I’ve gone through all my old posts that deal with social justice warriors, be their form feminists, or social inclusion, or quotas, or whatever it be, and added the ‘SJW’ tag to them. If you click on this TAG in my tag-cloud down on the bottom side-bar, then all of the relevant posts will come up.

There’s a couple of reasons for this. Ease of locating them for myself and readers, plus I may be getting involved with writing for a few different sites that want to help get the anti-SJW message out there.

Fighting the good fight against the SJW crowd since August 2010.

As recently as 2010 I wrote a post on this blog about why people should not have to hide the fact that they enjoy video games in their spare time. Some of my most regular and free-thinking commentators said that for them to do so would be socially suicidal. I myself have never given a tinker’s cuss to what others think about me, so this was a little eye-opening at the time. Four years later and video-games are mainstream. I regularly meet people in real life who tell me they enjoy video-games. Nobody bats an eyelid.

I suppose I should be happy with this, but of course I am not. It was much more preferable when my hobby was socially maligned, because we were left the fuck alone. There were no social justice wankers, (the real abbreviation of SJW), trying to make our lives “better” by “bringing us all together” in the world of video games. It has taken them a very short time to infect the pot, but now the pot is infected indeed.

The Zoe Quinn saga is by now old news, but in the blogosphere that I inhabit, my fellow bloggers are only now waking up to what has been happening. They have also expressed surprise in the direction the drama has taken, with the attack on gamers by the very journalist sites that were supposedly speaking for and to them. The problems are two-fold with this understandable confusion. Firstly, the “gamers are dead” drama was a smokescreen invented by the parties defending Zoe Quinn to deflect attention away from what they have been up to these last few years. Secondly, these sites have been speaking at gamers for all this time, with their socialist agenda firmly in mind.

Remember dear readers, equal opportunity is simply institutionalised mediocrity. All these changes that the SJW crowd have been trying to effect in the gaming world are not designed to make games better. And by seizing upon the fact that certain elements of the gaming community are nasty is a pathetic and insulting tactic to force their agenda on us. Of course there are nasty people in gaming. There are nasty people everywhere in the world. I am insulted that I am smeared with the same brush, but I will not explain my actions to them. By doing so, one buys into their controlling social agenda. Much better to stay above the liberal crowd. I will not be part of the herd.

Which brings me back to my initial point. We gamers used to be social pariahs. Which is how I liked it. It was better when it wasn’t socially acceptable for us to say we were gamers, because the very people that would “accept” us socially are the very people now causing all these problems. For the true gamers out there who want nothing more than good games there can be only one recourse. Tune in next time for what that is.

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.

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