In Memory of Riley

The things that happen one Sunday afternoon while you are completely unaware.  Just a normal Sunday afternoon where I am doing something really cool, and find out something happened suddenly.  The way life is, most days.  There’s this great video I watch anytime I am having a bad day and while it may not make me feel better, it makes that day suck a little bit less.  In that video there’s a line that says that the real worries in your life is something that will find you on some idle Tuesday.  It also says that your life is 50% chance, just like everybody else’s.  I just got finished putting a peanut butter cheesecake in the oven and decided to call to wish the old man a happy birthday.  That’s when I found out what happened.  The family dog, Riley, had seized.  It was bad.  Now his mind appeared to be gone and he was running around smashing into things.  He wasn’t getting better.  There was nowhere they could take him.  After all his health troubles up to this point, it was clear what had to be done.  Call my old man callous for ending the dog’s pain with a bullet instead of an injection, but it was quick and he didn’t suffer.  That’s more than most can say.

Riley was the offspring of our old dog Zoey, who I did an In Memory post for.  She was given to me after a major surgery.  A pure-bred lab, she was an awesome dog.  But she was not my dog.  Not by a long shot.  Just like her puppy, she was my old man’s dog.  Everywhere he went, she followed.  We bred her with another pure-bred lab and had a whole bunch of puppies.  Riley was unique among them.  The whole lot of them were black as obsidian, except him.  He was white as a sheet.  Little albino dog.  The only one from the litter the family kept, he was the most loyal dog you could imagine.

More than a little of a momma’s boy, everywhere that Zoey went, he went.  Everything that she did, he did.  Make no mistake, for how much bigger he got than her, it was clear that she was the top dog.  It was so fun to watch when he would finally get on her nerves and she would run his big ass down and bowl him over and get on top of him in an act of dominance.  Like the wolves they descended from, she is the alpha dog.  Of that there is no question.  And he was a good kid.

However, like I said, he was most definitively the old man’s dog.  I told this story in the post for Zoey, but I knew who everyone was at the house on the lake by how they walked.  My cave was in the basement, and everyone in the family had their own walk.  Sally (my mother) was always slow and plodding.  She was never in a hurry.  My sister’s walk was angry.  A fitting theme, since anger is her stock and trade.  But the old man always had the clickety-click of doggy feet behind him.  Everywhere that he went, those two were there.  If he was out plowing snow, they were in the plow truck with him.  If he was on the 4-wheeler doing work outside, they were on the back.  It was kinda cute how the two would fight over who got to sit on his lap when he would be watching the news at night.  Never would he have let that be the case when he was younger.  My old man got so much more lenient as his years are getting on.

For example, every day that Sally would leave for work in the summer and he didn’t have to go to work, the two would be up on the bed.  He would bemoan how spoiled the two are, but deep down I knew that he kinda liked having two big pals to do stuff with.  I was never big on the outdoor stuff or the vehicle stuff, so he got to have a couple of happy helpers to be with him.

When Zoey passed, I think it hit Riley hard.  Dogs process death differently than us, and he was a very lonely dog for some time.  But then he came back and life resumed for the big white mutt.  For a couple years he was the only family dog and he was just like Zoey.  Everywhere the old man went, there he was.  If anything, he was much more insisting than his mummy-dog.  He had to absolutely be involved with everything.

Then things took a turn.  He had a health problem which caused one of his eyes to be in a massive amount of pain, all the time.  This was on top of digestion issues and fatty deposits he had.  Pure-bred dogs have a lot more health problems than mutts, and he was no exception.  After surgery to remove the eye that was in pain, he was a happy dog again.  But his health had been declining more and more.  Today, it all came to a head.  As was told to me on the phone, he started having seizures and then subsequently running around and losing it.  He was smashing into things, like he couldn’t tell where he was or what he was doing.  I was told that the old man took him outside to where he wanted to lay him to rest, next to Zoey, and ended it.  Once-again, think him callous, but he did what had to be done to stop his pain.  My family isn’t rich, and his mind was gone. I can’t imagine how much it hurt, but the deed is done.

Riley was a good boy, and while he wasn’t my dog, I am going to miss him.  He was a good boy, and now my parents only have one pet left – my cat.  And her health is declining fast.  She’s completely deaf and I think she is really scared at night.  She yowls like she is in pain, but I don’t think she is.  During the day she is alright.  I think her vision is going too and she’s scared.  Her hair is getting matted and she sleeps virtually non-stop.  I think this will be her last winter too.  I suddenly am feeling very alone out here. But all that is a post for another day.  I’m really tired right now, and I got laundry to do.  Being an adult sucks.

Until next time, a quote,

“A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

Peace out,

Maverick

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This Video is Devoid of Context (A response to ONE)

You know what I hate – videos that start with one thing and decide that they are going to completely nix that concept and instead focus on whatever pet project they are going to go after.  Today it is the idea that women in the third world are poor because men have all the jobs.  Oh, but rather than talk about that, their video that is supposed to pimp this topic out decides that they are going to focus on First World problems that are so devoid of context and lacking in any reason to care that I am amazed we don’t have a sad violin playing in the background.  I’ll share the video, so none of you can saying I am taking things out of context, and then we’ll break it down.

