Video Games are for Everyone (A response to Gavin McInnes)

You know what I hate – stupid people who have no connection to a medium, but choose to judge it anyway.  For example – I have NO interest in My Little Pony.  None.  None whatsoever.  Adults who are into that make no sense at all.  But I don’t go out of my way to make a point of telling all the adults who like that about how I see their hobby and why I may find it disagreeable.  Same deal with furries.  I may get a laugh out of articles about Tumbles the Stair-Dragon as much as anyone, but aside from some amusement, I don’t harbor any need to impose my beliefs on the people who are into that.  Whatever makes them happy, right?  And they aren’t hurting anyone with their activities.  That’s my defense to all the people who are about to call foul because of my open and visceral disdain for SJWs and their belief system.  What they are into looks to curtail what other people do.  That’s the difference.

So, when I hear someone say that video games are for kids, and adults shouldn’t be playing them, I find it very annoying.  Let’s look at a guy who decided that he was going to talk about how adults who game suck, and should be ashamed.

Naturally, this asshole, like every other asshole, thinks that it’s only guys who are gamers.  Shit, I may end up sounding like I’m using SJW talking points.  But the reality is that they take the time to ignore this fact too, arguing that video games don’t want women.  Well, to both of these people – you’re idiots.  There are plenty of women who game and develop games.  Your ignorance of this isn’t something you should earn stars for.

Then comes the big talking point – video games are for little kids.  Wow.  Just…wow.  I guess then, Disney films are only for children.  So are comic book heroes, right?  In fact, all fantasy and magical stuff is only for children.  Then how do we explain Game of Thrones?  Weird.  His first supporting argument is that the latest Arkham game is rated M.  It’s not rated AO (adults only).  It’s rated M.  If this friend of his thinks that his kids can handle it, that’s great.  It’s really not that dark of a game.  You don’t see any gore or anything.  But the ESRB has strange standards.  So yeah, what a shitty argument.  Then he goes into this rant about how adults who play these games want to claim that they’re Batman.  He also makes fun of a guy in a Wolverine shirt.  So I guess he would agree about comic book heroes.

I’ve got a question – what is the line between where something is for grown-ups and where it is for kids?  No joke, I want to know the answer.  Where is the definitive line in the sand where these things break off?  At what point does a medium or form of artistic expression stop being for children?  Because this man’s argument just seems to boil down to – I don’t like video games and I think gamers are stupid nerds!  Never mind the fucking ugly-ass beard on that nerdy face.  I don’t know if that is deliberately ironic or lacking self-awareness.  I’d buy either one.

Next, he says that adults who read comics are mentally disabled.  Wow.  Just…wow.  What a rude thing to say.  I’m not going all SJW here.  That is unnecessarily rude.  So what if someone likes to read comics?  So what if they like games?  How does it harm you and your opinionated-ass life?  Not able to see how, from where I am.  If you like this stuff, you are mentally handicapped.  That’s the argument.  What a prick.  The supporting argument he has is how people shit-talk each other in online gaming.  That proves…what, exactly?  For real, not seeing a single connection.  Does it prove that some people say stupid shit online?  I guess, but we don’t need gaming to know that.  Just go to 4chan and you’ll figure that out pretty quick.  No offense to the people at 4chan.  I love you guys.  After Allah Quackbar, you all are just tops, to me.  But that site has a lot of crazy and stupid shit on there too.  Same with Reddit.  Hell, go on to the Twitter page of your local SJW and you’ll see the madness.  If your metric for someone being mentally-handicapped is because they shit-talk other people, then doesn’t that make you “special” too?  Gee, I wonder how long Gavin’s been living in his mother’s basement.

Finally, we get into his argument about what constitutes an adult.  It’s supposed to be…knowing how to fix a fridge?  Knowing how to build a table?  What…?  I can and have changed the tires on my car.  I can and have changed the oil in my car.  I am not a car person, but I can do a fair amount of stuff in that regard.  I don’t know how to build a table, but I know how to run a website.  You’re looking at this article on here right now.  Does that count for something?  I know how to work at my job.  Does that count as an adulthood quality?  Where is that line, you sanctimonious cocksucker?  Where is it?  I want to know.  And just to prove what a pretentious dick he is, this guy has to make a point – he doesn’t read fiction.  Right, because escapism is stupid.  It’s for kids.  It’s for people who are “special.”

You know what, Gavin – fuck you.  Fuck your hipster beard.  Fuck your hipster glasses.  Fuck your hipster tie.  Fuck your hipster suspenders.  Fuck your arrogant-ass attitude.  You’re free to have your opinion.  And I’m free to call you an asshole, who thinks that what makes an adult is being some boring adult who reads Machiavelli and takes a break with a little Nietzsche.  Fuck that.  Life sucks.  I’ll take some good fiction any day of the week, over your “adult” world.  I work.  I earn money.  I get by.  How I spend my free time is on me.  He even says that watching shows is a vice.  What’s a virtue then, asshole?!  What’s a good thing?  Do you actually do what I said?  Are you sitting on your most-likely vegan ass and learning the views of Proust and Chaucer?  I bet.  And on your throne most high, you look down on people like myself, assured of your belief that you are so wonderful.

