i need to get this on dvd

Catching up on Elementary: rewatch: s1, ep01

So years ago I got really into Elementary. Watched the first few seasons. Then I got busy with college and kept meaning to get back into it. 

I have the first two seasons on DVD so I’m gonna rewatch it now. It’s high time. 

One of the very first things Sherlock says is “I find sex repellent” before saying his body needs it so he feeds it as necessary. Which is … interesting. And not something I think I’ve seen people talk about over the years. 

Links to any fanfics exploring this would be greatly appreciated. 

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ᴄʟᴜsᴛᴇʀ ᴜᴘᴅᴀᴛᴇ + ɴᴇᴡ sᴛʀᴀᴛᴇɢʏ.

After an hour spent discussing anything we saw as relevant with Netflix, this is the outcome of the situation:

Netflix accepts our help in the promotion of Sense8.

It was stated that Netflix will only commence to promote the special once the release date is closer.

However they would be delighted if until then we could continue with our campaign.

We have the green light to organise billboards, and any type of promotion as long as we don’t make any profit from it. Billboards however are out of questions for us fans because the costs are too high, however we can organise flyers and distribute those. Or those paper posters you can stick to walls for everyone to see.

Viewership is very important. Rewatching the show definitely counts however she refused to give me a number. Netflix doesn’t, under any circumstances, release this type of data and there she was very clear. (This is no news but we are including ANYTHING that was discussed just not to leave any kind of plot hole or unanswered questions.)

Regarding season renewal she said there is no talk about this at the moment, which we all were aware about.

I asked her IF we organised numbers, meaning old members back and new members in if Netflix would agree to a renewal.

She said it’s possible. I asked if it was possible to receive those words in an official statement coming directly from the Netflix page for our Cluster to read.

She didn’t want to say much on it and kept going around her words and was afraid to say too much, but what she kept making clear is “Feedback is what makes the decisions”.

So we have to organise email days in which we contact all the people above the customer service. Reed Hastings and all chiefs executive and whoever is above. Those emails need to be focused on Netflix making a statement regarding them being open to negotiations.

One of the @Global_Cluster representative is working on writing templates that we can all use as it is VITAL to stick to the script and not go off topic.

She said numbers are the alpha and omega of Netflix.
So we HAVE to bring back our subscriptions but also bring in new people.

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Merchandise. We’ll be getting DVDs 100%. They just don’t have a release date but she told me to sit tight and I said we won’t. 😂

She said Orange is the New Black as well as House of Cards have their DVDs already so she doesn’t see why we shouldn’t be getting Sense8 ones.

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Regarding comic con well there wasn’t much to say about it because they have nothing to do with the organisation so it’s yet again all up to us.

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ᴛʜɪs ɪs ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜᴘᴅᴀᴛᴇ, ɴᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ ᴏᴜʀ sᴛʀᴀᴛᴇɢʏ.


𝐅𝐄𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐃 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐉𝐄𝐂𝐓:

The feeling good project comes in different stages. The first stage is focused on bringing back our subscriptions back in masses.

ɪᴍᴘᴏʀᴛᴀɴᴛ ɪs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴏᴜʀ sᴜʙsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ʀᴇɴᴇᴡᴀʟ ᴀʟʟ ᴏғ ᴜs ᴡɪʟʟ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴜsᴛᴏᴍᴇʀ sᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴇ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴄʜᴀᴛ ᴛᴏ ɪɴғᴏʀᴍ ɴᴇᴛғʟɪx ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ʀᴇɴᴇᴡɪɴɢ ᴏᴜʀ sᴜʙsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴs ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴏғ sᴇɴsᴇ8, ᴛʜᴇʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ʙᴇʜɪɴᴅ ᴛʜɪs ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴏ ᴏɴᴇ ᴇʟsᴇ.

