Playpen

Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 12:36 on 27-01-2012, Wardog
OMG, Mario 8 Bit Opera totally made my day! :D
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at 09:53 on 27-01-2012, Arthur B
Polish parliamentarians disguise themselves as a man known for trying to blow up parliaments.

Can we declare the whole Anonymous thing to be over now? I think once MPs start doing something it's officially No Longer Cool.
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at 03:25 on 27-01-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Hey, Penguin Books! If you're ever thinking of reprinting some J. G. Ballard collections or something, you should give this guy a ring to do the covers.
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at 03:22 on 27-01-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
I don't know how to feel about this.

So, I'm watching a Let's Play of 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, a game concerning the noted rapper's efforts to reclaim a bejeweled skull in an unnamed Middle Eastern nation (which a very evil part of me believes is actually Iraq two years from now), and I had reached the part near the end when Mr. Fiddy takes to the skies in a helicopter and uses a minigun to strafe two or three refugee settlements/terrorist drug labs. Having the commentators use the Top Gun soundtrack to score the sequence was quite funny, if an expected joke. However, what really blew me away was what came after. Regarding some questions on the original thread regarding the game's treatment of women (this was an LP from the Something Awful community, by the way), one of the commentators proceeded to open a copy of Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton's American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass and quoted, at length, several passages discussing the coarsening of relations between the sexes in the black ghetto from the 1980s onwards, all while Fifty Cent is murdering hundreds of people with a helicopter.

It was hilarious. It was informative. And it was very sad. I have never experienced anything quite like this before.

If any of you are at all curious, the sequence in question is excerpted in this video from the 10:00 mark onwards. The whole game can be watched here, and it's actually pretty damn fun to watch, as if it's a glimpse into Fifty Cent's most egomanically ludicrous fantasies. And yes, Massey and Denton lay out the game's gender politics to a tee.
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at 07:14 on 25-01-2012, Ibmiller
I cracked up at that Avengers poster redrawn...and then sadly realized that the original really is that stupid...

Joss Whedon, you are not doing anything for my expectations of Avengers...
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at 02:15 on 25-01-2012, Michal
Liz Bourke is fast becoming my hero. She sure knows how to get fanboys' knickers in a twist.
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at 21:44 on 24-01-2012, Arthur B
Finally, someone is tackling a true marketing challenge: making nail polish look super-macho.

I mean, it's not a terrible idea. But their advertising is trying way too hard. ("Reason number five: BATTLE".)
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at 20:53 on 24-01-2012, Arthur B
I see Black Widow is at the very back with more or less all the dudes interposed between her and danger. Stay classy, Marvel.
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at 18:44 on 24-01-2012, Jamie Johnston
Nice. I'd be interested to see someone do a simple swap-out; exchange male and female characters throughout a comic or similar, but keep the original poses.

This is nearly that: a redrawn promotional image with the poses of the male and female Avengers swapped.
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at 18:00 on 24-01-2012, Arthur B
I was more taken aback by the quotes, which sound like the people describing their experiences on it were just taking the piss. Particularly "I don't even like Kate Bush" or "When a mate shat himself, rather than take the piss out of him, we were just really understanding."

Then again, not liking Kate Bush is a fairly clear indication that you're high as balls.
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at 17:58 on 24-01-2012, Dan H

Someone who is more hip than I am can hopefully shed light on this one: is this shit real or did NME get taken in by a "Cake"-style hoax?


It certainly refers to a real drug: methoextamine, and it seems to have a legit supplier (and by "legit" I mean "illegal") trading through www.roflcoptr.co.uk, but I'm not sure the slang is in wide use.

Wiki reliably informs me that Vice magazine suggested that: "the phrase will only only used by "the same politicians, parents and journalists" who called mephedrone 'meow meow'".
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at 16:55 on 24-01-2012, Melissa G.
oh, those are absolutely awesome! i think my favourites are green lantern and iron man.


The Green Lantern one is really fantastic. That one I could see being a real cover. I also like Thor and Doctor Strange a lot too.
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at 16:41 on 24-01-2012, Fin
Nice. I'd be interested to see someone do a simple swap-out; exchange male and female characters throughout a comic or similar, but keep the original poses.


i picked up a copy of soulcalibur iv a few weeks ago and wound up using the custom character builder to genderswap all of the fighting styles. the results were mostly pretty cool. if i ever get my hands on some kind of recording equipment i'll have to upload them to youtube.

So then I found this . (Click through for the rest.) A bunch of art of superhero wearing very little, standing in sexualized poses.


oh, those are absolutely awesome! i think my favourites are green lantern and iron man.
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at 10:45 on 24-01-2012, Arthur B
Someone who is more hip than I am can hopefully shed light on this one: is this shit real or did NME get taken in by a "Cake"-style hoax?
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at 03:05 on 24-01-2012, Arthur B
Star Wars re-filmed in individual 15-second segments by different people entirely.

Re: 49:56-50:11:
ahahahahahaha, holy shit, I was just saying to Dan the other day I thought it was kind of tragic LucasArts never made a Star Wars point-and-click adventure.
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at 01:14 on 23-01-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
On the subject of sexualization, these two videos may be the tenderest example of passion between two-to-four men ever rendered with Garry's Mod.

Available in two versions: sexy and non-sexy but better animated. You should probably turn your volume down before you play these, however. There is a lot of screaming.

Personally, I think it's the Prokofiev that sells the whole thing.

No, I don't know what possessed me to post this.
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at 00:25 on 23-01-2012, Melissa G.
It's funny that basically the only people who claim that men are equally sexualized are those who don't want to see them sexualized, never looked for it, and would probably be uncomfortable with too much of it.


Exactly! What they think of as sexualized is not actually what those of us who are attracted to men think of as sexualized. Here's a relevant Shortpacked Comic that you may or may not have already seen that illustrates it really well.
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at 18:59 on 22-01-2012, Sister Magpie

Have you seen this comics alliance article yet? It's on a similar topic, and directly talks about your point here:


I hadn't read that but thank you! It's funny that basically the only people who claim that men are equally sexualized are those who don't want to see them sexualized, never looked for it, and would probably be uncomfortable with too much of it.
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at 16:25 on 22-01-2012, valse de la lune
I read a book after having been led into thinking it's some kind of nod/homage to The Left Hand of Darkness.

What I got instead was a book about furry acceptance starring something that looks like James Cameron's Na'vi. I feel so filthy.
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at 01:33 on 22-01-2012, Melissa G.
Sorry, that link goes to tumbler. Here's a direct link.
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at 01:32 on 22-01-2012, Melissa G.
@Sister M

Have you seen this comics alliance article yet? It's on a similar topic, and directly talks about your point here:

In comics even when the guys are shown in stages of undress they're rarely looking like that
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at 03:35 on 19-01-2012, Sister Magpie
I love the "but men don't stand like that--that's not supposed to be sexy!" As if women stand like that regularly. It amazes me how rarely people seem to get that most of the poses are just about displaying the sexual characteristics. That's why, like in the pose the contortionist is describing iirc, the woman has to somehow present her breasts and her butt at the same time. That's why they're always so twisted.

I love those pictures in the link. In comics even when the guys are shown in stages of undress they're rarely looking like that, which is the actual equivalent to the female poses.
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