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News Comments > Op Ed
84. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 17:38 NKD
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 09:26:
NKD wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 06:53:
The flavor of feminism that is prevalent on the Internet today straight up isn't working. The Internet is more toxic for women than it has ever been, and like I said, people are becoming polarized instead of working together to find solutions.

This is in regards to the recent new hire at Giant Bomb but I think TotalBiscuit hit the nail on the head. There are important issues in games like representation that should be discussed but the discussion has become so dominated by bull-headed people on both sides who only think in binary absolutes and treat even mild disagreement as a call to war that a lot of reasonable participants are just throwing up their hands and saying "I don't agree with either of you so I'm out." That's quickly what I'm becoming.

Just listened to that bit from TB, and he's really right on there. There's no point in even having the discussion anymore. The douchebags and the Tumblr SJWs can just fight it out amongst each other and accomplish nothing. Those of us who are reasonable, rational human beings are giving up on the subject.

You're either a woman hating bigot, or a beta pussy whipped faggot. Well I'm tired of being called either one of those, so good luck folks you're on your own.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
76. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 06:53 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 05:30:
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You didn't even read the article, did you. How can you say she's OVERstating the case? She's describing ACTUAL events that happened to her and others. How is that OVERstating?

If you think they're making the problem bigger than it seems, starting today let's take 23% of your salary and give it to a woman at your work that does the same job as you. You'd be FINE with that right? You'd not complain, or tweet, or write blog posts, or anything, right? Because that would be making the issue bigger than it seems, RIGHT?

I see, you support gender equality articles, but just not THIS article, with all of it's truth and personal experience. You'd prefer polite, mealy-mouthed, watered down articles that don't effect your sensibilities or challenge your assumptions, because that's what has always worked in civil rights issues like this: politeness and asking nicely. Seriously, what fucking planet are you from?

Nice, Brianna is a radfem, because she's been verbally accosted and threatened by internet sexists and had the balls to write about it. Yup, she should have just kept her mouth shut. And stayed in the kitchen.

Look, I get it. You want nuance, subtlety, reasoned debate. Well, let me welcome you to the real world. That's not what works. What works is in-your-face smashing of biases and forcing change on people. No one gives up power willingly, and the white males that rule this planet hold so much more power than everyone else. That you're in that cohort and defending it makes perfect sense, but realize it for what it is: you are the oppressor, the ruling class, the dictator, and the masses are rising to take your power. You can either choose to recognize your position and share power willingly, or you can have it taken from you like a screaming child. It's your choice.

Firstly, I think I failed to differentiate my critique of this article in particular with my critique of the general attitude I see out there. You are right that this specific article is not a particularly strong example of radical ideology, exaggeration, or appropriating someone else's much more serious cause to lend weight to their own. Especially by Polygon standards who are kings of clickbait. But those issues are pervasive and counter-productive.

Another thing you were right about: politeness and asking nicely doesn't accomplish anything when it comes to equality issues. Charismatic leaders who are able to sway opinions and get people to introspect and question their own beliefs do. Clickbait articles and strawman comments that make people want to give you the Oberyn Martell makeover aren't particularly inspiring or introspective. People just stop listening.

The flavor of feminism that is prevalent on the Internet today straight up isn't working. The Internet is more toxic for women than it has ever been, and like I said, people are becoming polarized instead of working together to find solutions.

Unless you're willing to take up arms and start killing people, your only way to affect change is to convince people you are right. If they aren't listening, they can't be convinced. The goal is to convert, not alienate. You can't avoid alienating the extremists at either end of the spectrum, but you want to swing those folks in the middle, not piss them off.

Do you really think preaching to the choir is the way to get things changed?

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 04:28 NKD
 
Sepharo wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 23:30:
PropheT wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 23:25:
It sure seems worse now than it used to be [...]

Seriously? Platform/console-wars are nothing like what they used to be in my opinion. But that could just be because as an adult I'm more removed from them. Kids have more of a stake because they're often stuck with just one platform/console and feel they need to defend their (or their parents') choice.

And as far as Blue's goes, I seem to remember this place being far more staunchly PC in the past. These days the console topics are sometimes more discussed than the PC ones.

I think it's more an issue of being more removed from the subject than people getting any less ridiculous about platform of choice. If anything, it's worse. I was never threatened with violence for liking SNES over Genesis. At worst I was called a fag. I never had anyone send a SWAT team to my house becausely I publicly stated a controversial opinion on the subject, etc.

The little teenagers fighting the console wars these days are more vile and vindictive than ever.
 
