As a very left-leaning person who voted for Obama and Sanders, modern day "neo liberals" are ripping my political identity away from me with their raw sophistry and cowardly inclination toward debating ideas that they find "uncomfortable."
Like the title says, I'm a heavily left-leaning person, have been so my whole life and probably will continue to be one. I have absolutely no issue with equality for people of all races, creeds, backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders etc and see no reason as to why any rational person would. I also firmly believe in a robust social safety net (welfare, NOT "safe spaces") for people who can't help themselves and that religion has absolutely no place in our government.
I told you all that to tell you something else. A few months ago, I was browsing the Facebook group of a podcast that I really don't listen to anymore but WAS know for its lively discussion of various issues, the group at one point having nicknamed itself "Thunderdome" but has obviously devolved since then. The podcast itself is (was?) run by a couple of guys that came from (in my opinion, of course) the greatest gaming podcast to ever exist and a couple other guys from IGN. In the group, someone posted the Polygon article about Anita Sarkeesian's (apparently) "amazing shitty person moment" or whatever and he wasn't shy with sharing how he really felt about the article in question and Sarkeesian's harassment of people for merely showing up and sitting down at her panel. Of course, he got called things like "gross" and dogpiled by a group of sycophants wanting to make themselves look good to the hosts and mods. I then chimed in with my opinion, that even as a leftist I find Sarkeesian's rhetoric to be highly disingenuous and her analysis of video games to be amateur hour at best. Of course, I got dogpiled, too. The thread, of course, ballooned and lead to one of the hosts (one of the IGN guys) coming in and calling us all "GamerGators" (I guess he thought this was funny?), while proceeding to say that people like Anita are helping to shape games like Battlefront II, which is more than any of us have ever done and the game will be a resounding success regardless of what we think of people like her (This part is genuinely hysterical in hindsight). I said what I needed to say to certain people in the thread who wanted to make things personal and let it go, "Shills gonna shill," I figured. Not everybody in that group is a solipsistic hack and many actually acknowledged Sarkeesian's shortcomings as a game "critic" and compared her rhetoric to that of Jack Thompson, Leeland Yee and the PMRC. These obvious comparisons fell on deaf ears, of course.
Fast forward a few weeks later when the PewDiePie "nigger" controversy happened. Of course there was a thread about it and, of course, he was being called a "Nazi." Being a student of history, I decided to try and inject some sanity into the proceedings by stating that, while any decent human being would find what he said to be completely reprehensible, he's not a Nazi. The Nazis killed over six million people, were responsible for the worst sociopolitical upheaval of the 20th century and turned Europe to ash. PewDiePie is an internet streamer that used a racial slur and it's insulting to everyone who suffered at the hands of the Nazis to use such a fallacious comparison. I even had a Jew who was a member of the group thank me but, of course, my post really rustled a lot of other people's jimmies. I was called everything in the book and even had someone who was a self-professed "pervert" try and put me on blast, despite him saying that he finds it oh-so-difficult to keep his hands to himself at cons when there are hot women around and that it was a daily struggle for him to not treat women like objects. That's when it hit me: all this "outrage" over GamerGate, all this deliberate spreading of false information about the people involved (It being started as a response to Anita when the nucleus for it is in the Jeff Gerstmann/Kane and Lynch fiasco, it being an "alt-right" movement, etc) is 100%, grade A, organic, unfiltered, free-range projection.
Sane individuals don't find it hard to keep their hands to themselves, sane individuals don't compare internet streamers to Nazis, sane individuals don't fight all the way to the Supreme Court for the art form they love only to offer it up on the altar of political correctness mere years afterwards because it helps people feel "included."
I took screenshots of the entire latter conversation because, to be quite frank, I felt like I stepped into an episode of Black Mirror. Some of the stuff being said was tantamount to intellectual high treason and there were people getting all sorts of vile things said about them and the mods/hosts never stepped in to stop it. I'll post them if there's enough interest once I've redacted all the personally-identifiable information from the captures and metadata.
So, yeah, as a self-professed welfare state supporting leftist making my first post to KiA, screw everything about modern video games "journalism" and the behaviors they enable. It's absolutely no wonder sites like Vice and Buzzfeed are failing, they don't even know how to appeal to their own base, anymore.
Yup. Welcome to the club. You're now "Alt Right" like the rest of the Liberals.
If you're to the right of Mao, get ready for the Goolag. The AltLeft's glorious cultural revolution will totes work this time, comrades. THIS TIME WE HAVE BLOCKCHAIN!
Voting for Obama is understandable. Voting for Bernie "white people don't know what it's like to be poor" Sanders was blind.
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I am Mnemosyne reborn. Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station. /sub/botsrights
This is just sad
[Opinion] Dear media: celebrities who fuck for roles aren't victims, they're accomplices.
The ones who thanked Weinstein in acceptance speeches were basically recruiters for his abuse.
It's almost like they remained silent for years and put on a facade and allowing other women to be put into the same position they now proclaim was so terrible and disgusting.
I don't remember hearing that many of these allegations (other than Weinstein who had a mountain of them) were sex for roles/favors. Most were simply someone groping, or exposing themselves to someone. Or at least Spacey, Takei, Louie and Stallone were.
I'm sure that goes on, but unless I just missed a bunch, that doesn't seem to be what's happening here.
A reminder that despite the recent news regarding Battlefront 2 lootboxes, EA's flagship racing series Need For Speed operates on a pay to win lootbox system in their newest installment in the series.