The second stage of the Feeling Good Project consists in promotion: As we mentioned above, billboards are way too expensive but we can organise groups in each city that can print in colours some flyers to give around and maybe stick posters to walls like the ones you see for concerts or local festival, any kind of visibility is great.

We should also contact conventions other than SDCC and see if there’s still time for them to make a Sense8 panel happen. More on this later.

The third stage of the Feeling Good Project is focused on rewatch parties. We will organise a schedule to mass rewatch Season 2 all together and live tweet, so we will bring views as well as attract more attention towards the show.

#Sense8Rewatch it’s the hashtag we will follow during the live tweets.

The fourth stage of the Feeling Good Project consists in getting the FunkoPop industry to produce the Sense8 Cluster for us. A banner has already been created and we’ll be posting it in due time.

The FINAL and second most important stage of the Feeling Good Project consists in a rally.

We need to organise PACIFIC rallies in front of the most important Netflix offices which are in Amsterdam, Paraiso, Tokyo, Seoul and Los Gatos. We require the help of the locals to organise those.

The rally will only consist on people standing outside the Netflix offices with Banners, posters and anything requesting a season renewal.

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We will be organising everything for you with specific dates so please for now this is all you need to know, trust us we are working hard to get you the best results.

With love, your Global Cluster.

Rewards [M]
  • Pairings: Reader X Namjoon
  • Genre: Filthy smut
  • Word Count: 2700 
  • Summary: Agreeing to help Namjoon conquer his writer’s block sure seemed like a good idea at the time, until he showed up at your front door wearing that stupid sleeveless shirt that is. 
  • A/N:  Our dear Leadermon just wants the best for us, right? And if reading and writing dirty, nasty smutty smut about him in celebration of his birthday is what we want, he’d totally support us, right? Good. Glad we got that cleared up. 

Originally posted by namjoonsgurl


The low, urgent dialogue of the movie was the only sound in the room.

Occasionally, the sound of a pen scratching on paper met your ears as Namjoon noted something in the book on his lap.

I can’t do thiiiisss!” one of the movie’s characters cried and you struggle to contain a nod in agreement.

Less than half a meter separated you, on one side of the couch, from Namjoon, on the other side. But the space felt closer to half the length of the equator, considering you were strictly forbidden from getting any nearer to him

Just a little cloooossssserrrrr!” another character wailed and you sucked at your teeth in annoyance, trying to block out the sound.

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Breaking Up With Peter Parker Would Include

anon request: A request Breaking up with Peter would include Make it a tear jerker ?

okay hopefully this was tearjerker enough:’)

a huge thank you goes out to @sheodo for the ideas and @nycspidey for editing you guys should all check out their blogs!!

requests are open:))

Originally posted by sddonald22

breaking up with peter parker would include:

- during the day at school you would avoid peter as much as you could.

- when you see peter or ned in the halls you would doge them as much as possible.

- after school you would take the exit on the other side of the school rather than facing peter.

- peter would send you a text.

- “where were you today love?”

- peter was always sweet never using pet names like baby girl or babe always using princess, darling, love.

- you would leave his message on read.

- the song i found by amber run would be playing full blast in your earphones.

- you would be holding tears back at just the mere thought of what was going to happen tonight.

- taking the back alley ways home wouldn’t be the smartest but it felt like the only way to ignore him.

- breaking up with peter was one of the hardest decisions you have ever had to make.

- when you get home you would pace around thinking about how you would tell peter.

- “it’s not you it’s me”

- “i still love you but i need time for myself”

- “i have to focus more on school”

- you hadn’t eaten anything all day.

- you felt like you could throw up your empty stomach.

- you were about to send peter a text.

- we need to talk im coming over.

- before you pressed send a knock appeared at your door.

- you opened the door to see peter holding two sandwich bags from me delmours and a bunch of dvds containing all your favourite films.

- “come in pete”

- “this is for you babe”

- he would hand you a sandwich and the movies placing a soft kiss on your cheek.

- you would inhale deeply thinking to yourself.

