Ep. #120 – “Good Looking Inquisitors”
http://wp.me/p3PYxh-aN We chat with
@cypheroftyr about Bioware games!
Our hundred-and-twentieth episode features Tzufit and Apple Cider talking to Bioware fan and #INeedDiverseGames creator Tanya DePass. We go over what tickles Tanya’s fancy about Dragon Age and Mass Effect, as well as why the inquisitor’s story is so important.
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Music used in our episode is “Carefree” by Kevin McLeod, courtesy of Incompetech.com.
So my GX3 schedule has changed a little bit, so here it is in it’s final form. Changes noted in bold below
GaymerX – San Jose, CA December 11 – 13, 2015
- “We Need More Diverse Games: How to Get There” with Gil Almolgi, Katherine Cross, DJ Kirkland, Rachel Keslenski, and Arthur Chu Friday December 11th, 2:00 pm GXTalks A
- NEW: “Streaming your Queerness” DJ Kirkland, Dylan Zaner (M) & Me. Friday, December 11th, 6:00 pm GXTalks B
- “Unheard Voices: Diversity in Podcasting”; Ken Gagne Moderating, with Shawn Alexander Allen, Anna Tarkov & Me! Saturday December 12, 11:00 am GXTalks A
- “Diversity in Games – What’s Next?” , Mathew Anderson (M), Joe Perez, Donna Prior, David Gaider, and me. Saturday December 12, 12:00 pm GXTalks A
- “How to Work on What You Want & Get Paid Doing it: A Patreon Panel” with Soraya, Zach Weiner, Brianna Wu, Alex Woolfson & me. Sunday December 13th, 10:00 am GXTalks B
- “All your Culture are belong to us: Appropriation, Erasure and RPG’s”with Mario Raul (M), Shawn Alexander Allen, Donna Prior, Arthur Chu, and me!, Sunday December 13th, 1:00 pm, GXTalks A
- Q&A Feedback with the GX staff, Sunday December 13th, 7:00 pm w/Matt Conn, Toni Rocca, Brian Kunde, Soraya, Me and Philip Jones. GXTalks B
Also something to note, there will be POC Safespace hours at GX3. Full details at the GX3 blog post!
Regarding interacting me with conventions:
Have one handy guide to interacting with me at conventions, totally 110% free of charge. :P
Overall I am pretty friendly but I do not like strangers touching me, especially my hair. If you try to pet my hair or touch my locs without express permission or invitation it will not end well for you. So just don’t, especially if you like having fingers.
If we are tumblr/LJ/DW/twitter friends but have not met off-line, feel free to say hello and if you ask first I’ll likely give you a hug/want a hug. I’m actually quiet and introverted in off-line life so if you see me fleeing for a quiet space, it’s not you I am just feeling overwhelmed and need some quiet time. I have a terrible memory so if we have met just once or twice at previous events I might not remember you immediately, please don’t be offended.
I like to take photos, but I will always ask permission before taking them and again before posting them on tumblr, twitter, Instagram, LJ/DW, flickr etc. I don’t mind being in photos, but ask me first before posting them online.
My badge name will be my full name, and I’ll probably add my twitter handle (@cypheroftyr) once I’m there. if you want to chat me up afterward, please ask.
I’ll have business cards with me if one of us needs to dash off after a panel. Friday the 11th, I’ll be wearing a black #INeedDiverseGames tee and going forward I’ll be wearing some kind of gaming related tee, IDK yet.
Looking forward to seeing you all there! <3
So, I was able to stream on the XB1 a few times, but it’s been a grade fucking A hassle. Some initial thoughts via twitter:
So far I’ve found A LOT about the XB1 really frustrating and counter intuitive, regarding usability etc. Especially streaming. First I have to let everyone see I am online in privacy settings otherwise Twitch won’t let me stream b/c it flags as under 18? This has only happened on the XB1, no such setting tweak required when streaming from PC or PS4. Then the Twitch UI on the XB1 is docked to the right side, unless I “unsnap” it.
It’s sluggish to respond to the dbl tap required to go from the Twitch side bar to the game. This double tap of the middle X button also pauses the stream, which is a nuisance. Its brief but annoying It’s also another UX/button mapping fail. That should be a one button press, not a double tap that pauses game or stream. But I digress.
My other gripe is at least on XB1, I can’t sign out of the Twitch profile I first signed in on. I hit log out and nothing happens. The whole point of
@JavierPayano getting the XB1 for #INeedDiverseGames as for us to have more content to work with. If I can’t log into that Twitch account (we have one for @INeedDivGms) it’s frustrating and adds content to my personal Twitch meant for INDG
So right now I’m feeling a kind of way about functionality on the XB1.
Now that it basically reboots when I try to stream Rise of the Tomb Raider, I’m trying to uninstall and totally reinstall the Twitch app on the XB1.
Clearly the XB1 was designed with a focus on voice-activated functionality, assuming most people would have a Kinect. Early adopters of the XB1 do, since the only model available was a $499 model bundled with a Kinect at launch. That’s great and all, but what about people who got the system later?
I don’t really have the room for a Kinect in my living room, nor do I want one to be honest. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice basic functionality for an assumption about the user base. I have a degree in user centered design and this is just aggravating. I’m unable to get the full functionality as designed unless I drop another $100 – $150 on a peripheral which negates the savings from getting the system over two years after release.
So for now I don’t know what else to do because other games stream just fine, such as FFXV: Episode Duscae, and Dragon Age Inquisition but for now I’m cut off from even logging out of one account and into another, or trying to stream RotTR without a forced reboot after an unpleasant grindy noise, and a lot of cussing.
