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News Comments > AU Game Price Inflation
1. Re: AU Game Price Inflation Sep 12, 2014, 09:46 Squirmer
 
Presumably due to pressure from local distributors.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
7. Re: Evening Interviews Sep 10, 2014, 03:19 Squirmer
 
In fairness, I do think the situation would be helped by more acknowledgement and understanding of why a lot of men feel they are being personally accused. (Also applies to gamergate.)  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
6. Re: Evening Interviews Sep 10, 2014, 03:12 Squirmer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 00:47:
Squirmer wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 23:11:
He says he wants open dialog without any accusations and namecalling and then says

"So, excuse me if I donít buy irrational feminists white and black ideas that men are inherently rapists and women are victims."

He's not making any accusations or namecalling, there is a swath of feminists who are doing exactly that. Hell I could walk onto any frosh here in Ontario this last weekend and seen it in full action. Extremist views like those don't deserve any recognition.

No it's the same problem with this whole "gamer" thing.

Look I'm not saying no one has ever voiced the opinion that he criticizes. But he implies that "men are inherently rapists" is the dominant discourse. It's just not, and anyone who thinks it is doesn't understand the issue.

The way it usually goes is this: A feminist writer describes a problem such as catcalling, or sexual harassment at work, or underreporting of rape, and suggests there's a cultural issue that needs to be addressed. Then men converge on the article and declare "But not all men do those things, I've never seen this happen, don't accuse me of this!" etc. Which is not at all what the writer did. It's those men who are lumping all men together, and then using themselves as proof that the writer's claim is wholly false.

The irony is that by trying to dismiss the writer's claim or downplay the issue, they are proving that there is indeed a cultural issue that needs to be addressed.

Same thing is happening with this gamergate stuff.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Sep 9, 2014, 23:11 Squirmer
 
He says he wants open dialog without any accusations and namecalling and then says

"So, excuse me if I donít buy irrational feminists white and black ideas that men are inherently rapists and women are victims."

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 01:53 Squirmer
 
PropheT wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 00:43:
It isn't most people but it's still aimed at all of us, and it's gotten really fucking old.
That's pretty hard to avoid I think. If someone has a problem with a certain "community" or "culture" (very broadly defined) and criticises it, then everyone who considers themselves a part of that community is necessarily being "attacked" in some way. I suppose the difference is that some people will agree that their community/culture has problems, while others will take it more personally.

But there's a flipside to that: if you consider yourself part of a community/culture, you must concede that you help to shape it in some small way. And that supports Alexander's argument that people have a responsibility to address problems. In the end, the only people that really have a right to complain are those who genuinely believe there are no problems in gaming culture.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 22:10 Squirmer
 
And has Gamasutra made any plans to retract some of the slanderous things they've been printing lately or is that all in the name of the editorial?

What is slanderous, exactly? The Leigh Alexander article everyone seems angry about is actually very reasonable if you're mature enough to 1) actually read it, and 2) understand what it's saying.

I mean, she concedes the abuse comes from a vocal minority. She pointedly does not lump every individual "gamer" into the same mass. Her point is that the "gaming community" is widely known for obscene levels of abuse, and unless you actively speak out against it, you at best maintain the status quo, and at worst encourage the abuse. The point is that the culture needs to change, and that's not gonna happen if people keep responding with #notallgamers

There's nothing to argue with there unless you're seriously offended by something no one said.
 
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News Comments > Independent Games Festival Defends Judging Process
7. Re: Independent Games Festival Defends Judging Process Sep 8, 2014, 18:19 Squirmer
 
I wish people were mature enough to admit that when bad games win awards, it's just because game critics are bad critics. It's not some giant conspiracy, they're just not very good at judging games. By which I mean they prefer things like an interesting art style and "mature" themes, and aren't very good at critiquing actual game design. This has been a problem in game journalism for as long as the field as existed.

Thing is, the same problem exists with the more mainstream and visible awards, the kind of award shows that think Bioshock games are actually good. It's just bad critics.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Layoffs; Struggling Financially?
5. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Layoffs; Struggling Financially? Sep 3, 2014, 21:55 Squirmer
 
Making this for three platforms and charging a subscription were really stupid and really obviously stupid decisions.  
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News Comments > Early Access Release Unreleased
5. Re: Early Access Release Unreleased Sep 2, 2014, 23:03 Squirmer
 
Except for every failure there's a success. The model does work in many cases, so it's more likely people will learn to be more discerning and not throw their money at anything with a cool title. The Steam reviews help a lot with this, even if they require a few people to get burned. As people become more discerning, the onus will fall on developers to ensure they have something worth paying for.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 09:30 Squirmer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 03:28:
Squirmer wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 03:02:
Slashman wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 00:52:
As to why game studios wouldn't make better female characters, money may have something to do with it. If you need to bring in a professional writer every time you make an action game just to 'nice up the female characters' in it, who is paying for that? And what kind of financial gain is to be had from it? Last time I checked, patting yourself on the back doesn't balance books.
Okay, now you're arriving at the problem. Game companies should have to hire another person just to ensure their developers aren't being sexist assholes. Spreading awareness of these issues will help to address that problem.