- this is for the best.

- “peter we have to talk”

- “yeah sure y/n, what’s up?”

- you would turn to him and the smile quickly disappeared on his face based on the expression yours held.

- “sweetheart you look like your about to cry what’s wrong?”

- peter would rush to your side wrapping his arms around you.

- you would push him away wiping a stray tear on your cheek.

- “i don’t think i can see you anymore”

- “y/n you can’t see me cause your facing the other way”

- peter would laugh until he slowly realized what you meant.

- “i’m sorry pete”

- “b-but did i do something wrong?”

- “no you were the best boyfr-”

- “was i too clingy, not clingy enough”

- “peter that’s no-”

- “is it cause i’m a nerd and ned is my only friend where as you have your clique!”

- peters voice would raise to a shout scaring you slightly but it would quickly simmer down.

- tears began running down your face quicker, similar to niagara falls.

- “peter that’s not it”

- “than what is it y/n!”

- “you have been blowing me off for weeks now! this is the first movie night you haven’t skipped in a month”

- peter paused not moving at all.

- you wanted this to be easy but peter looked like you just kicked him straight in the ribs.

- “but y/n it’s the stark internsh-”

- “that’s all i ever hear come out of your mouth peter!”

- “mr stark this mr stark that!”

- “y/n i have an explanation just listen to me”

- you paused ready to hear him out. peter was a fantastic boyfriend other than when he lies about where he is so your always worrier.

- “i’m spiderman”

- “get out”

- “what why?”

- “peter if you can’t take this conversation seriously then get out”

- your voice was getting loud and booming, you didn’t even know why you were so mad.

- tears were falling down your face quickly and you could tell peter had run out of options.

- “y/n seriously look”

- when you looked up at peter he wasn’t there.
- “up here”

- you tilted your head to look at the ceiling and peter was hanging off of it.

- “peter this is more reason to not have this relationship!”

- at this point you were shouting wanting this event to be over already.

- this new found information has stressed you out even more.

- “i have to focus on getting into stanford i can’t be worried about you every waking second”

- peter was frozen to his spot, he did move a
single muscle.

- he didn’t even flinch when i spoke to him:

- “i don’t love you anymore”

- peters mouth opened to form words that wouldnt come out of his mouth.

- “i- um”

- peter sat down on one of the chairs at the kitchen counter trying to process what just happened.

- “i have spent a year and a half with you and your telling me you don’t love me anymore”

- peters voice cracked at the end of anymore sending your body into sob mode.

- all you could do was nod.

- “peter you should go”

- all peter did was sit there with his mouth slightly open as if he was still trying to get the words through his head.

- your heart ache with pain but you had to do it.
- maybe you lied slightly.

- maybe you knew he was spiderman after listening into a phone call of his with ned.

- maybe you heard him say i do this because i want to keep y/n safe.

- maybe you had to say things you don’t mean to keep peter safe.

- when peter walked out of your door and out of your life all you could say we’re four words that made your voice crack, your eyes sting with tears, and your heart ache in pain.

- “ill always love you, spider-man.

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Day Three | Part 3

Summary: You have a crush on Peter, but Peter has eyes for someone else. Will you ever get the boy of your dreams or will you have to remain friends and move on?

Characters: Peter Parker (Tom Holland) x Reader

Warnings: None

Word Count: 1,274

A/N: I’m on a roll guys!! I would also like to thank every single one of you for sending me feedback and loving everything so far. I haven’t been this excited to write, in a really long time, so thank you! Part two can be found here.


It was Twin Day at school today and you had coordinated with Michelle to be punk rockers. Typical theme, but it got the job done. In the morning, you both pestered Ned to take pictures of the both of you. Ned, however, was missing his twin, Peter, who hadn’t shown up to school yet. You didn’t see him leave the building this morning or the train. You thought he would be here with all the excitement that happened yesterday with him. It wasn’t also typical for Peter Parker to be skipping school, maybe Tony Stark had just kept him for the day, and the school excused him.

