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17. Re: etc. Oct 26, 2014, 18:24 Squirmer
Trouble with TB's blog post is that he seems to think the harassment is a result of gamers made angry by ethical breaches, and so addressing the ethics issue will stop the harassment.

That ignores the torrent of abuse Sarkeesian, for instance, has received for a long time. She received a bomb threat earlier this year, way before Gamergate started (and note that she didn't reveal it, which puts a lie to claims that she exploits controversy for free press).

This situation is way beyond some kind of justifiable outrage about ethics. It's absurd to claim that's all this is.
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews

50. Re: Saturday Interviews Oct 26, 2014, 05:16 Squirmer
I think you mean she does analysis. I don't know what "legitimate sources" you think she needs.  
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews

46. Re: Saturday Interviews Oct 26, 2014, 03:04 Squirmer
Flatline wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 22:44:
None of this shit is new. We've known about it and have talked about it for probably 20 years now. And they're real problems that need to be addressed and need to be fixed.
Uh. Okay. Which is what Sarkeesian did. Then she got called a lying bitch who should be killed.

That's the mysterious thing about Gamergaters. When in a calm state, the gamer admits there are problems. But when someone tries to address it the gamer loses his fucking mind.
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews

23. Re: Saturday Interviews Oct 25, 2014, 18:26 Squirmer
Good line in that NYT article.

In particular, if the large companies that make video games remain quiet, they risk allowing GamerGate to win the debate over whether diversity — of people, of ideas, of games themselves — has a place in their culture.

That's why I'm surprised the big companies haven't said anything yet. They don't want to get involved and annoy many of their customers, sure. But I'm surprised they haven't all got together and released a joint statement, because women are being actively discouraged from joining the games industry as a result of all this abuse. These companies want women in their companies, they have a stated goal of creating a diverse workforce, but they ignore something like this that's having a real, negative impact on that goal.
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews

16. Re: Saturday Interviews Oct 25, 2014, 18:01 Squirmer
Yiannopoulos says other people are "opportunists"? He says other people are "professional provocateurs"? He accuses these "provocateurs" of doing press tours -- during his own interview with the press.

His hypocrisy is stunning. And he's probably the sort of person who's well aware of how hypocritical he is, and enjoys stirring people up.
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News Comments > Golden Joystick Winners

6. Re: Golden Joystick Winners Oct 24, 2014, 21:57 Squirmer
shinchan0s wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 20:32:
List of nominees for those interested (needed some digging):

Pewdiepie sucks, but that list of nominees was full of total unknowns. If you're going to nominate people only known by gaming journalists, then restrict the voting to journalists.
Why would you want journalists to vote on them? These winners are far better than what you get from journalist-voted awards. Leave it to them and you end up with Gone Home and Bioshock Infinite voted best games of the year.

Audience awards are popularity contests, but they also tend to be better games.
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38. Re: etc., etc. Oct 23, 2014, 23:02 Squirmer
Mad Max RW wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 22:58:
The mainstream media will NEVER talk about Gamergate truthfully because they need to push the false narrative about misogyny gone wild in America as a tool to guilt people into voting for Hillary in 2016. Think it sounds paranoid? Sure. Write it down, save this post, and come back in two years and try to tell me I was wrong.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews

35. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 18:30 Squirmer
BobBob wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 14:15:
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 13:56:
Half the time I wonder if news sites make this shit up.

Anonymous "victim."
Anonymous "perps."
No official complaint to the authorities to back up the story.

News places used to be somewhat neutral, reporting on the events without spin. These days news places use any event to push their political agenda. I would not put it past them to make up stories to push their agendas.

It's all about revenue. Advertisers will pay more for whatever draws in the most potential customers. Social media has made this a prerequisite to gaining views and clicks through persistent posting of dramatic and highly opinionated articles. The news is now forced to compete by editorializing (for what used to be objective) articles with drama and bias in order to earn the same advertiser's money.

Except this particular article was by the ABC, a publicly-funded broadcaster with no advertising revenue. So.

Anyway it doesn't matter if the accusers are anonymous or not. Sarkeesian is not anonymous, but she's still accused of inventing everything bad that happens to her.
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News Comments > etc.

19. Re: Adobe Oct 22, 2014, 20:07 Squirmer
ASeven wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 12:28:
Also, the Grayson-Quinn relationship smoking gun appears to have finally have been found.
Bit of a stretch to say someone in the special thanks section is "an intimate". That would come as a surprise to everyone who's ever had a special thanks mention.

And lol @ this admission in the article:

That doesn’t mean she’s allowed to collude with her buddies to push a shit game onto the gaming public, and inexplicably ride that game to fortune and fame.

That’s been the crux of the GamerGate complaint all along.
Finally they admit that Gamergate is really about "a shit game" "inexplicably" getting coverage, and the only way it could possibly have happened is due to widespread corruption among journalists. (As opposed to, say, a trend emerging in game development of contemplative independent games made with open source tools, and a couple of games in particular being poster-children for that trend, thus accounting for their coverage in media whose job it is to report on these trends.)

I thought Gamergate had nothing to do with Zoe Quinn so we should all stop talking about her? Guess not.

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26. Re: etc., etc. Oct 22, 2014, 03:57 Squirmer
Prez wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 00:59:
If it were found that journos from USAToday, CNN, MSNBC, and other mainstream media outlest were colluding about which stories to run and which to ignore, as well as which journos to not hire, it would be a big scandal, worthy of lead stories for quite a while. It may or may not actually be going on but outing it would be HUGE. Colluding to deceive and colluding to blacklist people is not sitting down to drinks after work.
Well yeah, but I don't know if you're characterizing the Pinsof thing accurately there. The Destructoid editor initially sought advice from his peers, which of course happens all the time in all fields, and things got uglier later. I don't know if there's enough to call it blacklisting -- I think a court would be hard pressed to call it that -- but threats to change his byline were really shitty.