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News Comments > Boss Key Staffs Up
6. Re: Boss Key Staffs Up Jul 24, 2014, 04:23 NKD
 
|RaptoR| wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 02:58:

Just don't get it.

The guy basically has no love for the fundamentals of PC gaming. He just doesn't care about it as a platform, nor does he share the ideals that a lot of PC gamers have regarding business models and other important topics. It's especially disappointing since, as you said, he had a strong presence in the PC realm early on.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
73. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 03:52 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 02:15:

"When people say too much about this topic, people stop listening."

Because shutting up is going to fix this issue? Both people and the news industry have serious ADD. The only way to move forward is to keep it in the public eye. And it's like Gandhi said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." I'm seeing all three in this thread, so that's progress at least.

It's not about how much you say. It's about not overstating your case. Nobody with a brain can argue that women have equality to men. They simply fucking don't.

But making a problem seem bigger than it really is, or trying to compare it to much more serious problems elsewhere in the world, just turns people off to your ideas. Fixing income inequality in the US isn't going to stop a single woman from being raped to death in Africa, so trying to draw those parallels feels disgusting and belittles the plight of people who have higher priority problems.

If you could fix the problem on your own, you wouldn't need to write articles about it. It would just get fixed. The whole point of writing an article is to education and raise awareness regarding an issue. You're trying to swing public opinion to your way of thinking. Since you don't have a bully pulpit or the ability to brainwash people, you need to be accurate and intellectually honest. The Tumblr style Social Justice Warrior routine turns you into a parody of your own cause and gets you dismissed even by people who AGREE with the fundamentals of your cause.

And then you're left where you started. The only people caring being people directly affected because you've pissed away the empathy of other people by being ridiculous.

Gender inequality is something worthy of writing articles about. It SHOULD be kept in the public eye. But the rampant sensationalist headlines, over the top blog pieces, and generally anything posted by Polygon just make me physically tired of even talking about the subject. I can't muster up the energy to care anymore because realistic and practical viewpoints about how to improve things are shouted down by wildly exaggerated and idealistic ones.

I feel like that on many issues these days. Internet discussion has just become a cesspool of escalating extremism. An arms race to see who can be more ridiculous, in this case the radfems, or the women-hating douchebags. And everyone else is left just sighing and walking away.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Southwest Jul 24, 2014, 01:00 NKD
 
shinchan0s wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 23:02:
LOL. Give my kids priority boarding or I'm telling the Twitterverse! God, what a massive douche. Last time I checked kids take up a whole seat too. If you get split up, passengers are usually more than happy to switch seats. I'm flying Southwest from Denver in a couple of weeks anyway, I'll be sure to give Kimberly a thumbs up if I see her!

Eh. Kimberly or whoever was in the wrong on this one. Or at least ignorant of how it usually goes down. Not saying it was worth Tweeting about, but then again tweets are how you get results from the airlines.

It's pretty routine if you're traveling with your kids to let them board with their parents even if their tickets don't qualify for early boarding. The other passengers understand and don't mind, and you avoid alienating a customer. I don't know if it's official Southwest policy, but when my ex and I traveled her kids boarded with us even though they had regular ol "You board last" tickets. Never had an issue with other airlines either.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
71. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 00:55 NKD
 
descender wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 00:04:
If you had your way, there would be no links on this website at all.

He doesn't actually click them before commenting so it wouldn't really affect him at all anyway.
 
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News Comments > The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection Free for All
14. Re: The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection Free for All Jul 23, 2014, 20:33 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 19:27:
I guess? I mean, I bought Sims 3 for my wife to play, and she fooled around with it for a few hours and never returned.

Your wife never returned?! Sorry to hear that bro. There are other fish in the sea!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
54. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 19:48 NKD
 
Bodolza wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 19:04:
See PETA for a perfect example.

That's actually a really good point that I think a lot of people miss.

Even if you're 100% right, even if you have the morally justified position, you have to be careful about overstating things because that will turn your allies into bystanders. It's like being the friend that gets a little too political about things. They are an awesome person, but when they cross a certain line you stop speaking up to defend them.

I'm probably one of the most progressive, liberal people you'll find, but I get so frustrated with the amount of energy wasted on First World Problems by Tumblr-esque activism.

Yes, there are problems that should be addressed in well-to-do segments of the population. I'm not suggesting that unless you're a starving gay atheist third world rape victim with AIDS you shouldn't be allowed to complain.