As the warning bell rang to get to class, Liz out of all people approached you.

“(Y/N)! Do you know where Peter is? I want to talk to him about Homecoming,” she said.

“No, I haven’t seen him this morning. None of us had. You should try ringing him,” you said.

“I did, he didn’t pick up. Oh well. Thanks,” and with that Liz was on her way to homeroom and so were you and Michelle.


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bodyasleep-mindawake said:                                                           

So for a request maybe Sherlock gets cuddly when he is sad or frustrated (he claims it is to release oxytocin and stuff to cheer him up) and just fluffy fluff maybe you are watching a cheesy rom com and pizza too- I don’t care what you do as long as it is Sherlock centric and fluffy. Have a nice day and thanks for reading!!


Sherlock groaned in frustration for the thirty seventh time this afternoon. You shook your head and smiled while you cleaned the pots. He’d been stuck on a case for a month, which was a long time for Sherlock, when he finally came up with the solution and killer. However, the killer was found not guilty at the court. Normally, Sherlock wouldn’t care as that was the case and he did his job; it was over and done with. He was just annoyed in this instance due to the amount of work he did. You tried to be helpful but that was hard with the consulting detective.

 

You put away a mug into the cupboard when you felt a strong pair of arms wrap around your waist. This caught you by surprise.

“Easy there, tiger,” You giggled. “What’s suddenly put you in a good mood?”

“Nothing,” Sherlock muttered. “More like what’s put me in a bad mood. However, the release of oxytocin should improve my mood. Stress blocks the release of oxytocin; therefore I need to get rid of the stress and you help the stress go away.”

“Oh. Um, thank you?”

“Why don’t we watch a film or… Something.”

“You never want to watch a film, unless it is for a case.”

“Oxytocin, my dear.”

“Yes, yes of course.”

 

Sherlock walked into the living room with DVDs in his hands after you finished preparing for the evening.

“So we have these romantic comedies which you seem to love. Bridget Jones’ Diary and-” Sherlock stopped in his tracks when he saw you. “You’ve eaten half of the popcorn!”

“Well…” You trailed off.

“And we’ve ordered pizza!”

“Sorry!” There was a knock on the door. You got up and answered it. You retrieved your pizza and paid the man. When you returned, Sherlock was in the bedroom getting changed into his pyjamas. You were already in yours. “Sherly, the pizza is here!”

“I know! I heard!” He walked out of the room and sat on the sofa. “So, Bridget Jones?”

 

You were lying on the sofa, you in Sherlock’s arms as the credits came on signalling the end of the movie.

“That was the biggest amount of rubbish I have ever watched,” Sherlock informed you. “It’s even worse than when John made me watch James Bond.”

“Oh come on!” You whined.

“It’s a classic! Anyway, are you feeling better?”

He smiled. “Much better.”

Mustn’t Twitch

Stiles x Reader


“(Y/N)!” Stiles yelped when you pointed your finger at your locker, letting it swing open.

“What… oh right, sorry I’m still sleepy.” You yawned, snuggling into Stiles chest when he rolled his eyes and hurried over to help you switch out your books.

“Yeah well just because you’re tired doesn’t mean you can start zapping things around!” He muttered, as you slumped against him, almost dropping you when you fell asleep. “How are you so tired?”

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My 10 Favorite Book to Movie Adaptions: Go watch them!

Some of these movies well known and loved but the other half are so incredibly under-rated and I just have to give them a shout out cause THEY DESERVE THE HYPE!

1. Treasure Island (1990) 

Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins and Charlton Heston (and Christopher Lee for a bit). Need I say more? Nobody loves the book more than I do and this movie is fuckin incredible, exciting, gritty, and VERY close to it’s source material. 

2. The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (The Royal Shakespeare Company) 

Eight and a half hours of the best theater you will ever see. End of story. Nothing will ever come close. Holy shit. 

