SYAC's website is now compatible with flattr.com, a microdonation support site. With flattr you can add money to an account, then by simply clicking on the flattr button located on a page you donate a tiny portion of money to the things you like. The point is to encourage supporting the things you enjoy, even if it's only in pennies a day.
The green flattr button is located directly to the right of the descriptions on the SYAC website. syacartoonist.com/
Nerd Girls: Nothing to Prove
So this music video has been circulating the web recently about the whole stupid "nerd girls" problem and I think it's pretty cool. Some of the more famous people in the video include Kelly Sue Deconnick, Amy Berg, John Scalzi, Josh A. Cagan, Adam Savage, Paul & Storm, Wil Wheaton, and Marian Call.
COD Death Threats and The Vocal Minority
Recently Treyarch design director David Vonderhaaf tweeted about a patch to Call of Duty: Black Opts 2 which modified certain guns. The purpose of his tweet was to explain that the new patch would change the DSR fire time from .02 seconds to .04 seconds and that the rechamber time was 1.0 seconds and is now 1.1 seconds. www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…
Immediately his twitter account was flooded with hate messages and death threats. He tried to make light of the situation by saying "Not sure these fractions of a second are worth the threats of violence," but the hate kept coming. Finally Activision community manager Dan Amrich was forced to make a statement:
"Vonderhaar often gets told he should die in a fire or kill himself or is a horrible person. If anybody thinks for a second that this is okay, it is not. But if the loudest voices in the Call of Duty 'community' act like an angry mob instead, guess how the entire world views Call of Duty? Now consider that these Internet Tough Guy rants and demands are not unique to COD, but exist everywhere, in many gaming communities. This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny assholes. Because the immature, whiny assholes are louder."
And you know what? He's right. The problem isn't that they're a minority, it's that they're so vocal about their hate. Because they're so vocal and in your face, it presents an air of intense hatred all around, encompassing the good people who aren't assholes into how the general public sees them. On the one hand they shouldn't "feed the trolls" as the saying goes, but on the other hand nothing is gonna change if we don't shine light on this ugly side of gaming culture and shame people for doing it.
So it's not just Phil Fish who seems to have trouble with their twitter accounts... tompreston.deviantart.com/jour…