Put down the attitude, you sad, pathetic wanna-be hipster.  It’s making you a dick.

Until next time, a quote,

“Can you see Texas all the way up on your high horse?” – Martin Hart, True Detective

Peace out,

Maverick

Is Everything Men Do Wrong to You? (A response to Jonathan McIntosh)

Finally, some SJW news that isn’t them taking a steaming dump on video games.  This is new.  Well, unless I perused sites like The Mary Sue, which I don’t.  I have only so much patience before I lose my mind and rage-quit.  However, the film industry is at their same level of “standards” that video games are.  Meaning that they think that movies are filled with sexism, racism, and misogyny.  Because – men.  Men are everything’s that wrong with society.  Just ask Jonathan McIntosh.  He’s been hating on men for all his life.  He’s an entitle trust fund baby who wants everyone to know just how awful men are.  You disgusting pieces of shit.  Unless you’re gay.  Then you’re fine.  Or black.  Or any ethnicity but white.  But those white men are just so EVIL!  Never mind that he’s a white trust fund baby.  SJW types don’t self-aware much.  In any case, our dear #FullMcIntosh decided to express how upset he is with the new Captain America film, which had a trailer released recently.  It looks awesome.  But not according to McIntosh, who thinks that it is just the world.  Here’s a link to what he wrote.  Let’s talk about it.

The trailer for Captain America: Civil War premiered this week and geeks all over the internet exploded with excitement. This is the 13th movie in the Marvel cinematic universe and there are at least 10 more on the way. Superheroes have gone mainstream in a big way. Comic book stories are no longer the exclusive domain of geek subcultures.

This is true.  And it’s a good thing.  It’s good that nerd fandoms have more of a place in mainstream culture.  It can lead to new ideas and new forms of expression.  Granted, not all of them are appreciated.  Like the new Star Trek movies.  I think I’m the only person I know who actually likes those.  What can I say, it’s popcorn entertainment with fun characters.  I like character-driven stories in general, so yeah.  But nerd culture has become much more mainstream, and thus we get films like this, made by the same guys who made Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was fucking awesome.  So you know that this will be good too.  Stoked.

Part of that success lies in the appeal of an old-fashioned tale of good versus evil. The scenes of conflict and destruction in these films are viscerally exciting and certainly get the adrenaline pumping.

Some of them are, but this one isn’t.  Most comic book films are about good fighting evil, but the thing that makes this plot so engaging and the reason why so many people were stoked for this movie is the fact that here it’s very morally gray where the line is.  You have sides being drawn, and both sides have good points.  At least in the comic.  This film has a smaller cast, but I hope they don’t shy away from the ethical ambiguity of the situation.  I’m pretty sure they won’t, given that it’s the guys who made the last film, but we won’t know until we see it.

But there is something else at work here, something that has drawn self-described geeks and nerds to comic books for nearly a century, and that is an idealisation of the aggressive hyper-masculine superhero archetype.

Wow.  What a lot of words to say absolutely nothing.  I hate this terminology.  It means nothing.  “idealization of the aggressive hyper-masculine superhero archetype.”  That means nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  It’s a smokescreen for what McIntosh’s actual problem is – men.  Men exist, and in this movie, men do stuff.  Violent stuff.  He doesn’t like men doing the violent stuff.  He also don’t like male superheroes.  We’ll get into that soon.  Let’s continue.

A staple of the superhero genre is the tendency to concoct these elaborate scenarios where “good guys” end up having to fight each other for some reason. This is often framed as a way to resolve their interpersonal issues before they can go beat up the “bad guys” and save the world. The ultimate macho pissing contest. Who’s the toughest tough guy of them all?

Um, no, you daft fuck.  Did you not watch the trailer?  This whole film frames the conflict as born out of two sides unable to see eye-to-eye.  Stark has been awakened to the fact that their conflicts are doing real damage to the world.  It’s getting really out of hand.  Rogers, on the other hand, wants to protect his friend.  And that desire to protect the only connection he has left to his past is tearing their camaraderie apart.  This one act of kindness sets off a powderkeg that has been building since the previous Avengers film.  This isn’t a macho pissing contest.  It’s a melancholy tale of two sides who should be together, fighting each other because of the fact that they can’t reconcile.  It’s what makes that line at the end where Rogers says that he has to protect Bucky because he’s his friend, and then Stark replying, “so was I” so intense.  Rogers knows that he is fighting a friend, and that isn’t easy for him.  For someone who rails on the fact that the plots of these films tend to be very stereotypical good vs. evil, you certainly are going out of your way not to acknowledge that this is a little more complicated than a “macho pissing contest.”

