I’ve undertaken a revamping of the blog-roll. Swept away is the detritus of the past, those that are rarely updated or I just don’t read any more, (Gank, I’m giving you a little more time). Besides this I have made some additions. None of them are gaming related. But this also reflects the evolution of my blog. While I still play video games, more and more I find myself having to be less of a passive observer of current events. These blogs reflect my growing philosophy.

Two, however, are sci-fi related.

Monster Hunter Nation is sci-fi writer Larry Correia’s blog. I like his books, but I like even more his razor sharp analysis.

Scifiwright belongs to the awesome sci-fi writer John C. Wright. He delights in the exposure of fools and useful idiots.

Mister Mean-Spirited blogs about being an individual in an increasingly liberal world.

Some more might be added in the future, but to my regular readers I recommend you check these guys out. They have all swallowed the blue pill.

There’s been a lot of mutual circle-jerking go in in the gaming community over the last week or so concerning the ‘death’ of gamers. Apparently the term itself is outdated, as we are now something else altogether. At least I’m not, because according to people like Leigh Alexander who writes for a gaming magazine and cites off that she more or less hates and despises the very people she is supposed to be writing for, gamers like me are nasty and misogynistic and probably a rapist as well as lots of other bad things.

It’s an interesting perspective to write that your own target audience are mouth breathers and that you hate them and want them all to be swallowed up by some giant worm. But you have to look at it from a different perspective – you see, these people writing this stuff are not journalists. Journalists do their research and report facts. These writers do not do this boring sort of journalistic stuff, with all the inherent standards that go with it. No, they prefer to write about two things:

1. Their opinion, and how important and relevant it is.

And 2. Be active paid shills for gaming companies who want to flog off warmed up shit masquerading as a game.

So it’s the end of gamers according to Leigh Alexander and many more of her ilk. Is it? Where’s your evidence? What have you got to back this up? If we’re all about to enter a new world of warm fuzzies, why didn’t Depression Quest take off and sell a few million copies? The thing is, the way Capitalism works, if what they were saying were true, game companies would be making stacks of the sort of games they want to see and actively promoting them. But they’re not. And why not? Because we’re not dead, we are the majority, and these idiots are engaged in level 100 wishful thinking. But who reads game “journalists” anyway? We stopped long ago, well before you gave Grand Theft Auto 4 a ten out of ten score.

It’s time for this rubbish to all come crashing down. This is not the end of gamers. Gamers are alive and well, thank you very much. This is hopefully the beginning of the end of social justice wankers bombarding us with their socialist propaganda while taking it up the arse, (or on their knees, hi Zoe), to further their own advancement in their nepotistic bubble that consists of a world where all men are evil and rapists unless proven otherwise, unless they are gay and then they are holy, or perhaps they are of a complexion that is not as ours, which makes them more holy still, or perhaps they like to follow a religion which does not have a bloody big cross as its symbol, which in that case they’ve hit the fucking jackpot and can do what they like, and lets all make games to fit this paradigm.

Those of us who have not fallen for this rubbish, (Hi Tobold, my God you’re so stupid, aren’t you), have had enough. Gamers are not over, we are very much here. And I will continue to write for gamers everywhere who want games, not quotas, who want meaningful choice, not brain-dead activism, and who have had enough of being marginalized by this evil cohort of scum-sucking propagandist brain-washers.

And we want great games, did I mention that? Make great games.

Think about this example: you’re playing a game, an MMO. In this game every man is married to a man, and every woman is married to a woman. It is how society works, (children are delivered to happy couples by magical storks.) Not only this, but the MMO world you are playing is a fairly accurate social representation of an historical setting in your own universe. So there is a decent connection for you with this world. Happy days, right?

Then one day, you’re playing the game, and suddenly you meet a man who asks you to find … his wife. You look at the text to see if you misunderstood what was written. You are not mistaken. You think that this is just some crazy mistake, but then you follow the quest and you meet his wife and it’s a woman. You look around wondering if this is the official MMO version of candid camera. It’s not. You are confused because there is absolutely no context to place this startlingly new situation in. No other character around you is batting an eyelid, in fact all the other NPCs treat this ‘couple’ as a normal part of their lives, when in fact they stand out like a gay couple at a mass Korean wedding.