This can be seen in a recent gamespot review: http://archive.is/5JDDw
But this means you're constantly reaching these frustrating choke points, where the only way to progress through the story is by going back and replaying old events in order to earn enough Speed Cards to bump up your level. There's even a Trophy / Achievement for replaying races that literally mentions grinding in the description. And when you factor in the ability to expedite the process with microtransaction loot boxes, it feels geared towards encouraging you to part with real money unless you want to spend time replaying lukewarm parts of the game over again. There's nothing fun about repeating events, especially against opponents that are now at a significantly lower level than you are. But the alternative solution of spending real money doesn't bear thinking about.
This is in stark contrast to EA's previous decision to not include microtransactions in Need For Speed (2015): http://archive.is/o9I5e
It would appear that NFS operates on progression system which has the player grind for car upgrades to have a chance of winning a race or expidite the process via in-game purchases.
Don't buy EA it's as simple as that.
> Literally a pachinko ingame, only thing missing is
> "Nope, totally not gambling".
So in your opinion CSGO gambling websites aren't gambling since the outcome is weapon skins and not money?
The difference is nobody actually gives a flying fuck about Need for Speed nowadays, and rightfully so. This series is deader than dead.
I don't get the whole "it's still a conversation worth having" thing in instances like this. If the guy was not an EA developer at all and for 2+ years he's been lying on Twitter, then why would I believe his claims about receiving 7 death threats and 1,600 instances of harassment in 48 hours?
I'm not claiming that nobody in the games industry has ever received a death threat or had personal insults directed at them, because that would clearly be ridiculous, but this constant desperate grasping to taint gamers as a whole as some toxic cess pool of utter cunts is cringeworthy. Klepek went all white knight over the Alison Rapp shit, and he ended up with egg on his face there too. Dood never learns.
Klepek went all white knight over the Alison Rapp shit, and he ended up with egg on his face there too. Dood never learns.
Questioning the motives of the founder of an anti-child abuse charity in the process.
but given the near-daily instances of harassment against developers, streamers, and even fans
The funny thing about this statement is that he presents this "daily harassment" idea without offering evidence, in an update where he admits that the "harassment" he just reported on was fake.
Given the near-daily instances of unethical behavior from gaming journalists, the idea of policing our own communities remains relevant.
There Klepek, fixed that for you.
So, that shirt is acceptable, and did nothing bad to Nintendos family friendly image, but Fire Emblem needed to be censored for some reason
Let alone Shirtgate...
[Meta] Why we removed the Battfront II Refund Button Thread
So there was a thread up on KiA titled: EA HAS REMOVED REFUND BUTTON from their customer portal hoping people will be too inconvinienced .... This thread has been posted in other subreddits such as /sub/gaming and /sub/pcmasterrace. It received over seven thousand upvotes and a lot of discussion was made from it. However, it had to be removed under Rule 7 for being completely false.
From PCGamesN titled No, EA haven’t removed the refund button from Star Wars Battlefront 2, the writer for the piece explains a glaring detail about the game. From the article:
Now, according to EA’s refund policy, we should be able to refund Battlefront II within seven days of release if you’ve pre-ordered and haven’t yet launched the game:
If you go to EA’s refund page you can see what games are available to refund, and Battlefront 2 isn’t listed there either.
The theory in BatofSpace’s post is that EA have taken away the button, forcing you to go through customer service, a process that is time-consuming and might discourage someone from going through with the refund.
However, there is no evidence that there would usually be an option to refund a pre-order in this manner. In fact, there are forum posts dating back to 2013 from people looking to work out how to cancel their pre-orders and being directed to go through customer service.
The author also purchased the Elite Trooper Deluxe version of the game that allows early access for the game, which does allow an Origin refund. This comes to the conclusion that you can still refund your pre-order from the game. However there is no proof that that there ever was a refund button in the first place:
All the documentation on EA’s support pages suggests you should be able to refund pre-orders through Origin, which is likely where the confusion has stemmed from. However there is no evidence that Battlefront 2 is any different from any other preorder on Origin and that EA has removed the button. Rather it was never there.
And because of this we had to remove the thread under Rule seven, which mentions that "If a post makes a claim that is later proven false, the post will be deleted, regardless of vote... Here at KotakuInAction we make sure not to spread misinformation. It's a group effort to have that continue to happen so that truth can be seen more than falsehoods. So I recommend reading the PCGamesN article for more information on this beyond what I've copy and pasted here.
"The refund button was not removed because it was never there to begin with."
That’s a bold strategy Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.
I for one think it's fine to remove misinformation.
Ah, a thread explaining a Rule 7 removal. Just like old times. You dun good, 6040.
I cancelled my pre-order with a button shortly after the open beta, so I know it existed at some point.
Joke's on them. Can't refund it if I never ordered it in the first place.
I guess EA must want that "Worst Corporation in the US" award again.
this really borders on illegal practice at this point. wtf EA!
Why can these idiots not see this for the bait that it is? Why can they not see that they end up sounding way more bigoted In their virtue signal filled push back than the actual flyers could ever be?
Because they are racist. Literally. They believe that it is evil to not hate white people.
“Whoever is posting these photos, I don’t think they’re realizing how triggering these posters are for people,” says Lee.
Ahahahahahahahaha! Oh wait, you're serious? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Why can these idiots not see this for the bait that it is?
Because they genuinely do hate white people.
... Oh God.
See, after the elections, I thought it was hyperbole when everyone told me that folks where blaming Russia for literally everything. Bit by bit, I realize it wasn't... starting from when I was told Antifa are, in fact, Russian agents hired to make social justice advocates look bad... and leading up to this.
This is the stupidest thing I have seen blamed on the Russians. Please, please don't tell me there is stupider... I don't think my heart could handle it.
I always knew Chekov was up to no good!
The Clinton Defense? Love it!
"I'm not a criminal, it's Russia!"
Reminder: George Takei seemed oddly comfortable joking about being a sexual predator before this scandal: