Rockband and lesbians

When Guitar Hero came out on PS2, my housemate and I spent one night jamming for hours, trying to unlock as many songs as we could, imagining we were actually in a girl band. Her, the stoic bassist, and I, the crazy string picking, fret-surfing guitarist (we played on Hard). This was after watching Josie and Pussycats, the campy, live movie adaptation of a side story in the Archie comic book world. Rachael Leigh Cook was our hearthrob, and watching this movie got me into learning some guitar.

Fastforward several months later and I’m invited to play with some new friends, all female or womyn-conscious people, who discovered Guitar Hero 2. The energy was wild with a group of people, and there was a good mix of known and unknown classic songs for everyone there to enjoy.

Then RockBand came out, and players found out that there were also drums, and it was over. Everyone was playing this game.

Dara and Karman sits with a RB kit for their VLOG on Afterellen.com.

LesbianGamers.com featured an RB episode for their VLOG.

Afterellen.com had an RB competition at the hottest lesbian party in the US, Dinah Shore. (Forgive them for putting up a Guitar Hero screenshot, for they know not what they did!)

AfterEllen.com RockBand Battle of the Bands Competition

What’s my point? Not only do girls play RockBand, queer girls LOVE RockBand. They have just as much ambition to be sexy heart throb rockstars as Fallout Boy and more. You know what would really make them happy? Give ’em bands that have musicians with a queer vibe. There are enough punk rock bands out there to choose from that fit the game’s style. Lesbian musicians aren’t only Melissa Etheridge and kd Lang.

Music games, you’ve got a loyal following here, wouldn’t it be fair just to throw in some Le Tigre, Sleater Kinney, The Cliks, Gossip, the Butchies, Tegan and Sara???

Nadia and the Secret of Blue Water

I caught this classic back in the mid to late 90s through some fansub distributors.  Evangelion was a big thing back then, and every fan knew (or should know) the name of its director Hideaki Anno and the production company GAINAX, so it was only natural that upon learning that he also directed Nadia as well, I had to make it a priority to catch it at the annual local anime convention. The first two episodes I saw were intriguing, but I didn’t have the resources to collect them at the, and the title stuck with me for years. When Disney’s Atlantis came out, I balked at the idea that the company did not once again pilfer another anime classic, like it did with Lion King. There are probably still websites out there that explain the similarities between the two.

I finally decided that it was about time to get this whole series to finish it, and got a nice box tin DVD collector’s set and am now on episode 19. Unfortunately, this collector’s set has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

The first season of 13 episodes were really exciting, but in the beginning in the second season, you can definitely tell that these were filler episodes. Some episodes were irrelevant to the plotline, and while there was some character development, it was mostly a waste of time to watch.

Things are starting to pick up again now, but there are still 20 episodes left to watch…

不思議の海のナジア also had an RPG turn-based video game that resembles a Zelda/Final Fantasy game for Super Famicom as well:

A digital comic for the PC Engine (which I can’t help but notice that it’s published by Hudson Soft) that includes a new blond character. Reminds me of Evangelion’s Iron Maiden PC game…

And a PS2 game with yet another blonde character…