The Orange Feather

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a discussion on sexual orientation

*explaining various sexual orientations to a classmate*
wait, what's polyamory?
well, it's when someone has more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.
*overhears from front of class*
that is d i s g u s t i n g
*defensively* um, actually, no it's--
how DARE they put a greek prefix on a latin root like that?! What right do they have to decimate my beautiful antiquated languages?!?! GREEK AND LATIN DO NOT FRATERNIZE THIS IS LIKE THAT STUPID ROMANTIC SUBPLOT BETWEEN THAT DWARF AND THAT ELF IN THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!
it should be polyerosy

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Ruin Jam 2014 -


What is Ruin Jam?

Ruin Jam is a game jam celebrating the nonexistent demise of video games, inspired by a lot of current events and  a certain blog post. It’s open to anyone and everyone who has been, is being, or plans to be accused of ruining the games industry. All Ruiners are welcome to contribute to the death of video games, provided that they adhere to the spirit of the jam.

What’s Ruining Video Games?

Thanks for asking! So far as I can tell, the following items are among the things ruining video games:

  • "Forced Diversity", i.e. Minority characters with agency.
  • People who make or talk about games having social and/or love lives
  • "SJWs", which stands  "Social Justice Warriors". It’s bad to be this for some reason.
  • People calling things that aren’t games games. The criteria for what a game is has yet to be disclosed.
  • Not being able to jump, shoot, or be killed
  • Criticism or satire of existing game franchises

@legobutts-senpai has a post running this down in more detail.

What Games are Welcome?

Any games that contribute to the downfall of video games are good candidates for submission. They can include items from the list above, or generally just be anything off the beaten path. Remember: different is bad, so go for that.

Since we’ll all be equal in the apocalypse, this is not a ranked jam.

Please avoid making any references to actual people. This jam is intended to lampoon a cultural attitude, not bully, harass, or libel. Likewise, slurs and bigoted content are not welcome here. Unironically anti-SJ games will be rejected at my discretion because what is wrong with you.

This is excellent.

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"Is it time for feminists to step off our hobby?" 

I haven’t seen such a clear and direct statement of the current angry and entitled gamer mentality in quite a while. Gaming is their hobby, and the evil feminists are coming in and stepping all over it, stealing it for themselves.

He thinks that games are an Action Man in his toy box that the girls from over the road have stolen from him and forced to wear a dress and play with Barbie. But games aren’t an Action Man, they’re a public playground. Right now, he and those like him are yelling and crying because the girls over the road, the gay people and the people of colour his dad told him not to talk to are all playing on the swings and for the first time he’s been told he has to share. 

(via discovergames)

Filed under gaming feminism videogames

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This is a culture war. The right side is winning, at great cost. At great personal costs to people like Anita Sarkeesian, Leigh Alexander, Zoe Quinn and even Jennifer Lawrence, and countless others who are on the frontlines of creating new worlds for women, for girls, for everyone who believes that stories matter and there are too many still untold. We are winning. We are winning because we are more resourceful, more compassionate, more culturally aware. We’re winning because we know what it’s like to fight through adversity, through shame and pain and constant reminders of our own worthlessness, and come up punching. We know we’re winning because the terrified rage of a million mouthbreathing manchild misogynists is thick as nerve gas in the air right now.

Us Social Justice Warriors – this is me, stealing that word in order to use it against my enemies- are winning the culture war by tearing up the rulebook, and there’s nothing the sad, mad little boys who hate women and queers and people of colour can do about it. Nothing, at least, that doesn’t sabotage their strategy, because they can win their game from day to day, but they’re losing the war. They can punish me for writing this, and I’m sure they will, but that will only prove my point. I’m not afraid anymore.

Every time they make an example of one of us, ten more stand up in outrage to hold her up or take her place.

We are stronger, smarter and more numerous than anyone imagined, and we are not to be fucked with.


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Extrasolar: Season 2 — be a part of the story


The award-winning narrative game Extrasolar, for which Silverstring Media develops and writes the story, just launched a kickstarter to fund a whole new season of content! Please check it out, and play the first season for free at

Pitch in what you can, get some awesome game and story content, and help spread the word! Thanks :D

Filed under space exploration aliens game design story

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Anonymous asked: Anita faked her threats. Also writers that have spoken against this "gaming feminism" have ACTUALLY received threats (the ones making the threats, their twitter pages are actually real people). You should honestly be ashamed for pushing your false narrative and dishonesty.




Go fuck yourself.

This is the most professional comment response I’ve ever seen. There is no sarcasm in that statement.

