Occultek
I'm just a lazy college student with a passion for crafting things in video games and making video games about crafting.

Now announcing: Infinifactory!

Hey guys. I can finally tell you all what I’ve been working on for the past few months. Here’s a peak at our new game: Infinifactory

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

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This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

So, normally I keep my blog out of stuff like this, because I want it to be somewhat professional, and that includes omitting my opinion, but the way women in the gaming industry were treated in this article really angered me, and I want to speak my piece, if just this once.

I am a feminist. I believe in equal rights for men and women, as well as for anyone that doesn’t subscribe to the gender binary. I am disgusted by the way women are treated in the video game industry. I look forward to the day that anyone can participate in playing, making, and reviewing games, without having to feel self-conscious about who they are and without worrying about receiving criticism for it either.

I like games because they give you a chance to make meaningful choices. No one judges you for blowing up Megaton in Fallout 3. No one should judge you for daring to be a woman.

Tumblr is dumb (And other things)

So, since I last posted, my account was apparently set to follow 29 new blogs. I only recognized two of them. Tumblr asked me to reset my password and I did not refuse.

Also, I moved! I live in Washington now, and I make video games for a living. I am employed and making about the bare minimum that you can make as a programmer. But it’s worth it because I get to be independent, spend time with a bunch of awesome new people, and I get to be part of a project that I’m not allowed to talk about yet. Let me just say, if you enjoyed Spacechem, you’re gonna love this. Especially because I’m working for Zachtronics Industries.

I'm playing Landmark!

I just got the Settler pack for Landmark! I’m trying it out for the first time and I invite you all to watch me flounder about.

I am an adult.

I am an adult.

First of all: I love the superhero rpg idea, I really think it has potential, the alernate timeline could be great too. I don't now how much do you want to go back in time for that war. I think if you change the american civil war, it could raise some interesting scenarios. But an older war would have more effect on more of history. For example world war II might not even happen, or very differently. I don't know if that's a good thing or not, but I think it brings many good oportunnities.

The further back I go, the more liberties I can take with the story, but it also creates more work for me (More years to fill in) and could potentially alienate the players from the world. Ideally I want the timeline to diverge when super-humans first start manifesting powers, and have the changes result from those people using those powers.

Super-stuff

So, I’ve been working on this tabletop RPG for a while, meant to be superhero themed, designed to that it’s really easy to come up with your own powers and stuff. It’s gonna use a d6 system and hopefully be fun and stuff.

So, what I want to do is start working on the world. I want to do something other than ‘now, also, New York’. I’m imagining something like an alternate timeline where the US loses some major war (Maybe not World War II since that’s something of a cliche.) due to the intervention of some supervillains. And then the remnants of the US could form some sort of artificial island from which they attempt to still maintain some semblance of order.

Now, what I want to do is populate my world with a bunch of neat characters. Superheroes, anti-heroes, anti-villains, anti-pasta. If you, the good people of Tumblr so desired, I would be honored if you would come up with a super-character of your own design and sent it to me. Be as detailed or as vague as you want. I’ll stat up all the designs I receive and publish them here. You can send a concept through an ask, or through a reblog or post comment. I usually don’t expect any sort of response on my posts, but it would be cool to see what you guys come up with.

EDIT: Oh, also, just to be clear, they don’t need to have powers to be ‘valid’ characters. People that use power suits, or gadgets, or are just plain super-skilled are all fair game. Even henchmen if you want to come up with some fake organizations.

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Watch me play Smite because I’m lonely and Tumblr is good for that.

I’ve been off of Tumblr for like two weeks and the longer I stay away, the harder it is to bring myself to get back on it.

First of all, I would like to say that your game is very interesting and has alot of potential! But, I do have some questions. Is the potion system implemented yet? I've seen that I can make potions like green broths and the unknown ones, but aside from the random debuffs and buffs given by the unidentifiable ones, do the others do anything? I haven't gotten very far in the game (I just got all the adamantite tools), But when I click on "Drink" it doesn't do anything. Great game, and thanks!

The potions are all supposed to work but that word has really lost all significance at this point.