The “Girlfriend Mode” Experience | Very Lemonade The “Girlfriend Mode” Experience | When Life Gives You Lemons, Smash the Patriarchy The hubbub this morning is over how Eurogamer basically broke that John Hemingway, lead developer for Borderlands 2, referred to their new mechromancer character as having a “girlfriend mode.” This colloquial reference (presumably a joke) is for the “Best Friends Forever” mode that the mechromancer has that allows people who are not “good at shooters” to play and still be entertained. “The design team was looking at the concept art and thought, you know what, this is actually the cutest character we’ve ever had. It’s 2012 and gaming companies are still letting their lead developers go in front of journalists without an ounce of PR training to say stuff like this, let alone actually hiring people within the industry that aren’t designing games with this ridiculous “boys club” mentality behind the things they put so much work into. If male gamers wanted to pay money to experience the real “Girlfriend Mode” they’d be in for a wild shock. See how fucking ridiculous that shit is?
The Color of Logos » Emblemetric Color has become an even more important aspect of logo design in today’s web-based world. How has color been used in US logo design over the past several decades? Analysis of United States Patent and Trademark Office data can provide some answers. Use of Color in US Logos The graph above shows the relative share of color use in US logos over the last two decades (logos that did not contain these colors, or that did not feature color at all, were omitted from the analysis). A few trends stand out here. “Trendiness” of Color Use in US Logos Another way to address this issue is to analyze the colors used not just in new logos, but in logos that have “died” (i.e., trademarks that have been abandoned, canceled, or expired). The graph’s vertical axis represents a ratio of the share of color use in new logos in a given year to the share of color use in dying logos from that year. Use of Color in US Logos by Industry Color use in logos can also be addressed in terms of particular industries.
CALLIHOO Writing Helps--Feelings Table Character Feelings You can describe your character's feelings in more exact terms than just "happy" or "sad." Check these lists for the exact nuance to describe your character's intensity of feelings. SF Characters | SF Items | SF Descriptors | SF Places | SF EventsSF Jobs/Occupations | Random Emotions | Emotions List | Intensity of Feelings Star Wars Origins - Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey In 1949 Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) made a big splash in the field of mythology with his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. This book built on the pioneering work of German anthropologist Adolph Bastian (1826-1905), who first proposed the idea that myths from all over the world seem to be built from the same "elementary ideas." Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) named these elementary ideas "archetypes," which he believed to be the building blocks not only of the unconscious mind, but of a collective unconscious. Jung developed his idea of archetypes mostly as a way of finding meaning within the dreams and visions of the mentally ill: if a person believes they are being followed by a giant apple pie, it's difficult to make sense of how to help them. Campbell's contribution was to take this idea of archetypes and use it to map out the common underlying structure behind religion and myth. Searching For The Hero
The 100 favourite fictional characters... as chosen by 100 literary luminaries - Features - Books Chosen by Barbara Trapido (The Travelling Horn Player) William is a child rebel in stifling suburbia. His instincts are against social climbing, pseudo-intellectualism and the humdrum. He has a flair for befriending eccentric outcasts, while cutting a swathe through village fêtes. The 100 best fictional characters of all time Flashman Chosen by Terry Pratchett (the Discworld series) Harry Flashman, that fictional reprobate - wenching and dodging his way through the major military engagements of the 19th century - is funnier, more honest and certainly less harmful than many of the real brave fools whose paths he double-crosses. Pip Chosen by Tim Lott (White City Blue) Philip Pirrip (Pip), of Great Expectations, gripped me at the earliest age. Joe Gargery Chosen by Maeve Binchy (Nights of Rain and Stars) Joe Gargery in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations is so decent and so real that you always think you know him. Miss Havisham Chosen by John Burnside (The Good Neighbour) Tintin Elizabeth Bennett
Feminism 101: Offensive Language and Dismissal of Responsibility | Welcome to another day in which a games journalist dismisses the criticism of many gamers and misses the point completely. This article at IGN by Colin Moriarty shows exactly why gaming culture is what it is, and why it’s so difficult to make any real change. Backstory: Borderlands 2 Lead Designer Hemingway refers to the game’s “easy mode” as the Girlfriend mode, which we covered. Many game critics erupted in upset over yet another example where women are stereotyped into byproducts of the gaming industry without the skill required to play games as they’re designed. Now, this IGN article has decided to counter the criticism and put us in our place. Let me lay just a little bit of Feminism 101 on you (which also equates to “being a decent person 101″): 1. Here’s the thing, we all have different perspectives in life. There is just about nothing in the world that is universally offensive to every person. Moriarty states: Remember, Mr. 2. 3. There are words, and there is intent behind them.
