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30. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 16:48 Beamer
 
UHD wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 16:43:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 16:31:
UHD wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 16:25:
So if you were in charge of campus security, and you received a threat that someone was going to start shooting up your school during someone's presentation, what would you do?
Have it investigated, which was done. By the FBI no less, who declared it a non-credible threat and tell them to carry on. Remember she cancelled because of the CCW policy, not because of anything else.

Which honestly is pretty reasonable if you've been inundated with threats to your person. You also wouldn't necessarily insist on such tight security if you're making all these threats up, or you haven't received them in such number or graphic detail. You could just soldier on and look the brave activist standing up to those mean gamers.

I have a really hard time finding fault with her decision. She could have waited for the official investigation, but I guess she felt the CCW law was more serious, because if you're going to conceal a weapon with intent to use it that day you're not going to warn the police beforehand.

Question: would anyone frequenting these threads want to go somewhere and give a discussion about gender and games in front of an armed audience?
 
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28. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 16:39 Beamer
 
Loopy wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 16:34:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 16:16:
Loopy wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 16:08:
THAT is the "gamers are dead" that got people so offended?! What in Jesus and Mohammed is so wrong with that?!!!!
No it wasn't "that article" it was 15 articles all in a 24hr period containing 35-45% of the same content.

Oh, well I can see how that would seem weird. But the content itself doesn't appear to be superbly offensive. The author wasn't saying literally "gamers are dead," just that games are played by so many that affixing a label to people who play them might be outdated.

Well, Leigh Alexander went beyond that. She said that the group of "gamers" that fit the stereotypical description exists and that, while it may be a small group, it is the group that too many publishers still cater too. There's no reason to act like everyone that plays games is a nerdy neckbeard virgin that drinks Bawlz and has the maturity level of a 2nd grader, and no reason to keep making games targeted at that individual.

She did not say all gamers are like that, but did say that person exists, is horrible, is constantly harassing and lashing out in fear of losing control of his hobby, and needs to be ignored.
Lots of gamers read this and said "I am not that person!" and began campaigns of harassment and lashing out in fear of losing control of their hobby.

She pretty clearly read the first editorial while angry and wrote a very angry creed with a lot of inflammatory language. But while some of us read it and said "yeah, those people do suck and I wish there were more games out there that weren't so tediously stupid" others read it and said "how can she claim I'm like that?!"
 
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21. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 16:02 Beamer
 
Jivaro wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 15:51:
The problem, aside from the ridiculous threats, is this term "gamer". It doesn't mean anything any more. In fact, I am not sure it ever really did...but that is a different topic. What I mean is that EVERYBODY games now. EVERYBODY is a lot of fucking people. Just like every other group of "a lot of fucking people" there are bound to be a vocal, visible, and sometimes dangerous group of assholes that seem absolutely determined to fuck everything up for everyone else.

Interestingly, here's the original "gamers are dead" article.
"On the evidence of the last few weeks, what we are seeing is the end of gamers, and the viciousness that accompanies the death of an identity. Due to fundamental shifts in the videogame audience, and a move towards progressive attitudes within more traditional areas of videogame culture, the gamer identity has been broken... Today, videogames are for everyone. I mean this in an almost destructive way. Videogames, to read the other side of the same statement, are not for you. You do not get to own videogames. No one gets to own videogames when they are for everyone. They add up to more than any one group.That was written and published hours before Leigh Alexander's, and served as her launching off point. And here's an article from 2013 that she linked to:
""Gamer" is a marketing term used to put you in a box. If you agree with that, maybe you can stop reading right here and never use the word again. But let's continue for the rest of us... The word "gamer" is regressive. It accepts the portrait of us painted by the mainstream news media, and every time I hear it or read it it actually makes me feel a little sick. I believe in this art form, and I believe in the people who make it. That's why I am so hard on this industry, because I believe that as great as it sometimes is, it can get better."

The initial premise, which Leigh Alexander mentions while she sets things on fire, is basically what you said. Well, you said it doesn't mean anything anymore, I agree with these articles that it does mean something but what it means doesn't really exist. It's a derogatory term outside of game sites, and that's unfair, because these days every person games.
 
