That was definitely not the point of your response. If it was that’s what you would have said.
Complaining and explaining why what Disney’s doing is unacceptable is worlds better than just laying down and blindly consuming whatever they put in front of us. Being a critical fan of the media you consume is HUGELY important. It exposes the issues TV and movies have with sexism, representation, and other things.
And you’re right, Disney doesn’t care about my blog. They won’t look at my posts and go “oh shit we better design some different characters” That’s just wishful thinking on my part. But if my posts can help educate someone about the importance of good character design and maybe a little bit about how the animation industry works, then my job will be complete.
All this complaining driving the point that constant same face is an issue will stick with people who are exposed to it and some of those people may find their way into a position where they make decisions at Disney or some other large studio. Suddenly those 5000000000000 different posts carry weight and influence in the decisions at that studio even if those people making decisions don’t actively recall the posts. This is how people, media, and society changes.
It must be personally embarrassing for you, living in a world where only men are heroes, to have turned out to be such a fucking idiot.
But is what I said factually wrong? Those who risk their own lives to defend ours are, for the most part, men.
So shouldn’t they also be the ones who get predominantly depicted doing so in fiction?
Giving equal spotlight to female heroes is, I find, disrespectful to our boys overseas. As soon as women make up 50% of the armed forces they can be 50% of the Avengers.
The problem with this is, heroism is something for people to aspire to. It’s not a blissful acceptance of the present - it’s about fighting for a better future. In every story and every adventure, the main character fights to better their life and/or their world. They will not stand idly by, letting adversity stop them.
Our present is still a work in progress… However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t create a brighter tomorrow. That’s why, OP, it’s not about people deserving heroism. It’s about people becoming heroes. If you can’t understand that, then you haven’t been listening to the messages in all those stories.
In addition, the argument that women shouldn’t exist as fictional heroes because there aren’t as many real life female heroes is flawed from your own reasoning. You’ve limited it to solely soldiers, officers, and firefighters.
Those are careers that are physically demanding and have also had a history of sexist hiring practices and ideologies. Mainly, the reason there are so many men in those examples of heroes is because women were very often denied the chance to even attend the moments where those men proved themselves to be a hero. Heroes can come in a lot of forms, even in ways that are not physically demanding and by ignoring those heroes you’re further limiting the chance of women being recognized as one.
It’s not that there aren’t as many female heroes. You’re just not acknowledging them, which is really disrespectful to any hero.
But even if you are right about female heroes in real life, you’re still wrong. When it comes to media it’s completely possible to ignore real life and still make something entertaining, respectful, and inspiring. So why can’t we have women as heroes and main characters in media? Why do we have to limit ourselves at that point? It makes no sense.
thanks to this shit storm im composing a letter to ubisoft instead of doing my homework so i can pass english
I’m going to get hate for this but I need to speak my mind. I have personally done work on game programming and it is easier to animate a male character as opposed to a female character. Why? Because the body structure is different! Females look different from males. They move different, they act different. Besides, even if it was easier to animate females it still wouldn’t fit with the theme. The setting is during the French Revolution! One of the bloodiest time periods in history and women had almost no rights during this time period. I’m not trying to be sexist, I support gender equality, however if you want to get pissed at a great game company because the main character doesn’t have a pair of tits be my guest. I will be happily playing AC: Unity once I get a PS4.
you really wanna do this buddy??? you really want to???????
wouldn’t fit with the theme? do you even know a fucking thing about the french revolution? actually do you know anything about assassin’s creed because the whole fuckin point is fighting for freedom and i fail to see how playing as a woman would disprove that point. also do you know women’s history at all? women have always been on the forefronts of revolutions and social upheavals. ALWAYS. A L W A Y S. our history and our support and our SUCCESS has been erased time and time again but it’s still fucking there. time to read it, hun.
people are pissed because ubisoft has animated females. they have an entire game featuring a woman and every co-op so far has had multiple female characters. they know how to fucking do it. women aren’t some kind of magical unicorn creature with fifty legs.
charlotte corday was executed by guillotine in 1793 for the assassination (WOMAN ASSASSIN RIGHT HERE) of jean paul marat. marat was a radical politician and journalist who was one of the most radical voices of the revolution. she stabbed him to death, in his bath tub. she posthumously name the angel of assassination. she testified that she carried out the assassination alone and that killing that one man would save the lives of 100,000 others.
claire lacombe, or red rosa, was a founding member of the society of revolutionary republican women along with pauline leon. the group became so notorious, within just five months, that the national convention specifically banned WOMENS organisations. it was attended by up to 180 women. claire lacombe FOUGHT with the rebels in 1792 at the storming of tuileries where she was SHOT THROUGH THE ARM but carried on fighting anyway which earnt her the name “heroine of august tenth” and for her bravery she was awarded a civic crown. she was arrested in april 1794 and released august 1795.
