Sundays are for smiling to yourself, because you know that Love Island’s day is tomorrow. Before you pop your popcorn, let’s read this week’s best writings about games.
For Polygon, Ana Díaz wrote about Hot tub streamer Amouranth, the constant harassment she faces, and what it’s like to be the face of the “hot tub meta”.
“Do I feel that I deserve [the harassment]? “She continued.” No, I don’t think anyone will. But I feel like it’s worth continuing to work while I’m young and have the energy, and then when I’m older and have saved enough money, I can do whatever I want with it, You know, something like: it’s just getting the job done, instead of spreading it throughout my life. And I think it’s worth the harassment. “
On PC Gamer, Rick Lane tried to survive the GTA 5 campaign amid the absurdity of Chaos Mod. It just gets better and better.
With the vehicles purchased, we are racing back to the car dealership when another event is triggered – Spawn Deadly Agent. At first nothing happens and I wonder if the mod is still working. But then several new “speed holes” appear in the back of my car. I look around to see an Aston Martin DB5 hurtling towards me. That’s how it is. I am being attacked by James Bond.
For The Gamer, Eric Switzer wrote about how he hated a Sniper Ghost Warrior press event that made him pretend to shoot people dressed as Arabs. Developer CI Games issued a excusebut no, that’s not going to be enough.
The Strategic Operations facility looks a lot like a setting you can see in American Sniper, Lone Survivor, or any other military propaganda movie. The streets are paved with dirt; damaged and abandoned vehicles are covered in dirt; and the short, featureless huts appear to be made of mud. It’s the Middle East as it’s often shown to us through Western media – a rude and twisted doppelganger who doesn’t actually represent life in that part of the world at all. A series of nondescript yellow circles hang from a window, proving that art does not exist in this society. A pile of rotten meat is found on a nearby table next to a rotting pig’s head, because people here eat dirt, apparently. I think I have painted a pretty clear picture.
On Medium, Carolyn Petit wrote about Lake and the seductive escapist fantasy of decent and readily available work.
Sure, my childhood notions of what it would be like to be an assistant manager of a bookstore or video store were greatly simplified, but so is Lake’s vision of being a postman. It’s a fantasy, and not just in terms of what it entails, but in terms of good jobs, like most of us can afford it. It is the myth of available, decent and reasonably well-paid work, as something that is available to any American adult who wants it. (Lake doesn’t explain how much Meredith’s father makes, but he and his wife own a beautiful home in a beautiful city, so they seem to be doing well. Meanwhile, for people of my generation, homeownership is becoming more and more unattainable.)
At NHK World-Japan, I saw this documentary about Steve Jobs and his passion for Shin-Hanga art. I’m not an Apple fan or a Jobs idolizer, but I found it to be a surprisingly good watch. The person doing the voiceover also sounds like the announcer from the Halo games, which is a bonus.
This week’s music is by Nick Mulvey “Fever to form“A folky delight.
That’s me. Have a nice Sunday everyone!