How do superheroes make friends? By punching each other. How do you resolve conflicts, big and small? By punching each other. Whose plan will be followed? How is trust built among teammates? Face-punching can accomplish all this and more.

What?!  Do you even watch these movies?  Stark and Rogers made friends when Stark came in to save him during the fight with Loki.  Sure, things with Thor got off to a rough start, but they did find time to bond.  I mean, did you watch the scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron when they are all just chilling?  The whole bunch of them are sitting and shooting the shit, then trying to life Thor’s hammer and giving each other shit for it.  It’s a sign that they are more than just people who do “face-punching.”  Do you just look for whatever bullshit excuse you can to dismiss something?  Does context mean anything to you?  Oh, right, you’re associated with Feminist Frequency.  Of course it doesn’t.

Hypermasculinity manifests everywhere in our culture and can be seen reflected in politics, international conflict, municipal policing, domestic violence and interpersonal relationships. All you have to do is look at global leaders who routinely pound their chests while advocating for the use of deadly force as a solution to complex social problems, as if they aren’t talking about delicate matters of international diplomacy but rather boasting about taking down a super villain like Ultron.

Yeah, we’ve had the likes of George Bush and the current French Prime Minister, who were eager for war.  But that was after both their nations were attacked.  I don’t think that what they did was right, but I get why it happened.  Tons of people dead, a nation in mourning, looking to hurt those who hurt us.  The problem is that they wanted to go in with a sledgehammer, when they should have gone in with a scalpel.  But does all the history where diplomacy has happened mean nothing to you?  Like, here’s an example – the Cuban Missile Crisis.  That could easily have led to World War III, if this “hypermasculinity” that you talk about had been the go-to method.  But it wasn’t.  Thank Groj that we had JFK in office.  I like that bit in Family Guy where Stewie and Brian end up in a universe where it was Nixon in office, and he fucked it up.  Or there was the Iranian Hostage Crisis.  Or the annexation of Crimea.  Do you just pull this shit out of your ass?  Are you able to give a SINGLE example to back up your claims?  I gave more examples than you, for your position!  What a fucking idiot.

Given the current state of the world, we could certainly do with a hell of a lot more heroes who solve complex problems with innovation and ingenuity rather than by punching each other in the face. Perhaps it’s time to move on from these tired masculinised concepts.

Or maybe, just maybe, people want good entertainment.  Hey Jonny Boy, here’s something you didn’t know.  I’m about to get into some context.  I know that scares you.  There is a huge network of people who smuggle things into North Korea.  It’s dangerous, but can make you a ton of money.  You know what one of the biggest things to smuggle is – western movies.  Specifically western action movies.  Part of a movement that is resisting a dictatorial regime involves the very films you deride.  So excuse me if I can’t take your bullshit seriously.

Jonathan McIntosh has this view of the world that is as juvenile as it is full of shit.  He thinks that masculinity and men are the cause of all the world’s problems.  I don’t suppose he ever read history, and looked at people like Queen Elizabeth I, or Margaret Thatcher.  People who had huge body counts to their name.  But I’m sure his defense would be – they were just trying to be masculine!  There have been studies done which show that women in positions of authority act very similar to how men do.  Because the truth is – the more things change, the more they stay the same.  It’s not as simple as – man EVIL!  Just like the new Captain America movie, there are shades of grey.  But McIntosh wouldn’t know that.  He’s too busy hating on everything, just because it has men doing man-stuff.  What an idiot.

Until next time, a quote,

“If you can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys.”  -Tony Stark, Captain America: Civil War

Peace out,

Maverick

What I’m Thankful For (2015)

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.  I mean that.  I might be an insensitive ass at times, but I’d like to think that my empathy muscles still work.  At least a little.  This has been a really rough year, for me.  Everything started going so well, then eventually ended up sliding off a fucking cliff right at the worst time.  That’s how it is, with me.  Things go great, then it all goes to shit.  All at once.  Always in the absolute worst possible way.  I suppose this is going to be one of those posts that gets all personal.  I know that people hate those.  But I guess I’ll let you see behind the veil of my persona, so you all can see why I’m thankful for what I am thankful for, this year.

As I said, this has been a really rough year.  Things keep going from bad to perpetually worse.  It never stops.  It never gets better.  It always gets worse.  I’m about to start a new job soon.  One that is really the dream job.  No joke, it still feels like a dream.  And will until I actually start, soon.  Can’t be soon enough.  Been living the way I am for too damn long.  It’ll be nice to finally not be afraid of my bills.  This new job is a HUGE responsibility, and I am a little scared of it, but this company seems so nice and outgoing.  Given how cynical I’ve become, maybe it is on me that I constantly question people’s motives.  Can you blame me?  Given my history, I have seen how people really are.  All that aspiration of goodness that people talk about, it’s all bullshit.  Underneath all their talks of goodness, people are just users, looking to use and throw people away.

