meet Handy’s cyborg captain and fearless leader, Peo!
she had a large portion of her left side blown apart in a mechanical accident, including her hand, lower leg, eye, and a number of teeth and bones. so she built herself robotic replacements (including an eye with rotating lenses, each with a different function, controlled by the touchscreen on her head)
I’m pretty happy with how the crew is coming along! :D
So the app “HER” caught my eye today as I moved through my dashboard.. The concept struck me as fairly problematic so I wanted to look a little further into it. The title piece of the app (now available for iPhone) is “HER- Lesbian, Queer and Bisexual Social Network” and as a transmasculine genderqueer person I thought I’d see what was up. First thing, the app does not have an independent sign on, it requires one to login through either Facebook or Instagram (my first issue). Full disclosure, logging in for me personally through either social networking site denied me access to the app based on how it perceived my identity. I take issue with this in regard to folks who don’t fit the binary that HER seems to want reinforced. Say for folks who may be female bodied but not identify as women and especially trans women who aren’t comfortable being out on mainstream social media or literally don’t feel (aren’t) safe enough to be out in those venues. In the description of the app I found that despite the advertisement of the title the app is made for “lesbian women by lesbian women” so why they call for bisexual and queer people as well I do not know because we seem to be denied unless we fit the binary. Next in their description they say “no men, no fakes” I take issue with this triggering language I would hope that it men’s no fake accounts, but “no fakes” well this language, especially in the context of the app, comes off as transphobic. Also I think it’s incredibly uncool of this app to define who men are based on nothing but social media while directly ignoring the individuals right to identity however they please. Further, I went looking for promotions of the app and found that in one representatives post that the app is welcome to any DFAB member of the lgbtq community, so I guess based on that representative the app truly is transphobic. This critique is not meant to ignore that queer women, and I mean all queer women, should be able to enjoy a safe space in which to interact with each other. What I do not agree with is the identity policing that is going into play with this app, thus I feel the need to be extremely critical of it. I haven’t seen this critique yet, so let me know how your experiences with the app have been? I have this awful feeling that trans folks aren’t going to be treated very well inside this app :/ sigh.
The ships you can see above are the 5 theme-orientated sets that made it in the game. They’re already modelled and playable. We have…
The Standard Ship
Each set includes a hull, a sail, a set of four fans and a bridge that can be exchanged with every other-themed part of the same category! You can freely combine the different parts and create the weirdest looking kinds of ships. For example a cat in a box with chicken-wing fans, a steampunk-sail and a dashboard-bridge!
We really focused on this customization option because it’s a lot of fun to smash different themes together! It’s also one of these internet phenomena to be pretty crazy when it comes to the customization of things haha
Each ship part has its own value. Some make you faster, others increase your attack or range. The values are added to the values of the pairing you choose- With this you’re able to push the pairings strenght or balance out their weaknesses~ ♥
Oh and just to avoid misunderstandings:
We seperate Ships from Pairings. With Ships we literally mean ships, with pairings we’re speaking of the characters you can choose from. I am going to tell you more about the characters later ;)
The Ship-Wars project has finally reached it’s last week (or better the last three days) of the production timeline. The presentation will be hold on Wednesday, the 5th of February.
So yeah, let’s talk about the whole project, the ups and downs so far and what the outcome will be.
First: There will be a game. It will contain lots of the features we aimed to put into the gameplay, but not all of them.
We will put a webplayer version online and you guys will be able to play it in matches with up to 4 people. We can’t guarantee a bug free game nor can we promise you a 100% funny gameplay. We worked hard to achieve as much as we did, but 3 months are just such a short amount of time. Especially when you’re stuck in what you’re doing due to reoccurring problems.
Ship-Wars had a lot of problems in the development of its networking system. Since I am not the programmer I can’t tell you what’s been the problem in detail, but we lost a big amount of time (up to 5 weeks) because of it. This results in us not being able to implement everything we would have loved to see into the final game. I am speaking of things like animations, custom icons, and other, related features. Also the amount of time we needed to balance the game and make it “fun” decreased to a few days. We still do our best to get as much done as possible, but we just want you to know that there’ve been problems which lead to some losses in the Ship Wars game.
Anyway we still hope you guys will support us in our last three days ; u ; We reached an amount of 122 Followers so far. This is more than lovely and we want to thank you all for your support so far. ♥