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solaciolum: Luffy gets it better than most. (strange waters)
Monday, January 11th, 2010 12:29 am
Maybe if Avatar hadn't been an unholy amalgam of Pocahontas, Fern Gully, Dances with Wolves, and The Last Samurai, it could have been a great movie. I'm pretty sure nothing could have made it revolutionary- as anyone who has been playing video games for the last fifteen to twenty years could tell you, there is nothing revolutionary about pretty CGI anymore. And, I'm sorry, but there's more to creating an immersive experience than filming it in 3D. (I'm sure 3D enhances things for some people- but it makes me motion sick, so it's more of a bug than a feature for me.)

Holy crap, I talk too much- criticisms and general thoughts and seriously, a movie this meh should not be chewing on my braaaaiiiin like this. )
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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 12:25 am
I feel vaguely guilty for immersing myself in Sherlock Holmes fandom without having read any of the books; I've watched bits and pieces of various television series over the years, and I saw the new movie (and would dearly like to see it again, but the internet has been extraordinarily uncooperative on that point), and I've read Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald, but none of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work.

I only feel vaguely guilty, though- and since reading more is one of my New Year's Resolutions, I do intend to start reading the books soon. At any rate, I'm now working my way through the kink meme at [ profile] sherlockkink, and the lack of Holmes/Watson/Mary strikes me.

meandery thoughts )

Also? Good god damn, Robert Downey, Jr., could you stop casually touching Jude Law in interviews and talking about how Holmes and Watson are GAY GAY GAY or talking about how much of a delight it was to work with Jude Law and giving him pet names and mourning the loss of his mustache I DO NOT INDULGE IN RPS, NOT EVEN FOR YOU. >_
solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (galileo)
Sunday, November 1st, 2009 03:16 pm
So, GameX was last weekend, and I went with a few friends, one of whom was there as a representative from AbleGamers. I'm not disabled (unless we're counting anxiety disorders- which I'm not, in this instance, although they do count as far as making large parts of life inaccessible), and I'm not actually affiliated with AbleGamers in any way. I did, however, get to have an AbleGamers media pass, as I was there with Mike and helped him get around. This involved a lot of wheel-chair shuffling; my van isn't equipped to handle a motorized wheel chair, and I was the only source of transportation to and from the hotel. You don't really appreciate all those wheelchair accessible ramps until you have to get a wheelchair into a building that only has steps. (The GameX staff was amazing when it came to accommodating us- it was a small convention, and poorly organized, but the people were incredible.)

It's sort of funny how many things get shoved under the banner of "Accessibility Issues." I mean, the things that make a game inaccessible for someone with photosensitive epilepsy won't trouble the gamer who has no hands, and vice versa.

The Nintendo Wii is an incredibly innovative piece of technology, but most of its games are totally inaccessible to people with certain, specific disabilities. And it wouldn't even occur to most people to question this- it's easy to just say, "Well, then those sorts of people just shouldn't play these games." But that's not the right answer. Nintendo should design better controllers.

Blizzard banned a large number of WoW players for using automated scripts- without taking into account the fact that gamers with disabilities were using certain scripts for accessibility reasons.

Most people are unaware of these things, and other incidents like them.

Things to think about. Ableism is one of the less visible -isms, especially online, where it's very easy to assume that everyone is able-bodied (and white and straight and- in fandom- female). The internet is, in many ways, a great equalizer- but it's a form of equalization that does tend to flatten out our differences even as it affords more people the same opportunities.