D-Pad is a blog about games and nerdom. I write about video games, tabletop games, and television shows. It's mostly a fun side project, though sometimes I get more serious and critique ideas or issues under discussion in the video game community.
Censored Names in Pokémon X and Y
I’ve been out of the Pokémon loop for a few years. I recently picked up Pokémon X and have been blown away by all the changes since my last adventure, Pokémon Silver. Pokémon X and Y contain all sorts of internet features, like battling foreign trainers or trading with strangers. I had heard that with internet connectivity, Nintendo instituted a policy of censoring certain Pokémon names.
While I’m all for free speech, even in games, I didn’t anticipate that I’d have a problem with Nintendo’s censorship policies. But to my surprise, I’ve had several attempted names denied by Pokémon X, names that I did not think contained swear words. I decided to investigate the topic further to see exactly which words are censored and which words are not.
How to Add a Pop-o-Matic Dice Roller to Settlers of Catan
The Settlers of Catan is easily my favorite board game ever. I’ve probably played the game with 50-60 different people over the years; I just introduced the game to six more people in the past month! But what would make the game ever better? Perhaps the Pop-O-Matic from Trouble!
Critique of Anita Sarkeesian's "Ms. Male" Video about Problematic Female Characters in Video Games
Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist media critic behind Feminist Frequency, has posted a new video analyzing the state of women characters in video games. Her previous three-part video series examined the Damsel in Distress trope. The series received widespread criticism from gamers, though gaming publications at least linked to the videos with a tepid description along the lines of, “She has some good points: please be responsible in the comments section!”
Her latest video analyzes what she calls the “Ms. Male” character trope, the phenomenon of female “clones” being made of male video game heroes.
How I Turned My Old Computer into a Robot
About 2 and a half years ago, I bought a new desktop, an HP. My old desktop, a Dell Dimension 2400, has sat in my closet unused. As much as I loved that computer, it was time to part with it. I had so many memories with it, though, that I didn’t want to just throw it away.
So I turned it into a robot.