Alright, so we got some chick in a foreign country just having a baby and asking if it’s a boy.  The doctor says no.  What does that have to do with anything?  Is the idea that this chick in what I presume is a Third World country would rather have a boy than a girl?  What is the argument there?  What is the message?

Next we got some girl who is sitting that naked butt on a stone countertop.  Yeah, that’s already unrealistic.  But she is looking at some pic of a girl who is fat and it says “NO.”  Then she looks at her own slight chub and is all distraught.  I’m sorry, but what’s the point there?  It’s clear this chick is in the First World.  She’s on her smartphone with an electric toothbrush in a house that looks very nice.  Clearly she isn’t living in poverty.  That being fat means you are in poverty?  What?

Next up we got a bunch of Asian people in a conference room and some girl is about to stand up for some reason, and the boss man says “no.”  What’s the context here?  Did she get passed over for a promotion?  Maybe it wasn’t her turn to speak.  Maybe they’re going around the table and it isn’t her turn yet.  Without any context of any kind, we have no idea why “no” was said to her.  What’s the point of this?  That social justice idiots can’t make a point without totally divorcing context from it?

Then there is a little girl in Germany who wants to buy a shirt.  Her mom says “no.”  Why should I care?  When you are a little kid, your parents can tell you that they don’t want you to wear certain clothes.  It sure doesn’t look like fucking Goodwill that they are shopping at, so how is this a point about poverty?  What did this have to do with anything even approaching the title of this video?!

Oh my god, a clip that actually has a point!  We have some girl in some African country being sold off to a man.  Wow, amidst all the women with their First World problems, they actually acknowledge that child marriage is bad.  It is.  I totally agree.  The fact that there are countries that still have this blows my fucking mind.  It kills me that in a video where it is supposed to be representing women in the Third World, it sure is nice that the video FINALLY acknowledges that these women and REAL problems actually fucking exist!

Then we get to some black woman at…somewhere turning in some kind of paperwork and being told “no.”  Um, where was this?  Was that a job application?  Was she applying for a loan?  Is this a bank?  What the fuck is the context there?!  Explain, video!

Oh, and then we have some teenage girl who is on her laptop when she suddenly has an apron put over her and the father figure is having her work while the little brother says “no.”  Since I don’t see a mom, it seems that the dad is the one providing for these two children.  What a horrible person, for having the child that he looks after help him with family chores.  That’s just sexist!  It doesn’t show that she was working on a school paper or something like that, so is the point here that fathers asking their daughters to help around the house is bad?  It’s shit like this that makes people think Millennials can’t handle life.

Alright, then we got some party guy and girl and when the girl doesn’t reciprocate the guy’s advances, he says “no.”  The guy’s a jerk, but I have to ask – what does this have to do with poverty being sexist?  That jerk guys exist?  This video is the personification of “one of these things is not like the other.”  Virtually all of these clips are just feminist talking points and have fuck-all to do with the title of this fucking video.

Now we have some girl in the Third World wanting to go to school, and her mom says “no.”  Why?  Is this in some country where radical Islam has taken root and a girl being in school could potentially have her killed?  If that’s the case, the mother is very right to say no.  Without a single ounce of context, this clip could mean anything.  But at the very least it does tie in to what the video is supposed to be fucking talking about.

The video then fucking ends by saying “none of us are equal until all of us are equal.”  You have got to be fucking kidding me.  90% of this video was stupid First World problems, totally devoid of context, and you are going to make the argument that this showed inequality?  Yeah, it showed one, arguably two places where there is sexism that hurts girls.  And for those places, yeah, I genuinely do think something should be done.  But for the rest of that bullshit, it is just another glowing symbol of how feminism is all about equality, after pushing their talking points and almost completely forgetting the women who actually need help right now.  Way to lose the plot, idiots.

Until next time, a quote,

“I have a question for you, Lord Gilferd – what do you do when there is an evil you cannot defeat with just means?  Do you stain your hands with evil, or do you remain steadfast and just, even when it means surrendering to evil?” – Lelouch vi Britannia, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: I Find the Hollywood Sex Scandal Stuff Fascinating

I really do.  Watching Hollywood eat itself is just beautiful, to me.  In my eyes, it’s like watching a really bad train wreck.  You realize it’s horrifying and causing untold amounts of destruction, but you can’t look away.  As more and more is coming out, I am waiting for the other shoe to drop.  What do I mean?  Let me elaborate.

By the other shoe, I mean for someone really huge to be implicated in all this.  I’m talking about someone like Steven Spielberg or James Cameron.  I’m waiting for their dirty laundry to come out and blow up all over the Internet.  At which point, I get to sit back and embrace the madness.  And I really will.  It will be a thing of beauty beyond comprehension. Perhaps you are confused by that.  It’s really simple – Hollywood is in desperate need of this.

