E3 2019: EA, The Sims, and Pride

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

June is crazy busy for us, with weekends filled with social obligations and the weekdays filled with day jobs. Naps are something I miss dearly from my childhood days, haha! We’ve been doing our best to squeeze in some E3 time this week amid all of the ruckus.

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So. It’s E3 week. How’s everyone been doing keeping up with it?

Honestly, with how busy Rachel and I have been this month, E3 was a bit of an afterthought. Granted, we were able to catch up with what has gone on over the weekend, finding some of the news to be pretty good and a few of the presentations to be awesome (Keanu Reeves and Ikumi Nakamura, anyone?). One of the better parts of being behind on the live coverage is that we can fast forward to the parts that we actually care about, haha!

Case in point was during EA’s conference. While the glimpses of the other games looked wonderful, Rachel and I were really only interested in the Sims 4 news. The trailer for Island Living looked like tons of fun and we’re looking forward to getting it and exploring all that it has to offer for the sims. It makes me wonder if Rachel, on her solo Twitch streams, will move her little family for her 100 Baby Challenge to the islands?

I was also personally interested in and pleased at the idea of the partnership the sims franchise has with It Gets Better, a nonprofit organization that has a mission to empower and lift LGBTQ+ around the world. Being inclusive of all sexualities was always something I appreciated about the sims franchise — even before I discovered my own asexuality — and hearing that they are continuing to further their involvement for Pride Month makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

We’re looking forward to catching up with the rest of the shows and conferences, particularly Nintendo’s direct. We’re on the hunt for more unique games rather than the similar games filled with guns that we’ve seen lately.

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Don’t Forget

Double Jump Kris MiiI apologize for how late this post has come out. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do originally, perhaps talk about the E3 conference, but something tragic has happened over the weekend and it cannot be forgotten.

This is not my usual sort of post, but this is a cause that is near and dear to me. This is also cross-posted on my personal blog, Kris Poli.

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I speak a lot regarding the need for diversity in not only video games, but all sorts of media — films, television, books, etc. People come from all sorts of places and are rich in backgrounds, appearances, ethnicities, sexualities, and shouldn’t be erased from media.

That goes for life too.

My heart is broken for the victims that were caught in the horrendous shooting in Orlando Florida’s Pulse club this past Sunday early morning. Sources have cited that the shooter had pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS and was also a known homophobe and racist. This mass shooting has been the worst America has ever seen in its history.

In the wake of this crimes, I please ask you:

  • Don’t forget the names of the victims who were tragically lost, ranging in ages from 49 to only 18 years old.
  • Don’t forget the members of the LBGTQIA+ community who are struggling to remain strong in the aftermath of this horror.
  • Don’t forget the members of the LBGTQIA+ community who do not have a support system to turn to, who are still in the closet and cannot properly express their grief and terror where they are.
  • Don’t forget the amazing people who have gone in droves to donate blood in Orlando and have donated funds for the families of the victims.
  • Don’t forget to stand up for what is right, to call out anyone who may utter hate against anyone else.
  • Don’t forget that everyone — everyone — deserves to live a happy and safe life.

Finally, don’t forget that this country of ours was founded on freedom and equality. We will fight until that becomes a reality.