The second downloadable episode for BioShock Infinite, Burial At Sea Episode Two, will feature an optional mode which challenges players to complete the episode stealthily and using only non-lethal methods, Irrational Games announced today.
Dubbed “1998 Mode,” the optional challenge appears to be inspired by Thief: The Dark Project, Looking Glass Studios’ first-person stealth game released in 1998. Irrational even created a piece of artwork for Burial At Sea Episode Two's “1998 Mode” that harkens back to the original Thief's trapezoidal box art, seen below.
SO THIS IS A THING, A THING OF BEAUTY, THAT I HAVE BROKEN heyheyrenay WITH. PRODUCES SUCH WONDERS AS
- "The Maltese Shah’s Bodacious Maiden"
- "The Assyrian Cad’s Sleep-Deprived Wedding Planner"
- "The Scottish Paper Company Sales Representative’s Tasty Feminist"
GO FORTH INTERNET AND ENTERTAIN ME FOREVER.
(ALSO y’all should totally write things based off these titles and submit them for the funnies. :D)
And yet fanfiction is an inherently transformative work which, by its very nature, strives to address or change some flaw that exists in canon, even if that flaw is “why isn’t there more of this thing?!” Fanfiction has addressed the lack of gay men by making straight characters gay; it’s addressed countless cultural misappropriations with wildly varying AUs; it’s addressed canon plot holes and timeline issues with fix-it fics and crossovers. Fanfic is the show your show could be like, if only you dared to dream.
But for all its transformative nature, fanfiction and fandom still suffer from a real dearth of femslash. Beyond the simple fact that very few girls exist in canon materials, the societal emphasis on the male gaze seems to have affected fanficcers’ creativity to such an extent that even in our own fantasies, we cannot give women a fair shake. Just as the answer to “Why is there so much slash?” cannot be boiled down to “ Well, straight girls are horny”, the answer to “Why isn’t there any femslash?” cannot be boiled down to “Well, straight girls don’t care.” The bias against female characters and female pleasure is an ingrained, institutionalized problem which won’t go away on its own."
Since authors have been revealed, I can tell you what I wrote for Yuletide this year! It’s no surprise that I love Legend, but I’ve never written for it before and I really enjoyed doing so.
Is the key to innovation as simple as being better organized? Web designer Ryder Carroll thinks so, and he’s created the Bullet Journal system to help you get stuff done:Bullet Journal is an all-new system for note-taking that’s better than any schmancy designer notebook.
slash is a card & storytelling game where you try to create the best fan-fiction romantic couples. Hilarity often ensues.
slash: romance without boundaries is a card & storytelling party game of relationships across all canons of pop culture, history and literature. Players compete to create the One True Pairing between characters in their hand and the character the matchmaker has played. If the matchmaker selects your card you get to keep both cards played and add them to your score pile. But, if another player is jealous of your victory she may challenge the matchmaker and narrate the story of the TRUE OTP (as she sees it).If the rest of the players side with your logic, your passion or the sheer entertainment value of your tale, you score the OTP.
slash is a game that invites you to create your fan fiction on the fly. slash attempts to coax a few sentences of make-believe from you to justify who your favorite wizard, space pirate or superhero REALLY belongs with.
The words are easy. Saying them is hard.
An appreciation blog for every Dragon Age fan’s favorite younger sister, Bethany Hawke.
So, perhaps unsurprisingly, I did it - I created a new blog dedicated to all things Bethany. Come, follow, appreciate! (Or at least reblog to advertise it? :D)
If you have any Bethany-related art, fic, meta, or other creative endeavors that you’d like to submit or point us towards, come submit it! All versions of Bethany are welcome and encouraged. :)
Speaking of that Fairytale game, the Kickstarter for it has been over a while, but it raised so much money they’re making a ton of variations of the game. AND they have a miniatures campaign to make a new game with the same characters (and the games and minis will tie together). If you back the miniatures campaign, you can actually get the original game as one of the addons. Check it out and get yourself a bunch of cool fairytale games and characters: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/682539325/fairytale-games-the-miniatures-campaign
There’s about 40 hours left to the campaign, so time is limited.
Michelle Rodriguez Coming Out Bisexual Is A Big Deal
A few years back, my friend hired Michelle Rodriguez to DJ her party and took her out to lunch the…
Solstice, our fantasy mystery about people and their secrets, is finally available for pre-orders. Along with a chunky preview build for everyone who decides to support us with their purchase!
We hope it’s worth the wait and that you’ll like it even more than Cinders. If possible, please share the news among your friends and networks. Thanks :).
Go here if you’re done it before!
If you’re new to Yuletide, read this link first. :)
This looks nifty! and it’s from Bioware. I’ve applied to be a beta tester, hopefully I was persuasive enough!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Dragon Age Keep?
Within the Dragon Age Keep, you’ll be able to customize a Dragon Age historical world state to your exact specifications drawn from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II story decisions. These include hero attributes, companion details, quest results, and more. Customize as much or as little as you wish. Then you’ll be able to import your saved world state into Dragon Age Inquisition at the start of a new game. For new players, the Keep will serve as a great way to understand the people, places, and events that shaped the world leading up to DAI.
What is a beta?
Beta is a period of time before a website’s official launch where selected applicants are invited to preview features in advance of the general public. At the beginning of a beta period, invitations will be sent via email to selected beta testers. Each beta period will have a clear focus, as our developers will be looking for feedback on particular features and site elements.
How do I register for the beta?
You can register for the beta by visiting the Dragon Age Keep website and filling out a survey. You’ll need a valid EA/Origin account to sign in. If you have played one of our PC or console games online, you need to log in with the email address associated with your EA/Origin Account. If you don’t have an EA/Origin account, you can create one on the BioWare Social Network.
Yet while these mature titles have dealt with mature ideas, almost all of them have done so — in America — with an “M for mature” rating. But the M rating isn’t lenient for everything. If the general trend in gaming is one of thematic maturation, what happens when adult-oriented games want to be more adult, and expand out to subjects that are still scarcely explored? Will the M rating remain so inclusive then? Maybe.
But the games industry already has a qualifier in place for such games if and when developers want to make them. It’s called the Adults Only rating. And game companies avoid it like the plague.