Although this seems to… come with being a girl gamer, it doesn’t mean that I have to put up with it.
No one said that I had to like it.
I’ve had at least one person admit to saving pictures of me (that I’ve publicly posted on social media, but this sort of behavior is highly inappropriate to begin with, especially if you’re a man doing any of this to a woman) on their computer, hate-watching my streams and taking screenshots of me while I’m live, making fun of my children and me for being disabled, and — along with a friend of his — actually telling me that I should end my own life and murder my children. These are not the kind of people that I want to be interested in me in any capacity because this behavior practically screams stalkerish incel, is cruel and unnecessary, and is usually the precursor to other, worse behaviors that tend to at least attract the attention of law enforcement. I screenshot some of his Tweets and posted them on Twitter, especially if he ever actually follows through on anything that breaks or would break the law, or — the worst of all, God forbid — actually attempts to do something to me in person, or succeeds. This is the kind of world that we are living in, folks…
There are reasons that I am uncomfortable with meeting a lot of people from the Internet, and this practically screams all of them. I wouldn’t mind going to a few conventions or meet-ups that I already know are, or would be, safe, but I still have difficulties wrapping my mind around meeting someone that isn’t from this area who’s from the Internet in person. Once I find a more subtle way to post about it to avoid it being searchable, I might post about the one long-distance relationship that I at least tried to be in, finding out that his family was hiding critically important things from me and… other people in general, and had to be the one to report them to various authorities. They seriously wanted me to keep these things “secret” for them.
I found out that you can install Epic Games onto an external hard drive, which makes me so happy.
I don’t have the largest external hard drive in the world, but it’s bigger than the one that is currently on board on this computer. So it’s actually more prudent for me to dedicate an entire external hard drive to games. I got Bub all of the Kingdom Hearts games that came out for the PC for the first time through Epic Games, and their customer service was actually incredibly helpful when I had problems relating to one transaction.
Meanwhile, with my share of the fourth stimulus check I purchased a few more pairs of cyberlox to wear in my hair. I am progressively getting better at wearing them, or at the very least, “sucking less at wearing them”. Phrase it how you like. I also purchased some cosmetics from Colourpop, Deck of Scarlet, and EMcosmetics. This makes me really happy. Purchases from Hot Topic were also made, since why not?
As it was, I needed a new pair of sneakers since my old pair got holes in some slightly awkward places.
Because that’s what you did, Sony. You put it down like Susan the horse from Doctor Who.
When I found out that Sony was going to discontinue the Vita last year and that they were not going to manufacture any more games for it, I was extremely perplexed for a number of reasons, some personal.
Not only is the Vita a reigning household favorite for the simple fact that it is a mobile console, meaning that we can take it with us as needed — and as wanted — wherever we are, and wherever we want to go, but it was Sony’s most recent mobile console. And if they were going to discontinue it, Sony wouldn’t have a mobile console, meaning that the only game developer to have a mobile console… would be Nintendo, with the Nintendo Switch. This meant that Sony would be conceding the entire mobile console market to Nintendo. Was this really the most tactical thing for them to do when there was no word of a new mobile console even waiting in the wings? Not so much as a peep of anything new in development? Seriously, Sony?
We here at the Bub Club, as I like to put it, take our consoles seriously. We take our mobile consoles even more seriously. (And the fact that I call them mobile consoles pays homage to the fact that I am a Doctor Who fan, or a Whovian as some people like to put it. Sometimes I straight up call them mobiles. Sometimes I straight up call cell phones mobiles. That’s the overwhelmingly British lineage in me talking from across the pond, courtesy of Ancestry and 23andMe. I knew there was a reason that I liked the shows that I did as much as I did.) We don’t throw consoles away when they still function, and we replace parts and consoles when they don’t function to make them still function. We frequent pawn shops as needed, and we still have a functioning Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo. Who says blowing into a cartridge isn’t fun for the whole family? I mean, I’m an asthmatic, so I have one of my kids do it for me, but I mean, my kids know what blowing into a cartridge is like because I’m a good parent and my goal is clearly raising them right here…
Frankly, though, I got a lot of enjoyment out of games that came out on the Vita, and Bub has enjoyed a lot of them as well. So for Sony to completely discontinue the Vita like this and take themselves out of the mobile console market is, at least to me, incredibly foolish. This concedes the whole mobile console market to Nintendo. Do they even care that this affects their bottom line and their revenue, or does it not bother them?
This is actually something that I have heard gamer (gaming?) parents say.
It’s usually also the ones who state that “anyone who uses walkthroughs is not a real gamer, or not a good enough gamer,” so the two kind of go hand in hand. I try to avoid these parents if I see them “out in the wild”.
They literally say, with their mouths, that if their kids struggle in a game that they will not help them. Or some of them say that they will, but that they “won’t help them with the final boss, because they have to do it on their own”. Do you know what kind of message that might send your struggling kid, especially if they’re young? Not only do the kind of parents that say these things tend to… carry it over into other aspects of parenting, but this is a really fantastic way to make your child want to give up on gaming (which is another thing that these parents, the Patrons of Gaming, would probably seethe over if it happened in front of them).
Tell me though, what is so bad about helping your child when they need it?
What is so bad about helping your child when they need any sort of help from you?
Because that sends the message that they can come to you for help for any reason and that you will be there to help them no matter what. And this will achieve exactly what you want to achieve but are going about trying to achieve in the worst possible way — your child will remain interested in video games and might pass that interest on to their children. (Or, you could do exactly what you’re doing now, cause your child not to be interested in video games at all, and stop that with this generation. This is your call here…)