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14. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 14:59 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 14:49:
http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=54179

According to Utah State Today, the threats against Anita Sarkeesian were a hoax. She cancelled the talk because she "was concerned about the fact that state law prevented the university from keeping people with a legal concealed firearm permit from entering the event. University police were prepared and had a plan in place to provide extra security measures at the presentation."

Well well well, who would have guessed??

Uh, did you read that? Nowhere does it say it was a hoax. And Anita said from the start that she canceled it due to concerns about the University security.

edit - I mean, there were real threats. There was no intention to act on them, but ASeven makes it out to seem like Anita made them herself, not that some nutjob called them in.
 
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5. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 11:43 Beamer
 
Seventyfive wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 11:24:
You should update the Washington Post link to say "- Washington post" so that I don't waste my time clicking on the link

As far as mainstream coverage goes, this one pays the most credence to ethics, but still makes it mostly about gender.

Which is how everyone not supporting it sees it b
 
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42. Re: etc., etc. Oct 16, 2014, 10:27 Beamer
 
Ah thunderf00t, another guy with no history of discussing games but a long history of shitting on women. But this is about games and ethics!  
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8. Re: etc., etc. Oct 15, 2014, 22:49 Beamer
 
The New York Times jumps into it.

And, still, people that think #gamergate is a revolution will say it isn't about women, but to everyone not in their movement that's all it is about.

The Verge, the only other site I go to regularly that discusses this (and usually I try to avoid the discussion there) linked to a tweet I found funny:
1999: gamers demand we stop blaming school shootings on videogames. 2014: gamers threaten a school shooting because videogames.

What I have learned from skimming The Verge, though, is how many people decry being misogynists while saying things that are blatantly misogynistic, or supporting people like The Amazing Atheist who is clearly a misogynist. You start seeing things like you do with homophobia, where people get very literal. "I am not a homophobe because I do not fear gay people, I just think they do not deserve equal rights."

Saying something misogynistic may not make you a misogynist (but it may), but it's shocking how many people don't even realize they're saying something misogynist. Again, I'll point to Cutter, since he's the easiest target, and all his "broads shouldn't run tech companies" or "they're all sociopathic bitches." There's no way he's anything but a misogynist, but he wouldn't agree. Harlock is another one that repeatedly uses the "psycho bitch" terminology to describe women he doesn't agree with, and I'm sure he doesn't think he's a misogynist, either. Maybe he isn't, but he certainly says plenty of things that are.
 
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8. Re: Into the Black Oct 15, 2014, 22:34 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 22:19:
Cutter wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 22:10:
That clip is US only.

Yeah, we closed the borders. Just in case Ebola is contagious over the internet.

And we'll get another rare Beamer use of emoticons!
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6. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 15, 2014, 20:24 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 20:18:
Speaking of HBO on Amazon, what on there is worth watching? I watched Band of Brothers on DVD a couple of years ago - I'm looking for something new. How is "The Wire"?

This time of year I would kill for Tales from the Crypt.
Many are on YouTube, but it's nowhere near the same.
 
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75. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 19:36 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 19:31:
But if we're so terrible that isis finds it deplorable, I guess that means #stopgg2014 and gamerghazi(who is also using that hash) support rape, murder, genocide, slavery, and ethnic cleansing right? Then again, being "worse" than isis would mean that we're the polar opposite of them. My, my...how telling that is.

You have absolutely zero sense of humor.
 
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71. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 19:03 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 18:49:
Beamer wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 18:39:
This is why I've said they should change their hashtag.

Squirmer wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 18:34:
what's the actual point of sticking with a label that can never possibly be salvaged? (Answer: it's not really about journalism ethics, and even if it were, no one wants to put in the effort required to effect any measurable change, oh well.)

There is no need to abandon the #Gamergate tag. It's working quite well. I can see why the anti-GG movement would like that to happen though. Why don't the anti-GG people abandon Sarkessian and Zoe Quinn?

Because people only support them in the "harassing them is idiotic" sense.
 
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70. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 19:02 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 18:56:
Beamer wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 18:39:
This is why I've said they should change their hashtag.
So I guess that means that #stopgg2014 should change their hashtag now, after all they have people who called us "worse than isis" supporting them, and actual isis related tweets in there. I suggest they take #meow.