YES THEY FILMED IT, IT’S ON DVD, THANK GOD!

3. The Great Gatsby (2000) 

Paul Rudd! Paul Rudd makes this movie. He plays Nick who is the narrator in the book and in this movie you get watch him become more and more disgusted with the culture that he’s jumped into. 

This is not a very romantic movie. It’s gritty, and a bit bleak. You see the underside of the glossy Jazz Age. Bravo. 

4. Peter Pan (2003)

NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THIS FUKCIN MOVIE! DEAR GOD IT’S THE BEST LIVE ACTION CHILDREN’S MOVIE EVER MADE!

Everyone I know who’s seen this movie adores it. Because it’s perfect. It’s got Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook! You can’t get more bad ass. 

5. & 6. Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean) and Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd)

Both of these books series were based during the Napoleonic Wars; Richard Sharpe in the British Army and Horatio Hornblower in the British Navy. But what is so special about these two series is that they were filmed during the 90s by the BBC so they are great fun to watch as a pair. 

(added bonus: Sean Bean is an action hero in 14+ stories and lives) 

7. Pride and Prejudice (2005) 

This movie owns my soul. 

8. Great Expectations (1999) 

If you don’t like the book you won’t like this movie either. 

BUT if you loved the book like I do you have to watch this. Ioan is a great fit for Pip because no matter how dumb or selfish Pip’s decisions are you can’t help but feel sorry for him and his fall from grace at the end of the story is super emotionally visceral. Thanks Ioan!

10. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) 

Even though the story has to be paired down a ton since the book is so fucking LONG it’s still a great adaption. All the drama and sword fighting and intrigue that I like about the story is still there.  

lunarwolfspn  asked:

Could you do a Gaston x reader where he survives and people are rude to him but the reader gives him a chance and they fall for each other. The reader only give him a chance bc she felt bad for the way he was being treated. Thank you.

Pairing: Gaston x Reader
Fandom: Disney ; Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Warnings: /

A/N: end me, because I’ve officially fallen in love with gaston x reader and I can’t stop myself. I LOVE WRITING STUFF WITH HIM SO MUCH FUCK. anyways, thank you so much for this request love. I really hope you enjoy it!!! (also, I need this movie to come out on dvd so I can have more gifs of gaston lol. in the meantime, have other luke evans gifs BC WHY NOT OMG I LOVE THIS MAN SO MUCH)

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“Get out of this village, you scum!” he was thrown into the mud on the ground, several men and women standing around him with angry glares on their faces.

He had never been treated this way, so he didn’t know how to act.

Should he fight them?

But then again, he was one, they were many. He doubted anyone would stand by his side if he did indeed fight. Even LeFou had parted from him. He was on his own now and he couldn’t fight an entire village like that, so fighting back wasn’t an option.

Should he insult them?

And then what? What good what that do him?

They would never forgive him for what he did and insults wouldn’t change that fact.

So instead of doing any of those things, he held his – probably broken – ribs and started walking.

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I’m falling in love with Megamind all over again, seeing so many posts of it on my dash, and was once again hit with how truly good-looking Megamind is? Like, seriously, what a babe. 

And that led to me contemplating this little head canon…

What if some more aliens come to Metrocity - refugees or tourists, what have you - and Megamind goes out to get a feel for them, see if they’re benign or nefarious or if they just need to stock up on snacks. And they turn around and see him…

…and just start flat out swooning. Like, blushing and dreamy sighs and the whole nine yards. 

Because, surprise, the alien race Megamind is? They were/are held as the most beautiful species in all the galaxies. Like, organisms far and wide just about fell to their knees over their good looks. Epic poems were composed about them. Ballads were sung. There were fan clubs. 

And Megamind? Megamind has got to be one of the most jaw-droppingly handsome specimens they’ve ever seen. 