My personal life is falling apart.  I am hemorrhaging connections left and right.  I have tried so fucking hard to hold things together.  Maybe that’s just making it worse.  I don’t know.  Whatever the case, my personal life is on life support.  My ex had talked about the two of us giving it another shot.  This was when I had this great job, and things were looking to work out for me.  Then, I am at work one morning and I get a Dear John text.  A text.  The little bitch couldn’t even say it to my face.  She had to use a text to throw all the time that we spent together in the trash.  All the years that our friendship grew and meant something.  All that caring, and what it amounted to was a Dear John text.  Telling me that she didn’t want to be with me because of the fact that I have depression and she doesn’t want to be around that.  Never mind when we were living together, and things were good!  They were so good!  It didn’t end on that high a note, but things are fucking awesome, for a while there!  Something that I could have conveyed to her, if she had actually taken the time to have an actual discussion with me.  I know, novel concept.

After getting the text, I get home to discover that she has excised herself from my life completely.  Unfriended, untagged from the pics we took together.  Completely having left in every single way.  This person basically found all the years of time and companionship that we had and made sure that every piece of it was gone.  Shows you how much my company mattered.  Shows how much it matters to anyone, doesn’t it?

My friend life isn’t doing any better.  Met a new and interesting person.  Thought that a connection was forged.  Dead.  Person after person, either the connections are fraying to the point of breaking, or have broken already.  The few connections I have, the precious few, at this point, I am no longer hoping for great things.

Through it all, there has been one thing that has been true and loyal – family.  I don’t give my family nearly enough credit, but if there is one lesson that I have learned and kept with me throughout my entire life, it’s this – family is sacrosanct.  Family comes first.  Family always stands by family, Hell or high water.  My parents in-particular.  I’ve asked a lot from them this year.  I’ll be asking for one more last favor, and I swear to Groj that that will be the very last.  I don’t like asking for help, and believe me when I say that couldn’t appreciate them more now than ever.

Things with the parents have been…awkward, through the years.  Me and my old man have always been chill.  Like two roomies just shooting the shit.  That worked for us.  I’ve never complained.  Never will.  It’s fun, when we can laugh at some stupidity.  I’m sure that the old guy finds a lot of my obsessions very odd.  Salt of the earth type.  Worked laying block for almost all my life, and I’m certain far longer.  Did a number on him, over the years.  But he’s tough as nails because of it.  In the best shape of the family.  But I’m getting better.  Being poor is helping.  Having trouble losing weight?  Ask your doctor if poverty is right for you!  Poverty and a Costco membership.  No joke, for the poor college grad, a Costco card is the best friend you are ever going to have.  That and regular exercise.  I don’t hit the gym.  I go on long walks around the hospital that I live by.  To the point that the ambulence drivers wave when they see me.  Yeah, I’m that predictable.  But I digress.  Wow, really got off-topic.  Holy crap.

With my mother, things are a little more complicated.  Or at least, they were.  Now it has gotten a lot better.  See, the thing that me and the mum have had a rocky few years.  It was the first few years in college.  The dynamic between the two of us was getting rocky.  The parent and kid thing gets a little trickier as people get older.  You can’t keep treating your parent the way you did when you were young.  You aren’t a little kid anymore.  Now you have to be a little different.  The mum and I took some time to figure that out.  But we eventually did.  For a time, things between us were really, really bad.  However, we then found the dynamic that worked for me and the father-unit, and now things are pretty alright.

But the point of this tangential writing is – if you remember nothing else in life, and this isn’t true for everyone, remember that friends and lovers will come and go.  Family is the thing that stands by you when things are at their worst.  It is the thing that will be there when no options remain.  That is the thing that I am most thankful for today.  I am thankful for a family that has instilled me with this value.  To stand by your people, no matter what.  Granted, my people is a very short and continuously-shrinking list, but it is still a value I mean to uphold.

Now, as I am preparing to go to my aunt’s for Thanksgiving Dinner (here’s hoping I don’t die on the way.  The roads are icy as fuck here in the great white north), I think to the people in my life whom have been and gone.  Those who no longer have a place here.  I think to my cousin Griffin.  I think to Emily.  I think about my ex.  That last one I hate with a bitter passion, but I think about her all the same.  I think about a lot of people.  My oldest friend, wherever she is.  Are they happy?  Are they mad?  Do they hate me?  I doubt I’ll ever know the answers to these questions, but I ask all the same.  I’ll never know the answer, but some part of me, the part that doesn’t hate everyone, hope that they are okay.  Except my ex.  Fuck her.  A Dear John text.  It’s like the pinnacle of not caring.  To have to give me a hand-wave with a text.  Whatever.

In the back of my mind, there is always this thought that I am going to wind up alone, one day.  I have a lonely apartment, and a lonely fridge, and a lonely chair that is in front of my awesome TV, that I use to watch movies and play games.  I’m not a good-looking man.  A giant, but that doesn’t help.  I’m getting progressively more like the giants in Game of Thrones, with my rapidly-balding head and unappealing features.  So marriage and love are off the table.  I have been grateful for the connections that I have.  I hope that the girls I’ve run with are alright.  None of them talk to me anymore.  I bet that none of them even know I exist.  I’m easy to forget as well.  Another thing about me.

