Great. And apparently those IRC logs that weren’t that incriminating were actually taken out of context to look even more incriminating than they actually were. Quotes she shared that sounded extremist enough to be jokes (e.g. “feminism has allowed women to financially abuse men by law”)…
Some of you reading this may have read editorials and reviews by me on sites I’ve written for. My name is Ashton Liu, and I am a contributing editor for RPGFan. This post is not endorsed or approved by RPGFan. By writing this, I have effectively “gone rogue.” I am attaching my name as a sign…
I think there needs to be a bit of clarification on what #GamerGate really means:
First, I’m not going to describe its history. You can go to KnowYourMeme and find all of it in detail…and that’s EXACTLY the problem.
1: People are upset with the lack of transparency in journalism, as well as the…
One of my defining moments of understanding humanity came from, of all places, a Youtube comment I saw around five years ago.
I don’t remember the comment’s full context. Two YouTube users were bickering about something. At some point, one of them got frustrated and accused the other of just…
YOU ARE NOT AN OPPRESSED SOCIAL CLASS
YOU AREN’T EVEN AN UNOPPRESSED SOCIAL CLASS
YOU’RE NOT A CLASS
YOU PLAY VIDEOGAMES
If they’re just video games, why do feminists care so much about what’s in them?
Also, your second statement is at odds with the rest of your post. Blinding, hypocrisy-fueled rage is not an excuse to skip proofreading.
A few years back, I made a lot of forum posts that made people think of me as a horrible, manipulative person. Like, I was very honest about the fact that I intentionally wrote characters in a way that would make people grow attached to them, and acknowledged that one of the benefits of writing Elder Scrolls fanfiction
Anita is getting flack because she’s an ignorant outsider. I’m not even a gamer, and this is apparent to me.
Whether you agree the content Anita showcases is misogynistic, offensive or not, most of her videos function on the same, flawed premise: That the negative gender stereotypes she finds in these games are harmful to the gamers that play them. She argues that these games somehow ingrain negative gender stereotypes in the individuals that play. They hurt women via perpetuating these stereotypes, essentially.
This is pure, unsubstantiated BS. Anita would never fund an actual study with the tens of thousands of dollars she’s raised, because she knows any such study wouldn’t work in her favor. It’s easier to buy a bunch of video games, cherrypick the most offensive parts for ignorant viewers, and then keep the rest of the money for yourself and your organization, right?
You’ve gotta wake up to the truth: Anita’s videos are about as effective and as enlightening as an elementary school screening of Reefer Madness.
Media—especially popular media—reflects already-existing norms, ideas, concepts, and sentiments in a society, it doesn’t dictate them to consumers. Slasher flicks don’t make serial killers. Grand Theft Auto doesn’t increase the probability of shooting sprees. Gangsta rap doesn’t create gangs. The game Bully doesn’t create bullies. Reading 50 Shades of Grey probably doesn’t increase the likelihood of the reader getting tied up and whipped for sexual pleasure either.
If EA Games were to somehow create and sell a video game titled Mysogyny: Women Suck, the only people who would buy and enjoy such a game would be individuals who already agreed with the game’s clearly stated ideology. Anyone else buying and enjoying the game probably just dabbles in whatever fantasy the game presents during gameplay only.
The probability of this game somehow CREATING a misogynist is about as likely as your local library’s copy of Mein Kampf creating a Nazi. Any such result would be minuscule if charted in a study of any sort.
As a kid, teen, and adult, I’ve been exposed to TONS of media that has displayed women as the weaker, more submissive, and more sexually desirable gender. However, this is not something I feel is reality. Why? Strong female role models, good upbringing, friends, family, amazing wife, and plenty of real-life interactions with women. FUCK A VIDEO GAME! A healthy reality ALWAYS trumps a fantasy.
If you really want to change hearts and minds when it comes to gender roles in society, you’ve got to work on changing that society’s reality, not its media—especially media that so explicitly deals in fantasy. I know we tend to blame the media for a lot of our ills, but your real-life interactions and role models play a larger role in guiding your moral and social outlook than any music, movie, game, or book you’ll ever consume.
