honestly what does it say about you if you continue to give sexist games and developers publicity by whining instead of supporting minority devs
silencing gamergate folk, sending them death threats, giving out their personal info, wailing and screeching about “attacks” on a scam artist, and a female abuser to sanitise the awful fucking things they’ve done
what does it say about your priorities, that instead of making things better by supporting you choose to scream until your head falls off
So we all know that the particular brand of libertarian fedorabros who populate GamerGate and 4chan LOVE to throw around logical fallacies with colorful names like “moving the goalposts” and “no true scotsman,” right? I don’t know if this has already happened, but if not, I think it’s time for them to get around to naming the “mutual exclusivity” fallacy in the post above, because it’s one that they use all the time.
Do you guys see the problem with it? “Why are you doing X, when you should be doing Y?!?” they shout, completely ignoring the possibility (and in this case high probability) that their target is also doing Y; that X and Y are in no way mutually exclusive. It’s like if I said to you “Why are you yelling at people on the internet to tell them not to talk about things that matter to them, when you could be doing other things, like playing basketball or sending aid to Ebola victims?” That doesn’t make any sense, because you could very easily also be playing basketball and sending aid to Ebola victims (okay, probably not that last one, because you’re a selfish asshole, but you get the idea.)
People like me speak up, criticize, and agitate for change in the vanilla-white-bread AAA industry (which is actually important and effective, despite your dismissal), and we also support diverse games and diverse developers. It’s really not that hard to do both, and most of us do.
Gaters need to stop complaining about people complaining about Gaters, don’t they know there are real issues that need addressing like the inevitability of death?
We are all going to die (every single one of us!) but Gaters just keep going on and on about people “making fun of them”. Get your priorities straight GamerGate.
representation fucking matters.
THIS IS WHY WE NEED GOOD, REAL REPRESENTATION OF MINORITIES IN KIDS SHOWS AND FILMS, SO THEY CAN HAVE SOMEONE TO RELATE TO. THIS IS SO SO FUCKING IMPORTANT.
THE TRUTH OF NATIVE AMERICANS BEFORE THE GENOCIDE
Gotta put this on blast.
We never needed a white savior.
I hate this country.
What I learned from this video:
- 100 million Native Americans died at the hands of white colonists
- Instead of planting crops the colonists spent their days digging random holes in the ground looking for gold. They started starving and dug up Indian corpses to eat. They took Indian prisoners and forced them to teach the colonists how to farm
- Native Americans had massive cities with tens of thousands of well constructed houses, intricate water canals and large merchant areas.
- The Native Americans used soaps, deodorants and breath sweeteners while colonists never bathed or even took of their clothes
- There was a delousing policy with the mantra Nits create Lice; nits being Native American babies, so their goal was to kill every Indian, including babies
- In the 1700’s 80% of the Federal Budget went towards eradicating the Native American population so they could take their developed farmland
- Colonists leaders went town after town killing men women and children under the approval of George Washington
- "Pursue Indians to extermination" -Thomas Jefferson
- California governor (1849-1851): “extermination must continue to be waged until the Indian becomes extinct”
The main factor which prevented Native American extinction was the fact they were used for slave labor. The most prized Native Americans were young girls who were said to be valued for labor and lust (that one white dude in your ethnic studies class that says he’s 1/36th Cherokee?)
In modern times children were forced into Indian Boarding Schools whose goal was to “Kill the Indian in them”. It was federal policy. They were beaten if they used their native tongue, they were forced to dress and style their hair like whites
This country was literally built on terrorism and mass murder. White people are savage terrorists.
Until, this is taught in schools everywhere- “history class” is merely a racism propaganda course.