You are confused. But more than that, you are angry. Because the game has broken the fourth wall. You are no longer in your fantasy game, you are in a fantasy game with activism, which is a representation of your current social world. In one tiny move the veil of illusion has been broken and trampled into dust. You want to say something, but then you realise that to do so would be fraught with social peril. You will be accused of being ‘heterophobic’, when in fact you don’t really give a shit about heterosexual couples either way, you just want to have some context to understand what they are suddenly doing in your world. The world that you are playing in to escape your current reality.

Because that’s why a lot of people play games. They like it as a way to relax, to get away from what’s going on in their lives. And the traditional fantasy setting is a very popular backdrop for this type of game to feature in. But when game designers pander to the screaming minority demanding ‘equality’ and ‘representation’ then what they are doing is making a very tiny group happy at the expense of a much larger group. People who traditionally play these types of games.

If game designers are wondering why their sales are going down faster than a sumo wrestling team in a broken elevator, then they need look no further than this example. Because yes, I met a male npc in Elder Scrolls who asked me to help find his husband. And now I’m wondering why the fuck I’m playing this game.

I caught sight of a post on a blog I hadn’t heard of called, Zen of Design. It’s titled, ‘our growing fuckwad problem’. It’s quite badly written, in the sense that it took me about a third of it to work out whose side the writer is actually on. And it’s a nice little rant about how there are too many nasty evil people on the internet and Zoe Quinn’s boyfriend is an asshole for putting his dirty laundry on the internet and blah blah blah and fucking blah.

The writer’s initial error can be summed up nicely with this logical fallacy that I’m going to quote from his post:

“… The Internet should be a safe place for everyone …”

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. I suppose you’d also say that the world should be a safe place for everyone too. Well, it’s not. Sometimes I wonder if people who play fantasy games really do live in a fantasy world. The internet is a reflection of the world. It is a reflection of human beings and their behavior. How could it be anything else? And our little Damion Schubert, (at least I think that’s who wrote this shit), is all upset at the nasty wasty people on his internet. According to him they need to go away! The internet is not a place for them! I’m going to break down his rubbish one point at a time based on his own subheadings. Let’s go, shall we. His original posts in bold:

1. If you think this is an isolated problem, limited only to a handful of ‘celebrity women’, you’re wrong. For a small sampling of the abuse that women can take, look no further than Fat, Ugly or Slutty.

So what does this prove? That there are some bad men out there? So what? Oh, I see, you’re making the illogical assumption that this means that there are no nasty women out there …

ihatemen, endofmen, dead men don’t rape, and this was from just a cursory few minutes on Google. Yahoo Answers is always a go-to site for rabid anti-male threads and moderating, and oh, let’s just add some more while we’re at it. I’m a woman who hates men, kill all men, and my personal favorite, I am a feminist: All men can go die…that is after I cut off their dicks.

As a man I have to say, I’m not feeling the love.

2) It doesn’t take many assholes to poison the well. Here’s a secret – the ‘not all men’ camp is technically correct, and even moreso, they’d be accurate in saying ‘most men’, as in ‘most men are not colossal manchildren incapable of holding a coherent conversation with a woman’ and ‘most men are not, actually, potential rapists who spout out vile obscenities the moment a player with a female voice whips their ass’. Here’s the other secret – that doesn’t matter. At fucking all.

Can anyone out there tell me what that means? In English, mind you. he goes on, at length, something about one person can stuff it up for everyone. Yeah, that Stalin chap was a real bummer, wasn’t he.

3) Having thick skin should not be a requirement to be a game developer or academic – but right now it is.

Oh, poor little game designer, he needs a think skin. Has he tried being a high school teacher, or a primary school teacher for that matter? Or a cop? Or a politician? Or the poor person at the airport scanning x-ray machine that has to wave the wand over people’s body parts and gets abused into the process? Or how about bus drivers? Or … do I need to go on? And then he goes on about Anita Sarkeesian, the woman who has made an art form out of scamming gullible saps in the gaming industry to give her money because she’s so hard done by. And once again, women get abused so they leave, it’s that logical fallacy again. Is he assuming that men in the industry don’t get abused and leave? Actually they probably just kill themselves seeing as men make up 80% of suicides.

