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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Nov 1, 2014, 14:23 NKD
 
Julio wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 14:16:
Now we're starting to see why Wu is doing all this anti-GG stuff - looking for cash. Before I thought she was a misguided misandrist on a crusade, now I know its all for the dollars.

Brianna Wu is already a rich trust fund baby, she doesn't need more money. In fact, oddly enough, a few of the prominent Anti-GG voices including Alex Lifschitz are rich trust fund babies.
 
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1. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Nov 1, 2014, 11:55 NKD
 
Legal defense fund idea won't go anywhere unfortunately. I suspect she hasn't really had a lengthy sit down with a good lawyer yet.

Despite nearly every state in the US having online harassment laws, online harassment is still extremely common. That is mostly due to the anonymity involved encouraging people to say things they otherwise would not say. That same anonymity makes it extremely difficult to find people who are doing it. There are also limits to what kind of harassment is actionable. These laws vary from state to state. Generally in the US you can say some truly awful things to or about a person online without breaking any laws or crossing into libel/slander. Plus a lot of online harassment comes from other countries whose law enforcement will not be particularly interested in spending the time and effort to track down some people for saying mean shit on the Internet.

It goes back to what anyone who have been on the net for more than 5 minutes should know: Don't feed the trolls.
 
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2. Re: etc. Nov 1, 2014, 11:23 NKD
 
Let's be honest, if one of the cornerstones of your genre is big ridiculous anime hair, you better be on the forefront of hair technology.  
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6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 31, 2014, 23:51 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 20:41:
One particular lawyer actually warned about this right when the iPhones started coming out with the fingerprint stuff. He said that legally, they can't force you to unlock a phone protected with a password, but if you turn it into a biometric thing, which is a part of you rather than something you know, they would likely be able to legally force you to unlock the phone.

Lo and behold, he was right, as the judge interpreted the law the exact same way.

Yeah. No big legal surprises here. This is textbook interpretation of the Fifth Amendment.
 
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16. Re: etc. Oct 31, 2014, 22:44 NKD
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 22:29:
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Something I found funny, the anti-gg's are now refusing to go on david pakman's show when they realized he isn't pulling any softball questions with anyone. Facts are delicious.

Was JUST reading this. It's hilarious to see them finally show their true colors. They aren't interested in talking to anyone who isn't going to just let them have a platform to spew their hate and filth. Anti-GG only has false, emotionally-charged rhetoric. That isn't a stance that holds up to any level of scrutiny.

This is great because it means we can move on to the journalism issues. Anti-GG is effectively withdrawing from the battle, which lets us get back to business. All the people who said "You need a new hashtag blah blah blah" were so fucking wrong. GG simply had to wait for the Anti-GG folks to take their ball and go home.
 
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41. Re: etc., etc. Oct 31, 2014, 13:24 NKD
 
Flatline wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 13:03:
NKD wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 12:11:
There is zero evidence of a trend of misogyny or women being singled out when it comes to these types of shootings. These people trying to make it about misogyny is supremely disrespectful and does not help solve the problem.

Dude, the guy who did the UCSB shooting (Which happened like 5 miles from where I worked) wrote hate stories about destroying women and recorded a confession where he said "I'm doing this because women as a whole refuse to have sex with me."

He was so extreme that even the extreme red pill PUA guys were like "dude you need to chill".

Yeah I mentioned that guy in my post. As I said, it's not a trend. It's actually an outlier as far as motivations for mass murder go. Misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic or other sexual or gender driven killers tend heavily towards the serial or spree killer category. You don't instantly become a misogynist because you felt rejected when a girl dumps you or rejects you. That's something that needs to be really driven into the person over a period of time. Mass murderers simply do not tend to target particular genders. That's the realm of spree and serial killers.

For the sake of clarity so people don't have to look up definitions: Mass murder being something like a school shooting, a spree killer being something like Chris Dorner who does their killing all over the place in a short period of time, and a serial killer being the Green River Killer, Ted Bundy, etc. who do the kiling over a long period of time.

 
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39. Re: etc., etc. Oct 31, 2014, 12:11 NKD
 
Flatline wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 11:32:
As for the Seattle shooting, I don't know if we know enough about that yet to make a call on it. Jilted wannabe lover turned shooter isn't necessarily misogyny. If he left some manifesto or rant behind we'll learn sooner or later.

Rejection causes a lot of powerful negative emotions, particularly in teens. But it's not limited to rejection by the opposite sex, or even romantic rejection. Many shootings have happened because of bullying and general feelings of rejection not specifically related to romantic interests.

Teen boys are more likely to take it out on other people. Teen girls are more likely to take it out on themselves. This is why you don't really see teen girls doing school shootings. Teen boys are much more likely to engage in violence at school. Teen girls are twice as likely to attempt suicide, while boys are four times as likely to actually succeed because more aggression means more severe and more successful methods of doing so.

Teen males simply tend to be more outwardly aggressive. So when they snap, it's other people who feel the pain. Teen girls tend cut themselves and do other things. It has nothing to do with misogyny or boys thinking girls owe them something, or any of that shit, unless there is evidence of someone actually believing that like in that case of that one creepo who made the YouTube videos.

