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JC Lau's blog about geekery, gender and other rants


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Mako Mori, Empowerment, and the Search for Representation

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There’s not much I could love more in an action movie than giant robots and giant alien monsters, but in 2013 Pacific Rim brought me giant robotsfighting giant alien monsters. In a futuristic world, an underwater portal allows monsters known as Kaijus to rise from the sea and destroy coastal cities, so, naturally, humans operate giant robots called Jaegers to fight them. The film tells the tale of an international team of Jaeger pilots ending the conflict.

But that’s not all. Pacific Rim brought me Mako Mori. She’s one of my favorite female characters ever, not just because she’s a dynamic woman of color, but because she represents the possibility that there could be such characters in Hollywood. In this post, I’ll discuss how she’s unique as a character, and why her presence is important for film.

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Goat Simulator Comes Crashing Onto Xbox This April

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One of last year’s most absurd and popular PC releases was Goat Simulator, a game where, unsurpsingly, you play as a goat and wreak havoc on unsuspecting humans with your jumping and headbutting skills. Points are awarded for how creative players can be in their destruction.

If you missed the original release, or you’re not a PC gamer, don’t despair. Double Eleven announced last week that they were pairing with the game’s original developers, Coffee Stain Studios, to bring the goatiness to Xbox One and Xbox 360 in April this year. Continue reading


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Adventures in QA: Chapter 3: A bug’s life

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been doing this QA gig and it’s not as terrible as I thought it would be. Okay, the work is still quite grunty and below what I was previously making, but it does have its moments where it’s okay.

The main thing we’re supposed to do is log bugs. When I first applied and got asked on the interview questionnaire to define what a bug was, I think I actually wrote something technical about how something does not operate to specifications or something, but to be honest it’s more like “any kind of weird shit that randomly pops up” since literally it could be anything that’s not working properly. Continue reading