Anita is on the most foolish of errands, but y’all are eating it up like a hot pizza. Looking for positive gender roles in a game like Hitman is like looking for positive gender roles in any of the three Expendables films. There’s nothing applicable to real life in Hitman because the game’s not meant to guide anyone through real life. It’s a violent video game, not a dating advice show. There aren’t a whole lotta healthy social norms in the game because it’s not meant to portray any sort of normality.
NOW DON’T GET IT TWISTED: I do understand that violent, male-pandering video games persist in the video game industry. They make a lot of money, yes. And I completely acknowledge that a lot of what’s in games like Hitman, Manhunt, and Grand Theft Auto isn’t exactly, uh, healthy when it comes to the gender roles displayed. There’s a definitely a lack of female leading roles in many games, too.
However, it’s not like there aren’t alternatives here. There are plenty of non-violent, positive indie and mainstream games out there that would love more customers. And there could be MORE if we supported this sect of the industry. If Anita really cared about the future of the video game industry in relation to her cause, well, then she’d encourage all of her fans to purchase video games that work outside the negative gender stereotypes and violence of games like Hitman. It’s that simple. Supply and demand might have created Hitman, but it can just as easily create games with positive messages and gender roles, and it already has. You just have to buy them and be willing to support future releases that fit in with your taste.
But Anita is no gamer, and most of her supporters aren’t either. They’re outsiders that want to see change in a market they don’t participate in. Anita’s lack of experience is plain as day, yet, she’s lauded as some kind of expert. What if we applied the same angle to me right here:
Would you take my metal reviews seriously if I owned no metal records? Didn’t listen to metal? Had no real history with metal? Disliked metal? Constantly criticized metal with surface-level complaints like it being too loud, satanic, violent, angry, and perpetuating dangerous, overly masculine gender stereotypes? No, you wouldn’t. No one—except people equally ignorant to metal—would take me seriously. I’d be an ignorant outsider, which Anita is when it comes to gaming.
And I still stand by my PMRC comparison, too. I see similarity in her determination to find social dangers where there really are none. Yeah, Anita has nowhere near the same level of power or political influence, and she probably never will. And she probably won’t try to pull off the same censorship stunts due to the inevitable failure of trying to enforce or legislate any such censorship. It would be more beneficial to her to stay on the sidelines and collect her fundraising bucks as she highlights games she deems misogynistic. I agree America’s got a long way to go when it comes to creating social equality between the genders, but video games are nowhere near the root of the issues we need to address. They’re just an easy target for the quick to complain.
All in all, it’s same shit, different decade. People have been whining and moaning over “harmful” media for generations. And it should be no surprise that those desperately seeking to be offended lose every time. You can be on that side if you want, but just be a good sport when you take your “L”.
Oh man. Can’t a guy even blog about his ex without making the internet explode anymore? As TotalBiscuit so wonderfully put it “What the Hell Just Happened?” What’s this about?
- Is it about nepotism within the indie dev scene?
- Yeah kind of. And we’ll get to that.
- Is it about nepotism…
Zoe Quinn, creator of mundane text adventure “Depression Quest”, was recently outed by her ex-boyfriend Eron Gjoni for giving out sexual favors to no less than five other dudes (one of which was her boss and married) in exchange for positive coverage of “Depression Quest” on mainstream gaming news sites.
Full post here:
Even though it’s a long read and not as ridiculous or entertaining as my own crazy ex story, Eron’s willingness to divulge the details of his personal life might have actually covered his ass. Like, really well.
In fact, Zoe can’t do anything about this. She’s fucked. She can’t just ask Wordpress to take the post about her down, so if anything, she has to pursue the legal route.
Her three options are:
She cannot go after Eron for Cyberbullying as they’re both over 18 and Cyberbullying laws don’t exist in the United States.
If they WERE both under eightteen in some sort of pseudo-reality, the police don’t actually care if one person calls another person a whore on the internet. If they did, half of all people with a YouTube account would have been arrested by now.
She cannot go after Eron for Slander, as Slander is only illegal if it isn’t demonstrably true. Eron’s already demonstrated how batshit insane Zoe is, and has screencapped her own confessions of her cheating on him and doing a bunch of other retarded shit. If Zoe were to take him to court, Eron would simply have to walk in with a few of her Facebook confessions to him printed out. If you accuse someone of cheating on you and post it all over the internet, and you have proof of them admitting they cheated on you (and you’ve also posted that on the internet), it’s fair game.
