In support of @femfreq

You might have seen on some news sites that Anita Sarkeesian has been subjected to yet another barrage of trolling - this time enough for her to contact the authorities and spend the night elsewhere.

It’s incredible really. People angry that she’s raising the issue of violence towards women in games respond by… Oh, look. Threatening violence against a woman. Congratulations on proving her point?

I just can’t get my mind round how these trolls are so angered by what she does. If you disagree with her viewpoint, the simplest thing to do is not watch her videos; end of problem. Of course, the educated response would be to acknowledge that her opinion exists and that she’s allowed to have it, even if you don’t think she’s right. But apparently that’s too hard for some people. It’s much better to create burner Twitter accounts and send her threats in 140 characters or less. Genius.

Gaming isn’t an all-male preserve. Anita isn’t trying to wreck your favourite hobby and turn everything into kittens, rainbows and shoes. She’s just pointing out that there’s a bit of discrepancy where the roles and depictions of men and women are concerned. And maybe we should have a think about that.

Anonymous troll rage is not required.

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Remember how I made a thing? Now I’ve painted a thing.

And a few other things to boot.

Completed the heels, lower legs, arms and helm for the Demon Hunter. Next they need lacquering and lining with felt to get rid of the ugly insides.

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Made a thing.
This is the Demon Hunter helm for October’s cosplay. Absolute pig to do, has to be said, and the horns aren’t as perfectly matched as I would like, but… Overall, not too unhappy.
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Made a thing.

This is the Demon Hunter helm for October’s cosplay. Absolute pig to do, has to be said, and the horns aren’t as perfectly matched as I would like, but… Overall, not too unhappy.

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Went to the London Film and Comic Con yesterday, and what a day it was. What. A. Day.

Not only did Jason Mewes nod and say “hi” as we walked past on the way back to the car (squee), but I entered the LFCC Cosplay Championship with the Barbarian.

And I won!

Si and I were first runners up at MCM Expo with our Diablo 3 costumes, and I’m both pleased and proud she’s won this one, after all the time and effort that went into making her.

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FemShep. Because I don’t need any more of a reason than that.
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FemShep. Because I don’t need any more of a reason than that.

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You know what? There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can make you feel as badass as cosplaying Commander Shepard does.
Come on, galaxy. Do your worst.
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You know what? There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can make you feel as badass as cosplaying Commander Shepard does.

Come on, galaxy. Do your worst.

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"The gods are in all things. And everywhere, I see signs of change. The wind bears an unnatural chill, and my people grow uneasy. Now, fire burns the sky and scorches the vault of the heavens. I must carry out the will of the Patriarchs. When they need to see, I am their eyes. Where they wish to strike, I am their fist! When they would ignite the light of truth, I am their torch. They have sent me to where the heavenly fire has fallen. My mind is clear. I will rid Tristramof the shambling corpses that have risen in the fire’s wake."
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"The gods are in all things. And everywhere, I see signs of change. The wind bears an unnatural chill, and my people grow uneasy. Now, fire burns the sky and scorches the vault of the heavens. I must carry out the will of the Patriarchs. When they need to see, I am their eyes. Where they wish to strike, I am their fist! When they would ignite the light of truth, I am their torch. They have sent me to where the heavenly fire has fallen. My mind is clear. I will rid Tristramof the shambling corpses that have risen in the fire’s wake."

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"I tire of the empty battles I once craved. I wander, outcast, while my tribe curses the gods who abandoned us. Our home is in ruins, yet I stand firm. Six days ago, the falling star struck the town of Tristram. The dead rose in its wake. What evil is this? Could it be what I have sought these long years - a foe worthy of my blade?
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"I tire of the empty battles I once craved. I wander, outcast, while my tribe curses the gods who abandoned us. Our home is in ruins, yet I stand firm. Six days ago, the falling star struck the town of Tristram. The dead rose in its wake. What evil is this? Could it be what I have sought these long years - a foe worthy of my blade?

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Think this is my favourite shot of the Barbarian.
And for once, it’s nice to have a cosplay where we don’t have to Photoshop out my tattoo…
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Think this is my favourite shot of the Barbarian.

And for once, it’s nice to have a cosplay where we don’t have to Photoshop out my tattoo…

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Well, we couldn’t not have a photo with the pair of us in, could we?
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Well, we couldn’t not have a photo with the pair of us in, could we?

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