It’s no secret that I am kind of bored with movies lately.  It’s all shit we’ve seen before.  The MCU is looking to wrap up, and good on that.  After it’s all said and done, we can look back and see which films are truly standout examples of good superhero cinema and which ones are just boring dreck.  Meanwhile, what else is big?  Oh, right, we have DCEU, with one good film to date.  One.  Batman v Superman was stupid, Suicide Squad was boring, and Man of Steel should have been named Man of Product Placement and Superman Not Giving a Shit About People.  Universal tried to get in on this stupid cinematic universe nonsense with the “Dark Universe.”  Thankfully, that idea died in the womb.  20th Century Fox is taking real risks and making superhero films that are pushing limits and really going into dark places with hardcore violence.  Their latest big film is going to be a superhero horror film, which is unfortunately going to tank because it doesn’t have name recognition.  Which sucks because I find the concept intriguing.  Sony Pictures needs to die.  It just, needs to die.  Sell the rights to Spider-Man to Disney, because they seem to know how to treat this character.

You notice something about all those studios?  Their biggest projects lately are superhero films.  A genre that is getting really tired.  What else is big these days?  Oh, right, we have the boring, by-the-numbers Star Wars films that bring NOTHING original or interesting to the table aside from boring, soulless, “empowered” female protagonists.  And once they are done with the latest boring trilogy, they have already said they are going to immediately start working on yet-another trilogy!  Oh boy!  Because if they can’t beat a horse that should have died 30 years ago, what else can Disney do?  A franchise that survives solely because Star Wars fans cum in their pants every time the Millennium Falcon is on screen.  Mr Repzion fucking cried over that.  That was the cringiest, funniest thing I have ever seen.  He fucking cried over blatant fan service.  It’s because of people like that that I don’t watch Star Wars films anymore.  Nor will I play Battlefront II: Loot Box Gambling Bullshit.

I’m honestly getting a little bored of Hollywood lately.  You have absolute masterpieces like Blade Runner 2049 tanking at the box office, while films like Star Wars: A New Hope Remix makes over a billion dollars.  So studios aren’t going to change course or take risks.  It’s just devolving more and more into big films that are guaranteed to make a shit-ton of money, even if they are boring.  Because that’s what the retarded American public wants, apparently.

So I genuinely hope that the next big scandal is so massive that it rips Hollywood open at the foundations and tanks the film industry for a while.  Then it can rebuild and we can get smaller budgeted films with neat ideas because the public will finally realize that we got boring crap for so long because we allowed it to get this way.  We need to rip this problem up by the root!  I want the film industry to suffer for a while.  While it gets to drain the poison from itself, we can get rid of some of the boredom.  Maybe we can knock Disney down a few pegs and actually convince that evil fucking corporation to try something new for a while.  A thought?  Maybe I am being too hopeful.

In any case, watching the septic tank that is Hollywood eating itself is no problem to me.  Fuck ’em.  What about you?  Let me know what you think in the Comments.

Until next time, a quote,

“The turians think they know a thing or two about a scorched earth response.  Fuck ’em.” – Jack, Mass Effect 2

Peace out,

Maverick

Stop Using Ignorance of the Medium to Sell Your “Journalism” (A response to Polygon)

People who can take this publication seriously baffle me.  How?  How can anyone read what they write and not go “this is totally slanted shit”?  These people clearly are incapable of discussing this medium in anything resembling objective way.  They can only write articles espousing opinions about stuff and showing off that they have no real understanding of the medium in which they are writing about.  That’s what this is.  Another article written by someone who doesn’t get how vidya works, and has to also shit on the sequel to one of my favorite games in the process.  It seems that Polygon decided to take a crack at the newest trailer for The Last of Us: Part 2.  It’s a pretty awesome trailer.  We have some violent people doing horrible things in the fallen world, with some characters we haven’t met before fighting back.  It made me want to know more.  I’m really hoping for gameplay footage and a release date soon.  But Polygon had other issues with it.  Here’s a link to their stupid article, let’s talk about it.

Bones bludgeoned with hammers. A noose wrapped tightly around a struggling woman’s neck. The blade of a knife pressed into a vulnerable stomach. The gruesome imagery Naughty Dog manages to cram into a five-minute trailer for The Last of Us Part 2 is physically uncomfortable to sit through.

Only if you never played through the first game, Julia Alexander.  For those of us who know this series, we saw how in the world of The Last of Us, humanity had descended into madness.  An infection making fungus zombies has wiped out most of humanity and those that are left are tribal and destructive.  It’s a game where the central theme is the last spark of humanity in characters, and how those who are able to maintain that goodness die while those who eschew goodness to survive live.  It’s a cold and tragic story about characters who all have to make a choice to abandon their humanity in order to live.  So for me, I can watch that and think – wow, this is hardcore.  What is the story with these characters?  I am really interested.