She cannot go after Eron for Harassment. This is largely up to the judge to decide (if it were to go to court), but the evidence Eron has presented to us clearly shows Zoe was the one causing problems, and all of Eron’s actions were simply reacting to the psychological abuse he received from her. The argument can be made that he simply had no idea how to deal with Zoe’s actions in their relationship, and felt he had a duty to warn others before their careers and livelihoods were ruined.
ERON, HOWEVER, CAN TURN THIS AROUND AND BE A TOTAL ASSHOLE
If Zoe continues to attempt to contact Eron, and Eron wants nothing to do with her, he can easily print out the screencaps featured on the Wordpress account, and log all of the times Zoe has tried to call/email/message the guy. Once he reaches a boiling point, if he takes that shit to the cops, they will help him with getting a restraining order put on the chick, as well as charge her with stalking depending on how nutty she goes.
So, I’m revisiting this, because the more I look into it, the more impressed I am with the many layers of sleaze. Of particular note, the use of a “Read More” makes it surprisingly hard to quote the full text.
So, for instance. Say they wanted to change what the post said later. No one’s reblogs…
Mario Kart 8 shifted 2.82 million units this quarter, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Nintendo posting an operating loss.
I’ll sum it up. Polygon is only focusing on Nintendo’s financial failure of 97 million. This huge number effectively ignores what Mario Kart 8 single handedly did to the system.
This shows the real number of Nintendo. Polygon literally took one number and used that as evidence showing their cherry picking. Remember how they wrote an article saying that Mario Kart 8 would fail? It didn’t fail but they’re saying it did by proxy of a single game apparently going to sell 97 million dollars world wild. This is impossible to achieve by any means especially in the course of one month.
This is what Polygon is trying to do. Make it seem like Nintendo was aiming to get rid of themselves in the red (which they have until March 2015 FYI) and make 97 million in one month.
This is the definition of cherry picking and why Polygon is one of the most shittiest journalist website ever. They hurt their credibility when the game came out and now they’re just taking numbers out of their ass to make it seem like Nintendo is doomed.
When that is false when the Wii U is now behind the PS4 now (and ahead of the X-Box one).
This is why we cannot trust journalists like Polygon, Kotaku or IGN (and any website in general) without checking facts first because I should also bring up Polygon isn’t linking to sources that support their claim.
This website doesn’t help when people don’t know where to go to confirm the information. :/ That’s why neogaff took all the information and laid it out and even then its not as bad as what Polygon claims,
honestly, i dont know why i made this.
i mean i do but
Almost no outlets covered the obvious scam that was Areal beyond the initial “Look at this Stalker-like game”.
They did not cover the studio’s insane response to questions.
They did not cover the studio claiming Erik Kain’s articles about them were a plot by the chinese to destroy their project.
They did not cover comments on the kickstarter going up by 3000% overnight despite the backers not increasing in any significant amount.
They did not cover the fact that in last few days, when it became obvious the project would not be funded, that several very generous individuals suddenly backed in amounts from 5-10 thousand dollars.
Now that Kickstarter has deemed the project suspicious enough to suspend, they are covering it, and would like you to kindly forget all those other things they didn’t think were important enough to talk about, instead deciding to post about.. I don’t know, memes, or articles intended to make them feel morally superior to their own audience.
Polygon, Kotaku, were not interested in these, even with the very real possibility some of their audience could be backing this scam and unaware of these things.
Polygon and Kotaku aren’t actually interested in journalism.
It’s time to shutdown 4chan.org
Join us on July 4th to celebrate our freedom and independence from racists by shutting down 4chan.
We will go to their site and as a form of protest we will overwhelm them with corrections to their awful lies and let them really know what the world thinks of them.
TW: I don’t think it’s really safe to go alone. The misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, anti-semitism, rape jokes and blatant racism will often be too much for any sane person.
Please spread the message and don’t be afraid to get involved!
Comics, stories, poetry, essays or pictures are all welcome! Every little helps!
See you on July 4th