Here’s a Twitch and XB1 UI wishlist if anyone from either company happens across this post:
- Ability to log into multiple accounts (assuming you can authenticate you own said accounts and aren’t a scammer)
- Ability to get help from the Twitch app, from Twitch
- Ability to get a log file when something goes wrong when streaming on console. (one of the things I kept getting was an error about an ‘authorized game required to stream’ when trying to stream RotTR before it caused reboots.
- Ability to upload directly to YT from console
- Ability to move sections around to suit user preference
- Ability to have a dedicated games section, app section etc without having to pin a bunch of things to the home screen
- Ability to remap the controller buttons including how you take screenshots, go in and out of apps, etc
- One button screenshot
- One button recording/one long button press to start recording
- Less reliance on voice commands since not everyone has a Kinect
Well, my talk is up have a video of me talking about Why we Need Diverse Games
Why we Need Diverse Games by Tanya C DePass
A short talk on how the hashtag hit a nerve with the gaming community at just the right time, and continued on to become something tangible, something that people were interested in. Diversity in gaming is not a new topic, but the tag seemed to renew that interest.
This talk will cover the last few months of gaming news, diversity, where things seem to be headed, and conclude with what we can do to be better digital denizens of the gaming sphere.
TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNINGS: Possible discussion of GamerGate
This… this mofo. I just got an email from Sen. Mark Kirk. Read it, throw something and then read my response below.
Keeping Americans Safe from ISIS
This week, I urged President Obama to ensure no refugee related to the Syrian crisis is admitted to our country unless the U.S. government can guarantee, with 100 percent assurance, that they are not affiliated with ISIS. A copy of the letter is below.
Senator Mark Kirk
Dear Mr. President:
We stand in solidarity with the people of France and against the terrorists who carried out the horrific attacks of November 13th that clearly were designed deliberately to kill as many innocent people as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. As we mourn the loss of life and provide France all the support and assistance it needs, the U.S. government must redouble its efforts to keep the American people safe. We believe that an essential component of that effort is ensuring that no refugee related to the Syrian crisis is admitted to the United States unless the U.S. government can guarantee, with 100 percent assurance, that they are not members, supporters, or sympathizers of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Daesh or ISIL.
It is already clear that ISIS is responsible for the barbaric attacks. Reports indicate that at least one of the attackers apparently utilized the flow of refugees to infiltrate into Europe. These facts require a serious and objective reexamination of the Administrations policy toward Syrian refugees to avoid unnecessary risks.
While our country has a long history of welcoming refugees and has an important role to play in the heartbreaking Syrian refugee crisis, our first and most important priority must be to ensure that any refugee who comes to the United States does not present a threat to the American people. Compassion for Syrian refugees is important, but a fierce determination to protect the American people is also important.
The fact that ISIS may have utilized the flow of refugees to infiltrate Europe and potentially the United States is not a surprise. In September, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, publicly warned the U.S. intelligence community has a huge concern that ISIS may seek to infiltrate Syrian refugees who are flowing into Europe and potentially the United States. As they [refugees] descend on Europe, one of the obvious issues that we worry about, and in turn as we bring refugees into this country, is exactly whats their background? DNI Clapper added: We dont obviously put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees.
On October 21, 2015, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey told the House Committee on Homeland Security that the U.S. government may not have the ability to vet thoroughly all Syrian refugees coming into the United States. He explained that if a Syrian person is not already in the FBIs database, that person is unknown to the agency, leaving an inadequate basis for the persons background to be screened for terrorism risk. We can only query against that which we have collected, Director Comey cautioned. He also said, So if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home but we are not going tothere will be nothing because we have no record on that person.
Given DNI Clappers stated concern that ISIS may try to infiltrate Syrian refugee movements as well as FBI Director Comeys public acknowledgment of the U.S. governments limitations in thoroughly vetting all Syrian refugees, we respectfully request your Administration:
- List comprehensively the challenges, prior to the November 13th terrorist attacks, in the process for checking the background of Syrian refugees and checking potential risks to national security, including potential terrorism risks;
- Detail what special or enhanced measures will be added to the screening process for Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the November 13th terrorist attacks; and
- Describe how it plans to address the vetting challenges that Director Comey describes.
We ask that your Administration immediately share this information with the American people. We look forward to a timely response. We cannot imagine a more urgent or higher priority.
First off, I am not your friend Senator Kirk. I did not vote for you, I knew what kind of hatred you would bring my state. You repulse me, cloaking your Islamaphobia and hatred in faux concern for “Americans”.
Just say what you feel, which is keeping White, Middle Class, Christian citizens safe from the Muslim bogeyman built up by the far right. I’m just disgusted that your fear mongering would mean you’d ignore an order from the President, and you’d attempt to break the law to keep refugees in danger.
I hope the people of Illinois find you as morally contemptible as I found this “warning and plea”. I do not need safety born of fear mongering and ignorance. I will not cower because you tell me ISIS is around every corner threatening my freedom. Not when I could get shot by those who are supposed to protect and serve me and call it a day.
No Senator Kirk, you and your warnings and claim to concern over my safety ring hollow. Just stop pretending you care about anyone but men just like you. Be honest and open in your xenophobia. America is not afraid of refugees, we are more afraid of men like you who are in power.
Your unwilling and unhappy constituent,
So this is a blatant plea for help. Not even of sorts, as I first had in the title and edited out; but I’ve had an epiphany today that I can’t keep doing my day job and INDG. I am unable to give the work that #INeedDiverseGames requires the attention it deserves and maintain a demanding, unfulfilling and frankly bad for my mental health situation at my day$job.