Web Crush Wednesdays: @ProBirdRights

We’ve done some very important things in this space, calling your attention to exciting creators, great games, and sharp analysis. Heck, you might even learn something.

This week, you’re getting a bird.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Cute Demon Crashers

Sex is an undeniable part of video games now. Arguably, it always has been (although we don’t talk about 1982’s Custer’s Revenge. Or I don’t). These days, it’s definitely a selling point for a game—see Bioware RPGs and The Witcher—and if not a selling point/something the player has control over, then it’s at least something that entices players to play when the protagonist gets down with their love interest. In this way, while sex is being portrayed, I wouldn’t exactly call it sex positivity. Recently, though, I came across a game that fulfills actual sex positivity by giving the player the full choice in their decisions when approaching a sexual encounter. None of that “if you choose not to have sex here, you lose the relationship” or “you can’t even skip this, so have fun boning lmao”. Today’s web crush approaches sexuality from the oft-overlooked aspect of consent, and I couldn’t be happier.

Web Crush WednesdaysNote: while this post may not be NSFW, the game definitely is!

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Alice Grove

You may have heard of Questionable Content, a popular slice-of-life webcomic by Jeph Jacques. But today I’m not talking about Questionable Content. Jeph Jacques started a new webcomic last September called Alice Grove. And now that it’s far enough along that we can see what it’s actually about, I think it’s time to recommend it! Alice Grove is a sci-fi story involving humans that look and act like aliens, biotechnology, and of course, our protagonist, Alice the witch.

Mild spoilers below!

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Web Crush Wednesdays: 15 Below LGBT+

The problem with these weekly columns is that sometimes you find a really good page but instead of posting it right away, there’s this urge to save it for a month that offers awareness on the issue on a larger scale. Being thematically appropriate is something I love doing, but I wouldn’t dare hold out on this resource for any longer than necessary, especially when it could help the younger people who may be reading this blog.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: PBS Idea Channel

Here’s an idea: the media we consume can have deeper meanings that inspire discussion about sociopolitical concepts. Whether we want to think about how various story themes are allegory for other topics, or how various uses of technology are signs of bigger, less concrete ideas, PBS Idea Channel strives to examine the connections between pop culture, technology and art. We shape these concepts just as much as they shape us, and for that reason, this week’s Web Crush Wednesday is Mike Rugnetta’s Idea Channel.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: OC Survey

Way back in the day (okay, so it was when I was in high school) I decided to pick up statistics for my math class. While it was challenging, I completely fell in love with the idea of being able to discern trends in data and extrapolating them for a larger purpose. Though since my times at college I’ve fallen out of love with the study itself, my love for percentages and trends lives on almost as strongly as my love for astrology—if you follow my Tumblr, you know that’s a lot. What better way to re-experience this love than through other people’s original characters (OCs)?

web crush wednesdaysI don’t know about other people, but I know that over the years my fan characters have managed to build a life of their own and turn into their own, multi-universe original characters. And, as I said, while I can’t be completely certain of the fate of other fan characters, I have a feeling that this is the case for lots of people. As such, the statistics gathered at OC Survey appeal to me in mathematical terms as well seeing what trends are rising in character building.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Pixelles

When looking up timely topics for this blog, it’s extremely easy to get caught up in some U.S.-centrism. Such is the mindset one adapts when much of the online discourse is catered in our direction, intentionally or not. So this time I have a little something for our friends up North.

webcrush picTwo weeks ago, our very own BrothaDom wrote about the need for more women and people of color to get their hands in the coding industry—and all fields of technology, if I’m being blunt here. While he provided some examples of organizations who set out to right this wrong, they’re not necessarily accessible to everyone. One other group won’t increase the accessibility level by too much, but if if I can entice at least one person, I’ve done my job. So while the U.S. has Code Liberation and Black Girls Code, Montreal has the non-profit group Pixelles. And honestly, I haven’t heard such a cute name in a long time, so I’m already sold.

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