The GamerGate saga is funny for so many reasons. On the one hand we’re told by the pinkshirt media that the GG crowd is a bunch of loser nerds who deserve nothing more than to have their precious candy world taken away from them. On the other hand apparently these powerless nerds are picking women apart right left and center and stopping them from even entering the gaming industry. You’d think they’d be able to make up their minds. Are we all powerful or powerless? And there are lots and lots of mainstream media crapping on about GG and how bad and awful and evil we all are. Check out this list that a guy put together of all the so-called media outlets rallying against the GG barbarians at the gate.

On the one hand the pinkshirts say that the GG crowd are irrelevant and there is nothing to see, but on the other hand they do seem to be doing an awful lot of writing and running around like headless chickens about them. And this has been going on for almost two months now. What’s going on? I mean, what’s really going on?

The answer is that finally a core group of people stood up and refused to let their hobby be taken over by political activists with a severe agenda to burn. This is the first time that they have been stood up to, and they do not like it. Witness the amount of noise they are making. Witness the carry-on about “death threats”, (if someone is really giving you a death threat, the last place you talk about it is on twitter as one of my commenters said.) The pinkshirts took over the sci-fi/fantasy literature field with great success, so they must have figured that gamers were going to be an easy mark.

The first big hurdle however, is the fact the games can be very expensive to develop and maintain. Good games, that is. Anyone can write crap like Depression Quest. And the companies that make these games know who their core audience is. And I can tell you right now, it’s not women. Do you play Angry Birds, or some other crappy game? You’re not a gamer. The term gamer originates from hardcore war-gaming players back in the late 60s and early 70s. Try playing Advanced Squad Leader or the unbelievably complex Drang Nach Osten! and see how you go before your head implodes. That’s where gamers and gaming comes from. That is its roots. Games like EVE Online have their genesis in serious war-gaming. This is the history of the core market that the pink shirts have been trying to take over with their cries of “more women developers!” and “more gays and minorities” and any other inane brain dead label they attempt to attach.

We don’t care about you. You could say that we sacrifice babies on the alter of insane Gods and that we drink their blood and we still couldn’t care less about what you think. You are out of your depth. The fact that you’re all still in denial about the state of play is self-evident. You can drum up any media organisation to rant and rave and write searing drivel about how all your “rights” have been violated and it will not matter an inch.

The games we want we still get made the way we want them.

Companies know this and are responding appropriately.

You will get no concessions from us.

You will lose.

But keep making all the noise you want. We’re having a great time watching your ship go down. And more importantly, it’s beginning to give people in other areas a bit of heart.

It’s been a while since I posted anything about the gamergate saga, mostly because I’ve been busy, but also because it’s been humming along nicely without my help. But Spinks has been at it again with her dumb-assery, so I felt obliged to write up a little retort.

Oh, so poor little Anita has been getting death threats again, has she. And your sources are the New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, and fucking Kokatu? A site that has been so discredited in this entire saga that it barely deserves to update its home page? And three publications that are so left wing they make Stalin look like a mouth breathing Republican? Oh, and the woman herself. Poor Anita has been receiving so very many death threats. She must have an entire protection squad of concerned officers of the law surrounding her every move. Right? Right?

Nope. I suppose I could make up a death threat now. Stick it on the internets. I got a death threat! People want to kill me! Oh the humanities!

You know what a death threat is? Salman fucking Rushdie. Now that’s a death threat. 25 odd years under police protection and still going strong. Or how about Theo Van Gogh? That was an actual death threat made good. Those are death threats. Anita Sarkeesian has about as much chance of being killed by a death threat as I have of strangling tonight in my own bed sheets, (600 Americans a year die this way, incidentally …) The death threats are a load of shit because even if they were made, (which I very much doubt), nobody, and I mean nobody is taking them seriously. Nobody who counts, I mean. Sure, Anita can cancel an appearance here and there, but that’s all just a nice fat smokescreen to keep the whole thing turning. Death threats are all she has left. It must be sad waking up and realising that you need to invent another death threat to stay relevant.

