(Reblogged from gamersofcolor)

The BBC estimates that 100% of British teenagers play video games in some form or other. Within the next century ‘gamers’ will be a term that encompasses every gay and transgender person, every girl and woman, every politician in the cabinet, everyone with a title in the House of Lords, every teacher, nurse, banker, social worker, dustman and paedophile. Video games and their players will be acknowledged as ubiquitous, and the medium’s commentators will be free to move from advocacy (the endless articles and television programmes that, beneath the angle, exist primarily to plead the case that games matter) to more rounded criticism.

But for now, gamers are dishonestly classed as a standardized tribe. Who gains from maintaining the pervading stereotype? There is an argument to say that the game-makers and publishers benefit: they are more easily able to target their marketing to a large and discrete group (“this is for the players” states Sony’s current advertising campaign for its PlayStation 4, for example). But this isn’t quite true: see Nintendo’s gargantuan efforts during the past five years to reach people outside of the traditional gamer demographic. In truth, it’s gamers who fit within the demographic that benefit the most: here, within the artifice of a ‘community’ they find a place to belong, a place where they fit, are understood and are free to be themselves and, together with like-minded people, enjoy a sense of collective power.

There is nothing deplorable about this; the urge to form groups with like-minded people is a universal one. But when that collective power is turned against those on the margins of the group, or those who present valid criticisms of its unifying subject…it becomes problematic.

(Reblogged from dduane)


have you ever had to restart a song because you spaced out and weren’t appreciating it enough

(Source: you-do-you-boo-boo)

(Reblogged from msras)
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Important, always-relevant comic done by the wonderful Ursa Eyer.

(Reblogged from msras)



Melissa Harris-Perry: Nothing is riskier than being poor in America [full video]

Have I put this up on my blog before?

Fuck it, here it is again.

Always reblog.

(Source: pipeschapman)

(Reblogged from escavel)
If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.

Jane Espenson (from interview with Advocate.com)

I dunno how many which ways this needs to be said

(via aragingquiet)

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(Reblogged from escavel)


(…nuff said.)

(Reblogged from writingwithcolor)


can we all take a moment to appreciate the part in briar’s book when lark says she’s going to find a healer ‘with more juice in him than Dedicate Grapewell’ and the narration notes that she didn’t smile at her own pun and this is a *significant* sign of how terrible everything is

like just imagine lark and rosethorn whenever their lives aren’t actively falling apart. making ridiculous puns constantly and laughing at their own and each others’ because they’re great mages and the foremost in their disciplines and also they’re enormous dorks

(Reblogged from nimblermortal)




Black and white twins 

I didn’t realize this was possible.


If you notice, most of their features are the same, the only difference is skin colour (ultra rare genetic twist).

(Source: diverseiridescentbeings)

(Reblogged from writingwithcolor)