian government you ever did see? The one that fails to recognize that nobody’s trying to build a terrorist training camp with concrete formed from the ashes of 9/11 jumpers, the one that doesn’t care to see the truth that it was never a straight-up mosque, that the Muslims are already present, that the “hallowed ground” of Ground Zero isn’t that at all?
Astounding after all this time we can still associate “terrorist” with “Muslim” so completely. (Though, let me also go to the other side and say this kind of intolerance is so nasty, so messy, it gets on everything like a spreading stain: no, every Catholic is not a boy-toucher, every Mormon isn’t a polygamist, and so on.)
Check out the articles in question, then if you’re brave, poke your head into the comments.
Blu-Ray Is A Staggering Disappointment (So Far)
We have a Blu-Ray player.
It, like apparently many Blu-Ray players, has a startling downside: it will not resume play on a disc. If I’m in the middle of watching a movie and I stop it, when I go to resume play, the fucking thing starts over.
I thought, surely this is insanity. Something is wrong. The device is broken! Or I’m missing a setting somewhere. No. No, apparently not. Some Blu-Ray players just… have this problem. It’s an alarming throwback: in fact, I don’t know of any media format out there right now that forces me to restart every time I stop. Not books, not tapes, not CDs or DVDs. Okay, a handful of games, maybe, but that’s something built into the challenge, not a failure of design or technology.
Further, Blu-Ray just doesn’t look that special. I haven’t done a side-by-side comparison, but Blu-Ray actually looks kind of disappointing. In fact, it looks too dark. This is after I’ve already modified my television away from the god-awful factory settings, so that everything else looks great. Television. Games. Movies I play on Netflix (which is thankfully built right into the television for maximum awesomeness). Hell, even DVDs I play in my Blu-Ray look better than the Blu-Rays I play in my Blu-Ray player.
Which is insanity, really.
Plus, I can stop and start those whenever I like! Resume play, done.
Why can I do that on DVDs in that player, but not Blu-Rays?
Have I taken a crazy pill?
Meh. Fnuh. Pshh. You ask me, Blu-Ray is just a pit-stop, an already flagging format on the way toward straight-up digital downloadable. Doesn’t help that many of the discs remain at almost stupidly expensive levels (despite the fact the players are now fairly cheap). Anybody else out there have Blu-Ray? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent to it?
Total sidenote: anybody have any great Netflix Watch Instantly recommendations? Loving that on the TV, and loving that I can stream right to my iPhone now, too. Super-slick.
The Future Of Terribleminds
You’ll note I’ve gone ahead and stopped using Roman numerals. I figured it would be best if I stopped embarrassing myself by using inaccurate numerals.
Interesting that I’ve been doing PWS for a year or so, now.
Do you like the PWS still? Continued thumbs-up?
Do you like the daily blogging?
Do you like the writing advice? On that one, I’m smelling flagging interest — the views on writing posts have been down, while views on other posts are up. Comments, too. That’s okay: if I’m hitting a wall, I might slow down on the writing advice. Unless it’s just a summer blip? You tell me. Good? Maybe take a breather on it? Slow down? Stop it entirely? Any opinions you got, throw ‘em at me.
Anything else you’d prefer to see? Do you like that I occasionally stir up controversy, or is that just irritating? Anything I don’t do that you’d like to see? Anything with the website design and functionality?
Let’s just call this a sweeping terribleminds review: what grade do you give the site and the blog? You tell me what you like, dislike, what you want to see, what you damn sure don’t want to see.
My feelings won’t be hurt.
I mean, they will, but I’ll cry in private.
The Lynx Is Hungry For Links
You want links? Done.
Review of Joelle Charbonneau’s SKATING AROUND THE LAW at ITW — check it out!
I do not own an iPad, but I love this iPad case: the Dodocase.
Hey, good news, everybody! We’re building a nation of idiots! Woooo! *eats a gun*
Wait, you don’t fear hospitals? Oh, oh, here: let me fix that for you.
Charlie Brooker tells you: you want motivation to write, then get a proper deadline.
Ten Star Wars comic books you should read. Anybody read these?
A reporter gave a bunch of panhandlers free credit cards. Here’s what happened.
HOLY CRAP VICTORIAN TERMINATOR ARM — STEAMPUNK SKYNET IS ACTIVE.
“The Inner Journey” — great bit of writing advice from Donald Maass, the king of killer writing advice.
And, finally, a blog post that really speaks the truth: “Chuck Wendig Is The Devil.”