Sorry I’ve been gone a couple weeks folks. We’ve been doing the final push on renovating the basement, which means I’ve been doing all the heavy work (even after loss of T in my system, I’m still stronger than him). This has resulted in several days of soreness and pain and tiredness. Additionally, I’ve been wondering where next to go with my series on diversity in gaming, as well as looking at a potential project to do with it. However, Monday starts the summer semester, and I’m taking a class called “thinking the body” taught by the same professor as my activism class, so I may have to do a journal again for it. All of these combined have led me to decide that today I will do a post I’ve been promising since the start of this series, and we’ll see how it goes from there. Namely, I’m going to talk about Metroid and how Other M ruined Samus’ momentum as the most badass, respected woman in gaming.
But first, let me just say something pretty controversial here. Other M is bad, but it’s not THAT bad. It’s salvageable. A lot of the problems it faces aren’t the ones people are always bringing up, as those are merely symptoms of the underlying issue. That underlying issue is this: the fact that this is a single game rather than two, and that they put it near the end of the timeline. Continue reading