What it all comes down to – family is there for you.  Always.  Don’t lose sight of that.

Until next time, a quote,

“Get to know your parents.  You never know when they’ll be gone for good.”  – Baz Luhrmann, Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: Suicide By Truck

This isn’t gonna be too long.  I have an actual Thanksgiving post to write, but before I get to that, I wanted to talk a bit about a story that I read in the news recently.  It goes well with another story that I covered some time ago.  This is a story about unbelievably terrible people that our society seems to think are victims, when they do stuff like this.  And that’s insulting, to me.

See, there are people in this world who want to kill themselves.  Okay.  I am sorry that they have gotten to that point, but it is what it is.  That’s not what gets to me.  What gets to me is how they decide to do it.  These people can’t be bothered to get a gun or drink poison or whatever else doesn’t involve another person.  Instead, they choose to run out in front of a truck and get smashed all over the hood of the vehicle.

Look, if you want to kill yourself, that’s one thing.  But when you choose to get someone else involved this way, you are a complete piece of shit.  Why?  Well, let’s talk about this.  First, what if it didn’t work?  What if they swerved to miss you and then smashed into someone else?  What if, in trying to get yourself killed, you ended up killing innocent people?  What’s more, you got innocent people killed, and now that truck driver has their blood on his hands.  What if he gets in trouble?  What if he is blamed?  It wasn’t his fault that he was swerving to miss you and your selfish ass.  He was trying to do the right thing and not kill someone.  But that’s not enough for you, is it?  Not to mention, is this a neighborhood that you’re doing this in?  What if the guy totally loses control and smashes into someone’s house?  God knows how many innocent people could be killed with this.

Next, why does no one acknowledge the fact that, even if you succeed and nothing goes wrong, do you not understand that it is still your blood on this person’s hands?  You think that you can just walk that off?  You think that this person will just wake up tomorrow and be like, “well, I killed someone.  I guess I’ll move on with my life.”  No!  Wrong!  That’s not how life works!  People don’t just act that way.  Do you assume that because it’s some truck driver, the won’t care?  That they just hate you because you’re trans or gay or whatever?  I guarantee you, that’s wrong.  They have empathy and compassion and don’t want to kill anyone, just like anyone else.  Well, most likely, anyway.  Crazy people can be in any profession, but the odds are very much in favor of them not wanting to have your blood on their hands.

These people’s lives have been ruined, because of you.  It’s YOUR fault.  If you want to die, fine.  It sucks, but you made your choice.  But do NOT drag another person into your need to exit this world.  It’s unfair.  It’s disgusting.  It ruins another person’s life forever.  And if you do go that route, then you are a selfish piece of shit!

And that’s today’s unpopular opinion.

Until next time, a quote,

“In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.”  – David Mitchell

Peace out,

Maverick

SIONR: A Battlefront Sequel Already in Development?

I called it!  I fucking called it!  I knew that this would happen.  Everything that I saw about the development of the new Battlefront told me that this was going to be another flagship series.  I bet that EA was singing when they got the rights to this game.  The corporate pieces of shit who run that company must have known that this was the best thing that could have possibly happened to them.  So they released a game that was stripped down to the bare necessities.  So they could sell you the stuff that was already supposed to be in the game as DLC.  I fucking knew it!  It’s too easy to not see it coming from a mile away.  What’s more, it is taking what could have eventually become something special and ruining it.

EA just announced that a sequel to Battlefront is already in development.  You know, when they haven’t even finished the game that is already out.  Of course.  Because if we don’t make this into another yearly franchise, then what’s the point?  Am I right?  Just like Ubsioft and Activision have done.  Here it is, happening again.  I guess that everyone should have seen it coming.  Because if there is a fandom whose nostalgia can be exploited, then you know that these companies are going to be all over it, just like the greedy sacks of shit that they are.

What is it about these companies?  Why do they have to take things that have potential and promise and ruin them like this?  Why do they have to take all the heart and soul in games that have it in droves, and dash it against the wall this way?  I genuinely don’t understand.  I watched it happen with Assassin’s Creed.  A game about exploring parts of history and going through various cultures.  A game about experiencing worlds and parkouring around.  It wasn’t that hard a concept.  But because Ubisoft is a bunch of greedy cunts, they had to make sure that we sucked on their money-grubbing tits.  Naturally.

The thing that gets to me is – is this a sign of the industry?  Are companies unable to survive unless they are making yearly sequels?  Is the gaming industry so hard-pressed for cash that games that they have to have giant cash-grabs every year, the companies are unable to be financially solvent?  That worries me.  That worries me a lot.  Why?  Because this can’t be sustainable.  All of these games have microtransactions.  All of the sequels to Star Wars: Battlefield will have a Season’s Pass, and probably microtransactions as well.  What is going on in the industry?  I am genuinely worried that the industry is going to have a major collapse.  This can’t be healthy.  This can’t be good for consumers.