So now Megamind is dealing with all this starry-eyed aliens and having his world rocked by the idea that he actually is incredibly handsome, and Roxanne is torn between laughing her head off at her boyfriend’s slightly panicked attempts at fending off these creatures advances and being slightly possessive? 

Also, Metro Man? The aliens take one look at him and have to hide their shudders. Poor fellow, he must have been from that other fleshy, pink-skinned planet…

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Representation: Make Your Own, Vote with Your Wallet

Here’s a comic that I drew up to explain my grievances with these counter-arguements I’ve seen popping up. I’ll write more in text here.

I don’t want to stop anyone from making their own games. Making games is a hard, incredibly rewarding creative task, and you should never stop making games, ever. You want to see a game that is totally your thing, your own brainchild go out into the world for people to enjoy? Do it. Make that game, and share with the world more culture than ever before. There is nothing stopping you from making your own game except time and effort.

But one person’s games, that’s just one voice in a million. As a gay person (and I cannot speak for anyone else but my own gay self), I grew up without any gay protagonists, with the constant background radiation of “Straight Is Normal”. Every romance, every love interest, every single character who wasn’t a joke or a villain, straight. I couldn’t share a part of me that was vitally important to me, and nobody knew what being gay meant, since there were no positive gay characters in the media we were consuming. If I made a game with a gay main character, that would still be one game in tens of thousands. It wouldn’t reach a wide audience, and there wouldn’t be the presence in media that is sorely required. I would need to have a marketing campaign, and millions of dollars I don’t have to reach the audience who really needs this representation.

Because this isn’t about one game, this isn’t about any particular game. This is about culture in general. Children will grow up playing straight leads and create straight leads in their own games. They won’t think “Hey, maybe I should make this lead gay” because that’s not what they grew up playing. We imitate what we’ve learnt, and we create building blocks with which we craft stories. The gun toting veteran soldier is always male, the princess who needs saving is always female, the hero is always straight and always gets the girl.

But what if we made sure that wasn’t the case? What if the hero had a gay love interest, what if the princess was a dude, what if the gun toting vet was a lady? What if we explore these avenues, construct a more complex narrative and not just rehash the same narratives we ourselves played as children?

We shout loudly for this to happen, decry wasted opportunities because we need to. Because if we don’t bring it to the attention of the people making the games, nobody will. We cannot remain passive consumers - “only play the games you like” only counts if there are games that represent us - and if there are parts of those games we find hurt us, we can still love those games and recognise the hurtful bits. I do not want to boycott games with problematic elements - that will ensure only bad games get made. How do you make money speak the necessary things we have to say?

(As a footnote, I will explain how money talks. Money is a language all of it’s own, and it is a very simple language. If you give someone money for doing something, you are saying “I support the thing you are doing”. If you do not give them money, you aren’t really saying anything, as it could be anything from “I don’t support this at all!” to “Eh, I wasn’t invested enough to lay down money” to “I wanted to support you, but I couldn’t.”. Now, if someone made a really really good game, but it had an insulting or degrading depiction of your group inside it, and you really liked the game, would you buy it? Would you not buy it? If you bought it, you are supporting the status quo - they will continue to do anyway. If you didn’t buy it, they might think “Wow, we need to not do a game like this ever again” and not even consider that the problematic elements were the problem. Money is too crude of a language to get this across.)

So, we are left with the only avenue that is viable for us: Actual Dialogue and Critique. Where we are free to say “I really liked this game, but it had problematic elements in it”, and discuss the things that went wrong in the game. Now, critique is not the same as censorship. With censorship, you remove the media from the public’s eye as soon as possible, so that their eyes are not offended by it. I do not want this. I cannot stress enough that I do not want this. Censorship is a regressive and counterproductive tactic, which does not help us learn from our mistakes and missteps. If we censored every piece of art that had mistakes, we would stagnate.

