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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: June 04, 2015, 03:14:15 AM »
It sounds more like you'd prefer games writers to stick to a script or formula of what's acceptable. Well, thankfully the industry is large enough to afford thousands of perspectives on how the news is spread.

If there is a new and valuable way to spread information, I would be interested in seeing it.

Personally I'd prefer to have more than a buyer's guide to my games coverage.

I do like articles and videos talking about video games as an evolving art form and opinion pieces on the industry. Extra Credits and the Jimquisition, which I don't agree with on a number of issues, as well as articles from game designer Adrian Chmierlarz, are worth looking at from time to time. I think both buyer's guide style reviews and these types of series have a place in games coverage.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: June 04, 2015, 02:29:11 AM »
It's a stupid article, but this objection seems to go against what most gamers seem to have been asking from the games press for some time: To stop being tools for marketers.

If an event fails to grab a reporter's attention, that reporter should be allowed to report that they are failing to grab him with the title and the event. This happens in all other media coverage. Just apparently not coverage directed at teenagers.

Should he have diligently reported exactly what he was supposed to report having attended a press event paid for by Harmonix? I don't think anyone would agree with that -- except marketers of course. While he's not offering a valuable perspective, I don't disagree with the principle behind his article. Part of supporting the power of the press is not suffocating them when they step out of the bounds of normal reporting.

I agree that the article is stupid and that he's not offering a valuable perspective, which is why I object to it. Being a PR mouthpiece or having a "Oh this art form is beneath me, a scholar of politics in the Philippines" attitude are not his only 2 options. I want columnists who use their experience and access to help gamers make an informed decision about what's worth time and money and hold these games up to scrutiny.

but yeah, a discerning individual need only see and hear him to wonder, "What's the appeal, exactly?"

I feel the exact same way about the Gawker network  :guts: (stalking) (promoting domestic violence) (undisclosed conflict of interest)

And publishing stolen nude photos of women, which I don't want to link to.

Hell, even Gawker thinks nothing of its audience:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:47:34 PM »
Let's Player Total Biscuit reads a Polygon article verbatim in the way it deserves to be read:

Fuck Polygon.

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: April 29, 2015, 02:18:41 AM »

Salon endorses rioting. Even if innocent people get robbed, beaten, or have their livelihoods literally go up in flames.

When those on the outside of struggleóthe white, the wealthy, the straight, the able-bodied, the masculineóhave demonstrated repeatedly that they do not care, are not invested, are not going to step in the line of fire to defend the oppressed, this [non-violence] is a futile political strategy.

Because the riots were conducted by effeminate gay people in wheel chairs? What the fuck is this terrorist apologist babbling about?

And this:

Riot shaming is a term now.

It really says something when you manage to get even more stupid and divisive than this:

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: March 24, 2015, 03:18:31 AM »
This song alone almost makes me want to get a PS4:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:24:56 AM »
I wonder just how much they're going to do with Omaha. Will there only be brief glimpses? Or will you have a storyline unfolding at multiple periods of time like True Detective?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: February 24, 2015, 02:18:33 AM »
I read comments because I have a morbid curiosity about the limits of human cruelty and stupidity.

And sometimes they're genuinely funny and make great counterpoints.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: February 21, 2015, 08:59:25 PM »
How do you know when a threat comes from a troll vs an ideologue? Hypocrisy? I can't tell anymore. I don't know what goes through the minds of these people.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: February 21, 2015, 06:10:27 PM »
People who make death/rape threats are very bizarre:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: February 08, 2015, 04:50:02 AM »
For some inexplicable reason, I am looking forward to this:

Samurai Cop 2, starring a very much alive Matt Hannon

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: January 19, 2015, 01:33:26 AM »
A mother has been arrested for burning her baby daughter to death:

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: January 09, 2015, 03:09:53 AM »
I just hope they put some compromise for ubersampling. It makes like a 50 fps difference.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Interview
« on: December 28, 2014, 01:06:18 AM »
Interesting interview regarding the Sony Hack:

Rogers mentions that the malware had hard coded file paths suggesting that the hacker(s) had extensive insider knowledge of Sony's infrastructure.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:27:43 PM »
Now that I've just finished building a PC for the first time, I'm playing Far Cry 3 and a bit of Far Cry 4 (it comes as a deal when you buy certain graphics cards). Holy fuck are these games pretty.

