Saints Row The Third, Embarrassing You Say?

We’re going to play a little bit of the imagination game here this morning.

So, let say, hypothetically, that you were chosen to be the head of a fairly popular company. Ok? Let’s now imagine that this company that you’ve been ushered in to operate has been under some seriously troubling financial issues and it is now your job to move that company back towards a profitable era. Now, imagine that, as this company head, you had to give an interview about one of your most successful pieces of intellectual property. However, the person interviewing you has now criticized that popular property by calling it embarrassing. What do? Continue reading

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Even Fictional People Do Bad Things

There are bad people in this world.

No, really, there are some exceptional examples of extreme shitheaddery that are carried out in this world. Lying, cheating, murder, rape, thievery, and an assortment of other shitty acts are carried out daily by the world’s worst percentage. No sensible person reading this article would look at that list and disagree with the notion that those actions are horrible, but they are often portrayed in great detail all throughout literature and modern film. Not to mention, many of these acts are so woven into the main plot of a story that removing them entirely would completely negate the work all together. These movies and books are extremely dark and disturbing, but many of them get released without even so much as a hint of controversy. However, when you attempt to use these dark subjects as plot developments in games, a shit-storm begins a brewin’ and it doesn’t take long before every games journalist on the net decides they have to become outrageously outraged by them. So, I’d like to discuss a few of them today. Continue reading

Chivalrous Heroism In Fantasy And Why It’s Important (And Necessary)

I always wanted to be a hero.

As a child, I had a plethora of outlets in which to find numerous heroes to idolize and emulate. Books, movies, games…these were all places I could find numerous characters ready to face down the hordes of any evil that was thrown at them. However, out of all of these heroic stories, the ones where the hero must walk through hell and back to save his beloved were the ones I enjoyed the most. There was something beautiful in the idea that a man, facing insurmountable odds, would traverse deadly landscapes and fight impossible foes all in the name of love. I daydreamed endlessly of being the kind of hero that would battle death itself to keep love innocent, pure, and unharmed from whatever evil might befall the land. I imagined the most chivalrous type of hero that I possibly could, and I knew that this was the kind of hero I wanted to be someday.

However, it seems that all those years of daydreaming of being the hero I was just daydreaming of being a sexist asshole. Continue reading