You're right. I should have used "name," not "hashtag." As far as I know, no large group of people is identifying as "stopgg2014." But I also haven't seen many people actually call themselves "anti-gg." There's really no organized "anti-gg." There's the stupid gameghazi, but that's 1/10th of the KotakuInAction.

Also, if your movement is so terrible that even ISIS finds it deplorable... ha!

 
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67. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 18:39 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 18:34:
It kind of astounds me that anyone would still claim to support gamergate at this stage, considering the actual mainstream coverage of it. Outside of the distorted view of reality in gamergate circles, the mainstream coverage should make people realize that the rest of the world sees gamergate supporters as either 1) childish internet trolls, or 2) actual psychopaths.

If you actually care about journalism ethics, what's the actual point of sticking with a label that can never possibly be salvaged? (Answer: it's not really about journalism ethics, and even if it were, no one wants to put in the effort required to effect any measurable change, oh well.)

This is why I've said they should change their hashtag. At this point #gamergate is doing far more damage to the outside opinion of "gamers" than Jack Thompson ever could. Gamers always hated the outside opinion being unfair, well, now the outside opinion is of grown men throwing tantrums and threatening women because they're unwilling to share their toys.

Screw talk of "controlling the narrative," that's the mainstream narrative. Outside of, maybe, a 26 minute HuffPo video no one that doesn't already care would ever devote time to.

Leigh Alexander very stupidly worded an article that tried to say the outside stereotype of "gamers" being society's rejects was wrong, and as a result, a small but very vocal minority of gamers has gone and proven it exactly right. And people stick with it. No matter how many times they're told that everyone not a part of #gamergate (and it's only a small number that's a part of it) thinks it's about hating women, they stubbornly insist it's about ethics. And then whine about SJWs censoring things.
If no one outside of your cause thinks your cause is for what you claim, it probably isn't and it's probably time to do some rebranding.
 
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60. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 17:42 Beamer
 
The Wikipedia article for TFYC isn't very conclusive, but it looks like a female-only dev competition that Zoe Quinn disliked and, after 4chan exploded against Zoe Quinn, it decided it did like?

Who cares? Zoe Quinn doesn't seem like the sharpest nail in the drawer. She doesn't speak for everyone, or really, anyone other than herself. She isn't always right. Who knows if she's often right? I've never played her game, never seen a screenshot of her game, don't know what she did before that game, and don't know if she's done other games.

I do know that her sex life didn't deserve to be made public, picked over, laughed at, and turned into a meme.
 
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58. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 17:36 Beamer
 
I don't even know what TFYC is.  
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52. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 16:50 Beamer
 
Although, frankly, I won't watch that 26 minute interview at all. It'll be pointless and I'm not spending half an hour watching something I don't enjoy - I barely watch TV why will I watch some interview about games when I can just, you know, play a game?. It's the one with the founder of 8chan, right? Real winner there, with some of the top forums dedicated to pedophilia. And I'm sure there will be female developers claiming they're "anti-GG," which is always funny. "NOT MY SHIELD," except, you know, finding females to use as a shield.

And, of course, there won't be a single developer with a name or product anyone recognizes.

Speaking of, I haven't seen you comment on that Bioware dev's articles I've posted a few times.
 
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51. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 16:47 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 16:41:
Beamer wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 16:11:

Funny, I often feel I'm one of the few here that uses reason rather than launching off on tirades about what people must not be allowed to do, as you frequently say.

Brianna Wu is not a journalist. Even if she's interviewed, she has nothing to do with journalist integrity so constantly spamming us with shit you feel she's done is pointless.

You focus on "SJWs" infinitely more than you do on journalism ethics. You call me "intellectually dishonest," while never, ever pointing to proof. Your enormous history of complaining about "SJWs" while claiming it's about ethics seems fairly true that you have no clue what you're talking about, what you're fighting for, what your narrative is, or even what's going on.

I'm sorry but I never promoted censorship and yes, I do know the post you're referring to and I replied to it later that my wording was bad. However I also never compared removing an ad to censorship, like you did, or implying that being a mysoginyst is a valid enough reason to get fired from a job, as you did. If you are going to play the generalization game with me from one single post of mine then Beamer, I have bad news for you, all your posts paint you as a terrible user of logic, discourse and reason. Removing an ad as censorship, fucking LOL.