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:59:59 PM »

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:10:03 PM »

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: October 28, 2014, 01:39:11 AM »

Yes, that was a real tweet. And no, that was not the only ISIS account tweeting #StopGamerGate2014

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:42:04 AM »
I get what you mean about the the hypocrisy there, and the legitimate complaints about conflict of interest (though legitimate doesn't necessarily equate to importance or legitimacy for the overall cause). Though, unlike being a member of a certain race or gender, being a "gamer" isn't a protected characteristic or some disenfranchised minority group. That false equivalency and mentality is part of the problem here. On the other hand, I do understand why women and minorities are concerned about their representation in games and gamers' perception of them (either not giving a shit about or hating them in extreme cases) and recognize that it's greater importance. What I don't really get is why some gamers care so much about those groups caring, and why legitimate concerns about the industry manifest into attacks on those groups, other than the aforementioned hegemony, ignorance, and prejudice. Or, to see it slightly more kindly, it's like there's a defensive "DON'T TAKE MA GUNS!" mentality going back to zero tolerance battles over censorship. #Don'tTakeMyGames or #GamersRights were probably too self-evidently ridiculous as hashtags for a movement, though not by much. Granted, it's not fair to boil everything down to that, but those violations are far more serious and significant than the legitimate gripes of this cause, unfortunately.

The main reason why I picked those examples was because these werenít random anonymous trolls. They were professionals with a reasonably sized audience. But there has absolutely been harassment and bile thrown at women and minorities in support of GG. Some from journalists, some from trolls.

Women and minorities have definitely been harassed, doxxed, and sent extremely graphic death threats. Some of the sources I linked earlier go into detail. Hell, Devin Faraci, a professional columnist, doxxed a woman on his twitter feed. GamerGate supporters have also received racist and sexist comments, not the least of which was comparing women who support #NotYourShield to Ďhouse niggersí.

I have no reason to believe that the worst trolls who insult, harass, or threaten opponents of GG are in any way shape or form more virtuous than the trolls who do the same to supporters of GG. I donít support the most toxic elements of either side. Both have shown that they are willing to harm women or minorities in their path.

Personally, I donít care for click-bait brand Ďsocially consciousí journalism condemning various games. Some in GamerGate talk about it, some donít. Headlines like ĎStraight White male is the lowest difficultyí, ĎAre video games like rapeí, or OMG XBONEíS PRESENTATION HAD WOMEN, or refusal to buy GTAV for not including a female protagonist are not really improving anything in my opinion.

It's sad when videos produced by John McIntosh seem to be the most focused on voice about diversity, as I don't think he has anything valuable to add. This is genuine Poe's law territory:

"The core value of patriarchal masculinity is control. Itís not a coincidence that control is central to many video game mechanics & stories."


If the Gaming Press did more to reach out to emerging video games industries in other countries, I would be far more interested. That would be a way to increase racial diversity, and possibly gender diversity.

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: October 13, 2014, 08:07:48 PM »
Why do these sites ignore anything regarding Wolf Wozniak, The Fine Young Capitalists, Brad Wardell, Jennifer Dawe, or MundaneMatt?

Why are Kotaku journalistsí history of personal and financial ties with game devs (outside of Nathan Grayson) unimportant? Why was it okay for Patricia Hernandez to call herself a journalist and then publicize a video game made by someone who she has dated without any disclosure?

Why are the 40k hacked EA accounts unimportant that werenít reported on due to journalists having too close a relationship with their subject matter unimportant?

Why is it that they make harassment, doxxing, and threats the central focus yet ignore the harassment, doxxing, and death threats being hurled at to people in favor of GG? Hell, Ďtolerant and inclusiveí people like Bob Chipman are not interested in the harassment being hurled at the other side.

Trying to reduce this all to racism, misogyny and sock puppets isn't serving anybody. DDOS attacks against the Escapist or TFYCís indiegogo campaign being hacked and shut down are no better than DDOS attacks against Damien Schubertís Zen of Design website or the researcherís survey being spammed.

If you want to talk about bile or propaganda, why not Moviebob calling GG supporters subhuman vermin that need to be purged, or kthorjensen saying that Ďgamers should and will be executedí, or Devin Faraci saying that gamers are Ďworse than ISISí, or Sean Mulvihill comparing gamers to pedophiles?

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: October 11, 2014, 05:44:00 AM »
Articles/interviews on GamerGate:

Iím all for game developers wanting to feel open to create games with female, black, or LGBT characters. I also donít mind if a game developer chooses to make a game with straight, white, or male protagonists. Honestly, this whole ďbut players wonít be able to self-identifyĒ is ridiculous. Is gender/race/sexuality the biggest divider between you and your character or the fact that they can shoot fireballs and come back from the dead?

