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An open letter to Anita Sarkeesian #gamergate

"Anita Sarkeesian + Research Materials" by Anita Sarkesian is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Sarkessian with some of the video games used to research Tropes vs Women in Video Games. “Anita Sarkeesian + Research Materials” by Anita Sarkesian is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Note: I have chosen to include the “gamergate” hashtag with this post. Am I using it correctly? I don’t really know. I don’t have a friggin’ clue. I am not a gamegate scholar. I don’t have the time or inclination. I don’t really care if I’m using it improperly. That’s not what this post is about. IMHO a lot of people are trying to control, define and co-opt the term based on their own bias, point of view and/or agendas. I’m not taking sides in any gamergate wars. Any offense you perceive as you read the following is your own. –Ed.

Dear Ms. Sarkeesian,

May I call you Anita? I hope so. If not, that’s okay, too. Either way, no offense is intended.

I’ll be honest. I look up to you. I think you are a true modern day hero. When I say “hero” I mean that in the grandest sense of the word. You rock.

Wikipedia says that “[a] hero (masculine) or heroine (feminine) refers to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity.” Two different words for “hero” based on gender? Isn’t that part of the problem? Whatever. Either way, I believe a “hero” is you.
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Pronto! The best “55 views” YouTube video evar! (via Shouts from the Abyss)

WordPress ated this caption. Sorry, I no longer remember it. LOLZ!

Short on blogging ideas, I decided to go back exactly one year and see what happened on This Day In Abyss History.

Turns out it was exactly one year ago today that I introduced the blogging world to a little discovery a mine. Steven is a fellow WordPress blogger and publishes videos to his own YouTube channel.

The video about “Pronto” is still apropos and a must see for anyone considering the purchase of this game as a Christmas gift.

I set foot in a WalMart recently (for cat food and cat litter) and saw something interesting. It’s the redesign, reissue and repurposing (this year’s hot new trendy word) of old board games as something “new.” Apparently the people who make board games are out of ideas.

There was a new version of Monopoly with Lego bricks. There were new versions of Sorry with Lego bricks. This must be the board game equivalent of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. “Hey, you got Monopoly in in my Lego bricks. Well you got Lego bricks in my Monopoly.” That’s “two great tastes” and all that stuff. You know what happens next? The combine those old and busted elements to make a whole new game. And then they eat that new game. Delicious!

If there is one thing that the owners of IP (intellectual property) want it is this: To milk more mileage out of their dated and tired products. Monopoly and Sorry are just two examples. I mean, how many people do you know who are running out and buying the traditional versions of these games as gifts? Not many, I’ll bet.

No where is this phenomenon more prevalent than in the exciting, high fashion world of Scrabble. We even fell for it once with a card game called Scrabble Slam. Talk about boring!

The point here is to license your product in as many forms as theoretically possible. I just did a quick search and I found these products:

  • Scrabble Upwords
  • Super Scrabble
  • Scrabble Deluxe Classic Edition
  • St. Louis Cardinals Scrabble
  • Scrabble Keychain and Keyrings
  • Franklin The Official SCRABBLE Players Electronic Dictionary 4th Edition – Beige
  • Tokens and Icons Scrabble Cufflinks
  • NFL Scrabble
  • Wizard of Oz Scrabble
  • Scrabble Platinum
  • Library Scrabble Vintage Book Game
  • Go Away – Scrabble T-shirt
  • Scrabble – The Classic Crossword Game
  • Scrabble Plus (computer software)
  • Scrabble Championship Edition JC (computer software)
  • Scrabble Apple
  • The Rotating Oversize Scrabble Game
  • Scrabble (for Playstation)
  • Scrabble – Deluxe Edition
  • Scrabble Premier Wood Edition
  • Milton Bradley Scrabble Travel Folio
  • Scrabble – Chocolate Edition
  • Tile Lock Scrabble
  • Deluxe Turntable Scrabble
  • NHL Scrabble
  • Super Scrabble
  • Scrabble Slam (cards)
  • Scrabble Slam Deluxe (cards)
  • Michael Graves Design Scrabble
  • Scrabble Junior
  • Scrabble Game Folio Edition
  • Library Scrabble Game Set
  • Scrabble 1983 Edition
  • Scrabble Scramble To Go
  • Scrabble Complete
  • Scrabble 1971 Edition
  • Scrabble Onyx Edition
  • Scrabble Nostalgia
  • Scrabble Sentence Cube Game 1983
  • Scrabble Crossword Game for Juniors
  • Scrabble National Parks Edition Game
  • Designer’s Edition Scrabble – Pink
  • Scrabble – Major League Baseball Edition
  • Scrabble – Champion Edition
  • Scrabble Diamond Edition
  • Star Trek Scrabble – Collector’s Edition
  • POGO Scrabble Touch Screen
  • Scrabble Rebus – Sentence Game
  • Green Peace Sign Scrabble Tile Necklace (jewelry from reclaimed Scrabble tiles)
  • Scrabble Carabiner Travel Game
  • Scrabble – The Simpsons Edition Game
  • Scrabble Flash Game
  • Scrabble Jr. Dora
  • Sababa Pirates of Caribbean Scrabble
  • Scrabble Crossword Retro Game
  • Scrabble Luminator Crossword Companion
  • Presidential Scrabble Board Game
  • Scrabble Junior Madeline
  • Scrabble Me Game – Winning Moves
  • Scrabble Express
  • Mini Scrabble Keychain
  • Scrabble Word Play Poker Game
  • Scrabble Ipswitch Board Game – A Cross Connection

Holy Scrabble shit!!! Did someone say something about milking a cow??? Those are all different and actual products and I did my best to list each of them only once. This list doesn’t include books and all of the various software versions out there. If you want to see more, go visit the page where I found all this shit: Here

All I want for Christmas is one of every Scrabble licensed product ever made. Drop me a private note for my shipping address.

Have a very Scrabble Christmas! (Hey, new game idea! How the fuck did they overlook that???)

Sometimes on YouTube you get lucky. This is a rare gem. And I can’t believe it only has 55 views. This guy has got it all: screen presence, wit, a keen mind and biting humor. You must watch the whole thing. And no, I’m not being sarcastic. He’s hilarious! His YouTube profile says he wants to “write comedy” someday and I think he’s off to a great start. And he’s even a fellow WordPress blogger. Enjoy! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hxDcC … Read More

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