Month: April 2018

‘Fed up with fantasies for male teenagers’: fixing the depiction of women in games

Developers and video artists are beginning to break down cliche and sexist gender stereotypes to explore new ideas and storylines When Nicole Stark set about writing a new video game, she took inspiration from an unusual subject: her autistic teenage daughter who was battling bullies. “I was fed up with power fantasies for male teenagers,” says Stark, one half of Noosa-based family studio Disparity Games. “We wanted something different.” Sick of seeing female protagonists who behaved “exactly like the male character but with large boobs”, Stark, with help from her daughter, created Gemma, a 16-year-old ninja pizza delivery girl who must navigate a dystopian world of sky-high slums, exploitative mega-corporations and the cruelest of adversaries: her own peers. “It was important to make Gemma look like a 16-year old,” says Stark, recalling her career as an artist when she would routinely make the breasts smaller on female characters – only for male colleagues to routinely make them bigger. Launched in 2015, Ninja Pizza Girl received favourable reviews. Then came the hate mail. In online forums, Disparity was accused of being a “cancer” that would destroy gaming; having a teenage female protagonist who talks about her feelings was declared “SWJ [social warrior justice] nonsense”. “There’s a vocal sector in the gaming community that reacts very angrily when you challenge the status quo,” sighs Stark. “They’re the toddler in the sandpit...

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7 things you didn’t know about Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire, one of music’s most beloved icons, has made her mark on country music. She grew up in Oklahoma and her fate was sealed when she moved to Nashville and began making music. Reba has sold over 33.5 million albums during her lengthy career. In keeping with her country traditions, her stepson married Kelly Clarksontalk about keeping musical success in the family. Here are some facts that you may have not known about the singer. 1. Faith Hill was not good enough for Reba McEntire Associated Press Country icon Faith Hill admitted to Larry King that she auditioned...

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5 Signs A First Date Is Croaking Better Than You Conceive

My father likes to call me Mr. First Date. Theres two reasons for this. First( and most obvious) is that I happen to have been on a respectable number of first times that havent resulted in second dates.Second, sadly, is that my father isnt a funny man. OK, that last reasonablenes isnt true. The real further reason is that I exclusively tell him the funny firstly time stories. A story about polite and engaging conference, a few guzzles, a possible slice of pizza and a quick make-out conference isnt a very good story. So then when I got home,...

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The Only 3 States Where Retirees Actually Have Enough Money

The general rule of thumb is that when you retire, you need to replace at least 70 percent of the income you had when you were working. But in a Bankrate.com report released Monday only seniors in three states are meeting that threshold. The real kick in the pants is which states — Hawaii, Alaska and South Carolina, of all places! “These numbers help illustrate how underprepared many Americans are for retirement,” said Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate.com’s chief financial analyst, in a press release. “It’s especially important for millennials to save aggressively because they face the biggest retirement savings...

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Twitter Is Already Trolling Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci

Twitter is relentless.  Only hours into the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci to the position of White House communications director, internet users were digging into his past. People resurfaced some of Scaramucci’s old tweets and took particular liking to one funny mishap. The new director posted a tweet attributing a quote to author Mark Twain that is a little hard to believe.  “Dance like no one is watching,” Scaramucci tweeted back in 2012. “Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like its heaven on earth. Mark Twain.”  Yeah we’re pretty sure Mark Twain...

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