Fear of rejection is universal. It crosses all genders and sexual preference, and isn't limited to romantic rejection. There have been a lot of school shootings and the common thread going throughout nearly ALL of them is that both men and women were targeted.

There is zero evidence of a trend of misogyny or women being singled out when it comes to these types of shootings. These people trying to make it about misogyny is supremely disrespectful and does not help solve the problem.
 
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1. Re: etc. Oct 31, 2014, 09:57 NKD
 
Hahahahah. Priceless. Not only is Gamergate simply a bunch of goons issuing rape and death threats, but violent video games made them do it.  
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32. Re: etc., etc. Oct 31, 2014, 09:43 NKD
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 09:15:
What I've enjoyed the most about the GG debacle is that the attempts to shut GG people up by namecalling and smearing them didn't work. We may have reached a cultural point where, at least for a sizable number of people, the prospect of being called a bad name or being tarred with this or that brush - or the threat of as much - simply doesn't matter. They'll say what they please, and a good number of people will go around the mainstream media rather than through it to get informed on a topic.

The Anti-GG camp never had any kind of valid point or argument, or even any real stance other than "harassment is bad, don't do it" which no one was disagreeing with. So instead they relied on a lot of loud voices, bully pulpits, and attempts to shout down people they didn't like using their advantageous position with certain games media. But you can't sustain that.

Instead of pressuring Gamergate supporters out of the conversation, they just made them more steadfast in their resolve. The Escapist, Polygon, and a few other sites have made adjustments to their ethics policies. I read an article on Gamespot the other day that actually had a disclosure about the writers former connections to the developers. IGN has been forthcoming to people inquiring about their ethics policies as well. Even Stephen Tortilla from Kotaku had a 2 hr long interview/discussion with TotalBiscuit about the ethics issue a couple days ago.

The Anti-GG crowd is mostly a bunch of daytrippers. They have no real skin in the game because, by and large, they aren't even gamers. So they'll tire of picking on the nerds and move on to whatever is next. But gamers aren't going anywhere. They aren't going to abandon their hobby.
 
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30. Re: etc., etc. Oct 31, 2014, 09:06 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 06:52:
No matter how right you are, it doesn't matter. Squirmer is right. You lost. Anita played the game better than you did. She "won" even if her fairly radical agenda is too extreme for most people. She became the spokesperson fighting against sexism in gaming, an industry with revenues in the 10s of billions. The mainstream media picked it up, and her along with it. This week: NYTimes, Colbert. Next week: Charlie Rose? CNN? And who do you have? Angry Joe? Yahtzee? No matter how you look at it, it's a total disaster.

Anita Sarkeesian isn't the enemy. Or, at least she's not my enemy. The enemy are unrepentant, biased, and bullshit press outlets. Gamergate gives her a boost, but she's never come out in defense of gaming journalism. Why would she? She's not even a gamer. She doesn't know anything about those sites or the issues involved there.

The conversation is just now starting to get back to where it was supposed to be, ethics in game journalism. The gaming press is running out of "victims" to distract everyone with. The moderates in Gamergate have been contacting advertisers, arranging interviews with the more reasonable people in the gaming press on the subject of ethics in journalism, etc. Basically they've just been waiting for the distraction engine to run out of fuel, which is happening. Anita Sarkeesian has already moved on to mainstream press which don't even cover games, so she's effectively a non-issue. Her increased profile is actually really good for gamers because she can move on to something more interesting to her than games.

What braindead trolls like Squirmer and Beamer never seemed to understand is that there wasn't just one conflict here and two sides. You had Anita/Feminists vs. Trolls on the Internet, and Gamergate vs. gaming press and associated shills. That first conflict is dying down, but the Gamergate hashtag overall has shown no signs of slowing down, and we're just starting to see an increase in coverage regarding the ethics issue.

In short, the idiots co-opting the argument for their own platforms and agendas are moving on, and Gamergate is actually starting to be about Gamergate again and not endless stupid distractions. Our own local Blue's News idiots will continue to try and push the feminism angle for a while until they get bored. But in the places where it matters, things are finally starting to look up. I'm really glad the conversation is slowly getting back on track.

At the end of the day, Anita Sarkeesian wins, Gamergate wins, gaming press loses.
 
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22. Re: etc., etc. Oct 31, 2014, 02:35 NKD
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 02:21:
Well I occasionally like grinding trolls faces into the mud. Speaking of mud, and "people feeling left out." LindaK explains why the gaming media's embracing of AS makes her like she's back in highschool and the "who's in" crowd.

I saw that earlier today. I feel very badly for her. I'm a straight cis white guy so I don't have to deal with some expectation that I'm going to believe a certain way or fall in line with certain beliefs just because of my gender or sexual preferences. But for a woman, there's this expectation that by being a woman you should automatically adhere to a certain brand of feminism. It's the same as that garbage people in the black community have to deal with where they get called out by certain segments for "acting white" or "talking white" if they get an education and a career that is outside the black community.