This is a site understanding that being professional doesn’t mean having to nod and smile and play nice with toxic lying assholes. Being paid for your work doesn’t mean having to turn off your basic bullshit detectors or entertain every rando textthug like a visiting minister of an unknown land. We know exactly what these assholes are and should respond accordingly.


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(I keep trying to begin a post about GamerGate but I don’t even know where to start, she said, and then finally started)

I am so angry

"don’t believe her lies," they hiss, after driving a woman who writes some of the most beautiful, incredibly heartfelt, moving stuff I have ever read, inside or outside of “games writing,” simply for the apparently heinous crime of writing an op-ed about how harassment is bad

they declared her “corrupt” because she supported the work of a female target of harassment, one of the two examples in her piece, the two examples that are relevant because they are occurring right now, on Patreon

"we will not apologize for calling her out," they say

"you reap what you sow"

"one biased writer down many more to go"

"I’m sure you are a nice, good person, but you wrote a gonzo journalism attack piece"

"If she dished enough fallacies it’s her fault. Drama plus tax."

"We’re not the monsters they want to paint us as."

"The dominos are falling. We’re winning. It’s brilliant."

winning, jesus christ, as if driving out a voice with such love for games and incredible talent for writing about them was something to be proud of, or even something that was an unfortunate but appropriate and unavoidable side effect of their pure and noble quest

"we’re the side that’s actually diverse and inclusive and represents everyone" they say as if their "inclusive" hashtag isn’t laced with obvious sockpuppets — because it was started by 4chan specifically as a way to muddy the waters, lure in uninformed bystanders, and disguise the true intentions of their efforts

"the core of GamerGate isn’t about harassment, there’s just a few bad apples" they say, while continuing to let themselves be spoon-fed malicious lies, fabrications, and speculation by assholes who make anonymous videos declaiming about "the arrogance and disdain of these people" as if that isn’t exactly what’s venomously dripping off their own lips

"GamerGate isn’t misogynist" they say as if those same figureheads aren’t nearly exclusively targeting the relationships women have with each other and with men, and their only example where a woman is unrelated is from 2 years ago

as if this whole thing didn’t start with people taking one bitter ex’s wild accusations, later recanted, as the gospel fucking truth

as if they aren’t completely unwilling to do even the slightest shred of their own research or decision-making, or engage in even the tiniest modicum of skepticism

as if a male dev didn’t talk about receiving favorable reviews for stuff he’d written from a reviewer friend of his, only to have it largely ignored and dismissed by GamerGate because there weren’t any allegations of sex

as if a male game journalist didn’t hire his own brother to his site only to have the matter completely ignored and dismissed by GamerGate as in no possible way nepotistic

as if any of these dudes have been receiving even a tenth of what’s being leveled at the women — the rote mindless abuse, the threats of sexual violence, the vitriol, the dismissal of their very humanity, the demands for attention, for engagement, for “debate,” for evidence to debunk the alleged crimes of morality or ethics, for evidence of their worthiness as human beings

as if any of this isn’t patently obvious by looking at their mentions, much less at what’s being said about them on 4chan and reddit and the other toxic fucking cesspools of the internet where hatred and dismissal of women flourishes, cultivated and tended and fertilized by an endless supply of bullshit

"I don’t see the abuse," they say

"I don’t see the misogyny"

"prove it"

Filed under gamergate misogyny

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To fair-minded proponents of #GamerGate:


This article spells out the problems with the #GamerGate protest.

(Source: davidjcobb, via jessicalprice)

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Saints Row Writer Accepts Anita Sarkeesian's Critique of His Games


"I think it’s fair to be called out on your shit," he said. "I think that it’s a sad man that can never be self-reflective. I think that we tried to go and carry ourselves with respect, and try to respect sexuality and respect gender as much as we can, and sometimes we fail but hopefully we’ll do better and continue to get better."

Stuff like this makes me happy.

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Why We Didn't Want to Talk about "GamerGate"



Paste nails it.

That’s who is behind this entire situation: anti-woman trolls who intentionally distort the meaning of the word “ethics” to further their own agenda and mislead their followers. There are some beating the #GamerGate drum who sincerely believe that it’s not related to misogyny or the persistent attacks on Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn, that it’s simply about keeping the games press accountable. It’s impossible to extricate that hashtag from its roots, though, which grew out of unconscionable smears and threats against two prominent women in gaming merely because they are prominent women in gaming. All the conspiracies and trumped-up claims of “evidence” of collusion among developers, press agents and the press spread by the #GamerGate founders are lies and distortions aimed at driving Quinn, Sarkeesian and other women out of videogames. Whether it’s hate, fear or simply the grotesque joy horrible people find in maliciously denigrating others, this entire #GamerGate nonsense is built on silencing women and shutting them out of games.”

(via medesha)