In any case, I have no doubt at all that those mainstream journalists having drinks together bitch and moan about their other colleagues on a regular basis. (And you can replace "journalist" with literally any other profession.)
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20. Re: etc., etc. Oct 22, 2014, 00:52 Squirmer
It's pretty naive to think that journalists in any field don't communicate with each other though. It's no different with games. Journalists don't care if their corporations are competing, they are still colleagues on an individual level. You don't think all those journalists who sit together at press conferences aren't getting drinks later on and discussing their work?

This naivety about how journalists actually do their jobs is probably one of the reasons why mainstream coverage of gamergate is dismissive of it.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits

13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 22, 2014, 00:45 Squirmer
It wasn't just ads creating that identity. Game journalists (ironically) writing for magazines in the 80s also aimed their work squarely at young men and boys. Go back to the early 80s and a lot of game coverage was aimed at parents ("Your kids/the family will love this" sort of thing). Around the mid 80s the "gamer" emerged as a young male identity.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews

11. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 20, 2014, 23:32 Squirmer
I don't know why you'd want to watch a Batman show with no Batman.  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Requires 6GB of RAM

5. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Requires 6GB of RAM Oct 20, 2014, 09:39 Squirmer
My PC is about 2 years old and has 16GB, so I guess I'm safe for the next decade or so.  
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews

27. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 19, 2014, 17:56 Squirmer
For some reason people just lose their minds when critique is "feminist" in nature. Consider a different kind of critique: I enjoy Shadows of Mordor but still think the combat is pretty shit, for example. That's a critique, just not a "political" one, so presumably I won't get death threats from people who think I want to take away their Arkham-style brawler combat and singlehandedly ruin videogames in the process. See how absurd this hysteria is when applied to any kind of non-feminist critique? What is it about feminism that makes people think the world is literally ending because of it?  
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews

26. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 19, 2014, 17:55 Squirmer
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Oct 19, 2014, 17:05:
Except it's not 'lazy', nor is it necessarily 'bad'. Anita may be worked up when the princess needs to be saved by the prince, but the fact that she deems it lazy or bad or in need of "fixing" doesn't make it so.
True. What she's doing is making an argument like a civilized person. Imagine if people responded to it with civilized argument instead of bizarre conspiracy theories coupled with rape and death threats.

It's almost as if she's not airing a preference or desire for a certain kind of game she'd like, but criticizing games that don't meet that desire as not only bad, but the people who like them for all that are bad or wrong or 'in need of fixing', eh?
Gamer culture is toxic, that's nothing new. No one is saying all gamers are bad people in need of fixing. The issue is the cultivation of a (sub)culture. The problem with Gamergate is that it enables more toxicity, partly by spreading weird conspiracy theories and directly attacking people like Sarkeesian instead of engaging in actual discussion and critique of her videos. (I would say that's because there's very little to argue about.)

Also, she has said repeatedly that you can enjoy things you find troubling in some way. You can enjoy games and still criticize parts of them.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10

8. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 19, 2014, 17:07 Squirmer
The final boss fights in Mordor were terrible. There was one boss fight part-way through the game that was a nice challenge and played to the game's strengths, but the last ones were awful. Either they ran out of time or they really wanted some "cinematic" crap and settled on QTEs.  
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26. Re: etc. Oct 18, 2014, 18:39 Squirmer
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2014, 15:38:
For many of our staff, myself included, GamerGate presented enough of a perceived danger that we were scared for ourselves and our families. (Notable fact I remind myself of often: There are 14 children among the Polygon staff, including two under the age of 1).

That's right guys. If you have concerns about how game journalists go about their business, you're literally a child murderer. Even newborns.
GGers accuse the other side of being professional victims, but then you go and say a thing like that.
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11. Re: etc., etc. Oct 16, 2014, 04:30 Squirmer
NKD wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 22:51:
mag wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 21:25:
NKD wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 20:57:
Gamers are being pushed out of gaming.

Did you totally miss the explosion of indie and Kickstarter titles as the glories of 90s gaming were brought back to life? What are you grumpy about?

The exception that proves the rule. Why do you think those titles are relegated to Kickstarters? Because the industry has a decreasing interest in making titles that don't appeal to the gamer who has no interest in being called a gamer.

And other indie titles are little more than shallow minigames. And as I said before, the corrupt games media can bury or push out any indie developer who doesn't play ball by basically refusing to cover their titles.

Kickstarter has produced a very small handful of titles worth playing over the past several years, and by virtue of their generally low budget, they are limited in what they offer. Other crowdfunded titles, like Star Citizen, may not deliver a complete game for many years, or may not ever result in a complete game.

Kickstarter is a great supplement to the games industry. It isn't a viable future unto itself.
I can't even figure out what you want now. The AAA industry was boring for a long time. That what your enemies (the feminists/marxists/sjws) have thought for a long time too. (I actually think it might be better than it was in the mid-2000s, but it's hard to tell.)

Now that digital distribution has established itself, and now that crowdfunding is offering a new means of funding, there's an explosion of diverse games. There's a revival of old genres, as well as new things we haven't seen before. But that's still not enough, apparently. You're still angry. You still want ... something. You want "the industry" to make ... something. But what? Do you even know?

Dare I say it ... if you can't find a bunch of games out there, right now, that are really interesting regardless of your tastes, you're no gamer. You're a professional misery.
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66. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 18:34 Squirmer
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.)
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