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"This is horrible, why can’t we keep the politics out of games? Why can’t we just talk about the games?"

"This is one of those deeply tricky philosophy type things: not talking about politics is actually taking a political stance on them. It doesn’t keep the politics out. Tricky, right? It seems like a trick. But it’s really not: just talking about the games, without questioning anything, is you taking a political stance on games because it amounts saying that you completely accept the games at face value. Your stance on their politics is: this is fine. You can’t just talk about the games, because they can’t be pulled apart from the ideas and circumstances that brought them into being. You can ignore problems, or just not see them, and that’s okay. But if you talk about games, you talk about politics.

"When we discuss how a woman is presented in a game we are talking about the game. She’s part of that game. If she’s a prostitute who gets killed by a pirate, then that happens in the game. That imaginary murder is part of the game content. Furthermore, games are not a disconnected dimension, even while they are being amazing escapist outlets for fantasy. They have a context. They reflect the world, and they are expressions of what the people made the game were trying to achieve. Some people want to examine that. They want to look at why a prostitute being murdered by a pirate is what happens in that game. They want to examine what it means. You don’t have to – it’s totally fine for you to enjoy whatever you like, and completely ignore any possible criticism, or even any possible meaning – but please don’t attack others for wanting to do so.

"So basically this policy of “just talking about the games” isn’t really anything of the sort, and it can lead to saying that people who do analyse them politically, and point out how they might be problematic for themselves or others (if not for you) should shut up. It is silencing criticism, which is the thing that everyone wants to avoid. Let’s not do that, no matter what.”

—RPS: "Videogames Are For Everybody"

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deathofgamergate:

What Is GamerGate?

It’s the Tea Party of video games. And Zoe Quinn is its Benghazi.

Okay, But What Is GamerGate Really?

GamerGate has been disingenuously framed as a grassroots campaign of gamers “concerned with the quality and integrity of video game journalism.” The campaign is, in truth, an effort to fold in, rehabilitate, and retroactively justify a previous campaign of blatant gender-based harassment against a female videogame developer for the capital offenses of having (a) a vindictive ex-boyfriend and (b) friends within the industry.

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"The unfortunate thing is that there is certainly corruption and a lack of ethics in many pockets of the video game industry’s journalistic wing. Suspect sponsorships and payola have been standard for years; anyone remember when Jeff Gerstmann got fired from GameSpot way back in 2007 after writing a middling review of Kane and Lynch, advertisements of which were plastered all over the website? Where was GamerGate back then? Why did it take The Zoe Post, a story utterly bereft of actual corruption, to galvanize gamers into pushing back against these entrenched practices?

No matter how desperately GamerGate proponents try to sweep this detail under the rug, the fact is that they only got truly interested in this subject when there was a woman to sexually shame for it. And that’s more damning than anything in The Zoe Post.”

This entire post is gold, and you should take a minute or two to read it.

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As an artist I felt the need to make a silly political cartoon
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For those of you only hearing about Gamergate, or couldn’t find the whole story, here’s what happened: Zoe Quinn’s ex boyfriend posted a slanderous and false account of how his former girlfriend fucked a bunch of men to get good reviews of her video game. 4chan and angry misogynist nerds looking for a giant to slay went after her, doxxed her and tried to ruin her life. They told the press they were doing it because she’d undermined journalistic integrity- nevermind the so-called five men she slept with giving out 5-star rating for blow jobs, I guess. It went on, they attacked others defending her, and started this “gamergate” thing to woo in other misogynistic nerds, creating a schizm in the internet, basically that women in their zeal for equality are ruining the video games they love so much. That was pretty much it.
Only yesterday it came out Zoe had been spying on the nerds themselves nearly since the beginning, collecting mounds and mounds of convict able evidence, names, addresses, all that of the people who were extorting and attacking her and her supporters, any anybody who was a “SJW” that they were fighting against. They revealed Phil Fish’s banking information to the world, and spammed Anita Sarkeesian’s twitter/email/etc with child pornography. The more the any anons insisted they wanted equality and legitimacy, ironically the worse they made it for themselves.
But suddenly, the tables turned: she just revealed yesterday that, she, the girl who the anons’ hatred began this entire conversation of equality in video games that divided the gaming culture, was to be the one to secure their downfall, with nothing but perseverence and beating them at their own game, and is now going to seek legal action for driving her, female journalists, writers, developers, etc out of the gaming industry for fear of their safety.
today is a beautiful and remarkable win for feminism on the internet, my dear readers, and Zoe and Anita are to thank. Zoe is Joan of Arc. It’s absolutely insane. And now, thanks to their stupid fucking campaign of extortion, the gaming community will NEVER go back to what it was before!

what’s your favorite flavor of kool-aid?