Again moving the goalposts with Brianna Wu. She painted the gamergate movement as something it is not and never was, and she did it on a public forum. Much like Leigh Alexander's articles are open for scrutiny and criticism for being published on an open platform, Wu's motives are also open for criticism since she spoke on a very public platform. Why? Because it opens the doors to understand her motivations, her reasons. General rule, if you can't deal with criticism, don't go on a public forum and stand on a soapbox. If you do, expect to be interrogated on your motivations, like it happens in pretty much everything in the world. And now we're again back on ethics.

Speaking of ethics, I find it interesting that you do not comment on anything I posted, on the huffington post interview for instance. Funny how you choose to ignore the Fine Young Capitalists as well. Doesn't spin to your narrative, do they, having gamergate sponsored in a big way a venue for female developers to shine in this industry? So please, don't talk to me about ethics since it's obvious that's a discipline you clearly missed when you went to law school, if you went to law school. Removing ads as censorship, what a laugh.

Why would being a misogynist not be a valid reason to be fired from a job?

Removing an ad isn't censorship? Trying to get a site to be defunded because you disagree with their opinion is. You were literally trying to bankrupt them because they hurt your feelings.

Brianna Wu did not paint GG as something it never was. Search your own history for "SJW." It's ALWAYS been about being angry at women. From the start. That's where it came from. Eronj didn't make his video to uncover something wonderful, he did it because he was hurt. "Burgers and Fries" didn't become a tagline because of ethics, it did because people thought a woman having sex with five people was funny.

There are so many worse instances of journalism ethics in games, and they're ignored as people instead keep turning to social issues. Massive swag for reviews? Ignored. Editorials about feminism? Burn the site down!

And you posted a fucking 26 minute video interview during work hours. How do you expect me to comment on it?
 
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49. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 16:35 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 16:26:
Who of any relevance has said that all gamers are misogynists?

By "any relevance" I mean either in a position of importance within the industry (such as a developer or journalist who is active and is respected by at least some, a gaming news site editor, a prominent YouTuber) or who has been given relevance by some means (such as a guest editorial on a respected gaming website).

The biggest issue with this whole stupid fucking thing is how many people utterly fail at basic English.

Again, remember that stupid article last week: Flight Attendants Fight Take-Off/Landing Device Rules? Did a single person read that and think every single person employed as a flight attendant hated it?
Of course not, that's stupid.

But, for some reason, when someone is part of a group, they lose the ability to use logic and reason. When someone says that gamers are attacking those calling for less misogyny, they assume it means ALL gamers. No, it doesn't, but all the people doing it are gamers.
It's where the "Not All Men" meme comes from. A woman complains about men catcalling her, and some dude feels the need to say "not all men!" as if that was ever what was being implied.

It shocks me how many people here keep saying "I'm a gamer and I'm not like that!" Duh, no one ever said all gamers are like that, and the people saying that these things are happening are gamers. What's more frightening is how many people say "I'm not like that, fuck these stupid bitches!" Great, so you defend yourself against misogyny claims by saying something misogynistic. Harlock and Cutter in particular keep saying some gross things.
 
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45. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 16:16 Beamer
 
Loopy wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 16:14:
I literally have no idea what "BendGhazi" refers to, but I'm game.

Personally, I'm leaning towards Pearl GamerHarbor. A date which will live...in griefing.

Remember the Gameamo.
 
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43. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 16:13 Beamer
 
And it's mind-blowing that people here endlessly complain about people comparing GG to ISIS.

As if:
1) SJWs haven't repeatedly been compared to ISIS
2) As if the same people whining aren't comparing Anita to Jack Thompson


One of those is super funny.
The other? Jesus, stop whining about what morons on Twitter say. Stop posting stupid imgurs showcasing it. We all know Twitter is full of idiots. And yes, many compare SJWs to ISIS. It's moronic. Just like CNN comparing ebola to ISIS over the weekend was moronic.

Endlessly pointing it out doesn't prove any point or make you look intelligent.
 
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