October 19th, 2005

I promise not to bore you with each and every new review, but this piece on Indigo Prophecy just went up today over at The Onion‘s AV Club (hopefully, the first of many), and, as I’m really happy to be working with them, I thought I’d spread the word.

What other game makes you pay for a strip tease from your own girlfriend? Man, that’s what they’re there for. I want my money back.

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11 Responses to “Indigo Prophecy at The Onion

  1. qDot Says:

    First off, congrats! AV Club is pretty big! :)

    Now then… Did you play the US or European version of Indigo Prophecy? There’s a pretty glaring plot hole at the end (the, um, “romantic subway” scene) that turns a weirdless jerky romantic scene into ABSOLUTE HORROR OF TABOO FETISHES if you think about it and line up the plot and what’s said. However, I’m totally not going to spoil it for everyone else. Those who play will most likely know what I’m talking about. :)

  2. Bonnie Says:

    I played the American version, which lacked the aforementioned fun. I suppose that explains the missing, you know, sense at the end. I’d love to check it out though.

  3. Luke Says:

    Does your girlfriend pay you to do yardwork at any point during the game? Tit for tat, right?

  4. qDot Says:

    I’ll be taking video of it once I get back from all my trips. Was planning a post on slashdong about it, but it’s dicey, as it’s hard not to ruin the story for people, raise a furvor about in game sex, and basically turn an ok game into yet another strawman for the industry.

    BTW, since I know you love a good fight, check out the Girls of Geekdom Calendar thread on Regina Lynn’s blog:

    http://wiredblogs.tripod.com/sex/

    The creators and models have actually shown up to defend the calendar. I’m trying to decide if I want to add a little napalm to the war.

  5. Bonnie Says:

    qDot, I don’t even know what to think about that. I do believe they’re really “geeks”, whatever that actually means, but who knows the details for sure. In the end, needing to pose half-nude to feel good about yourself is silly, whether or not you’re nerdy. And let’s not even get started on the whole ridiculous trend of sexualizing girl gamers, to the point where they become othered all over again. Humpf, why can people just be nice to each other and normal?

    I do love the comment though about, “Whatever happened to the time when only geeks thought girl geeks were sexy?” Ah, the good old days.

  6. qDot Says:

    Yeah, what got me spitting fire was the “Look, I talked to the computer girl about MS-DOS and the horror girl about Last House on the Left, what more do you want?” from the photographer. Sure, those are cute, but not sufficiently geeky enough to offset the boobage of the calendar. If you’re going to call yourself geeky, the merits of hardcoreness better overshadow the tits, otherwise it’s just another tits calendar. When there are girls out there like Violet Blue, you, and all the wonderful female engineers I know who kick my ass on a daily basis and don’t need to get naked to prove it, shit like this just pisses me right off.

  7. Bonnie Says:

    Well said, and thanks. I suppose you have to think about who this calendar is designed for: “hardcore”, “geeky” men (?). And while, on the one hand, they want hot women who share their dirty little nerd secrets (an image imposed on them by society, of course), they also want to remain in a position of dominance and assured identity in this situation – i.e., they don’t want to be overpowered. So a woman who chats about MS-DOS (Lions and tiger and bears, oh my!) and then takes off her top is just right. A little bit of knowledge, but not enough to be intimating – and just enough to get the juices flowing without actually forcing a reconsideration of gender roles.

  8. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    The ever-popular boys at Penny Arcade exemplify Bonnie’s point: “um… I like gigs?” -sj

  9. matt Says:

    Nice one Scott! :) I think that shows an aspect of the male “geek” that gets overlooked by the industries attempting to use sexuality to capitalize on gamer/geek culture in their marketing; that it’s not flesh alone which will bring you their dollars–some superficial attempt at authenticity must be made in order for the product to sell. We all know how the nerds can unite in derision if the final product is inaccurate to the source, and inaccuracy to the source-material of the subculture itself is nearly as grave a sin as Street Fighter: The Movie.

    While this calendar is shite and upsets me for a myriad of reasons, it does show that geekiness is sexy only when the minds are involved. While I’m certainly not above the superficial enjoyment of some nice curves and a sultry smile (even in 2D), most “geek” men like to consider themselves intellectually above the rest of the rabble (a by-product of ostricism, I’m sure) and at least want to pay lip-service to not being as superficial as the jock who spit on them in gym class.

  10. Bonnie Says:

    I totally agree with you Matt, but I would point out again a factor that comes out with this Geekdom calendar, and with the PA comic Scott linked to: “geeky” knowledge is sexually attractive, but only in small, non-intimidating amounts. Instead of finding women sexy because they like the things you like, it’s seems more to be about liking women who are willing to play a certain role for you – the justify your interests and therefore turn you on. In that way, there’s a definite male-dominant power dynamic being played out, even if it’s with “geeks” and not your typical boob-job bimbos.

  11. matt Says:

    Oh yes, that being the big one of the “myriad of reasons” I was refereing to. :)

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