It's much cheaper to educate yourselves. My feeling is that most devs are not sexist, they just use tropes without really thinking about it. And I think that's what a lot of this is all about.
Sorry that "should" should have been "shouldn't"
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
29. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 03:02 Squirmer
 
Slashman wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 00:52:
As to why game studios wouldn't make better female characters, money may have something to do with it. If you need to bring in a professional writer every time you make an action game just to 'nice up the female characters' in it, who is paying for that? And what kind of financial gain is to be had from it? Last time I checked, patting yourself on the back doesn't balance books.
Okay, now you're arriving at the problem. Game companies should have to hire another person just to ensure their developers aren't being sexist assholes. Spreading awareness of these issues will help to address that problem.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 21:01 Squirmer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 19:58:
The fewer sexist developers you have in the gaming world, the fewer sexist games you'll see. The solution isn't to attack content or attack developers, it's to get women and men who do not hold those sexist views into the game development world.
Agreed, I just don't see how this will happen without knowledge (and acknowledgement) of the problem. It's not a natural process. Whether it happens because of website editorials or because of the developers' formal or informal education, or whatever, the criticisms need to be voiced at some stage.


 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 19:29 Squirmer
 
Slashman wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 14:10:
That's what's so funny about all of this. Women for the most part aren't playing these games for the same reasons they haven't been all along. They aren't into them.
That's really simplistic. Assuming there's some truth to the claim that those games are more appealing to men due to their design rather than content (and there might be truth to that, I don't think anyone knows for sure), the fact remains that plenty of women do still play those kinds of games. You can't use a simple percentage stat as an argument for treating female characters like shit.

Take The Last of Us: I don't have raw numbers, but I get the impression that plenty of women played that and really enjoyed it, including because the female characters in that game were treated comparatively respectfully. And the game still had tons of violence and killing. Overall, I'm sure more men than women played it. But is that because it has a lot of violence, is it because more men own PS3s than women, is it because all games have more male than female players, is it due to the cultural-historical reason that games have always been aimed at men and not women and so that's how the audience has been built, is it for some other reason?

"Women don't like those kinds of games" seems really reductionist and lacks any evidence.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 19:21 Squirmer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 18:33:
I really dislike how gaming journalism has become infected by activism. It was one thing when it was just bought and paid for reviews you had to watch out for, now you have to hear everyone's opinion on every fucking social issue known to man.

Shut the fuck up. We don't come to gaming sites to hear about these issues or to have conversations about these issues with teenage gamers. We come to talk about games. For anything else, gaming media sites are a very poor platform and an even poorer audience to be discussing with.
I get that you just want to talk about games, but unfortunately there are actual problems with game content and the games industry. If you don't want to hear about it, you should really be urging game companies to address those core problems, not asking everyone else to shut up about them.

That's assuming you agree that women treated as sex objects or passive targets of violence is a problem. If you don't agree that's a problem, then the problem is you.
 
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News Comments > Activision Taking Take-Two?
19. Re: Activision Taking Take-Two? Aug 31, 2014, 19:15 Squirmer
 
Pretty bizarre for a couple of major game publishers to join -- because they want to make movies.  
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News Comments > New Quake Live Ruleset Courts New Players
33. Re: New Quake Live Ruleset Courts New Players Aug 28, 2014, 18:03 Squirmer
 
Benefit of the doubt guys, remember how well universal ammo worked in Invisible War.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Aug 24, 2014, 18:19 Squirmer
 
Verno wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 17:38:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 16:32:
I have to disagree with your assessment of the ages of the CS community though. I would say the majority playing are still teens.

Neither here nor there, regardless the take away from my reply was this:

This isn't a problem with men so much as it is a problem with maturity. The vast majority of harassment I've had from Xbox Live has been from teenagers. No amount of blogs or education can replace life experience, those teens are not reading them in the first place. There are certainly outliers and men who are also immature but again, those people aren't really going to be reached by a Tumblr post saying men are pigs with a cherry picked list of tweets as examples.
Yeah but you can't pretend that being a sexist piece of shit is part of a teenager's natural stage of being, and part of becoming an adult is naturally not being a piece of shit any more. There needs to be people maintaining that calling a woman a bitch/whore/slut or sexually harassing them is actually not acceptable. Without that, the piece of shit teenager will remain a piece of shit adult (which still happens in many cases, e.g. this Thunderf00t person).
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming
37. Re: Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming Aug 22, 2014, 21:17 Squirmer
 
It's not a good video. As far as I've seen, there's no evidence that Grayson wrote favorable pieces about Quinn's games once they'd been in a relationship (or whatever it was), so whatever tenuous justification there was for turning this into a game journalist smackdown does not exist. As the message on Fish's website says, this is simply about some anti-SJW assholes trying to find an excuse for being assholes.

This is fundamentally about a private matter that shouldn't have been made public. Quinn might be a bad person, but so is the guy who spent hours and hours compiling his evidence and writing a mammoth blog post to publicize her behavior. Whatever you think about Quinn, that's a wildly fucked up thing to do.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
21. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 18, 2014, 21:12 Squirmer
 
Except it's really obvious he was joking, even just from reading the text. More than that, he was gently mocking PC elitism by using the term sarcastically.  
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News Comments > John Romero's New Shooter Plans
35. Re: John Romero's New Shooter Plans Aug 11, 2014, 22:12 Squirmer
 
wtf_man wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 20:40:
Ehh.... on the one hand, beating him up for Daikatana nowadays is a bit dumb... he's more than paid the price for that "masterpiece". Freak

On the other hand, he really hasn't done anything of notice in the game industry since, and deserves all the skepticism that is being thrown at him.

That said... I hope he makes something decent.

/shrug
He's a smart guy though. When he disappeared from PC games and started making mobile games, I remember how everyone assumed it was a fall from grace etc. Turned out he anticipated the massive rise of mobile games and was really ahead of the curve.
 
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