Posts Tagged: outrage

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caseymalone:

This is amazing. 

1. The dude with the whiskey and cigarette is trying VERY HARD. He wants to be indignant but he wants to be cool! “GRR, I’m mad but look at my Vampire: The Masquerade costume.”

2. “In one fell swoop the social justice warriors have silenced all dissenting voices and ushered in a new era of political correctness!” dude if people were actually silenced you wouldn’t be able to make this video/patreon without significant consequences instead of just me making fun of them.

3. “Anita Sarkeesian got almost $160,000 to producer her YouTube videos with no discernible increase in quality. But Jordan and I? We already make high quality YouTube videos.” my dudes you guys can’t even match video quality and audio levels across two different shots. you’re pointing a webcam at a low angle in a room with no special lighting? come on. 

4. “Or is this a ruse perpetuated by a group of perpetual victims for their own fame, and glory, and financial benefit?” Look if you make a video saying this and don’t realize you sound exactly like the villain from Ghostbusters I don’t know what to tell you.

Anyway, these guys are making a bunch of money off this, which is bogus and insane. The irony is that people furious that Anita Sarkeesian “scammed” money lost no money on her videos, but are going to dump a bunch of cash on this crap. The video series they deserve I guess.

(via Carli Velocci)

Video link removed because FUCK THESE GUYS. Like you said, this is a sham of epic proportions. They’re making an expose of their own paranoia and they want people to pay for it. “No discernible increase in quality”?? Go ahead and watch an old Sarkeesian clip and tell me the latest “Women vs Tropes” clip doesn’t look a million times better.

Saying this for the millionth time: no one has silenced you. Why do people who rail against “political correctness” (a twenty-year-old buzzword, by the way) always do so while pretending that their freedoms are being erased?

YOU GET TO SAY WHAT YOU WANT and we get to challenge you if you’re a jerk. That’s the American-fucking-way and it should be written on our currency (and no, it’s not “bullying” when we point out your behavior is repugnant). That you act this way while multi-billion-dollar corporations continue to court your every whim with masculine-fantasies on every screen in your house is the definition of petulance.

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I will not negotiate with terrorists.

ohdeargodbees:

This has nothing to do with games and is not a matter of legitimate public interest, but is simply a personal matter. I would hope and request that the games press be respectful of what IS a personal matter, and not news, and not about games. This is explicitly about my private life, which has…

I wish you could read the rest of that, but it has been erased.
(actually, it’s back up)

Yes, shortly after Zoe responded to a (lengthy) personal attack piece that’s been circulating for a few days, gamer dudes fed up with her insistence that her private life was her own decided to hack her tumblr, post her personal information (phone numbers, addresses, even relatives’ contact information) along with calling her disgusting slurs. They even posted the submission email address for her tumblr, which meant in-between the hate there were pleas to leave her alone, along with posts that insisted she was behind the entire harassment campaign in the first place and this was all an elaborate plea for sympathy.

It is easier for the internet to believe a woman is capable crafting her own hate campaign than it is to sit back and accept that the online “community” of video game enthusiasts has serious problems with women.

Because this keeps happening. Over and over again.
And I don’t know what can be done.

I don’t want to list all the women just in 2014 who have endured repeated online abuse, because part of what gets these dudes off is the notion that women are “playing the victim card.” Well guys, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but you keep creating female victims. Or did they all engineer their own harassment?

And puh-leez don’t come back here with talk of how this is really about “SJW hypocrisy” or “video game ethics.” If the internet wanted to tear a game developer a new asshole because their game wasn’t up to snuff, the internet can and does do that. But only when there’s a woman involved does the internet violate her privacy and use gendered, sexist insults.

Besides, if you read what these guys are writing, it has nothing to do with her work and everything to do with who she (allegedly) slept with. And that is the definition of “none of our business.” Besides, any and all “ethics” defenses are erased when you make clever nicknames based on her (alleged) sexual habits. You don’t get to call a woman a “slut” and pretend your anger is unconnected to her being a woman. I don’t see any hacking or doxxing of the men she “used” to promote her work. Shouldn’t they be equally culpable in this fantasy scandal you’ve constructed?

It’s been said before and you’re not listening to me anyway, but no one is taking your video games away. When Zoe releases a game it doesn’t cancel out a big-budget shooter. When a woman criticizes video games, she doesn’t put a wall between you and your pre-order. And when women point out that they are being ignored and marginalized by video game companies, those companies really, really don’t need you to defend them. Microsoft’s feelings can’t be hurt. EA doesn’t lose sleep.

The only people hurt in these scenarios are the women who speak out about their situation. The internet is very quick to react to cries of sexism with…sexist remarks.

Because this keeps happening. Over and over again.
And I don’t know what can be done.

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ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

this would remind me It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia if it weren’t so troubling (and that show would have the protesters be the butt of the joke)

(via winnersusedrugs)

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Yasukuni Shrine officials have reiterated their stance against enshrining war criminals at a separate site.

“Once-enshrined deities can’t be removed,” a representative of the Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors several convicted Class-A war criminals along with millions of Japan’s war dead, said in a written statement.

Yasukuni began honoring wartime Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo and the other Class-A war criminals in 1978, stirring controversy in Japan and abroad.

The shrine officials, responding to written questions, also said that Japan’s engagement in past wars was for “self-existence and self-defense.”

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Lest anyone think that world events have caused the officials at the Yasukuni Shrine to reflect on their position at all, rest assured nothing has changed, as this recent story reflects.

