Zoë Quinn is a finalist for a 2018 Hugo Award

Aspiring video game developer and professional victim Zoë Quinn has been nominated for a Hugo Award. The Hugo Award is an annual award for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements from the previous year.
Under the category of Best Related Work, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoë Quinn, has made the final cut and will now go up against five other authors for the award. A Hugo Award. An award that is associated with science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction.

Zoë Quinn wrote a book!

I will never believe Gamergate nearly ruined Zoë Quinn’s life. From what I can see, she benefited greatly from Gamergate, both financially and personally.

Before she cheated on her boyfriend, someone she led to believe she was in a monogamous relationship with, with a writer from Kotaku, a popular video game website, nobody knew who she was.

When I say that nobody knew who she was, I mean that I had never heard of her before.

Because of Gamergate, she was able to get gigs as a paid speaker at many events and conferences. She even spoke at the United Nations. None of this would have been possible without Gamergate.

I hope her book wins the Hugo Award. I admire Zoë Quinn greatly. She’s a personal hero of mine. She was able to take an embarrassing episode in her life, engaging in sexual infidelity while in a monogamous relationship, and craft something positive out of it.

Hipster lemonade.

Not only did she turn lemons into lemonade, she turned lemons into the most expensive, hipster lemonade a person could buy. We’re talking about the type of lemonade that goes for $12 a glass in a Brooklyn boutique served by a lemonologist with a handlebar mustache.

At the very least, she deserves a science fiction and fantasy award for that.

YouTube star Pewdiepie uses n-word on live stream

The YouTube megastar Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as Pewdiepie, is in the news again. Once again, it’s for something negative. While playing Battlegrounds, he referred to another player as the n-word. He then almost immediately realized what he said, apologized, giggled, and then called the guy an asshole. Like any of that would un-ring the n-word bell. Here’s a link to a clip of from the stream.

What’s Pewdiepie’s problem? He obviously doesn’t care about his millions of fans. Because he can’t help himself from casually using the n-word in a live stream, the apex predator of all racial slurs, he put his fans in the unenvious position of either denouncing him or defending him. The worst part about the way he used the n-word was that it seemed like it’s something he says all the time.

I dislike Pewdiepie

I’m not a fan of Pewdiepie, but I do subscribe to his YouTube channel. With over 57 million subscribers, I feel like I need to subscribe to his channel just to keep up with what’s going on. I just don’t get it. I don’t see what the draw is to Pewdiepie is. I’m not in his intended demographic, so it doesn’t really matter if I like his content or not. Not only do I not like his content, I don’t like him.

Supposedly most of his fan base is composed of children. Considering that, it makes his antisemitic or racist comments even worse. And to think YouTube creators make money on YouTube from advertisements. They must not if one of YouTube’s biggest stars drops the n-word like it’s just another word. Who would want to advertise on Pewdiepie’s channel considering some of the stuff he’s done lately?

Pewdiepie strikes me as an obnoxious, petulant child. The latest video clip does nothing to make me change my mind.


Pewdiepie has responded to the latest controversy and apologized.

The ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Limited Collector’s Edition

I’ve always enjoyed Halo. I’ve just never been any good at it.

I ordered Halo 5: Guardians’ Limited Collector’s Edition from Amazon a few days ago. It originally sold for $249.99. I got it for $65.99. That’s only a few bucks more than the standard edition.

It comes with the following:

  • Full game digital download code
  • Commemorative Statue of the Master Chief and Spartan Locke by TriForce
  • Warzone REQ Bundle (14 Premium Requisition packs)
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach (Animated Series)
  • Guardian model by Metal Earth
  • Uniquely-designed Spartan themed SteelBook
  • Spartan Locke’s Classified Orders
  • Dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris
  • Xbox Live Gold 14-day Trial

Even though it comes with a fancy SteelBook, it doesn’t come with a physical disc. I actually like that. I don’t like physical discs because I tend to lose them.

What I didn’t realize when I bought this was how massively huge the statue was. For some reason, I just assumed it was on the same scale as the tiny McFarlane Toys Halo action figures. It’s not. It’s massive.

The 'Halo 5: Guardians' Limited Collector's Edition - Bent Corner

This is a photo of the statue. I put a bottle of Coke next to it to better show how ginormous it is. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with it. It’s far too big to sit on one of the shelves I have in my home office. For now, I have it sitting on the giant box it came in.

I’ve always enjoyed Halo. I’ve just never been any good at it. The same could be said for most first-person shooters. Not that I necessarily enjoy them, that I’m just not very good at them. I enjoy Halo so much that I can totally suck at it, but still have fun playing it.

Video games should come with a physical manual

I recently bought Blood Bowl II for the Xbox One. It’s based on a turn-based board game from the British games company Games Workshop. It’s a cross between American football and the fantasy world of Warhammer Fantasy.

When I tried to play the game, I was disappointed to learn that it didn’t come with an instruction manual. Instead of including a booklet explaining how to play Blood Bowl II, it provided a link to the game manual on a website.


I went to the above link, thinking I could get the game manual in a PDF file. I was wrong. It’s a not a game manual in the traditional sense. Instead, it’s a series of pages that go over the game and presumably how to play the game. The way it’s published, it doesn’t lend itself to printing a physical game manual. To play Blood Bowl II while using the manual, you’ll need to use a computer or an iPad.

The problem is, what if you don’t have a computer or an iPad?

This is an Xbox One game. It’s completely plausible someone who doesn’t have a computer or an iPad might buy this game. If they do, they’re pretty much screwed. This is not the type of game you can play without consulting the manual. It’s based on a turn-based board game. The video game retains the turn-based aspect. Who can play a turn-based game without a manual?

Nobody, that’s who.

I guess I can use my iPad while playing Blood Bowl II, but I shouldn’t have to. Nowhere does it state that owning an iPad or a laptop is a requirement for playing Blood Bowl II. It should come with a physical manual.

Australian retailers remove Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V, known simply as GTAV by its fans, has been yanked from Target and Kmart shelves in Australia. This was in response to an online petition signed by over 45,000 supporters who object to the game’s graphic violence and its portrayal of women. People in Australia can still buy GTAV, they just can’t buy it at Target or Kmart, stores owned by the retail group Wesfarmers.

I have to admit, I didn’t even know Australia had Target or Kmart.

The Grand Theft Auto series of games has long been criticized by some for being too violent and for the way it portrays women. Players in The Grand Theft Auto can have sex with prostitutes, kill them, and then steal their money. At least that’s what I’m told. I’ve never played the game, nor do I want to play the game. It’s not a game for me. When I play a game, the only thing I like to kill are Orcs, candies, or Soviet tanks.

That’s not to say that game isn’t for a lot of other people. The The Grand Theft Auto series is very popular. It’s one of the top-selling games in history. Grand Theft Auto V, the release pulled from the shelves in the land down under, where women glow and men thunder, has already sold $1.98 billion worldwide. Say what you will about The Grand Theft Auto and its extreme content, a lot of people love to play it.

If you don’t like Grand Theft Auto, don’t buy it

Although I have no interest in playing Grand Theft Auto, I wouldn’t want to stop anyone else from playing it. I would no sooner want to stop someone from playing a game I don’t like then I would want to stop someone from reading a book I don’t like or watching a movie I don’t like.

That seems too much like censorship to me.

I don’t have much respect for Wesfarmers. If they didn’t want to sell Grand Theft Auto V on their store shelves, then they should have never sold it to begin with. The fact that they removed it from their shelves in reaction to 45,000 supporters on an online petition seems pathetic. Are they going to allow online petition signers to dictate other aspects of their business?

It sounds like a really stupid way to run a business.