Month: June 2013

A nice day for a Red Wedding

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS FOR GAME OF THRONES AHEAD

Gosh! Freaking finally! Though I haven’t seen the last five episodes of this season, judging by the madness in my Facebook and Twitter feed, the Red Wedding has finally happened in Game of Thrones. Damn, am I happy that it has finally happened! Don’t get me wrong, I still want to punch Martin in his round, bouncy belly for killing off a slew of cool characters in a single scene, but I can finally talk with the non-readers about this dramatic event.

It’s a strange thing, to watch the “moving pictures”-version of a book you’ve already read, knowing what doom is waiting around the corner for characters you really like. I have to admit that I’m often the person in the room who hasn’t read the book the movie / show is based on, so it feels nice to be the one who saw all of this coming. On the other hand, I still have to keep my yapper shut about crueler and worse things to come, though one of them is actually quite pleasant…in a morbid way.

I have to give it to Martin though. No other writer I know is capable of making people love an entire family of characters, while also setting them up for their own deaths. Where most writers are very hesitant when it comes to killing of the “loved ones”, Martin is willing to end their literal lives when it makes the story better. Personally, I think that the Red Wedding is a critical dose of spice the third book / season needed, and after I was done crying like a baby, I saluted Martin for the sacrifices he’s willing to make.

Anyway, return to mourning the lives lost during the Red Wedding, but know that George R.R. Martin will surely have another favourite character’s death waiting for you. You have been warned.

In defense of Anita Sarkeesian

meme i dont alwOh feminism, you most challenging of subjects. In our modern, Western world, what is left to fight for in the name of female rights? Don’t get me wrong, I’d be the last to disregard the still impressive gap in wages for men and women of equal station, or the trials women have to endure when trying to combine a career and family, but every time I hear a raging, First World feminist claiming that we still live in a world where women have nothing to say, I get all twitchy and weird. When such a women then proceeds to describe some of the most memorable video games as sexist, I’m ready to spew some verbal flames. Logically, one might argue that a woman like Anita Sarkeesian would be a person I wouldn’t like to have tea with, based on her views expressed on her blog and in her videos. To my great surprise, I would actually like to grab some Starbucks with her, and I actually want to dedicate this post to the defense of her statements.

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Role Play Convention 2013 – smaller, yet somehow bigger

rpc 2013 role play convention cologne

Blogosphere! How you doin’? As I sit here listening to Frank Turner, I can only come to the conclusion that it was yet another great weekend, especially for the somewhat dominant geeky side of my personality. The reason for that was my visit to the Role Play Convention in Cologne, Germany. I don’t know if it’s still Europe’s biggest “general nerd convention”, but it really didn’t feel like it this year, while somehow it still did. Confusing? Let me elaborate.

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