And Spinks, just so you know, GamerGate isn’t about Anita’s pathetic videos. It’s about the one area of society that has finally resisted the insidious creep of politically correct Marxist socialism masquerading as people who just want what’s ‘best for you and the whole wide world’. We don’t want your “equality.” We don’t want your “dialogue.” We don’t give a shit about “diversity”. We don’t care for your “empowerment”. And the words, “racist”, “misogynist” and “bigot” have lost all meaning thanks to you and your ilk. You can stick your “Privilege” up your ass, and shove “pangender”, “gay-friendly” and “minorities” there with it.

You have a lovely day now.

Been a few weeks since a post on my part. I’ve been busy. Doing stuff. Stuff where you have to walk around in real life. In other words, not sitting at a keyboard. We all have our cross to bare. Me, I’ve got a few.

But after walking away from TESO faster than seats being evacuated next to someone with a runny nose, I settled my sights on ArcheAge. Normally I wouldn’t consider a Korean free to play in a blue moon but a few things attracted me to it, not least the fact that Tobold continues to hate it without ever having played the game. Tobold is my own personal barometer for considering a game’s relative value – if he hates it then it must be good, and vice versa.

I also went and joined Syncaine’s new guild in ArcheAge. I mean, why not? I had a great time with Gevlon on all his WoW-inspired projects and capers, and Syncaine has the same refreshingly upbeat outlook on life as Gevlon does so this was a no-brainer for me. Also, considering the fact that real estate is so damn hard to come by in this game, I figured that the support of a guild was an all-inclusive this time, as opposed to a sideline take-it-or-leave-it option in TESO.

I’m only level 20 after a couple of weeks of playing due to real life commitments at this time. But one thing I did do was sub after a very short period of time. There were a few reasons for that – if you want to get the most out of the game it’s a must, and I have no problem paying for such a solid game. AA makes TESO look like the empty shell that it is. This is a living breathing world that is populated by the players, not the npcs. To say it’s refreshing is a severe understatement. There are many problems of course, not limited to Trion’s almost total incompetence at running an IP which has resulted in the most severe case of hacker and gold selling frenzy I have ever seen. But my solution was to turn off local chat which while restricting some information intake is the only real way to deal with the situation.

We have our first guild run this weekend but I have still got quite a few levels to go. Hopefully I’ll be there soon, but I am quite enjoying the ride. It’s nice to do that knowing that there is a damn good endgame by all accounts waiting for me.

That’s it for me and Elder Scrolls Online. I’ve got another month left on my sub, and I might pop back in a few times for shits and giggles, but I can’t see myself continuing with this game any more. So a tidy summation is in order to see what I thought about the game overall. Let’s start with the positives:

Voice Acting: I’d never played an MMO before TESO that had serious voice acting, but it was really good. I mean, they got actors like John Cleese to play parts! Who couldn’t like that? It only hit home to me how much of a difference this makes when I jumped onto a different MMO the other day that doesn’t have it. The difference was very noticeable. But then again, I’d expect great voice acting from a single player RPG …

The World: This game has some of the best zones I’ve ever seen in a virtual world. The desert zone was simply fantastic. It wasn’t up to Skyrim standards of course, but that would be an unrealistic expectation.

Crafting: I loved the crafting; in fact I probably spent more time doing this than anything else. It was well thought out, in-depth, it made sense, and most importantly, the gear you craft is often better than anything you can find in the world. I loved the research design and the time it takes to unlock crafting options. really well done.

Customer Service: Unbelievably good. I needed help on two occasions. I put in a card and the emailed help arrived almost immediately. The customers service staff were friendly, helpful, and more importantly they resolved all my issues bar one.

Now for the negatives:

Logging in: After about a month of playing the game it inexplicably began requiring me to get an emailed authentication number at every log-in attempt. The game thought that I was logging in from a new IP address. Every single time. This went on for months and it was never resolved. “We know it’s a problem for a few users,” said the customer service staff. No shit.

The Main Story: God this sucked. It sucked so much I wanted to cry. In the beginning I simply ignored it, but then I found out that it gave you regular doses of much needed skill points, so there was no avoiding it. Which made me hate it even more. You have to do this quest line, and most of it involves you either watching nauseatingly boring cut scenes or following some random npc up hill and over dale while you attempt to do a grand fight against these forces of evil that I never understood much less cared about. Only John Cleese made this good in any way.