I also donít look for stories with strong x or y protagonists. Sometimes stories are interesting specifically because the main character is physically or psychologically weak. I just care how interesting the overall game was.

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: October 05, 2014, 07:39:14 PM »
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... Will I ever actually play Diablo 3 again, even with the expansion? I dunno... But I'm tempted.

After both auction houses were abolished, the end game and the loot system were completely reworked. You can actually find a lot of great loot including legendary and set items with unique abilities.  My favorite is this amulet that produces 2 high damage clones of myself after I stun an enemy. Instead of grinding the same Act and skipping through the same cutscenes, you switch from story to adventure mode to complete bounties across the world, and grind bosses in rifts and greater rifts. Also, the difficulty system has been reworked. It's something you adjust that increases the hp/damage of the monsters and the experience, gold, and loot you get.  So you don't have to play the same levels 3 times to get to the max level. You can easily reach the max level of after 1 playthough of acts 1-5 and jump straight to the end game adventure mode.

After your character reaches level 70, you can start grinding for paragon levels. Paragon levels are account wide and let you customize your characters strength/vitality/movement speed/resistance/critical hit chance/etc. I think the maximum paragon level is 1000, I'm currently at paragon level 72. So you have the option of giving a massive stat boost to any new character you create.

Also, Act V is also the act where the writers finally figured out that having the main villain saying "HAHAHA YOU SHALL NEVER STOP ME" every time you knock out their defenses actually makes that character less threatening, not more threatening.

But I usually don't listen to the story anyway. I usually put the game on mute and play a podcast or livestream in the background.

One small edition that I really liked was mystic transmogrification. You can customize the look of your character's armor and weapons and each legendary and set item you find unlocks a new look.

More on the new difficulty system and end game here:

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: October 05, 2014, 02:52:02 AM »

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:01:42 AM »
This was written by a professional columnist on her tumblr:

iím a misandrist. that means i hate men. iím not a cute misandrist. i donít have a fridge magnet that says, ďboys are stupid, throw rocks at them.Ē my loathing cannot be contained by a fridge magnet.

i am not an equality feminist. i donít believe that an asymmetrical world will be cured by polite obsequence to male-dominated systems. i am not a liberal humanist. i donít believe that i need to stand up for men when theyíve been standing on top of everyone else.

misandry is not a political program; itís a stance. i donít care whether hating men is a good or bad feminist strategy (and i care even less what men think about misandry). i donít think i have a responsibility to change the world. i think i have a responsibility to survive.

imagine being born into a world where your experiences are not represented, where your work is undervalued, where your body is always open for comment, where your friends are routinely harassed and abused, and where this situation will literally be your reality for your entire life. if youíre a woman, you donít have to imagine that world because you already live in it.

if youíre a man, you never have and never will live in that world. but try to imagine what it feels like. iíll tell you: when i think about the kind of world we live in, i feel simultaneously hopeless and infuriated and i oscillate so quickly between those two emotional extremes that i literally start to get dizzy.

being a woman in this world feels like getting buried alive. think about that. think about feeling that every day.

why do i have to answer the question ďwhy do i hate men?Ē when men donít even stop to ask why they have always hated women. i have to answer the question because men canít tolerate for one second the sort of contempt theyíve had for women for thousands of years.

why do i hate men? because life is short. my life is getting shorter by the day and i want to fill it with women. in this sinking ship of a world, i just want to enjoy a tiny little space, a room, if you will, of my own. i want that room to be full of women and free from ego, hierarchy, sexual advances, and violence. i hate men because i canít even have that fucking room without them knocking on the walls. you have the entire fucking house. go play in it. find something else to do.

i hate men because itís not my job to fix masculinity; itís my job to heal from it and to be together with my sisters as we try to make it through a hostile world. and yet i am expected to patiently educate men on how not to be an asshole. hereís my only tip: stop spending so much time around men. theyíre assholes.

i hate men because men hate me and the burden to take the high road should not fall on my shoulders.

i am friends with some men, yes. usually these are men who have some experience of marginalization (whether via their race, class, gender identity, sexual identity, what have you) or who have gone through the self-interrogation and relational deprogramming necessary to build meaningful community with women. you donít just get to read a book and youíre golden. you have to get fucking baptized in menstrual blood as far as iím concerned.

i hate men doesnít mean i hate you. it means i hate your position in this world. it means iím not obligated to like you. it means i donít have to talk to you if i donít want to. it means i get to have my space and i donít have to dance for you, smile at you, or soothe you. and you can put up with me being wary of you, canít you, because the world has a fucking red carpet waiting for you wherever you go.

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