If a woman doesn't play ball with the cool social media savvy feminists, she's a gender traitor, or just hopelessly oppressed and brainwashed. Either way, making her feel welcome or included in the industry is seen as enabling that oppression or traitorous activity.

Really disgusting stuff that I'm glad I don't have to deal with.
 
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5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 31, 2014, 02:22 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 20:40:
Hmm, not sure how that would apply here in the USA. If I take pictures of people and put them online without their consent, can they sue me?

Generally speaking, the way it works in the US is that you can take the picture as long as the subject has no reasonable expectation of privacy, and you can post it online if you are not making money off of it. Someone walking down the street is on public property and will be seen by dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people. No expectation of privacy. Someone sitting on their front porch is on private property, but is making no effort to block themselves from public view. Still no expectation of privacy. If they were in their back yard it would be a different story. But it's not black and white, as with most legal issues. You might get yourself into trouble if you're using a big ass zoom lens to see more from that public place than people would expect you to.
 
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20. Re: etc., etc. Oct 31, 2014, 01:38 NKD
 
Will you people stop responding to that worm? Pretty please? Has he ever done anything except be an enormous douchebag and asshole who seemingly crawled out of the ground just for Gamergate? No. So why dignify anything he says with a response? Let's get back on topic.  
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6. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Time Anomaly Revealed Oct 30, 2014, 21:07 NKD
 
I don't have the links handy but apparently there are some leaked screenshots showing some other Paris time periods. So I think this WW2 thing is just a taste and that there will be other "time anomaly" segments.  
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5. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Time Anomaly Revealed Oct 30, 2014, 20:37 NKD
 
harlock wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 20:19:
NKD wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 18:16:
Interesting stuff. I guess the Animus is fucking up and memories from different ancestors are blending together? Is it just an Animus bug or is there a Piece of Eden involved or something?

guaranteed it has something to do with the title "unity"

Good call, I hadn't thought about that...
 
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7. Re: etc., etc. Oct 30, 2014, 20:25 NKD
 
dubfanatic wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 20:18:
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 18:41:
It's hard to fault her on blaming the Seattle shooting on misogyny. Early reports, and the twitter feeds of those involved, make it look like he killed a girl because she wouldn't be with him.

Yep, misogyny. Not untreated mental illness, not a product of a degenerate culture that glorifies violence and hyper-individuality. It's definitely misogyny. Rolleyes

Not misogyny anyway. Being angry at or hating one particular woman is different from the systematic hatred of women in general. Plus the guy shot friends and family, male and female. It's safe to say it was unhinged, and not looking to KILL ALL WOMENZ or some shit. If a lesbian kills a woman she likes because she doesn't like her back, is she a misogynist? If a gay man kills a guy for the same reason, is he a misandrist?
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials - Watch Dogs Sells 9M
6. Re: Ubisoft Financials - Watch Dogs Sells 9M Oct 30, 2014, 19:07 NKD
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 18:47:
It was a moral choice if you wanted to steal from people who really needed the money or not. Only difference was that there isn't a blue/red choice associated with it like Mass Effect/Infamous.

Well the problem is that these random civilians are just that. It's a moral choice, but it is not an impactful choice. You can rob half the city for hundreds of thousands of dollars and there's no acknowledgement of that. It's hard to feel bad about your actions when they have no consequences. That "cancer patient" you stole from isn't going to die. They cease to exist once you leave the area regardless of whether you steal from them. It's true that you can have morality without a Blue good guy button and a Red bad guy button, but you still need consequence and acknowledgement.
 
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3. Re: Ubisoft Financials - Watch Dogs Sells 9M Oct 30, 2014, 18:44 NKD
 
Task wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 18:38:
If they make a second one, they really need to improve on some core aspects of that game, namely that ridiculous main character and the 0 consequences for hacking some joe random that needed the money for surgery.

I felt like the whole robbing the innocent blind thing was a bad fit. It didn't really make sense for the guy to be doing it. I'm not sure what consequences would fit though either. Wouldn't make much sense for the cops to come after you, or for you to get caught in the first place, given your skills and the tools at your disposal.

Plus you're already guilty of terrorism and all kinds of other crimes. Pilfering peoples checking accounts is not really high on your list of sins. But it doesn't make sense in the context of the character.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Far Cry 4
4. Re: Gone Gold - Far Cry 4 Oct 30, 2014, 18:33 NKD
 
Darks wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 18:16:
Ubi is either very bold and confident or just plain stupid to release this game on the same day as Inquisition.

I just don't understand this attitude by publishers to try and compete with each others releases when both can share the profits by staggering their releases. Very puzzling!

It's the holiday season rush. Staggering releases is less important than getting everything out there on the shelves before the end of November when everyone's holiday funds will be depleted.
 
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1. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Time Anomaly Revealed Oct 30, 2014, 18:16 NKD
 
Interesting stuff. I guess the Animus is fucking up and memories from different ancestors are blending together? Is it just an Animus bug or is there a Piece of Eden involved or something?

I also noticed the voiceover chick called the person in the Animus "Assassin" so I guess we're getting a new character for the modern setting who is an Assassin?
 
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