Laws of Simplicity Organization makes a system of many appear fewer. The home is usually the first battleground that comes to mind when facing the daily challenge of managing complexity. Stuff just seems to multiply. These typical solutions have mixed results. Concealing the magnitude of clutter, either through spreading it out or hiding it, is an unnuanced approach that is guaranteed to work by the first Law of reduce. However, in the long term an effective scheme for organization is necessary to achieve definitive success in taming complexity. Come scrivere un dialogo Il Reichstag era in fiamme. Luci gialle e rosse danzavano dietro le file di finestre in stile classico. Lingue di fumo e fuoco uscivano dalla cupola centrale.«Oh, no!» (Ken Follett, "L'inverno del Mondo", Mondadori 2012) «Senti, a proposito di sabato, pensavo di andare in un posto molto carino a via Po.» (Valentina F., "TVUKDB", Fanucci Editore, 2007) Spesso il male di scrivere ho incontrato. Il dialogo è una parte fondamentale della narrazione: serve a umiliare i protagonisti di una storia rimpinzandogli la bocca di espressioni che li faranno sembrare degli idioti. Data la nostra volontà di realizzare un best seller, il nostro dovere è quello di scrivere un dialogo di merda. «Praskov'ja Pàvlovna vuole andare alla polizia, a lagnarsi di te» gli disse.Lui storse la faccia in una smorfia. (F. Quel bruscamente, quel seriamente! E vogliamo parlare di quel " rispose seriamente"? Bene, come sempre vi invito a svolgere una piccola esercitazione, nella speranza che non la prendiate sottogamba:
My Little Bag of Writing Tricks - Do Your Job Better By Rachel Toor In the progressive campus lab school I attended until sixth grade, my friends and I wrote poetry, celebrated the passage of Title IX, and did "new" math. The boys sewed and cooked in home economics, and the girls sawed and drilled their way through shop class. When I got to junior high, I realized that the kids who had gone to Catholic school knew things I didn't. And so grammarians intimidate me. I'm not convinced that studying grammatical labels would help my prose, though it might make me a more intimidating teacher. I didn't know what comma splices were until the copy editor of my second book pointed out how often I used them. I love style books and have learned plenty from grammarians, even if they might not be my first choice for dinner dates or camping companions. On the simplest level, we're told not to be vague, to write with strong nouns and verbs. We need to notice. Nominalization, in case you weren't aware, turns verbs into fuzzy nouns. I have other tricks.
These Are the 21 Female Authors You Should Be Reading On Monday, Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Goldfinch. It was no surprise, really, since the much-anticipated novel made the New York Times best-seller list during its first week on the shelves. The book was so popular that people flocked to the Frick Collection in record numbers to see the titular painting that features heavily in the Dickensian plot. Tartt takes a notoriously long time to write her novels: The Goldfinch took 11 years, and she says that we may have to wait just as long for her next book. Chimamanda Adichie Beyoncé loves her and so should you. Eleanor Catton Catton was only 22 years old when she wrote her first novel, The Rehearsal (what have you done today?). Edwidge Danticat Danticat published her debut novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, when she was only 25 and was heralded as a young author to watch. Emma Donoghue MORE: Should Donna Tartt be on the 2014 Time 100? Louise Erdrich Elizabeth Gilbert Sheila Heti A.M. Elliott Holt Rachel Kushner Claire Messud J.
Borderlands 2: Gearbox reveals the Mechromancer's "girlfriend mode" Update: You may have noticed Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford speaking out against the "girlfriend mode" nickname on Twitter. As reported below, the Mechromancer skill tree that helps video game newcomers is formally called Best Friends Forever. But Borderlands 2 lead designer John Hemingway referred to it numerous times as "girlfriend mode". "Borderlands 2 does NOT have a girlfriend mode," Pitchford stated on Twitter. "Anyone that says otherwise is misinformed or trying to stir up something that isn't there. "The future DLC Mechromancer class has a skill tree that makes it easier for less skilled coop partners (any gender!) Pitchford didn't deny that Hemingway had said "girlfriend mode". "There is no universe where Hemingway is a sexist," Pitchford added. Original story: Borderlands 2 developer Gearbox Software has revealed more information on the in-development fifth class for the game, the Mechromancer. Mechromancer concept art. "Can't aim? "What's her name?
A Day On My Plate: Athletes’ Meals UK designer Sarah Parker teamed up with photographer Michael Bodiam, to illustrate the diets of 5 olympians for Nowness. I love the fun concept of oversized plates and cutlery with miniature meals! Comment écrire tous les jours vous pousse à écrire ... tous les jours ! - Jusqu'au dernier mot "Écrivez tous les jours." C’est un conseil habituel parmi les écrivains. Pourtant, certains d’entre eux peuvent se demander si le jeu en vaut vraiment la chandelle. Trouver quotidiennement du temps pour écrire peut se révéler difficile, à cause du syndrome de la page blanche ou encore d’un agenda trop rempli, entre autres exemples. Néanmoins, quelques lignes écrites chaque jour font davantage que seulement inculquer la discipline de pouvoir écrire à volonté plutôt qu’uniquement lorsque l’inspiration survient. Cela offre d’autres avantages très importants : Cela stimule votre créativité Après avoir écrit tous les jours pendant une semaine ou deux, vous verrez votre créativité commencer à devenir florissante. Cela accroît votre confiance Beaucoup d’écrivains s’acharnent à coucher sur papier un simple mot. Écrire chaque jour, même juste un peu, vous aidera à dominer ces peurs. Cela vous permet d’expérimenter vos capacités d’écrivain Cela aide à surmonter le perfectionnisme