So… many… video games…

So I finished the Last of Us DLC. Needless to say I was not disappointed, and I am so thankful that Naughty Dog is a studio that has their priorities (quality vs rushing out a product) straight. However, despite this respite, I still have the following games that need to be played:

Bravely Default
Xenoblade (not very far in)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gate to Infinity
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
New Super Mario Brothers 2
The Last Story
Ni No Kuni (not very far in XD) and
Kid Icarus (I sucked the first time I tried to play it)

Fortunately, I’m almost done with Pokemon X (while the rest of the internet plays it on Twitch) and about to start Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns. X/X2 Special Edition comes in next month too. I was hoping I could do my project with reviews here weekly but it looks like it’ll be more realistic to do it as a bi-weekly thing. Next thing coming is an anime, so we’ll see. I’m trying to rotate media to keep it better, and also getting a ton of literature from the library to help me put/keep the writing in the context of the media. Yay interlibrary loans!


Review: Bioshock Infinite (video game)

Booker, are you afraid of God? -Elizabeth
No, I’m afraid of you. – Booker DeWitt
(Bioshock Infinite opening)

The Bioshock games have remained one of my favorite series for several reasons; notably their intelligent themes, their nods to literary giants, as well as their unraveling of typical/over used tropes. Infinite is no different, circumventing the original ‘revelations’ of the original and its sequel. Infinite also plays around immensely with gender roles and expectations; my original expectations for the review game were very much turned on their head (in a good way).

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Review: Battle Angel Alita (manga)

“I didn’t dig you out of the rubble because I saw a monster, a military machine – I saw something beautiful – and you grow more beautiful every day!” -Doc Ido, Battle Angel Alita (Vol 1, page 34).

Cyberpunk has been one of gender studies’ biggest champions as well as one of its biggest villains. As Judith Butler once stated in her work Gender Trouble, the “transcendental move away from the body tends to exclude women by subsuming their difference in the great universal.” Battle Angel Alita, known as Gunnm in Japan, was originally published from December 1990 to April 1995 in the serialĀ Business Jump manga-zine, created by Yukito Kishiro. Its creation was heralded as a positive, gritty post-cyberpunk future that took people beyond the scope of Blade Runner into a future where human life and flesh is cheap and it is the machine that is expensive, notably, the machine that can be used as a weapon is the most vied after.

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Disclaimer on Reviews

So I’m going to start this review thing I’ve been planning/thinking up for a few months. However, I feel like it’s fair to put up a disclaimer/statement on these reviews.

1) I’ll be reviewing most of these texts not just based on overall quality, but also through the lens of gender. Yes, I’m a feminist, no, I’m not a man-hating feminazi. I tend to be of the Wollstonecraft variety of feminism; I believe that women are people. Men are too, which is why they’ll be getting the same equal treatment of being socially analyzed (there are more gender-equal male characters out there than you’re probably thinking).

2) I’ll be reviewing a wide range of things, from video games, to manga, to anime, to just regular literature (probably more SF/fantasy variety). For the record, most of these things, quite notably the literature, will be oriented towards adult literature/aka not YA literature. There will be notable exceptions that I believe are beyond the ‘YA’ tag, but I’m an Orwellian baby. The recent surge of YA lit is a fairly new concept; when I was ten or eleven, I was reading Asimov, Frank Herbert, and Clarke. While there are some VERY good SF/F gender-friendly YA books, I feel like there are very few reviewers that cater to the more adult-lit variety while there’s a ton of YA ones. So I’ll be sticking to that.

3) I welcome honest responses/feedback, as long as they’re more than the proverbial “this sucks!” If you think my review is wrong, state why – I always enjoy academic/intellectual debate.

4) If you have a suggestion of something I should check out, please let me know!

5) There will be spoilers. I can’t fully examine a text (book/manga/series/game) without fully going through the entire thing. You have been warned.

6) Enjoy!

Writing used to be my world…

I used to be a self-proclaimed Authoress extraordinaire, but I’ve gotten out of shape linguistically and out of practice. Despite having a Master’s Degree in English/Literature, I can’t seem to find the right drive in order to get my creative streaks flowing into words. I have ideas, buckets of them. I just can’t seem to find the force necessary to put those down on paper.

So this blog, yes. I don’t know how much of it I’ll actually do in terms of writing, but I feel like part of the process will be having myself write at least a little bit each day. We’ll have to see what comes out from that.

Some creative projects I would like to do/work on in the next few months:

Writing gender-oriented reviews of games
Analyzing popular adult sf under the scope of gender
Figuring out how to do a podcast about being an awesome nerd-woman and not be a copy of 50k other podcasts

Real life projects:
Continue to lose weight/tone (160 is pretty damn good!)
Get myself onto a normal sleeping schedule (we’ll see)
Actually read my backlog (which for me isn’t very much, but still)
Watch my backlog (this one is harder)

We’ll see if I can make this thing stick. Here’s hoping.