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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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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 8, 2014, 00:06 Squirmer
 
It's obviously a bullshit survey. Betty White appeared high on the list of most influential celebrities among teenagers? I don't know how they carried out this survey but it's clearly worthless.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jul 31, 2014, 18:29 Squirmer
 
A lot of American histories treat the time between The Crash and the NES as an interregnum in videogames because in the visible US market it largely was. British histories tend to be more comprehensive about this time period. Tristan Donovan's "Replay" is a good popular history (it even pays attention to regions outside the US and UK), and Graeme Kirkpatrick's "Computer games and the social imaginary" is a very good scholarly book that specifically draws attention to this common gap in the history.  
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News Comments > PC Gaming Alliance Gives Up, Changes Name
6. Re: PC Gaming Alliance Gives Up, Changes Name Jul 21, 2014, 21:48 Squirmer
 
Ironic since mobile game platforms are anything but open.  
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News Comments > Yager: No Spec Ops: The Line Sequel
39. Re: Yager: No Spec Ops: The Line Sequel Jul 21, 2014, 19:50 Squirmer
 
Asmo wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 18:35:
And ultimately, you do have a choice. You could choose to stop playing the game.
Hahahahaha

You know what other game features this same shocking choice? Every single one of them. If you want to make an interesting commentary on games specifically you have to give players choices, since player agency is a defining quality of the medium. Yager just slapped a story on a boring game and pretended it was doing more than it was.

The game is a film basically, and Michael Haneke already made this film in 1997 (and many film critics rightly mocked him for it).
 
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News Comments > Yager: No Spec Ops: The Line Sequel
1. Re: Yager: No Spec Ops: The Line Sequel Jul 21, 2014, 09:11 Squirmer
 
Alternatively, the "intellectual approach" is the only thing that made an otherwise stock standard cover shooter stand out in any way.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
23. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 20, 2014, 19:56 Squirmer
 
Jerykk wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 19:42:
The truth is that you simply dislike DayZ and don't understand its popularity and thus you feel obligated to dismiss its success as hollow and undeserved. It's a means of self-validation and lets you feel like your opinion is correct even if it conflicts with the opinions of the majority.

Bingo.
 
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