And get this – none of the sequels to this mediocre boredom will tie into the new films.  At all.  Why, that would require some kind of story mode!  Can’t have that!  Then this game couldn’t be cranked out every fucking year!  Fucking EA and DICE!  But I guess none of us should be surprised.  This is their MO.  This has been their business model forever.  Each and every one of these yearly-cranked sequels will have a Season’s Pass, and little ways for them to nickel and dime you.  So maybe people won’t notice that these games are a waste of the license that they were given, made with the thought – let’s make money!  Lots and lots of money!

When will gamers stop settling for this?  When will we do the only thing that we realistically can do – vote with our wallets.  Do NOT buy these games!  If you must, buy them used, so EA and DICE don’t get anymore money than they absolutely must.  Don’t buy the DLC.  Don’t buy the Season’s Pass.  Do not give these people money for releasing mediocre, unfinished games!  Don’t do it!  We need to stand together on this!  Because something has to be done.  A message must be sent.

Pretty much every review I saw acknowledges that Star Wars: Battlefield was not up to the standards of the predecessor that I refuse to name (they don’t belong in the same article).  They all try and desperately separate themselves from it.  Even then, the game had so little content that it is something you can get through in an hour or two.  No campaign.  No space battles.  No features.  It’s all such a joke.  But it looks and sounds like Star Wars, so it’s okay.  Right?  Wrong!  This is bullshit, and should not be tolerated.  Unfinished games are wrong!

EA has the rights to an awesome IP.  They could have turned this into something spectacular.  Something special.  Something that would keep people coming back for years.  But no, they know that people won’t be coming back, so they are making this into a yearly cash-grab, until the nostalgia has finally dried up, and just like Call of Duty, everyone is wondering why they bother.

Fuck you, EA.  Fuck you, DICE.  This is bullshit.  Money-grubbing bullshit.  I knew it would happen, and it still annoys all the same.  If this is what the industry has become, then maybe it should just collapse already, and let that be that.

Until next time, a quote,

“The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned.  The Drowned God wants them drowned.  Why are all the gods such vicious cunts?”  -Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

Peace out,

Maverick

SIONR: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Not Getting US Release Because of SJWs

Let me be clear – I don’t want to play this game, or have any desire to.  A game made by Team Ninja, where you have the women in the Dead or Alive franchise doing beach sports and being sexy.  That’s the whole premise.  I have no desire to play that.  Why?  Because it sounds boring.  No joke, beach games with jello tits.  Yeah, that doesn’t sound all that interesting.  If I wanted to look at women in bikinis, or outright naked, there are a thousand and one places to do that online.  It’s the Internet.  It was made for porn.  But there is a story here that needs to be talked about, because it is so much bullshit.

According to the developers, the game is not getting a release either stateside, or in the UK.  Why?  Because the devs don’t want to deal with all the backlash associated with “objectification” and other buzzword bullshit associated with SJWs.  Team Ninja doesn’t want the headache, so they are just not going to release the game over here.  This isn’t about wanting to play the game.  I don’t.  this is about the fact that what has happened here is bullshit, and the fact that it happened at all is even worse.

But hey, it’s just the company who made the game who said that.  Don’t tell Jim Sterling.  According to him, it has nothing to do with SJWs and has to do with the company deciding that the game wouldn’t sell over here.  What a fucking liar!  It was said, outright, by the company, that that is the reason they are doing it.  I am so disillusioned with what a piece of shit sellout Jim Sterling is.  He claims to stick up for the little people, but it is becoming clearer and clearer that he is in it for the SJW cronies that he is obviously chummy with.  Fuck that guy.

This SJW culture needs to stop.  It really, really does.  The fact that a company doesn’t want to promote its work to an audience, specifically because it will make some people butthurt is infuriating.  If SJWs don’t like a game, there is a simple solution to it – don’t buy it.  Don’t play it.  Don’t support it in any way.  that is the ultimate truth about all games.  If you don’t like something – vote with your wallet, and do NOT buy it.  But that’s not enough for these people.  These professional victims.  These neo-Victorian, feinting couch feminists.  They have to make sure that not only do you not engage in the things that they don’t like, but also that you can’t engage in something.  Because if they don’t like it, nobody will.  That is the mindset of these people.

When is it enough?  When every female in every game is a mix-ethnicity, transgender female wearing a nun’s habit or a hijab?  Oh, wait, that’s insensitive to the disabled community.  Okay, when ever female is a lesbian, mix-ethnicity, transgender feminist in a wheelchair.  Would that work?  Oh, and she can’t be skinny, of course.  She has to be very fat.  And we don’t want her to be too smart, but never called dumb.  She’s got a ton of trophies, which all have the words “participation” on them.  Would that work?  Is that the kind of character that they would approve of?