The victims of the vicious assault, two women, are unnamed. It’s not clear why we’re watching two people be tortured, but we’re asked to take in the extreme violence under the assumption that we’ll be rewarded with more information for doing so. That information never comes, however, and all we’re left with is residual nausea.

Is all this person has played is Mario games?  Does she even know about the first one?  I would love to see her reaction during the scene in the restaurant in the first game where Ellie is savagely beaten and the implication is that after David is done beating her, he is going to rape her.  If you aren’t aware of what kind of trailer this is, don’t watch it.  Go back to phone games or Nintendo’s cookie-cutter material.

A trailer is a pitch to its audience of what to expect from the full game. In the past, Naughty Dog’s trailers have captured a particular mood or suggested a compelling relationship. But here, the promise is almost exclusively gore. There’s an argument to be made that the trailer raises an enticing question — Why are these women being attacked? — but that mystery is both too familiar and too broad.

What?!  What the fuck does that even mean?!  Too familiar and too broad?  And exclusively about gore?  There was hardly any gore in there!  We saw a girl’s arm get busted with a hammer.  Brutal, but not gory.  But what does too familiar and too broad mean?  That’s fucking word salad.  It’s done by a person who wants to make their point seem really profound, when the truth is that it is just them not wanting to say “I don’t like it!  And my opinion is all that matters about this!”

Without any context, the trailer fails to introduce (or even really tease) the story players will embark on. That is its problem.

I guess Julia has never heard of world-building before.  You know, a scene in something to set the tone for what kind of world this story takes place in?  Is this a totally revolutionary thing to her?

The fact that their antagonist is a woman herself does little to undercut what this trailer is on its most blunt level: an extended sequence of brutal and unexplained violence against women being used to thrill the viewer, and ultimately, sell a video game.

Did Anita Sarkeesian write this with a pen name?  Yes, because gamers just love to watch women get beaten and hurt.  That’s totally all this was about.  Give me a fucking break.  This trailer was setting a tone, dumbass!  The tone is – this world is violent and unforgiving.  Even women who are beefcakes like the woman being hung can’t escape the reality of what a violent world it is.  There was meant to be some thrill to the players, because we have seen this world before and we are meant to now be excited to see it again because it’s clear that the violence in what’s left of humanity society hasn’t gone away.  The lesson here is – themes are too complicated for feminists.

There’s a difference in how Naughty Dog handled the trailers for The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2. In The Last of Us, Joel may be gunning down hunters, but we understand why he’s doing it, and those he’s attacking aren’t women or marginalized people. The trailer is violent, but it’s justified; none of that justification exists in The Last of Us Part 2’s trailer, where violence simply exists.

Oh my god!  It’s almost like this trailer was trying to inform the viewers that the world of this game is violent and harsh and unforgiving.  And it doesn’t matter what your gender or skin color is.  You can be brutally beaten and killed all the same.  Themes, mother-fucker!  Are you too dense to get this?  Can you turn the feminism off for five fucking minutes to actually critically analyze something in a way outside of “this is insulting to women and minorities!”?

Providing a trailer with little to no context leads to more questions about how this trailer came to be. How many women were involved in the creation, editing and approval of this trailer? In an industry (and studio) that’s predominantly run by men, did women feel comfortable offering a critique?

And here we get to the meat of her argument, what it all boils down to.  All of this blatant ignorance of what this trailer was trying to do was meant to just be another statement about how sexist gaming is and how there aren’t enough women in it.  Groj, what a complete waste of time.  This article did not substantially say anything.  Just, nothing.  It was just someone who can’t turn off the feminism for long enough to get through the trailer, or if she hates it that much go watch something else.  It’s more SJW bitching because they can’t handle this medium, and Polygon gives her space to do it.  Ugh.

The new Last of Us Part 2 trailer was supposed to introduce new characters, including Yara (and possibly even Ellie’s mom), but all we met were victims of abuse. We met ideas of what women should be in games like this, not actual women.

That is so fucking sexist!  How do people who say this shit not see that?!  All the women in the trailer are is victims of abuse?  So, their personalities and whatever traits we will learn about them in the full game don’t matter?  It only matters that they are living in a violent world and are victims of that violence?!  What a way to totally denigrate them based on your own prejudices.  By that token, I could say that Carol in The Walking Dead is only the victim of abuse from the first season and not acknowledge what an awesome and twisted character she becomes to where we are now.  Or I could say that Diana in the new Hitman is only someone who submissively took intimidation because of the scene on the train where the representative of the organization Providence talked with her and clearly exerted his power over her, without looking at how Diana is a skilled handler and has all the power in the dynamic of her and Agent 47.

How are feminists not able to see how sexist shit like this is?  Unless women are fucking Mary Sues, they are wrong and need to be changed.  Fuck this article.  It’s retarded.  Hey, Neil Druckmann, you said you take what these people say seriously.  They are insulting your game because they can’t theme.  Are you seeing why the rest of us say they’re full of shit?