Critique, on the other hand, is the honing of skills and behaviour through discussion of the implementation of such behaviour. Just like an artist can recieve critique on anatomy,a writer can recieve critique on representation. A poor artist draws what they think something looks like, a poor writer writes what they think something acts like. And just like a poor artist can avoid drawing body parts they have no skill in drawing, a poor writer can avoid including people they know nothing about. Representation is simply another way we can improve the quality of our games - with proper representation comes richer, more varied casts.

I want to stress again that critique is forward thinking, not backward thinking. When we say, say, that Assassin’s Creed: Unity has four identical white males and that’s boring and samey - it is a critique of the game itself. It is a flaw that perhaps Ubisoft can learn from, and if we didn’t point it out, they would be none the wiser about it. Ignoring flaws is just as bad as censorship - both ways we learn nothing about it. Would you like to see a game industry filled with nothing but grizzly Doom Marines? If nobody pointed that out, the industry would blindly make more Doom Marines, because that’s what would sell. But once we’ve pointed out the samey Doom marines, or the four white lads, future games can be made that have an eye to this critique, and it can only benefit everyone. Sure, there will still be problematic games, but we are only human, and we are still allowed to enjoy those games. But I think the game industry can be better, and it needs to be told where it is going wrong. Those games that it creates, they will still exist for you to enjoy. They will always exist, and they will be fun.

I know you want creative freedom, and I do too, but the industry makes a profit from creating games geared with marketing and not just a little cynicism. By having better representation, we open up avenues for more voices, more varied creators to have their say, not just the ones that “sell at the moment”, as executives, the ones that are really in charge of the creative decisions, are a frightened and conservative lot. If we show them that no, we won’t stand for this lack of representation, they will have to reconsider their cynical and conservative marketing avenues. And we can’t do this by money alone. Money can only take us part of the way there, and for the rest of it, the vast majority, we need…

REAL FUCKING DIALOGUE.

I bet even some of you out there are still skeptical, like, why do we even need better representation, games are fine as they are. I’m not here to tell you that you can’t enjoy games. I’m not here to tell you that games aren’t important, or aren’t art, or should be a lame minority rainbow, or that all games should be Captain Planet and the Planeteers, where social consciousness is the deal of the day, all day, every day. I think that would be terrible. But what I do want? I want gay heroes to be just as normal and ordinary as straight heroes. I want black heroes to be unnotable and accepted. I want female heroes, I want trans heroes. I want characters that stick in people’s minds as normal. There is no “Special Snowflake Patrol” wanting to make every hero be an intersection with every marginalised group.

I just… want to be normal. I don’t want to have to shout, or campaign, or point out Straight White Male Protagonist #6753 as being yet another wasted opportunity.

I want to be normal. I want to be able to walk down the street with my boyfriend, holding hands, without people recalling all the regressive stereotypes that they have seen in the media and informed themselves about my sexuality.

I want to be normal. I want to be the hero sometimes, I want to be the villain sometimes. I want great gay romance, I want terrible gay romance.  I want to pick up a straight-to-DVD animated movie and sometimes see gay characters just existing, being gay, without it being notable or anything.

But that will never happen if I just make my own media and just passively consume the media that most closely fits me. Not existing in media I enjoy is not good enough for me. I refuse to be a passive consumer. This solution needs

DIALOGUE.

And if we need to get a little loud to be heard over the roar, well, that’s just what we’ll have to do. Why not join in, so that we can fix this problem sooner, and we can all rest and enjoy making our own games, while enjoying games made by teams of people with far more money than we’ll ever see in our lifetimes? After all, it must be great to see a big budget game with a romance that you can connect with. I wish I could play one!

And even though I’m gay, and not a person of colour, female, or transgender, I still want them to feel the same thing I’m striving for. That’s what equality is all about. I’ll help them, they’ll help me, and if you help as well, to strike up dialogue, to critique, to discuss and deconstruct, we’ll get there.

We’ll get nowhere just passively consuming. Let us

TALK.

UPDATE: My good friend Samael inked the comic for me! It looks much better now!