Mary P. Traverse

Mary P. Traverse is an artist, designer, loudmouth and nerd.

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Assassin’s Creed V: Unity Looks Amazing But Is Still Disappointing

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UPDATE: Ubisoft backs away from their excuse about workload after a former Assassin’s Creed animator calls bullshit.

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Last night I watched the E3 trailer for Assassin’s Creed V: Unity, and man does that game look badass! Intense cooperative multi-player action, an unbelievably detailed open-world recreation of revolutionary-era Paris, thousands of NPCs crowding the screen… I mean, watch the trailer and see for yourself. It’s just generally gorgeous.

I have, as of late, thought of Ubisoft as slightly more progressive than some other game companies. On Assassin’s Creed 3 they worked closely with two members of the Kanien’kehá:ka nation, Akwiratékha Martin and Teiowí:sonte Thomas Deer, both who praised Ubisoft’s attention to ensuring that the portrayal of colonial-era Native Americans was sensitive and accurate. In AC3: Liberation, a shorter game set in the same time period as AC3, you play as Aveline de Grandpré, a biracial female freedwoman. And while you couldn’t play as a female in AC4: Black Flag, there were those that felt the NPC females were well-rounded and interesting.

But let’s get back to Unity.

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LGBT Representation in Comics

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The Mary Sue is currently posting an ongoing series on the history of LGBT portrayals in comics:

Next month is June, aka LGBT Pride Month. In anticipation of this, and because it is good and necessary to discuss representation in pop culture and media, we present to you this look at how LGBT content has been portrayed in mainstream American comic books. This is by no means a complete history. We don’t have the space for that. But we hope you’ll appreciate this look at some of the major forces that have shaped stories and characters in the mainstream comic book medium.

Read part 1.
Read part 2.

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Guys Are Bad At Pretending To Be Girls

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I find the sociology and psychology of what kinds of characters people choose to play in RPG video games endlessly fascinating: do you prefer to do ranged damage or melee? Play male or female? Be attractive or ugly? Play as you are or how you wish you were? I want to read all the studies on all these things! So I found this to be very interesting:

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