Video Game Photography

Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Video Game Photography

A personal association of games with photography and film has been with me since the gift of a Nintendo 64 as a child. Super Mario 64 was the first 3D game I had ever played, quite a jump from my previous experience with the Nintendo Entertainment System and Atari. Super Mario 64’s immersive landscape and tricky moments — such as those requiring wall jumps and other maneuvers to progress and avoid or defeat enemies — required manual use of the build-in camera controls. These controls were embodied in the Lakitu, the camera-man who follows Mario/the player, through the game. While Super Mario Bros. 3’s curtains and hanging landscape elements evoked a theater stage play, the crucial presence of Lakitu in Super Mario 64 seemed to transform the game into a movie.

Some of my most beloved Nintendo 64 games required extensive manual camera fiddling or waiting for the camera to sort itself out. Playing them again years later, I wonder how I ever got through these games without endless frustration. Donkey Kong 64 and Castlevania 64 have notoriously bad camera controls and break a sense of immersion in the world, while a game like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has excellent handling, allowing easy maneuvers that encourage exploration.

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Second Life

Genderqueer Flag

Genderqueer and non-binary pride flag by Marilyn Roxie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The genderqueer and non-binary pride flag is a Marilyn Roxie design, 3rd and final version created in June 2011 (with a true color update in June of 2012), modified from version 1.0 in June 2010, and 2.0 in September 2010. The design is aesthetically similar to the gay and lesbian, bisexual, transgender, asexual, and pansexual flags; that is, horizontal bars of color with special meaning. The meaning of the colors in the genderqueer and non-binary flag design are as follows:

Lavender (#b57edc): The mixture of blue and pink (traditional colors associated with men and women, present on the transgender pride flag) as lavender is meant to represent androgynes and androgyny. Also represents the  “queer” in genderqueer, as lavender is a color that has long been associated with “queerness” , including gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities.

White (#ffffff): Meant to represent agender identity, congruent with the gender neutral white on the transgender pride flag.

Dark chartreuse green (#4A8123): The inverse of lavender; meant to represent those whose identities which are defined outside of and without reference to the binary. Formerly (#498022), the color is now the true inverse of lavender (#b57edc).

The three colors are not meant to indicate that any of these identities are entirely separate or opposites of one another conceptually; they are all interrelated as well as key concepts in their own right, and there are more concepts and variation of gender and sexuality present that tie into genderqueer identities than can be listed here. The purpose of the flag is to help create visibility for the genderqueer community and related identities.

Please feel free to spread the flag design however you like. Linking back to the website is appreciated but not required. You are also welcome to drop me a line telling me how you utilized the design! Please note also that this licensing applies only to designs that I have made, not the submissions of visitors to this page, unless otherwise noted. If unsure, contact me about usage.

If genderqueer and non-binary identified individuals and groups feel they are represented in these colors and designs, for the purpose of helping to unite genderqueer and non-binary people and promote awareness within and outside the LGBTQ landscape, please feel free to use it.

The flag has been utilized in many places across the web and in physical space, from Reddit’s genderqueer subreddit to handmade bracelets and beanies, from a political rally in Moscow to the book spine of Sam Rosenthal’s Rye.

Note, added April 2013: Please note that the design is not related to the any UK suffragette colors, flags, or other symbols – I have made a post explaining this.

Album Art

Designed album art for Natural Snow Buildings – The Centauri Agent (2010), Anton Rothschild – Year of the Kitten (2010), Year of the Tiger – “Electric” / “Make it Work” (2010). Collage art for Rate Your Music Ultimate Box Set > Vaporwave (2013) appeared in Vice’s Thump article Is Vaporwave The Next Seapunk?.


Liquid Shadow

My digital work from ages 14 through 16 (2004-2006), many of which were previously posted on DeviantArt as LuckyFudge. Created with Adobe Photoshop.