Monthly Archives: November 2014

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The Revolution of Realistic Relationships in Games

Characters from FXIII-2.

You know when you write a blog post then forget to put it up until it’s well past its use-by date? Well, I never have that issue because I always discuss absolutely timeless topics.

This post was written months ago now when I was halfway playing through Final Fantasy XIII-2. I’ve since finished the game, but luckily my opinions have not changed between then and now. While the game is very different to its predecessor, and I did enjoy it more than I expected to, it still had a lot of flaws. And disappointingly for a Final Fantasy, more than a few of these flaws come from its story and characters.

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Female Sexuality and Pop Music

Beyonce poses provocatively in the video for Partition.

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a blog post about female sexuality in music videos and whether it was being celebrated or exploited.  I thought it was high time I wrote a follow-up to that post, as several songs have emerged in the past 12 months which have added something new and rather interesting to the discussion.  Specifically, the ones I want to talk about here are Partition and Drunk in Love by Beyoncé and Do What You Want and G.U.Y. by Lady Gaga.

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Twitter is Killing Discussion, and GamerGate Proves it

The Twitter bird cheeps.

I’m going to make a rather stirring claim here: Twitter is on the slow march towards eradicating the art of thoughtful and measured discussion.

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