Until next time, a quote,

“I’m gonna fine and I’m gonna kill every last one of them.” – Ellie, The Last of Us: Part II Reveal Trailer

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: Screw Trump, Let’s Talk About Hillary Instead

This actually is an unpopular opinion in the left-leaning circles of politics.  Recently, Donna Brazile dropped a political bomb in an article in The Washington Post.  Kyle Kulinski did a great breakdown of it (linked here), and it really blew the lid and vindicated a fuck-ton of people who had been saying that the primary was rigged and the entire party is dirty.  While this in no way make Brazile clean, it certainly does have a lot of people who were the “Bernie bros” or any number of terms for those who didn’t kiss Hillary Clinton’s ring rightfully pissed.

At this point, everything people said about the primary having been rigged against Bernie has been 100% vindicated.  We now know that Hillary had rigged the election against Bernie Sanders and has the entire party in her back pocket.  Now everyone who said that the reason Trump won is because the party decided to back the wrong horse was proven right.  The reaction across the Internet has been venomous, to say the least.  Hillary had been talking about another run in 2020.  I genuinely want to see how she could possibly do that.  Her entire candidacy is dead.  The party she stands with has lost all ethical ground on which to stand.  It’s integrity is GONE.

It’s interesting.  One of the things in Brazile’s disclosure was that Bernie was told about all of this.  And his reaction was, “what’s the damage?”  In other words, he chose to ask how bad this was, instead of being mad about it, which he had every right to be.  He’s already said he wants to make another run in 2020.  I cannot stress enough how much we need this.  He should be more invigorated now than ever before.  With the WikiLeaks documents and Brazile’s confessed information, we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was screwed out of a primary and he needs redemption.  Would be hilarious to see Hillary on stage against him again.  He would take Brazile’s confession and beat her death with it.  Groj knows, that bitch deserves it.

But what interests me is how the corporate left is responding.  I’ve seen posts all over Facebook and Twitter from those who kiss the corporate-left ring trying in any way they can to mitigate the damage.  My personal favorite is from a woman on Facebook who posts to her page, “Who cares what happened then?!  We need to focus on stopping Trump!”  To which I genuinely reply – no.  Let’s not.  Instead, let’s talk about the fact that an entire election was rigged and an entire party is corrupt.  Yeah, let’s talk about that for a little while.

Here’s the thing – you all wanna talk about defeating Trump?  Okay, who do you think is gonna stand against him?  The Democratic candidate.  And now that we know the party is corrupt and doesn’t give two fucks about the people they’re supposed to serve and only care about the money, who do you think is going to vote for them?  You think Hillary’s numbers were abysmal in this last election?  If the party decides to shill for her again and she wins, her numbers in the next election would be virtually non-existent, with Bill Maher desperately having to plead on his decrepit knees for people to vote for her.

Yeah, let’s talk about Bill Maher for a second.  Hey Bill, remember when you told all the Sanders supporters “fuck you” for sticking to principal rather than just giving in and towing the line?  Yeah, how about fuck you!  How about fuck you and the fact that you’re a corporate fucking tool who we now have proof was bought and paid for with the rest of the media who kissed Hillary’s butt-pucker!  While you’re busy insulting the people who voted for Sanders who refused to vote for Hillary, we now have been completely and utterly vindicated in what we said and why we refused.  This is the reason Trump won, Bill!  It’s because your party is corrupt and now we know it!  You think that ANYONE is going to support a candidate like this in the next round?  I can’t honestly think of any corporate Democrats who they have left to run.  None of them look good, and the Justice Dems have already pledged that they are going to be fighting these people in their primaries.  The left has been galvanized to bring the Democratic Party to its knees and siphon out the corporate venom that has corrupted it.

I got no problem not focusing on the orange buffoon in the White House and focusing on this, because you know what, I have seen this shit before.  In my home state, I was involved with a political effort to help the LGBT community not face housing discrimination.  And when I saw the political process get subverted in front of me, and then subsequently saw nobody fighting for it, it pissed me off so much that I lost my ability to have political activism.  Now I am seeing democracy get subverted in front of me on a much grander scale.  This time I refuse to sit back and say nothing.  Or to allow these corporate tool Democrats to just sweep this under the rug with “but Trump is bad!”  Trump is a bad joke, but the punchline is that the reason he is in office is because our fair democracy was stolen away from us by a party that now is seen for the tools that they are.

So when Sanders decides to run again, I am all about supporting him.  Still think it would be great if he could have Tulsi Gabbard as his VP nominee.  She’s got years of military service, which would appeal to conservatives who had been behind the message of Bernie Sanders, and none of the political baggage.  Sanders could groom her to make her own run at the Presidency when he wins.  It’s time we take out the political trash.  Starting with Hillary fucking Clinton!

