Another week gone by, another set of articles to sink your eyeballs into. This week’s What I’ve Been Reading follows after the jump:
- So, E3 happened a couple of weeks ago, and apparently it murdered everybody with some combination of sex, violence, and Kinect integration. But now that the dust has cleared, we’re seeing some more, *ahem*, rational responses to the convention. Ben Kuchera of the PA Report explains that while the press conferences might not have had much to offer, there was an impressive array of games on display on the show floor. Nathan Grayson of Rock Paper Shotgun is excited that big-name publishers are promoting conceptually risky titles and that individual developers and designers are rising in prominence. See? E3 wasn’t all bad! Finally, Graham Stark of Checkpoint expresses his frustration at all the E3 rage, saying that gamers are missing the point that E3 is supposed to be an industry event. (Skip to 2:25 in the video.) Seriously, folks: E3 ain’t PAX.
- But there’s still a lot of (totally justified) rage about booth babes at E3. Dennis Scimeca of The Escapist is furious, saying that booth babes at a professional event are offensive to men and perpetuate negative stereotypes about the industry. Ben Kuchera of the PA Report takes a different tack, arguing that booth babes are a bad business decision because their presence signals that gaming is a men’s hobby, excluding a large potential female market. I agree wholeheartedly with both articles. Booth babes have no place at a professional event. Attractive salespeople? Sure, fine. But women who are present solely to be gawked at? Somebody’s got to shut that down.
- In the world of television, the backlash against HBO’s Girls never seems to end, does it? Freddie deBoer of Balloon Juice expresses his dismay at Girls’ supposed display of upper-class privilege. While that’s a perfectly valid reason not to want to watch the show, I don’t understand why he’s singling out Girls in particular. Many shows reek of upper-class privilege. What makes Girls any worse?
- Finally, in a bizarre twist of events, FunnyJunk is attempting to seek damages from The Oatmeal for a blog post about how FunnyJunk places material from The Oatmeal on its site without proper attribution. I just don’t understand the Internet sometimes. *shakes head*
Well, that’s it for this week’s What I’ve Been Reading. If you’re wondering why I didn’t link to any articles about the Internet’s collective meltdown over the Tomb Raider controversy, I’ll be posting my own take on the issue some time next week. And on the off-chance that you want to know what’s going on with my Terriers rewatch, I’m still working on it, and I’ll try to pick up the pace over the next couple of weeks.
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