This is very entertaining so far. Gillian keeps getting distracted by the little floating hearts/thumbs ups that are going by on the screen, and she keeps recommending things that she can’t remember the names of, and she loves Landslide, and she eats chocolate and meditates every day, and she keeps mumbling and I can’t hear her even though my computer’s volume is all the way up. And she just told one of my favorite facts, about how eating local honey helps your allergies. And she’s wearing a turtleneck.
Hello again everyone! With everything rapidly approaching the release of our 8, almost 9 year game project, it’s been difficult to keep everything up to date on our current status, but it’s high time we did a bit of a development roundup:
The Press demo and review builds:
Since Pax west and our panel where we announced our release date (that you canwatch here if you’re interested.) We’ve let the press and streamers play through the first areas of the game, and the response has been amazing. Now though, we’ve entered the final stage: Review builds have been going out to press! Its a strange feeling to have our game getting its final evaluation before being let loose on the world, but here we are!
Bugs and playtesting:
Outside of some minor sound and art-polish bits, the game is pretty much done, so we’re focusing all our efforts on getting this thing bug free and enjoyable before the big day. We’ve gotten to know our game pretty well at this point.
Foxtales Boutique has been making Gawk batches in regular intervals and sells them as they become available. We tend to announce a new batch either through Facebook or Twitter, though you can always go here to check if there is a new one in stock.
In the time left until the release, we’re going to be regularly updating all our media channels and working diligently towards the game’s completion. If you haven’t yet, remember that you can still pre-order the game on GOG and Humble Store. And don’t forget that if you want a physical copy of the game, be sure to get the Indiebox pre-order.
Thank you everyone for your support throughout all of this. More updates are on the way!
((I finally got one of these out yay! These will just be little blurbs about the modules (and one of my favorites too!) from headcanons to their origins and other little things about them. Dark Angel is an important figure to Daily so expect to see some more of her at some point! I hope you guys like <3))
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Okay okay, explanation time.
The last two weeks have been awful for me. I had an incident with a racist, sexist professor, who targeted me in particular by labelling my actions as a consequence of my ethnicity (based on stereotypes). I had another incident in which a professor had a violent outburst that ended with things being broken and our class being threatened with violence.
And you know, people sort of just expected me to suck it up and move on. It got to the point that I had to convince myself I wasn’t offended, or you know, insulted, threatened, and alienated from my peers by the things that had happened. Because I told my classmates, and they sort of just went, “Aww that sucks” or “Oh my gosh,” and that was that. I mean, I felt like a Facebook post being scrolled past.
People told me I could report it, and when I pressed further and asked for actual details, they came up blank. In my university, the hope of a student winning a case against faculty is slim to none, with emphasis on none. Students end up getting involved in a long, dragged out process that not only exhausts them, but also destroys their name and reputation.
At one point, I’d approached a faculty member with whom I regularly consult and when I expressed these concerns, pressing a case included, I was told the school couldn’t do anything unless the students put themselves out there first.
The rest of the week, I continued to tell myself I was too busy to be upset, that I was probably being oversensitive about what had happened (if not other people would react too, right?). It was only last week that I conceded I was upset. That I was afraid, because I thought this would never happen. I go to one of the most progressive and liberal universities in my area. I keep my head down and try not to cause trouble. I don’t make waves. And it was then I realised it wasn’t just the threat of violence, but also the racist comments that made me angry. Violence is bad. But I realised that discrimination can hit so much harder at times, and I wasn’t doing myself any favours by willing my feelings away.
So I took time to process how I felt. I think that the rules that are supposed to protect students in my university are due for an overhaul. It made me especially angry because I was told that if I didn’t take action, others would fall victim to the same thing, but at the same time, my own safety wasn’t guaranteed. No student should have to be a sacrificial lamb for a cause that shouldn’t have been a concern in the first place. The burden of proof is on the students, and it’s a double burden when one considers the dynamic between faculty and student is always in favour of the faculty.
Theoretically, students could press a case. And then their grades slowly bleed away because now those professors have a reason to be antagonistic. In requirements that are subjective, such as essays, students don’t really have a way to prove this antagonism.
I’m much better now. I felt very naive for thinking that the academe would have better ways to deal with societal problems. I mean, I knew it wasn’t perfect, but school has always been my refuge and safe space, because in school, things can be discussed, debated, and decided by all parties. It’s about having an intellectual conversation. I know it’s not a perfect place. Now I realise that it’s no different from everywhere else.
After dealing with my feelings, I feel better. I’ll still have to face these people, at least until the end of the semester, but it’s a little better knowing I can allow myself to be angry. I think problems like these are structural, institutional, and don’t really have a quick solution. I’m not giving up. I will continue to defend myself. It’s just, I’ve lost faith in the systems that I’ve always been told would keep us all a little bit safer.
And I don’t know, but it’s also this semester that I’ve had the most number of professors randomly digressing into lectures about how “this generation” is weak and can’t handle being screamed at. To which I’d like to say, no one should be screamed at. No one should feel afraid in an environment that purports to be an institution of higher learning, because learned people shouldn’t have to scream and use ad hominem attacks to get their points across.
“This generation” is not weak. Every generation has had to fight its biggest trends of prejudice and hatred. Just because that prejudice is expressed differently now, it doesn’t mean it isn’t legitimate, or that people don’t experience any “real” harms. The underlying assumption behind statements like those, legitimises some forms of hate while demonising others. All hate is wrong. That’s something that should be understood, and it’s disappointing that these words come from the mouths of educators.