Until next time, a quote,

“We’re not gonna donate to the DNC!  We’re gonna take down the DNC!  We’re gonna take over the DNC.  Justicedemocrats.com/fight” – Kyle Kulinski

Peace out,

Maverick

NBC News’ Hit Piece and Characterization of Gamers as Alt-Right

I just love how video games are always the target of the media.  It really is kind of impressive the level of consistency they have in caricaturing gamers as one bad thing or another.  No matter what the big social issue is of any given age, you can be somebody somewhere has decided to make it about video games.  After all, gamers are a very easy to mock lot.  We have a very insular hobby that doesn’t typically preclude socialization.  It’s easy to see people out getting drunk and partying and going “yeah!  They’re really living it up!” and then looking at this other group and going “why aren’t you out doing fun stuff like this?”  Never mind that gaming has become a multi-billion dollar industry that rivals Hollywood.  Granted, a lot of that is built on unsustainable business practices, but let’s not dive too deep into nerd culture.  We’re talking about reactionary idiot culture, after all.

Jack Thompson wanted to make it that video games encourage violence.  Something that was proven demonstrably false.  There has never been any evidence, anywhere, the video games cause violent behavior, or affect how a person acts in real life on any significant way.  Anita Sarkeesian decided to take a crack at saying that video games cause sexism.  Even though it has also been disproven that that is the case.  Before a study from Germany came out that actually did the hard leg work, an easy refutation of her arguments was – if video games cannot cause a person to be violent, how can they cause a person to be sexist?  If one predominately negative behavior has NEVER been demonstrated to exist with gamers, then how does the other one?  Good point.

NBC News decided to take a crack at saying video games are being subtly used to help destroy the good society of regressive-left values.  After all, it’s been shown that the regressive left is all over NBC’s big sister, MSNBC.  Why wouldn’t it filter down into them?  In a new video, they decided to try and make the argument out to be that gaming is secretly helping motivate the alt-right, and how GamerGate was all part of it.  During the video I will share, my biggest wonder was – why did Anita Sarkeesian not give these people an interview?  They certainly are taking cues from her.  Let’s take a look at the video and talk about it.

Even the title of this video is patronizing.  Gamers are facilitating the rise of the alt-right?  Give me a fucking break.  What evidence is there of that contention?  Fuck it, let’s talk about the video.  It opens by saying that Discord is the latest sign of a secret cabal between gamers and the alt-right.  They’re gonna connect the dots for us!  Okay, video, let’s hear it.

Gaming culture has always been racist and sexist?  Wow, that is insulting.  What evidence is there of this?  The fact that gaming is done by people all over the world, of all ethnic groups?  That women and men are able to enjoy the hobby?  Casual gaming is predominately women, with chicks on their phones with phone games.  And the core gaming audience only cares about one thing – skill in the game.  If you are the kind of person who plays online games, which I know is where this video is going.  But what about people like me?  I game for story.  I’m not a racist and sexist.  I’m a misanthrope,  I hate my entire species.  Racism is just more work when I can hate everyone just as well.

Who brought up this little tidbit, anyway?  Emma Vossen, PhD candidate?  Why the fuck do I care what some PhD candidate thinks?  How about getting me a vetted expert in the field with years of research that they can show to demonstrate their knowledge and prove their contentions?  The video tells us that she’s showing how sexism in gaming is being shown in the real world.  This better be good.  Otherwise it will look like they are mining for whatever idiot they can find to prove that they are right.  I’m sure that’s not the case, right…?

The “evidence” for her contention is her “study” that the video says is about how #GamerGate was about harassing women in games journalism.  Um…no, it wasn’t.  At any point.  Let’s ignore all the bullshit lies about what the movement was about.  When all this started with the Zoe Post, it was about Zoe Quinn.  She has never been a games journalist.  When the movement forgot about her because it was more interested in the people who she was fucking and how unethical those people looked, it was five men that were the targets.  Not a single woman.  Then came the torrent of “Gamers are Dead” articles that really kicked things into high gear, along with the censorship of the topics of what at the time was the Quinnspiracy.  Then it became #GamerGate and it was centered around the fact that games journalism was corrupt and that SJW influence had taken complete control over it.  A contention that was completely vindicated in the leaks of the Crash Override Network chat logs.  All of this is easy to verify.  The Internet Aristocrat videos that really blew the situation up are all mirrored on YouTube and easy to find.  The Factual Feminist’s response video to the whole affair is easy to find too.  Disproving this narrative is so fucking simple that it blows my mind, and I’m kind of shocked NBC didn’t see it.  Maybe that’s why this video has a paltry 200+ likes and 20,000+ dislikes.  Makes ya think.

So, GamerGate secured the “alt-right movement.”  Did these idiots not know the first thing about actual research?  This is almost as bad as Hipster McGee on PBS’ short-lived gaming channel.  GamerGate has all kinds of personalities involved with it.  There were people from all different walks of life who were virtually guaranteed to hate each other coming together under one banner – that games journalism is corrupt and pushing a social justice narrative.  What evidence does this “PhD candidate” have?  Oh, right, they show Tweets that are very unpleasant.  Well, that sure does cement that point.  If anything, all of this just shows how pathetic the world of academia’s standards have become when I can Google search and destroy Vossen’s entire premise in under five minutes.  Bravo.

