Also, this makes me want a spritey FF6-esque Songbirds RPG. Grayson upgrades class halfway through. The Songbirds armor is all costumes, and their ultimate armor are their hours’ dress. The Songbirds can fight using voice moves that require button combos like Sabin’s special moves. Willim’s ultimate weapon could be a quill.
“Today, three women are graduating from the Marine infantry training course. They’re the first female candidates to pass it. The list of things women supposedly can’t do is evaporating.
Critics said the military would have to lower its standards to let women make the cut. But the Marines held firm. Their infantry course is two months long. You sleep in holes. You march 12 miles wearing 85 pounds of gear. You run 6 miles. You learn marksmanship, martial arts, and urban combat.
The three women who graduate today are just the beginning. Forty more have entered the pipeline. The next, more strenuous challenge is the Marine Infantry Officer Course. So far, 10 women have attempted it. Only one passed the hardest part, the Combat Endurance Test, and a stress fracture later forced her out. Once that barrier falls, the Army and Navy will have to open their own ground combat training to female candidates.”—
Everyone who thought women weren’t “fit for combat” is being proved wrong. Rosie the Riveter was right: We can do it. (Could someone photoshop her wearing a Marine’s uniform and giving the finger? That would feel really appropriate right now.)
A related thing I was reading yesterday: On how women have yet to pass the Marine Infantry Officer’s Course, and what one of the last women to fail it suggested was the problem. (spoiler: it’s not that women are incapable of meeting the standards, it’s that they are not trained for it the same as men and aren’t allowed to take it another time, the way men are. I liked her points that what women need are not LESS stringent standards, but MORE stringent standards all the way through.
To say there is an uncomfortable air of fear in security is one (perhaps overblown) thing. To see the largest and only production of its kind, with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line and an entire secondary production company locked in silent rapture under lit signage for Mountain Dew, the entire project gloriously rupturing like the belly of the Bismark – that is another. To be ushered by muted fear and nervous glances, to stand in desolate directors rooms filled with black screens and empty chairs. Darkened judging stands. Color-coded team challenge floors, soon to be dismantled, but left intact in the hopes that some shimmering archangel would descend and reinvigorate the 11 indie developers currently revolting against Maker Studios inside their rented Winnebagos.
To see the funeral procession of high creatives and story writers and production directors as they left the studio lot, heads down, on their way to a punishment tribunal we would only learn about in cracked voices and quaking half-jokes. The fake grass, crushed cigarette butts and empty beer cans; the trays upon trays of uneaten catering. And the understanding that it was a total wash – completely unsalvageable from a production standpoint – while the developers sat in tears, horror and shock on brand-integrated lawn chairs mere yards from a freelance crew already looking for their next gigs.
This is a very important article about an even that happened this past weekend at Maker Studios, one of the major production companies that manage groups such as the Game Grumps, Yogscast, and many other loved Youtubers. This is the story of how they fucked up, big.
if you care about game development, the indie game scene, and/or the toxic environment of sexism in gaming at large, READ THIS ARTICLE AND THE THREE ARTICLES IT LINKS TO. It will be well worth your time.
This guy’s prose is a little overly meandering for my tastes and I almost didn’t make it to the actual story because each of the ten or so paragraphs it took to get to the “day Zero” meat of the story left me thinking “okay yeah that’s great but what happened that this article is hopefully eventually going to tell me about?” but it really is worth reading.
You know what I LIKED about this? One outsider asshole pushing a sexist agenda, throwing around the not-so-subtle idea that women aren’t good game devs, and, in the author’s words, “And as the developers shared experiences the others didn’t know about, a strange thing began to happen between them that at once solidified what games are all about and doomed Polaris and Maker’s program. They formed ranks and revolted.”
These folks were all tired and fucked with and annoyed, but the idea that even under that sort of duress that no one rose to the bait, that everyone pulled together and said, “no, fuck you”? That’s nice.
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