You’re the Hero: Nothing says this isn’t a living virtual world as much as having every single player be the hero and savior of the world. Why TESO, why did you do this? As soon as the intro cut-scene began to play out I knew what they had done. Which brings me along to my next point …

It’s a Single Player MMO: There is no reason to be involved with any other player in this game. I have never felt so lonely in this game as compared to any other MMO I played. Including EVE. Even when I joined a guild, (which had some memorable moments, don’t get me wrong), it was still something that just ticked along in the background. All you need to do in this game is quest. There are lots of quests. There are some group dungeons. You do those and then you never speak to the other players again. You don’t really even speak during the runs. You get about as much interaction in this game as you do when having sex with my ex-wife.

No Auction House: To counteract the fact that there is no interaction, Zenimax made the brilliantly dumb decision to launch with no auction house, mistakenly believing that this would throw all their players together and make a virtual world. They reasoned that players would have to interact with each other in order to trade and sell gear. The actual effect is that it’s just too damn hard to buy and sell stuff with other players. You have to do it in general chat, which is awful. Nothing says, ‘kill me now,’ so much as having to continuously link to the items you’re trying to sell in the vain hope that someone, anyone, is going to drop you a whisper saying they want it. The whole process is too hard, too demeaning, and too much damn work for very little reward. On top of that, there is no way to gauge how much stuff is worth. How much do I sell it for so I don’t get ripped off? How much do I pay for this thing I want to buy? You never know, nobody ever tells you, so you always feel a little bit cheated. A little bit dirty. And the end result? Vendor everything. Or destroy it for crafting. Well done, Zenimax. You morons.

As for the rest of it, combat was okay. Skill trees and talents were confusing. Gear as applied to classes made very little sense, (light armor, in other words cloth, was often much better than heavy metal armor. Yeah, try and work that one out.) There’s more I’m sure but I can’t think of it now.

The final straw for me though was the quest where I had to help a gay man and his gay husband. As I mentioned in an earlier thread this completely threw me out of the context of the game. And from that point on I began to notice many, many similar examples of sops to real world activists that had been included in the game. All of which may have made said activists happy, but this was at the expense of the believability of a virtual fantasy world, and thus my game enjoyment. I’m not one to continuously pay money for such an arrangement. So Zenimax, if you’re reading, that’s why I left your game in the end.

So Titan is gone. There is a lot of speculation that this is due to Destiny beating them to the punch. I have difficulty with the idea that a company would spend a lot of money and years of development on a game and then dump it when a similar game was released. A game that is also only playable on consoles. I can’t tell you about Destiny because I can’t play it as I only have a PC. Perhaps Titan has been dropped because Blizzard has realised the MMO market has changed and a major release won’t pay for its costs. While a lot of money goes into the development of a major title, a lot more money goes into its release and day to day running while it’s up.

Maybe we’ll never know the real truth. But the really interesting story is what Blizzard is going to do with all that game development talent. A well known post from Elder Game back in 2009 explained the difference between a development team, (the A team), and the team that manages a live game, (the B team). Essentially the job of the B team is to keep the game running without screwing up the original vision of the game. I am sure that most of us can agree that the original vision of WoW has been well and truly screwed over the course of the last few years.

Nobody outside the Blizzard bubble knows what Jeff Kaplan is doing right now. Apart from him there are over a hundred other developers and designers that have been working on Titan for almost seven years. It’s a lot of talent. WoW has a new expansion in the works but its numbers have been going south for quite a while now. If Blizzard announced that the original team was taking over WoW again I think that would get a lot of people excited. I would be interested enough to update and take a look. And I haven’t even thought of returning to WoW for over three years now. Something to watch methinks.

A friend and I have had enough of tyranny and greed. We are unamused by the gradual erosion of our culture and its entailing ceremonies by the vacuous merchants and pretenders to those that have gone before them. For that reason we have decided to make a stand. We have drawn a line in the sand. It is symbolic but we hope for it to only be the start of numerous future additions to the Honorable Society of the Cork, (do not attempt to abbreviate the long and glorious title of our society with a pandering acronym – we will have nothing of that modern blight on the English language.)