But you're going to have a much harder time garnering support from the public at large if you make them sick of hearing your voice.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 18:47 NKD
 
Peasant Article.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 23, 2014, 18:43 NKD
 
Saw EarthBound in the store the other decade and was pondering buying it, but I thought to myself, "I better wait to see what Yahtzee has to say about it before buying." I understand there was a bit of a delay in getting the review out, but he seems generally positive.

So I'm going to head back to the store to pick it up. I hope they still have some in stock. I also hope the store still exists.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
50. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 18:28 NKD
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 18:24:
Beamer wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 17:18:
Another example of "hey, that's a problem, but look over here, there's another problem!" with a dash of "that may be a problem, but it doesn't affect me, however this problem over here does and it should also be important, how come this video game website hasn't discussed it!"
Hey look, it's a another example of: It's still a problem(and an increasing problem), with a case of there are plenty of other problems out there. And has been a longer on-going issue than the issue being discussed. Why is that people think that only their special problem is the only thing worthy of attention, especially when an issue actually effects both genders.

Getting a bunch of 20 somethings to click on your article about old people getting shafted in the work place is probably not going to be too easy, so it'll be difficult to get it past your editor. Especially at a place like Polygawful.
 
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News Comments > Steam Controller Redesigned?
4. Re: Steam Controller Redesigned? Jul 23, 2014, 18:21 NKD
 
Looking forward to the inclusion of a Steam Keyboard with Dvorak layout. Enough with the hipster bullshit Valve. PC users want keyboard and mouse. Console users want dual thumbsticks. Nobody short of maybe some Nintendo fans want some gimmick controller.  
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News Comments > Boss Key Staffs Up
1. Re: Boss Key Staffs Up Jul 23, 2014, 18:15 NKD
 
Oh Cliffy B.

Fool me once, shame on... shame on you. Fool me... can't get fooled again.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
48. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 18:10 NKD
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 15:37:
If you click on Polygon articles I would like you to post your name and address so I can come slap some sense into you.

I'll come along and we can make it like this video.

"Do you post on Blue's News under the user name Cutter?"

"Did you comment on some shitty Polygon Tumblr SJW style article?"

Then proceed with the ass whipping.
 
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News Comments > WildStar Sabotage Announced
1. Re: WildStar Sabotage Announced Jul 22, 2014, 19:38 NKD
 
PvP is a lost cause in this game. Not really excited.  
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News Comments > EVE Online Crius Launches
4. Re: EVE Online Crius Launches Jul 22, 2014, 14:52 NKD
 
Dirwulf wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 14:44:
Buy a mining permit or I will hunt you down and blow you up. The Code always wins!!

www.minerbumping.com

Oh high sec, what a shithole.
 
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News Comments > EVE Online Crius Launches
2. Re: EVE Online Crius Launches Jul 22, 2014, 13:37 NKD
 
Acleacius wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 13:32:
Protesting against ccp for what they've done to the Vampire The Masquerade. Speaking out against them and not buying their games, seems to be the only solution to freeing the VtM franchise. Sadly, even it if takes them going into bankruptcy.

I don't get it. What's the problem with CCP owning VTM? Has anyone even approached them to try and license it for a game? Knowing CCP, they'd be more than willing to do that. After all they licensed out the Pen & Paper portion wholesale to another company and they're doing an admirable job with it.
 
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News Comments > Areal Kickstarter Suspended
2. Re: Areal Kickstarter Suspended Jul 22, 2014, 13:17 NKD
 
This about sums up my feelings on the matter.  
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News Comments > Areal Conspiracy Theories
30. Re: Areal Conspiracy Theories Jul 22, 2014, 13:14 NKD
 
ASeven wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 13:10:
NKD wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 13:07:
ASeven wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 13:02:
SUSPENDED! At last! Took Kickstarter bloody long enough.

What? The funny money came in over the weekend. At least give them a couple days to investigate bro... I think this is a plenty quick enough resolution.

True but there were a lot of other red flags raised that at least deserved an investigation from Kickstarter, which didn't happen.

I love Kickstarter but damn, they really have to start tightening their policies to include investigations on projects that raise a lot of red flags.

Ehh I guess, but I think the previous red flags were more about quality and worthiness rather than willful fraud. I feel like Kickstarter should let us decide which projects are worth backing, and stick to policing fraud and willful misuse of their platform. They have tens of thousands of projects. Some of them are going to be a lot more worthwhile than others.

Still, it's nice to see these fuckers get their shit taken down. I can't wait for them to throw a big ol' fit.
 
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