And somehow all of this came to prominence during the 2016 election cycle.  Are you kidding me?!  By 2016, GamerGate was pretty much dead.  You’d see the tag every now and again, but it was pretty much gone.  The idea that this movement that had NOTHING to do with the Presidential election or any kind of politics outside of the gaming sphere was somehow connected to Donald Trump is laughable at best and downright fabrication of facts to support a narrative at worst.  Oh, it influenced the “tactics” of Trump supporters.  What tactics?  Details, woman.  Her argument is that minorities are “fighting for equality” and white men are saying they are oppressed.  To borrow a phrase…

One of these things is not like the other.  One of these things just DOESN’T BELONG!

We then get some quote without knowing if this was from a voice chat during gaming or just some racist asshole being asked a question in an interview.  Yeah, the guy is a racist asshole, but without knowing where this was recorded from, how does this asshole saying shit correlate to gaming culture?  They have an actual quote where a sexist asshole says something rude.  Okay.

Our “PhD candidate” has to clarify that not all gamers are sexist and racist (fucking duh), but the culture overall is sexist and racist.  And they say this while showing a clip from a video game where you play as a killer trying to kill stereotypical slasher characters who happen to be female.  Wow.  That’s so subtle I think it could be taught at a university.  You know, if it isn’t being so already.  I would just love if they showed that with a clip from a game like ABZU or Persona 5 and see how that stacks up.  Wait, that wouldn’t go with the narrative being pushed.  Can’t have that.

Then we get some new guy saying that Discord is the real culprit and the video makes the argument that it went from gamers being online to idiots with tiki torches in the real world.  Not even if we bought into this stupid premise would that make any fucking sense.  They’ve made blanket statements about gamers and how gaming culture is sexist and racist without any verifiable evidence to back it up, and are now making the argument that this somehow led to people on Discord being racist and sexist and becoming alt-right Neo-Nazis.

And that’s all I got on this video.  NBC News, supposedly more straight news than their big sister company, put this on their official YouTube page and expect people to take it seriously.  Thankfully, the Internet didn’t bite.  This video is massively down-voted.  Not even the social justice retards who are all in favor of this crap can support it.  It’s bad argumentation.  It’s slipper slope fallacy.  It’s guilt by association fallacy.  It’s correlation equaling causation fallacy.  It’s stupid.  I’m done.

Until next time, a quote,

“Please end your fucking life!  Please end your fucking life!  I really gotta emphasize, no one cares if you’re alive.” – Pink Guy, STFU

Peace out,

Maverick

Top 10 Villains I’d Like to see in Future Spider-Man Films

I genuinely loved Homecoming.  It was such a different film from the others.  One of the things I loved about it was the fact that the scope was small.  See, Spider-Man isn’t a hero about saving the world, and his villains typically are small-time crooks who are just trying to get by.  Vulture was just trying to get rich by selling weapons from the MCU.  It was a good character and made for a good villain.  Spider-Man has a rich rogue’s gallery to choose from, each with a goal that isn’t big, because he’s a friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.  Here are the ones that I’d like to see most in upcoming films.

10. Scorpion
While the look of this guy may be ridiculous, he’s a quirky and fun villain.  This guy is as big a thug for hire as it gets.  He only does work for other villains.  Despite his suit with the deadly tail, it’s all just about getting a paycheck for him.  Not seeing him as a central villain in a film, but he’d be a nice thug that the big bad sends at the wall-crawler.  Would make for some fun fights.  Brings back memories of seeing this guy in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.  Was always something of a comic foil to the bug, but he serves his purpose.

9. Rhino (done right)
Let’s not even talk about Paul Giamatti’s performance in Amazing Spider-Man 2.  That was terrible and cringe-worthy.  Here’s the thing about Rhino – just like Scorpion, he’s a thug for hire in a suit that is equal parts silly and utilitarian.  This guy only works for money, and he’s itching to cause as much destruction as he can in the process.  Also just like the Scorpion, he ends up being a comic foil to the Spider more often than not.  Maybe him and Scorpion could team up?  Just seeing the possibilities.  It’s more a character I want to see just for fan service than anything.  We’ll get to the more substantial villains soon enough.

8. Jack O’Lantern
As I said, to the substantive villains.  Here we have another thug for hire, but this guy is infinitely more malicious.  A former CIA operative, this guy took a look that could be seen as ridiculous and ran with it.  He’s got all kinds of toys to kill with, and a look that is more than a little imposing.  Part of me would love it if this guy was working under someone that we’re going to see much higher on this list.  If I have anyone who actually knows Spider-Man comics, they might see who I mean before I get there.  He may be in it for the cash, but this dude is no joke, and it would be cool to see how they could make him look.  Sure, it’ll be a CG nightmare (genuinely trying to think how this guy could be freaky with practical effects), but it intrigues me all the same.