Things to marinate on this “holiday” weekend
I always get confused at first when people say this needs to be taught in schools everywhere, because this basically IS the history class I grew up with in Northern Manitoba. Like, pre-colonial Native history, the history of both settlers who were hostile to natives and the ones who cooperated fairly well with them and how that created the entirely new and unique Metis culture, and the history of Louis Riel and his rebellion was stuff we were learning as far back as grade five. Native studies focused primarily on precolonial native history and mythology and deconstructing native representation in the media is a mandatory class to get a high school diploma from our school division up there.
Makes me remember not to take that kind of upbringing for granted.
THERE MUST BE A PARAGRAPH BREAK EVERY TIME A NEW CHARACTER SPEAKS
THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL
NO ONE WANTS TO READ ONE BIG BLOCK OF TEXT JESUS CHRIST
REMEMBER TIP TOP OK:
Make a paragraph every time that any of these things change!
So here’s what I’ve learned from the last two months of getting hacked and helping friends who have gotten hacked. It’s a work in progress cause I am currently mad as hell so I will be adding to it as time goes on, but since another woman got doxxed tonight I figured it’s a…
Why #gamergate is important
Fun fact: Morgan Ramsay, founder of the Entertainment Media Counsel, did an objective study of how much of gaming journalism talks about sexism or social justice.
To do this, he downloaded 130,524 articles from 37 RSS feeds of 23 outlets, including The Escapist, Rock Paper Shotgun, CVG, Edge Online, Eurogamer, Gamasutra, Game Informer, GamePolitics, GamesBeat, GamesIndustry International, GameSpot, GamesRadar, IGN, IndieGames, Joystiq, Kotaku, Massively, MCV, NowGamer, PocketGamer.biz, Polygon, Shacknews and VG24/7, published over a period of twelve months. He then did a search on how often these games articles mentioned sexism, feminism, or misogyny.
The result? Over a period of one year, 0.41% of 130,524 articles referenced feminism, feminist, sexism, sexist, misogyny, and misogynist explicitly.
That’s less than half of one percent.
So next time you hear someone whining that “feminism is taking over video games journalism”, what they’re actually whining about is that feminism exists in video games journalism.
Oh look it’s exactly the thing we’ve been talking about all day.
I wouldn’t normally throw my hat into this ring because, well one normally I keep my big trap shut, but two I agree with most everything Coela and Emily have said. It is a good and noble thing to consider the consequences of what we create. It is great to promote positive agendas we have for our audience. Interesting and good things with strong positive messages that don’t bore people, are things that should be widely celebrated and taken as examples that better society as a whole.
But I am a free speech purist through and through. I don’t think artists need a license to create anything. Kids emulating Cartman, angsty teens quoting Rorschach, blue meth existing in the real world now because of Walter White, for sure these aren’t necessarily good things. But they exist because each of these characters fulfill the one and only duty successful art has. The only thing close to an actual obligation for an artist, is to create interesting things for interested people. That’s even if those people are only in it for themselves. And as artists we don’t even have to do that basic task, if we don’t feel up to it.
Personally, I think there is so much more we could do to celebrate art with positive messages for people. Clearly we are also free to create art that focuses on good and noble traits, that promote a better world around us. But I don’t think that’s art’s responsibility. It is something art can do. But it isn’t necessarily something art should have to do.
This isn’t me saying that as people we shouldn’t criticize things on whether or not they positively contribute to the world at large. But it’s not the job of the artist to be a positive contribution. We have to understand this, at least because everyone’s definition of “positive” is so very different.
On a personal level, as a creator, I try (though I don’t always succeed) to sticking to some of the positive principles lain out. I like to include different races and creeds. I hope I’m being sex/sexy positive (most of the time). I like things that promote discussion of topics or express curiosity, but it’s okay if I want to be simpler too. I’ve done some “bad” with some “good.” And I hope the world is more interesting for it. But if I wanted to create a “funny” or “sympathetic” racist homophobic despicable villain because a story would be better with them in it, I’d sure as hell do it.