olympe de gouges was a playwright feminist abolitionist and advocate for the improvement of conditions for slaves in the colonies. she wrote the declaration of the rights of women and the female citizen demanding woman have EQUAL rights to men, she challenged male-female inequality and and the male authority. she was excecuted by guillotine.
pauline leon suggested the a female militia so women could protect their homes from counter revolutionary assaults. she requested that women were given permission to arm themselves with sabers, rifles, pikes and pistols as well as the privilege of drilling under the french guard. the request was denied. she co founded the society of revolutionary republican women with claire lacombe and when it was shut down moved onto be the leader of femmes sans culottes.
theroigne de mericourt in 1789 was caricatured by the parisian royalist press as the female war chief and according to their pamphlets she assaulted the bastille and lead the womens march on versailles, fought soldiers, was to be found where unrest was greatest. by her own accounts she did none of these but did attend debates at the national assembly and in 1792 made a call for the creation of “legions of amazons” in order to protect the revolution. As part of her call, she claimed that the right to bear arms would transform women into citizens. she was arrested, publicly flogged and spent the rest of her life in an asylum.
there’s also the women’s march on versailles which was one of the earliest AND most significant events in the revolution and began because women were rioting over the high price of bread.
militant women carried the bathtub and blood stained shirt of the assassinated marat as part of his funeral procession.
at the constitution of 1793 women were at the fore of the crown demanding bread and when their cries went unnoticed, the women went on a rampage, “sacking shops, seizing grain and kidnapping officials.”
women had next to no rights PRE revolution but the rise of feminists during the revolution changed things. WOMEN WERE IMPORTANT. WOMEN FOUGHT AND WERE POLITICAL AND PHYSICAL AND WOMEN DID CONTRIBUTE TO THE REVOLUTION ON BOTH SIDE and i didn’t even write about everything. women played a very important role so stop pretending they didn’t. you can read more here and hell even wikipedia is good on this too.
"I have personally done work on game programming and it is easier to animate a male character as opposed to a female character. Why? Because the body structure is different! Females look different from males. They move different, they act different."
bullshit. to all of that. as someone who is a designer and has many close friends that have worked in various areas of both game design and animation, i call bullshit to your claim. women are no harder to design, model, or animate than men unless you are just bad at your job. the only reason men would be considered “easier” is because male has been treated as the default for so long. if ubisoft had just put in the effort to design, model, and rig a female assassin, then the animation would actually be the least of their worries since most of the animations could probably just be directly copied from the male rig to the female rig. the assassins aren’t strutting around with hyper-masculine spread legs or hyper-feminine model walk; they’re animated to look stealthy which is more or less gender neutral. the fact of the matter is that representation just doesn’t matter enough to ubisoft to put in the effort.
also, it’d be super easy to do if they had just decided to start out with a female assassin as the default character and make the male assassins secondary. just sayin.
"I’m going to get hate for this but I need to speak my mind. I have personally done work on game programming and it is easier to animate a male character as opposed to a female character. Why? Because the body structure is different! Females look different from males. They move different, they act different. Besides, even if it was easier to animate females it still wouldn’t fit with the theme."
Female game characters are not harder to create and animate than male game characters, they are the same amount of work. I speak from experience on the matter of working on characters in games, both males and females. Ubi just doesn’t want to spend their production time on a female character.
From a production point of view, the “Females are too hard/different/will take too long” argument has a possibility of carrying weight in a game where the characters are exaggeratedly different from one another. Where the visual designs and personalities between characters have no sharing middle ground to work with. A scenario where that can take place is with an extremely stylized game. Assassin’s Creed is not a stylized game in the slightest (yes its got style and its visuals expertly polished but it is not stylized) so its assets in this scenario should be created to be modular and re useable throughout the rest of the game to properly match the scale and visuals of their game, this includes character animations and rigs.
A female model can be rigged on the same rig as the male models are because a rig is a skeleton, and in fact an even more simplified skeleton than how real skeletons work. If you got the same number of joints, laid out in the roughly same way then they should all use the same rig. Last i checked women have the same skeletal structure as a man, the differences are in proportions and that can always be fiddled with into a more androgynous way.