4) If your response to a failed relationship is to post your dirty laundry to a toxic and inflammatory web forum and egg them on to harassing your ex, you are a Grade-A Major League Asshole, and you’ve justified her decision to leave you and seek affection elsewhere. Sorry, that needed to be said. I don’t even need to hear her side of the story. She figured you out, and tried to escape. Good on her.

Really? I mean, really? I’m glad this guy isn’t sitting on any judicial bench.

5) If you don’t think that being a white, straight male grants you undeniable and unassailable privilege in modern Western society, then you need to get your head out of your MRA ass.

Straw-man much? Oh, and I’ll post all of this again just to make a point.

6) Manufacturing a scandal to be able to keep calling a woman a slut is pretty much the definition of shitbag behavior. You know how many people would care if a male developer slept with a female journalist? Roughly zero. It happens all the time. Hell, sometimes we even marry them. It’s not just game journalism – Washington DC is full of journalists who have had relationships with the people that they’ve covered. And yet, somehow, the Washington Post manages to maintain their integrity and reputation.

She slept with them to further her own career at the expense of other people. All discussion of the topic was neutered from the internet. For a truly in-depth look at why the Zoe Quinn debacle is a very big deal, look no further than here. Also, don’t you love this guy’s double standards? On the one hand it’s all, “ARGGHHH, only one bad person can cause everyone else to be tainted by the same brush and you are all evils ARRGGG!” and then on the other hand when it’s a woman who may have been nasty and naughty it’s all, “It happens all the time, nothing to see here, move along move along quietly now …”

Here’s my favorite part:

But there is a contingent of gamers who seriously need to drink a cup of Shut the Fuck Up. It’s not all gamers. I suspect that, if you’re reading this, you’re not one of them. It is, in fact, a minority of gamers, and probably a tiny minority at that. But the amount of noise that they make, and the amount of damage that they do, is vastly out of scale with their small population.

I agree. There is a small group of so-called gamers that make a huge amount of noise relative to their numbers and who ruin it for everyone. Feminists, the pink brigade, white knights like this moron Damion Schubert, and any other of the socialist nutbags who want to ruin gaming for everyone. Finally something this guy writes makes sense.

A brilliant post from a female game developer on Zoe Quinn, or for those of you who are unfamiliar with her, she who sleeps around to get ahead due to being a talentless crack-whore while undermining all those around her.

A couple of particularly choice quotes:

“… This is just one example of how only those who toe the social justice line are allowed by the press and the devs’ clique. Even those who just try to keep quiet and uninvolved are often called out for not doing enough, or being a poor “ally.” To succeed in this industry you have to meet the standards of this clique, when it should be about meeting the standards of gamers …”

And my favorite:

“… Let’s be completely honest: most women don’t play Quake III. Most of those few women like me who actually like first person shooters, grand strategy, space sims, and all those other genres that make up “core” gaming don’t care if they can play as a female protagonist, or if the girls are wearing skimpy outfits, or if you have to rescue the princess. They like the exact same things as men who like those games, and they just want good games, nothing more nothing less. And most of them feel that all this rambling on about representation is distracting from the real issue: big developers and publishers are making shitty games for mass appeal instead of the kind of awesome games we played growing up. When you distract from that to rant about what is literally imaginary misogyny you’re hurting women like me who just want good games. There’s a reason the only new game I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year was the new Strider, even though I’d rate it an 8 out of 10 at best: it’s a simple premise with solid execution. No attempts to speak about how the social justice topic du jour, just solid gameplay and enough of a story to string it together. Not that I’m opposed to games telling a story, but for the vast majority of genres stories aren’t all that important, and speaking out on social issues is irrelevant to what I want: gameplay. Most other women, if they play games at all, play Candy Crush and Farmville and Solitaire and whatever else is popular on phones. By conflating us with them you’re hurting us and keeping the games we like from getting made …”

Read the rest of her post, it’s dynamite. And it’s important.

A shout out to Vox Day for the heads-up.

Oh, that’s right – a lot of people already have.

And so it comes down to this. For some time now the pinko-lefty social drama campaigners have been on a holy mission from an abstract entity to bring equality and inclusion to the world of video games. Not satisfied with completely fucking up the science fiction & fantasy genre with their boring platitudes and dull novels bereft of anything remotely resembling a story but chock full of gay Asian heroes struggling with their existence in an alien world, they then set their sights on video games and all it contained. At first the complaints were small and centered around the fact that they were being abused in chat for being a woman. Notwithstanding the fact that the vast majority of people abused in chat in MMOs are because they either:

A: Suck as a gamer, or
B: Suck as a person,

These were always equated back to I am being being abused because I am a woman.