The Honorable Society of the Cork does entirely what its name implies – we are lovers of the cork, that beautiful crafted shred of bark that holds back the perils of oxidation from the beauty of the wine within. Extracting it is a ceremony. First, one requires a suitable corkscrew. These come in many forms and guises. It takes skill to use one effectively. A skill that sadly is being lost even in the better bars and restaurants in Australia. For we are inundated by the tyranny of the screw-top. Here comes the waiter now bearing your precious bottle of wine. He presents it for your inspection. Passing this test he proceeds to … unscrew the lid with an unsatisfying crack. You taste the wine and accept the circumstances. He pours and leaves. The screw-top is not left on your table on a little platter for your enjoyment. It goes in the bin. The wine should follow it.

We of the Honorable Society of the Cork are cognizant of ceremony and tradition. We refuse to bow down to the ravages of “progress” and “change”. The screw-top is a travesty foisted upon an unsuspecting public by inferior winemakers who for years purchased the cheapest cork possible and then complained at the results. A self-fulfilling prophecy. But if screw-tops are so good, why do the best Australian wines continue to be produced with cork? Why indeed.

If you wish to join our society the rules are simple. You may only drink wine that has come from a bottle with a cork. Living in Australia, (and not having a Grange Hermitage budget), this means we drink only wines from Italy, France and Spain. This is not a burden, I may assure you. Think of the pleasure when you are out to dinner with friends and they order a bottle of wine that lacks the necessary appendage. The waiter opens it like a bottle of coke, offers the wine, and you refuse. ‘Are you not drinking at the moment?’ your friends inquire. ‘No,’ you reply as you order your very own bottle. Splitting the bill will be so much fun. Such anticipation.

And so it came to pass. I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops, while the vast majority of bloggers have either been ignoring what’s staring them in the face or going on the warpath to defend the indefensible. A week is a long time in politics. A week is a fucking shit-tonne epic on the internet. And this baby is about to hit a month and it’s only just getting interesting. Seriously, if you’re a gaming blogger, and you’re not talking about this, you’re not interested in this, then you’re a fucking fraud. Because bigger than this it does not get. It’s like being a blogger who blogs about the Berlin Wall and ignores the fact that people are tearing the motherfucker down.

Gamergate. Zoe Quinn. Social justice warriors. The takeover of games from within by people with ulterior motives. So many bloggers and gamers have stuck their heads in the sand, put their hands over their ears, and pretended that it wasn’t happening. A minority accused those of us who were prepared to stand up and say what was obvious as condoning bad behavior, racism, and misogyny. We knew better. We knew that the scumbags had taken over and the only way to stop them was to shout loud and keep on shouting.

You want proof? Read the report from Breitbart based on the insider-release of evidence that confirms that these so-called journalists were colluding together to set an agenda based on their own collusion with activists they agreed with. There are over 1000 comments on that piece and counting. What’s galling is the “journalists” involved don’t see anything wrong with their behavior. They’re so compromised that they think this sort of shit is normal and nothing to write home about. Well, a lot of people are writing, and making videos for that matter:

These are Marxists. And they are not harmless. They’re responsible for a few of the nastier moments in recent human history. These people use propaganda to ram their social Marxist agenda down your throat. They abhor creative freedom; they are only interested in controlling the medium to get their message across. Which is the first step. The next step is gulags for everyone who does not get into line. But don’t let me convince you. I’m sure that they were many people in Russia, and Cambodia, and Cuba, and North Korea that never thought this shit would fly. The only advantage we have is the internet. And thank fuck for that. Because we can call them out on their shit. And we can point a finger at the enablers. The Quislings. The ones who are happy to get on board and send their fellow man to the cleaners. Games sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Rock Paper Shotgun, PC Gamer, and many more.

I know what you’re thinking. You just want to play your games. You want to be left alone to play your games. You don’t want to be bothered with this shit. This doesn’t concern you. Why should you care? There’s a new cool game coming out. This is all a bunch of crap.

Wake, the fuck, up.

Update:

Some sites that are doing a great job of covering this:

http://gamergate.giz.moe/

http://theralphretort.com/

A big nod to The Escapist magazine which has redrawn its ethics policy in light of what has been happening. The only gaming website to do so:

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 36 other followers