Why Does Diversity Make You Angry?

Three things have happened in the last few days to remind me just how incredibly bitter some people become at the suggestion that we need to include a wider range of voices in gaming.

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Narrative Innovations of The Force Awakens

I have mentioned in the past that I really love all of Star Wars, so there was no question that I was going to enjoy The Force Awakens. I could go on for hours about all the wonderful things in it (and I have).

But then people started posting all these complaints about how this movie is just A New Hope all over again. Ignoring for the moment the easy response to this that Star Wars is supposed to be cyclical, I still find this complaint to be extremely superficial. It ignores the amazing new things that TFA brings to Star Wars that none of the previous movies had. Since I am a writer, I am particularly focused on characters, and I wanted to take a blog post to just examine the main characters and the narrative innovations they bring to the Star Wars universe.

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On the Liking of Things

What do Star Wars and My Little Pony have in common?

I could jump into a cultural commentary about how both have been at the center of recent attempts to un-gender fandoms and (more importantly) children’s toys and clothes. I could compare the writing between the various animated properties of the two. I could even talk about how both of them make excellent use of music, with specific examples. But I won’t. I’m going to go much more personal than that.

Star Wars and My Little Pony are both things that I love unequivocally. They are also both things that people have given me a lot of crap for loving. Continue reading

Welcome!

That’s all very well! But finally, after years of stagnation, the TV people have woken up to the need for locally-based minority programs! Made by amateurs! And perhaps of interest only to two or three people! It’s important, right? It’s now! And I want to watch!

-Rik Mayall, “The Young Ones”

This is – at least for the time being – the home of my new writer’s blog. This is where I will post all of my thoughts about writing that don’t necessarily follow a specific product line (like Steamscapes) or that discuss projects that are still in the embryo stages and may not be ready for the primetime marketing push of an official website. I may also discuss theatre, gaming, education, and other topics of interest to me, but always at least partially through the lens of writing.

You are welcome to comment, of course, though honestly I don’t expect a lot of general traffic here. More likely I will post things so I can refer to them later. If you’ve come here from one of those references, feel free to poke around the random pile of thoughts, or just hightail it to more interesting corners of the internet.

-Eric