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Signed On Aug 28, 2002, 23:14
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 25, 2014, 18:53 Squirmer
 
I'm guessing they will announce an expansion fairly soon, or at least a larger content release. Most of the 300+ employee studio seems to be tied up with something, but they won't say what it is.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Sep 23, 2014, 22:41 Squirmer
 
They're not "scraping" though, these are genuinely high-up and powerful positions. And the fact that "nobody" has heard of them is telling.  
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News Comments > Steam Discovery Update
3. Re: Steam Discovery Update Sep 22, 2014, 20:14 Squirmer
 
Only problem with this is there are so many ways to describe what a game is like, or what it's about, or how it plays. I was recommended "open world" games, but there are so many different kinds. Does "open world" mean "GTA-like", or "4X-like", or "Minecraft-like"...

Zombie games all seemed to be grouped together by theme despite big design differences.

And no, I'm not interested in "Pool Nation" because I "recently viewed Mountain", thanks.

Still, this seems to be additional ways of finding games on top of what existed before, so I guess it can't hurt.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
45. Re: Op Ed Sep 16, 2014, 03:08 Squirmer
 
RPS didn't post that article in a vacuum.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
40. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2014, 20:09 Squirmer
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 13:24:
#GamerGate explained in 5 minutes or less. A nice infographic doing an overview of the whole thing.
The timeline here is so wrong. The "gamers are dead" articles started appearing after abuse was heaped on Quinn for her moral indiscretions after her ex posted that kind of psychotic public blog post. This stuff about journalism ethics (while it has been known and discussed for a long time) was in this instance a pushback against the "gamers are dead" stuff, not the other way around. It was a way to attack journalists after they attacked the gamer identity.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2014, 10:34 Squirmer
 
Try this: https://plus.google.com/+DavidHillJr/posts/fT3tNRVWL3o

So, corruption in journalism. Can I let you in on a secret?

We want to have that conversation. We all do, with maybe a couple of exceptions. This is a conversation we've tried to have, and wanted to have for years.

But you won't find any other support for gamergate in there. This part is very true, and the gamergaters need to understand it:

That's how independent artists work in pretty much every creative field. They can't compete with the game industry, so they're trying to carve out their own little micro industry, where they do their own things and have a captive audience.

The people being targeted the most are small names, on the fringe of the industry.

There's plenty to say about corruption involving game journalism and big game companies. But that's not what gamergate is really about. Even if you want it to be about that, you can't separate it from the toxic abuse the "movement" is widely known for. Gamergate will never lose that association.

Read the whole post.
 
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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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