For Shame

TW/CW : This week’s episode includes an in depth discussion on rape and sexual assault

On this week’s episode of Secretly Timid, Otieno graduates, Jon plays Resident Evil 2, and Megs slices open her thumb. This week’s discussion continues our ongoing discussion on masculinity in society and explores shame and sexual assault.

photo by Lauren J. Andrews

This week’s featured song is “Jacket” by Carsie Blanton

Monday Nerdgasm : Freddy Krueger DLC in Mortal Kombat


Those who know me know that I grew up watching A Nightmare on Elm Street. I was one of those weird kids who LOVED Freddy Krueger. I loved him so much, in fact, that I got put in “time out” in kindergarten  for play A Nightmare on Elm Street with my classmates. Turns out that the teacher didn’t like my pretending to kill other kindergarteners. What a bitch. Well, one of my childhood fantasies comes true this Tuesday when Midway releases the Freddy Krueger DLC pack for Mortal Kombat. Loyalist will be peeveed that this version for Freddy is from the remake that his theaters a few years back and not the version Robert England made famous. Here’s hoping that England’s version will be released as an alternate costume down the line. And I know, I know…he has two gloves….but such is the limitations of a 2D fighter. Still, he looks awesome and I am stoked for the DLC pack. If you wanna play…our XBox Live name is SecretlyTimid. The DLC pack will be available for download August 9th.

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Video Game Preview : Mortal Kombat

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First Impressions:

Well, artistically speaking the game has never looked better. Each character has his/her own character animations which gives them a little extra “touch of fancy.” The women have unanimously decided that spike heels are appropriate fighting footwear (including Lt. Sonya Blade), and the men are all chiseled and hairless. The backgrounds are also gorgeous. Check out those carnivorous trees in the Forest stage. The Subway stage and creepy church stage are also looking hot.

The violence is, of course, way over the top and unrealistic. I think it would be cool if the blood was less gushy. I mean, one punch to the face should not cause such a hemoglobous reaction, right? Now, near the end of the fight the gushyness should be 80’s B-Horror movie quality. I am hoping that the characters will show damage in their post fight poses, and the new “X-Ray” feature is utterly gruesome. Anyone remember the movie “Romeo Must Die”? Well, the developers do!

The gameplay appears to be “juggle” heavy. This is the only thing that irks me. I find it cheap and frustrating. I am amped for a return to the 2-D fighting…although I must admit, I did love the ability to slam opponents through walls and such in previous games. The game also includes a tag team mode which is reminiscent of the Marvel Vs. Capcom series. I know, I know…this is trite. It would be fun if you could be on the same team with another human player. Just imagining playing team battles with three of my friends gives me a nerdgasm.

Remember, don’t bring a fan to a knife/gun/fireball fight. The Kombat Kontinues April 19th. Check out the official website here.