"male tears"

Oh my god YES

The whole thing was collected for easy reading on Storify, and you should read all of it right now because it is the most deliciously perfect thing!

screaming-fan-girl:

typette:

hokuto-ju-no-ken:

typette:

As an artist I felt the need to make a silly political cartoon

massive word wall:

For those of you only hearing about Gamergate, or couldn’t find the whole story, here’s what happened: Zoe Quinn’s ex boyfriend posted a slanderous and false account of how his former girlfriend fucked a bunch of men to get good reviews of her video game. 4chan and angry misogynist nerds looking for a giant to slay went after her, doxxed her and tried to ruin her life. They told the press they were doing it because she’d undermined journalistic integrity- nevermind the so-called five men she slept with giving out 5-star rating for blow jobs, I guess. It went on, they attacked others defending her, and started this “gamergate” thing to woo in other misogynistic nerds, creating a schizm in the internet, basically that women in their zeal for equality are ruining the video games they love so much. That was pretty much it.

Only yesterday it came out Zoe had been spying on the nerds themselves nearly since the beginning, collecting mounds and mounds of convict able evidence, names, addresses, all that of the people who were extorting and attacking her and her supporters, any anybody who was a “SJW” that they were fighting against. They revealed Phil Fish’s banking information to the world, and spammed Anita Sarkeesian’s twitter/email/etc with child pornography. The more the any anons insisted they wanted equality and legitimacy, ironically the worse they made it for themselves.

But suddenly, the tables turned: she just revealed yesterday that, she, the girl who the anons’ hatred began this entire conversation of equality in video games that divided the gaming culture, was to be the one to secure their downfall, with nothing but perseverence and beating them at their own game, and is now going to seek legal action for driving her, female journalists, writers, developers, etc out of the gaming industry for fear of their safety.

today is a beautiful and remarkable win for feminism on the internet, my dear readers, and Zoe and Anita are to thank. Zoe is Joan of Arc. It’s absolutely insane. And now, thanks to their stupid fucking campaign of extortion, the gaming community will NEVER go back to what it was before!

what’s your favorite flavor of kool-aid?

"male tears"

Oh my god YES

The whole thing was collected for easy reading on Storify, and you should read all of it right now because it is the most deliciously perfect thing!

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People explicitly dismissing your pain by telling you “other people have it worse” is the equivalent of saying, “oh, you got shot in the leg? Well, some people get shot in the chest, so you’re not entitled to medical attention.”

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http://alsa.org/

I did the Ice Bucket Challenge!

WOOOOO! Good jorb!! :D

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I was tagged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by internet funnyman, Chris Spain. (Damn you, Chris!) I believe the rules say you have to respond to the challenge within 24 hours, and I won’t be able to do that. So I forfeit by default I guess. And you either have to do the challenge or donate to the ALS Association, which I have absolutely no problem with! It’s all for a good cause! 50 dollars may not be much, but hopefully every little bit that’s donated will go a long way in treating and curing ALS. So this post serves as my response to the challenge and proof that I donated. Plus, even if I don’t make a video, I still wanted to do my part in raising awareness, even though I think everybody knows at this point. (I may still actually do the challenge sometime next week if I get the chance because I bet it’d be funny. I just didn’t have the time right now.)
Learn about ALS and please consider donating HERE!

Yay for Swell Dude Patrick!

yopatrick:

I was tagged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by internet funnyman, Chris Spain. (Damn you, Chris!) I believe the rules say you have to respond to the challenge within 24 hours, and I won’t be able to do that. So I forfeit by default I guess. And you either have to do the challenge or donate to the ALS Association, which I have absolutely no problem with! It’s all for a good cause! 50 dollars may not be much, but hopefully every little bit that’s donated will go a long way in treating and curing ALS. So this post serves as my response to the challenge and proof that I donated. Plus, even if I don’t make a video, I still wanted to do my part in raising awareness, even though I think everybody knows at this point. (I may still actually do the challenge sometime next week if I get the chance because I bet it’d be funny. I just didn’t have the time right now.)

Learn about ALS and please consider donating HERE!

Yay for Swell Dude Patrick!

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Donate to the ALS Association here!

My fiancée Tasha tagged me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. So here is the video in which I do that thing!
Apologies for the dreadful quality; my phone camera was a butt and dropped about half the footage, and the rest was completely out of sync — BUT! With a little editing, and a LOT of time remapping, I was able to at least stitch these bits together! PROFESSIONALISM!!

In the video I challenged my friends Chris Kent and Cameron Livesey, but since I’m not sure if/when they’ll get notified I also challenge!!!! yopatrick & saargasm!