Animations should also be shared between characters, not only because it’s easier and less time consuming, but because it saves on memory, which is a big decision making factor with everything that goes in a game. People walk, jump, grab, climb, etc in pretty similar ways regardless of gender. Games do not animate things the same way as movies do, where movies try to inject some amount of acting into everything because they control moment to moment in the script. Games have little control over the moment to moment, the majority of things (or everything) should be generalized to be fully utilized in the interactive medium. So unless you really want the boobies on a woman to jiggle wildly as she leaps from rooftop to rooftop then her movement are going to be the same as that of man’s. Wouldn’t a female assassin doing this stuff bind her breasts anyway?
I also speak from experience on this matter as I am active in game development as a full time job and I have worked on creating and animating male AND female characters. Females aren’t harder to make, character art and animating is just hard in general.
Net neutrality is dead.
At least that’s the verdict of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which today struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2010 that forced Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable to abide by the principles of network neutrality. These principles broadly stipulate that ISP network management must be transparent, and that ISPs can’t engage in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet.
That’s the bare bones story, wrapped in ugly acronyms (FCC, ISP, etc.). But why should you care that network neutrality (“net neutrality”) may be gone for good?
1. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now discriminate against content they dislike.
Everyone gets their Internet from an Internet service provider — an ISP like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast or Time Warner Cable. Under net neutrality rules, these ISPs have to treat all content you access over the Internet “roughly the same way" — they can’t speed up traffic from websites they like or delay competitor’s traffic.
Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs can discriminate, favoring their business partners while delaying or blocking websites they don’t like. Think your cable CEO hates free online porn? Now you’ll know for sure!
2. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now force websites to PAY for faster content delivery.
You know how some sites you go to just load slower than others? Usually, that’s just because the slower site is image heavy, poorly coded, or dealing with intense server load. But with net neutrality gone, ISPs can now start charging hefty fees to websites that want quick content delivery — shifting the long load times to poorer sites that can’t pay up.
3. Destroying net neutrality is bad for small businesses.
Put together items one and two and it becomes clear — negating net neutrality is bad for small businesses. If ISPs force website owners pay for faster load times, tiny retailers and personal websites will be the ones to suffer from slower content delivery.
Alternately — or additionally — ISPs will have no reason not to favor partner sites: Time Warner Cable, for instance, might favor the website of CNN (owned by the Time Warner Corporation) over the websites of competing cable news networks MSNBC and Fox News. Still, it’s the indies again that will lose out here. While Time Warner Cable might favor CNN and Comcast MSNBC, independent news networks almost certainly won’t get special treatment from any ISPs. Expand this out to music sites, web publishing, etc., and you begin to see the problem.
In extreme cases, ISPs may hinder or block content that isn’t produced by partners —much like AT&T did when it owned the telephone networks back in the day.
4. Without net neutrality, entire types of online traffic (like Netflix) may be in jeopardy.
Netflix watchers and BitTorrent users might want to beware — soon your beloved services may not work like they used to. Now that net neutrality’s down for the count, ISPs can discriminate against entire types of traffic: For instance, an ISP could slow or block all peer-to-peer file sharing, or all online video streaming.
From an ISP’s perspective, discriminating against some traffic types makes business sense: Many ISPs are also cable television providers, which means the “cord-cutting" enabled by peer-to-peer and streaming online video isn’t good for their bottom line.
5. Without net neutrality, your ISPs can make even more money without actually improving the Internet.
Right now, America’s broadband is slow. It’s slow because ISPs can already make gobs of money by charging the rich a ton for high-quality Internet while leaving the rest of America with subpar (or no) service.
Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs will be able to make even more money off their existing customer base. They won’t need to improve service or bring broadband to rural areas because they’ll be able to keep growing (financially, at least) by charging content providers more for faster delivery and charging customers more for faster access. In all likelihood, Tuesday’s ruling means the problems with America’s Internet will be magnified.
This FINALLY shows up on my dashboard and it only has 300 notes.
Here’s a petition on Whitehouse.gov that needs 88,000+ by the middle of February:
SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SHIT AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE AIN’T HAVIN’ IT!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A US CITIZEN TO SIGN THIS.
Why should someone outside the US care? What passes in one industrialised nation gives companies and politicians more leverage to pass similar laws in their own.
Having this sort of discrimination in the hands of companies has political consequences in addition to the ones mentioned above. Think of the influence these ISPs would have if allowed to keep these powers? Any ISP with a political bias, or influenced by a political party, would have the power to direct access to information on the internet at their will.
This website is AMAZING and I will be using it with a few others hopefully soon
its all based online played through a browser with an ENDLESS amount of options
Roll20 is the best virtual tabletop out there. Seriously. It’s free to use and they’re constantly improving it. And I’ve made some general dungeon art packs you can buy (don’t worry they’re super cheap).
I want GM a D&D game on it sometime soon, just been too busy(lazy) to finish putting one together.