It is so blatantly obvious that these people just have a problem with women who aren’t ashamed or scared to death of their own bodies.  Any woman who is proud of herself, open about her sexuality, and not afraid to show off her skin is treated like the worst thing for women everywhere.  No wonder they hate Mercedes Carrera so much.  But it isn’t enough for people to like different things or live a different lifestyle to them.  No, no, that would just be really mean.  After all, if they aren’t ashamed of who they are, then how is it helping other women?

This is censorship.  A company is censoring themselves to avoid a headache.  They shouldn’t have to.  This is unacceptable.  Nobody should have to go out of their way to appease these crybullies.  People who live in their hugboxes and safe spaces, screaming at the top of their lungs at anyone who says anything against them.  But that is what we need more of.  We need more people willing to tell these people to fuck off.

Where does it end with these people?  I really want to know.  They clearly want to take away women’s rights to choose what they do with their bodies.  They want to get rid of the porn industry, even though plenty of women choose to do it.  They want to get rid of all characters in games like Quiet in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.  Characters that, by the way, was modeled, voice acted, and motion captured by the same person.  A beautiful woman who lent her immense talent to the project.  But I guess that that is just wrong, to these people.  Who cares if she wanted to do it!  She should have been dressed in a hijab!  That’s how we can respect women’s dignity.  Given how much these people stick up for Islam, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case.

This instance with this one game could set a precedent.  One that I find nightmarish and terrifying.  When game companies decide not to market their products to avoid these people.  The thing that they want – self-censorship.  Though, it’s not exactly censorship in a total way, is it?  That’s right.  Because they are still marketing to other countries.  But because the US and the UK got a giant stick up their ass, they figure – why bother!  They will just cry and complain until the game either gets boycotted or removed anyway.  What’s the point?

Video after video is released where they talk about how the First Amendment doesn’t mean that everyone should be able to speak, and the the freedom of speech doesn’t mean that everyone can talk.  That’s the crowd who supports this sort of thing.

Censorship is wrong.  No matter when.  Especially when it comes on the backs of these kinds of people…

CrybulliesUntil next time, a quote,

“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.”  -Tom Smothers

Peace out,

Maverick

I’ll Answer Your Questions (A response to CARM)

A group called Christian Apologetics and Research Ministries decided to put out a list of questions to atheists.  I guess the idea is to stump us and make us come to God.  They say that they aren’t, but given some of the questions on here, well, it’s not hard to see where they’re coming from.  Let’s look at the questions, and answer them, in our usual eloquent style.  Here is a link to the questions, if you want to take a closer look.  Now let’s get this party started.

How would you define atheism?

The lack of a belief in God.  Gee, that was easy.

 

Do you act according to what you believe (there is no God) in or what you don’t believe in (lack belief in God)?

Oh look, Strawman Atheist already make an appearance.  Being an atheist doesn’t automatically mean that you believe there is no god.  As for acting on this “belief,” there are no rules or tenants that come with it.  I tend to act with empathy, but that’s a personal choice I made, because I don’t want to be a total dick.  I’m kind of a dick, but I don’t kill or rape people because I don’t want to be that kind of person.

Do you think it is inconsistent for someone who “lacks belief” in God to work against God’s existence by attempting to show that God doesn’t exist?

Hi again, Strawman Atheist.  Boy, I’m seeing you a lot in this list.  Not all atheists try to disprove the existence of God.  Hell, I wouldn’t say that most of them do.  If anything, most just try and do what most Christians do – live out our lives in peace.  Most Christians don’t preach, and most atheists just live and let live, so long as someone’s religion isn’t hurting anyone.

How sure are you that your atheism properly represents reality?

Because your belief about atheism is that we believe that no god exists, I am just going to assume that your actual question is – how are you sure that God does not exist.  I’m not.  To be clear – I am sure that the Christian God does not exist.  His properties are understood and can be analyzed.  Can I say that a deist god with properties unknown doesn’t exist?  Of course not.  Nobody could.  It’s an unfalsifiable hypothesis.  But proving that your deity doesn’t exist is pretty simple.  The fact that a divine being is vengeful, hateful, and willing to genocide people, when he could just snap his fingers and make everything as he wants them to be, is proof that your God is a ridiculous concept.  So yeah, I am certain that my lack of a belief in God represents reality.  I’ve seen NO evidence for the existence of a God.  None.  Show me some, that holds up to scrutiny, and my viewpoint will change.  Until then, too bad.

How sure are you that your atheism is correct?

This is just the last question repeated.  Yes, I am, given the evidence I have.

How would you define what truth is?

What has evidence.  For real, if there is evidence, then that is truth.  Evidence that can hold up to intensive scrutiny.  Simple as that.

Why do you believe your atheism is a justifiable position to hold?