Because if they were willing to change, if they were willing to drop or relocate the war criminals, then they could honestly claim to be nothing more than a shrine to Japan’s war dead. But no, they’re digging in. And they’re maintaining their position that Japan’s actions in World War II were not aggressive.

Never go there. Never give them money. And don’t trust any politician who claims to visit as “a private citizen” because the world doesn’t work like that.

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ergoknight:

[lengthy Bayonetta discussion truncated]

Im sorry anita has not been playing games since she was a child, she is using video games to further her agenda. because she knows that if it seems like she enjoys video games it would make her opinion worth something. but she doesn’t

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At this point I was going to walk away, but I’m not. Instead I’m reblogging this to show everyone what we’re up against: sexism among “gamers” is worse than sexism in the games themselves.

Here’s a guy (boy?) who’d rather believe that feminists are out to get video games to “further their agenda” rather than listen to anything they have to say. He’d sooner believe the harassment campaign against Anita Sarkeesian than believe her own words. Logic be damned: she hates video games so much that she’s spending years of her life playing them, researching them, and critiquing them on the internet.

This hits home for me because, as I’ve said before, the Internet ganged up on my friend Dina in a similar fashion: she got a job at a Japanese game company and the Internet decided, based on assumptions and misinformation, that she:

  • slept her way into the company
  • didn’t know enough about video games
  • hated Mega Man
  • was going to ruin games with her “feminist agenda”

…so dudes on the Internet, like they did when Anita launched her Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter, responded with harassment and threats of violence. When she defended herself by offering up examples of her favorite games, she was dismissed out of hand as a fake. But it had nothing to do with her gender, right fellas?

THIS KEEPS HAPPENING AND IT IS FUCKED UP BEYOND REASON. Women play video games. They’ve done so for decades. So why are women who play games always ridiculed as outsiders? Maybe it’ll take a “Gamers vs Women” video collecting all these examples before we do something about it, but I’m sick and tired of seeing women fall under fire like this.

I’m preaching to the choir at this point but I’ll say it anyway: if you’re rushing to defend video games from an “agenda,” you’re either being misled or you’re delusional. The people who are most concerned about objectionable content in video games are the people who play them (and make them). Headline-seeking opportunists exist but they come and go, and their arguments never amount to much beyond “ban games.” The rest of us, men and women, are trying to have a conversation about what games mean and where they can go.

If Anita Sarkeesian’s videos were nothing more than rants or suggested video games were inherently damaging to players, her kickstarter would have failed and no one would care about what she had to say. Instead, she’s making well-produced, well-researched, well-paced (if a bit long) videos outlining problematic content in games. You don’t have to agree with her but when you resort to this crap, it’s mean-spirited and, to paraphrase Lewis’ Law: complaints about video game feminism justify video game feminism.

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prokopetz:

prokopetz:

Rape is the only crime on the books for which arguing that the temptation to commit it was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as a defence. For every other crime, we call that a confession.

I’ve gotten more angry asks about this post than I have actual reblogs.

I was desperate your honor, so I stole that money.

"GUILTY"

I was horny your honor, so I fucked an unconscious woman

YOU SEEM LIKE A NICE GUY THOUGH

(via thebicker)

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Full-page ads from 1981 paid for by “concerned” Star Trek fans. Proof that the arrival of the internet hasn’t changed much where fan entitlement is concerned.

I can just picture their sad alternate version of Star Trek II's denouement:

SPOCK: [grunting] The ship…out of danger?

KIRK: Yes

SPOCK: Do not grieve, Admiral…it is logical. The needs of the many outweigh…

KIRK:  …the needs of the few…

SPOCK: Or the one. [coughs] ANYway, Jim, I need a vacation. I’m getting too old for this shit.

KIRK: You should put in for a planetary assignment. I’m sure you’ll have many exciting adventures on that planet that we’ll read about in Pocket Books.

SPOCK: Live long and prosper, and never kill any characters in a popular series because it might upset the fans.

KIRK: As you always said, the needs of the many Star Trek fans in New Jersey outweigh the needs of a few Star Trek producers.

SPOCK: Or the one…Roddenberry.

[orchestra score, credits]

(Both pictures via @PeterAPeel, thanks to servobob for sharing)

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robdelaney:

thinksquad:

Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.

The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.

I only learned about this when I moved to LA when I was 24. That’s too old to learn that about your own country. I’m glad kids in Southern California are taught about it (since it’s an unavoidable fact that affected kids’ grandparents here) but Boston public schools, shall we say, “whitewashed” this fact from my own education. Maybe they teach it now. Anyway #teens, don’t let your school hinder your education; hit the books at home too. xo

I’m sure someone mentioned it in passing during high school but yeah, I was an adult when I found out what the United States did to its own citizens in the name of racism national security. What’s even more fucked up is it took the government four decades to officially apologize. Seriously. It was Ronald Reagan, in his final year in the White House, who signed it.

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gingerhaze:

Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics. 

emphasis added

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Mighty No. 9 developer announces new hires; backers flip out

fucknovideogames:

Trigger warnings: sexism, harassment.

Earlier this week, Comcept posted an update about Mighty No. 9, spiritual successor to Keiji Inafune’s Mega Man series. They introduced their new community manager, two forum moderators (all three of whom are project backers), and a localization company,…

Dina is my friend, making this entire episode both absurd and infuriating. Absurd because I know how much she loves video games and to suggest otherwise is ludicrous. Infuriating because self-described gamers are rallying once again to attack another outspoken woman who just wants to make games better.

Source: fucknovideogames