7. Mysterio
When we talk about the fact that Spider-Man’s villains are small-time, we’re talking about this guy.  A villain who is completely devoid of superpowers in any capacity.  This guy is all about using tricks and manipulation to get what he wants.  His look is kind of silly, but this dude was a stage magician of the highest order.  But it turns out that that doesn’t pay the bills, so he decided to use the tools of his craft to be a career criminal, and even is able to give the Spider a run for his money.  It would be neat if they could make this guy a somewhat sympathetic villain.  He isn’t evil outright, just dirty.

6. Taskmaster
This guy is kind of a great villain that doesn’t get the respect he deserves.  He has a training school where he trains henchmen to hench.  That’s kinda cool.  But the real thing about this guy that he is a badass fighter.  Taskmaster’s trick is that he can remember any move that he has seen in action.  So all he has to do is study his opponents and he can learn their entire fighting style inside and out and be virtually untouchable.  What this means is that even the Spider, with his Spider Sense, can’t get around this dude because he knows his moves before he makes them.  In a film, having this guy to head-to-head with the bug sounds like too much fun because it would be like two guys who are completely untouchable to each other fighting.  Would get brutal.  Too bad this guy is just a thug for hire.  Would make a good big bad.

5. Kraven the Hunter
This guy is just awesome.  I genuinely love this character.  He’s a man who has had a very hard life.  It’s led him to become a big game hunter who has a reputation for killing some of the most dangerous game alive.  If this could tie into the MCU, it would be so awesome to see him killing some of the monsters that the Avengers have had to deal with.  But in the comics, he has his sights set on new prey to hunt – Spider-Man.  A real hunt that can test his skill in a way no other one has.  This guy is badass with a capital B.  In the comics, it is shown that he can hold his own with the bug and is a pretty damn smart hunter.  Would be cool if a film could see their cat and mouse game getting really crazy.

4. The Lizard (done right)
We’re not talking about the version from Amazing Spider-Man who is another villain with a split personality and a goal of turning the world into lizard people.  That was stupid with a capital S.  I’m talking about the version from the comics who is kind of like Spider-Man’s version of Two-Face.  He’s a tragic character.  A man who lose his arm and is so desperate to get it back that he goes to stupid lengths and is eventually the victim of his own ambition.  He’s a character that the Spider never wanted to hurt, but he had to protect people, so they ended up on opposite sides.  It would be cool to see a film where they really nail the human element and we get to see Connors grappling with the reality of what he is, while not wanting to give up being given his arm back.  I love this villain, and want to see it done with the respect it deserves.

3. Tombstone
This was the character I was talking about earlier, who I figured Jack O’Lantern would be working for.  Or Scorpion and Rhino, for that matters.  A small-time crook who goes big in the mob.  This guy is dangerous in the extreme, along with tough.  He’s been seen as a threat to the likes of the Kingpin, along with something of an ally due to their mutual dislike of the Spider.  He’s one of the biggest of the Spider’s villains, so it would be nice if we could get some introduction of this dude first.  Like maybe have him be the villain a film or two led up to.  You know, instead of another lead-in to Venom.  Love the character, but we’ve seen him in one terrible film, and we’ll see if we see him in two.  Tombstone is dark, grisly, and has a long list of violent kills on his resume.  Would be eager to see what would happen when the bug is faced with an enemy who is a threat in a way that goes beyond what he has seen.  A psychopath who has no compunction about doing whatever he has to.

2. Beetle
One of the most obscure of the villains on this list, I’ve been wanting to see this guy go head-to-head with the Spider in a game or film for a while.  It is especially would fit in how he ties in to the MCU.  See, this guy is basically like Iron Man, except with a bigger emphasis on killing.  Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to see the Spider having to tackle this guy, with the idea being it’s kind of like facing off with Tony Stark, who is something of a father figure?  There is so much potential.  Not to mention, this guy is a cool villain.  He doesn’t get nearly the respect he deserves, so hopefully we get to see a proper treatment.

And the villain I want to see most is…

1. Black Cat
Since Homecoming decided to make MJ an insufferable character who is pretty much just a Tumblr page, maybe we can finally see these two hit it off.  I always loved this character.  Pretty much just Marvel’s answer to Catwoman, she is still all kinds of fun.  Enhanced by a super soldier serum, the Black Cat is equal parts beautiful, strong, and wanting in Spider-Man’s pants.  Genuinely serious, can we make her a love interest for the titular character since the new film decided to make the character who Parker is supposed to fall for the most terrible and annoying character I have seen in cinema in a long time?  A cat burglar with super strength who is more of an anti-hero than a true villain, we haven’t gotten to see her in any film, so let’s change that.

Until next time, a quote,

“We got something special, can’t you feel it?” – Black Cat, Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Peace out,

Maverick