It’s a funny thing about these feminists. On the one hand they scream about GRRRRLLL power and how they are so much better than men, but yet on the other hand they roll around in their victim-hood status as soon as someone gives them the finger. Power and victim-hood the two do not equate.

But facts, rationality, and logical thinking are anathema to this bunch, and thus we progressed to such fascinating topics as there not being enough statues of females in WoW city areas and OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE SHOOT ME NOW ARE WE REALLY TALKING ABOUT THIS???

Which is what they count on. Disinterest. ‘Why, this isn’t going to effect me, I’ll just ignore the awful feminists and their gay hanger-ons and stick to my games.’ Yes, well that’s what the science fiction & fantasy community thought too, until most of the novels released started to well … suck. And Zoe Quinn is just the tip of the iceberg. I mean, who wouldn’t release a game called ‘Depression Quest’ about depression, and a text adventure at that, and not expect it to sell really well? That was fucking irony by the way in case you hadn’t noticed. Game not going so well? Why not sleep with a bunch of so-called journalists and executive bigwigs to make sure that your game gets on steam? Ex-boyfriend spills the beans on you publicly? That’s okay, let’s just shut down all discussion and remove all threads related to the subject on major forums and ban everyone into the bargain? I mean, nobodies going to notice that shit, ammiright?

This is a turning point, my friends. This is the time for you to take notice of sites such as Kotaku and boycott them forthwith. To stand up and say that this shit won’t fly. Good games are good games in of themselves. There is no quota system required for a game to have X number of blacks, gays, women, lesbians, Hispanics, Asians, transexuals, etc. This is not about what a game is. A game is a good game when it gives enjoyment and an escape from the real world. I said it four years ago when I got into a fight with these wankers and their ilk, and I’ll say it again:

Hands off our games.

And screw Zoe Quinn, though not in the biblical sense. I mean, ewwww.

My main in TESO is now level 32 and the proud recipient of a full matching armor set from our dear guild leader. Not only do I look awesome, I look like I know what I’m doing. Every time I run through a major town someone invites me to a guild. I, of course say no. But in a polite way, as one must not obviously look down on the little people. Quite.

With this new gear I’m also a lot better at killing things. I have now completely changed my set-up. Before I was an assassin Nightblade wearing heavy armor with a sword and shield because I could. Because it looked cool. The problem was that I did about as much damage as a kitten on morphine. Now I’m wearing medium armor, I dual wield a dagger and an axe, and I primarily use my bow. I can kill most things before they even get close to me, and even if they do get close I have an ability that hurls them back a good distance when I use it. As an added bonus I get hurled back as well. It’s particularly good for bosses and the like.

Right now I’m questing in the Alik’r Desert. I really like it, a lot. It’s possibly the best desert zone I’ve ever seen in an MMO. It gives the impression of vastness, of sand stretching to infinity. In the distance a sheer cliff will shimmer in the heat haze while a dust devil whirls past you. Poetic, eh? But you can really believe that you could die of thirst out there. Or die of loneliness.

However, there is one thing that is missing from this scene. Star Wars, Return of the Jedi didn’t get many things right, but it hit the nail on the head with Princess Leia dressed in a metal bikini while lashed in chains in front of a giant slug. But so far I am yet to encounter a single desert slave girl. How is this possible? Where is Frank Frazetta when you need him? [dead, you imbecile - Ed]. What I wouldn’t give to come over a sandy rise to see a long line of near naked slaves lashed together by the neck and being led by some nasty and brutish slave owners. Why, what I’d do would be to charge straight up and buy a couple of the hottest girls I could see. Why haven’t you done this TESO? Why??

Don’t tell me the drooling feminist socialists have finally co-opted the gaming industry for their own awful political ends. At least there aren’t any statues to women who look like Zoe Quinn in TESO. Honestly, the thing I don’t understand about that drama is why five men would want to sleep with the ugly bitch. Come on guys in geekdom land, you can’t be that hard up, surely.

Anyway, I’m going back to sandy adventuring. If I find a slave girl I will buy her, treat her awfully and post a screen shot. The things I do for my readers.

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