X-Com: Enemy Unknown Part 8

You can win the all battles but lose all the war. – Some Schmuck I’m not even sure that is a quotable quote. But let’s assume that it is. This round of X-Com has proven it to be true, even if no one ever said it. After the semi-success of the previous mission, things started…

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X-Com: Enemy Unknown Part 7

Operation Devil’s Law was an assault on a downed alien craft. The crashed up wreckage should have been easy pickings, even for the rookie team that I sent. After the last mission, rookies were all I had. Still, this was a scout ship, it had crashed, so the risk ought to have been minimal. All…

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Great Giana Sisters vs Super Mario Bros vs Gendered Narratives

(In which Great is determined to be more notable than Super) Anita Sarkessian of Feminist Frequency recently posted part three of “Tropes vs Women in Video Games” video, which deals with the “Damsel in Distress” tropes. It is a classic trope (warning: Tvtropes.com see you in 6 hours) that Sarkessian (author/presenter of Feminist Frequency) demonstrates…

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Melburn-Roobaix 2013

The Melburn-Roobaix is Australia’s answer to the equally prestigious and ridiculous Paris-Roubaix, a one day road(ish) bike race in France. What makes the race notable is that the sealed road sections are separated by sections of cobblestones, which riders must race just as fast across. You can see the transition from one of the sections…

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Zombie Solidarity!

Finally, finally! Publishing takes a long, long time. But it is here, Zombies in the Academy, featuring a chapter on Zombie Solidarity by Trollunteer and ana_au_ Also included are some excellent chapters ranging from the undead of neo-liberal universities to the mathematics of zombie vs humans (with a case study of Night of the Living…

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Ethics and Emancipation in Postfeminist Hollywood

My Master of Arts (Research) thesis in Cultural Studies, completed at University of Sydney in 2012. Downloads: Thesis: Ethics and Emancipation in postfeminist Hollywood Thesis Data: Gendered divisions of creative labour in Hollywood. Abstract The thesis develops new methods to critique postfeminist film by combining research into production cultures with an analysis of representations of…

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X-Com: Enemy Unknown Part 6

At the end of the last episode the world was left in a bit of a pickle. Everyone was all shits up in their nutter and we desperately needed some space cadets out in the stars to track the aliens. Meanwhile, the aliens took an inexplicable interest in a building site in Cairo. Why? Well,…

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