It’s not in the artist’s job description to be good citizens. This doesn’t preclude you from being a “good one.” This doesn’t mean we ignore criticism of the “bad ones.” But please create whatever you want. We’ll fight with you later on the field of ideas rather than on your drafting table.
I’ll just put it out there, I don’t consider putting thought into the social ramifications of what you create “censorship”, it’s more like editing, and editing is a necessary part of creating the best possible product. Comparing that kind of self-editing to censorship is akin to encouraging people to speak without a social filter. You don’t always need to say the first thing that comes to your head, you can take a minute to consider “how necessary is what I’m about to say?”, “How likely is this idea to be misconstrued?”, “How can I communicate these sentiments more clearly?” It is entirely possible to over-edit and lose your voice, but nothing ever comes out flawless on the first draft.
The big thing I’ve learned in nearly five years of making MGDMT is to never underestimate an audience’s ability to not get a joke. Like, even the simplest, most straightforward gag I can possibly write will inevitably leave someone asking me what it’s supposed to mean, and it’s trained me to think much more clearly about the way I handle these comics. Sometimes I feel like I don’t wrap thing up as punchy as I could have, or like I’ve added a line of dialogue too many, but I do it because that’s the difference between one person saying “I don’t get it” and ten people saying “I don’t get it”. Sometimes people will flat out completely miss the point of something and I have to look at “okay, how did this misunderstanding happen and how much responsibility do I have to clarify it”. I’ve definitely done some comics where I cringe at how thick I’m laying on the moral, but it’s because of trial and error of communicating with this audience that I’ve learned where I have to explicitly hold people’s hands through what I’m trying to say to cut down on misinterpretation as much as possible. And it’s all about what the end goal is to the creator how much that needs to happen. What is important to you? Communicating your specific brand of humour or communicating your overarching message? What balance of give and take between the two do you need to strike to create the balance you’re comfortable with? There are absolutely times where I’ll come up with a joke and think “There is too much potential for this to read in a way I don’t want” or “I’m not sure the general audience I’m presenting this to has proven themselves mature enough to take this message the way I intend for them to” and end up leaving that joke on the cutting room floor. That’s just editing.
I’ve heard this sort of debate in relation to Buddhist swastikas among Japanese film and comic makers. Some artists decide that the swastika is such a powerful symbol to Western audiences that regardless of its actual meaning to the culture the book is coming from it will cause a distraction for Westerners and evoke certain emotions that were not intended. They feel the imagery makes it difficult for them to communicate the correct emotional atmosphere they want in the scene to this foreign audience, so they give localizers their blessing to edit the swastikas for English releases. Other creators say “this is my culture, if someone from another country wishes to consume it it is their responsibility to educate themselves enough to understand what our iconography means.” Other creators do not want their work to leave Japan at all, because they don’t want to deal with potential cultural misunderstandings in any capacity. At a film festival I went to in Toronto once, the head of the department responsible for arranging their Asian cinema night gave a speech about how difficult it can be to get Japanese directors to allow American festivals to show their films because they don’t want to deal with those unintended messages. The movie they screened came with a letter from the director explaining aspects of the film he was concerned were going to offend North Americans and what aspects of Japanese culture they were intended to satirize. Other directors don’t want to deal with this headache at all.
In that case it’s totally up to the creator to look at the audience they have, the audience they want to have, and what ideas are important to them to communicate and decide what they need to edit or not edit to get that across. It’s easy enough to say “follow your vision”, but if you give your vision a couple new drafts and make sure you understand how people who live outside your head are potentially going to interpret it, you’re doing yourself nothing but favours.
Another flag burns.#shawshooting
holy shit. no noo no no no i do NOT care the cause, i don’t CARE what the supreme court says you do NOT fucking burn the flag what the FUCK is your problem. disrespectful bags of shit oh my GOD
That thing where a certain group of people are more outraged over a piece of polysynthetic fiber than the horrific loss of Black life in this country.
"I don’t care what the fuck your problem is you disrespectful bags of shit"