Because there is NO evidence of a god.  None.  I’ve read apologetics for years, and it’s all the same rehashed bullshit.  The reality is, as Neil DeGrasse Tyson said, the god of the gaps is just an ever-decreasing pocket of scientific knowledge.  Show me evidence, I will examine it, and if it stands up to scrutiny, then I’ll change my views.  The evidence points to there being no God.  Simple and clean.

Are you a materialist or a physicalist or what?

Do I believe that the universe is made up of materials?  Yes.  It would be kind of hard to argue that, considering materials are what makes up everything.  Our bodies are made up of atoms, molecules, cells, organs, and chemicals that make the brain work.  This isn’t that complicated.

Do you affirm or deny that atheism is a worldview? Why or why not?

No, I don’t think it’s a worldview.  It’s a belief that is personally held, that a god does not exist.  That’s it.  There are no laws with it, no values that come with it.  It’s just this one area that concerns the belief in a deity.  Worldviews come with convictions and values that you place on various things.  In truth, atheism is just part of my larger worldview.  If you’re going to ask what that is, then that is a topic for a whole other post.  It’s kind of long.  As is the case with most people.

Not all atheists are antagonistic to Christianity but for those of you who are, why the antagonism?

And here I was hoping to see Strawman Atheist again.  Well, to answer your question – who do you think it is who has opposed gay marriage?  Religious groups.  Who do you think it is killing people for apostasy in the Middle East?  Religious groups.  Who do you think it is who is telling people all the time about how evil and rotten and bad they are?  Religious people.  Most religious people are just like most atheists.  They keep to themselves and do their own thing.  But then there are those who are making things difficult for everyone who doesn’t agree with them.  Those are the people that those like myself take umbrage with.  Beyond that, believe as you will.  So long as what you believe doesn’t hurt anyone.

If you were at one time a believer in the Christian God, what caused you to deny His existence?

I grew up in the Lutheran Church.  I went through Confirmation.  I still know the Apostle’s Creed by heart.  But I never really believed any of that.  It all seemed kind of silly, to me.  A man in the sky does stuff just like people?  It seemed like God was just some spoiled kid who was looking for a fight.  He seemed as real to me as fairytale characters.  Not to mention the fact that Satan seemed like a better guy.  I mean, watch the A Night on Bald Mountain bit in Fantasia and tell me that that doesn’t look like a good time, to you.  But back to the serious stuff, I just never believed.  I never have, and I never will.  I’m a grown man.  I don’t need a fairytale to make me feel better.

Do you believe the world would be better off without religion?

I believe that the world would be better off without the insane radical religion.  Outside of that, I think the world would be alright.  I doubt that faith will ever truly die, so I don’t try to examine things that I don’t believe would ever happen.

Do you believe the world would be better off without Christianity?

Same deal.

Do you believe that faith in a God or gods is a mental disorder?

Not specifically.  It can very well be tied into mental disorders, but it isn’t on its own merits.  I think that religion evolved because people are afraid of death and what waits for us.  I don’t believe or disbelieve in an afterlife.  I don’t know, after all.  None of us do.  Only way you can know is if you die.  And that’s kind of a one-way trip.

Must God be known through the scientific method?

Yeah.  That’s exactly it.  There has to be tangible evidence of this creature.  Something that can be tested and retested and verified.  Only then will I believe.

If you answered yes to the previous question, then how do you avoid a category mistake by requiring material evidence for an immaterial God?

That’s a misnomer.  If he is immaterial, then he doesn’t exist.  Something that is immaterial cannot exist in the physical world.  At least, we have no evidence of something like that.  Again, if it is impossible to detect, then it can’t be found.  Then there’s just the endless loop of questioning about how he exists without a physical form.

Do we have any purpose as human beings?

No.  Purpose is what you choose to make of it.  It’s whatever you want it to be.  Maybe you want a career.  Maybe you want wealth.  Maybe you want kids and grandkids.  Maybe you want to lay on the beach and get high.  Whatever the purpose is, it is something that you decide on for yourself.

If we do have purpose, can you as an atheist please explain how that purpose is determined?

See previous answer.

Where does morality come from?

In a lot of ways, morality is formed by culture.  Look at society’s with rules and you see the values system.  Religions all have moral systems attached.  They are imposed by those in power within the religion.  The Pope tells people that condoms are immoral and wrong, then boom, that is a moral code that people believe in.  Morality is a system imposed by those in power.  If that isn’t very satisfying, well, sorry but it’s true.

Are there moral absolutes?

I believe that acting with empathy is as close to moral absolutes as you’re going to get.  How empathetic morality behaves is something that is open to debate by people smarter than I.  I recommend checking out this video (linked here).  I should give you some idea where I stand on the issue.

If there are moral absolutes, could you list a few of them?

The previous answer kind of lays out my position.  I will say that I think that killing and rape are wrong.  By the way, only one of those is outright condemned in the Bible.  The other says that the person who committed the crime must marry the victim and pay some silver to the father.  Yeah, real hard justice there.

Do you believe there is such a thing as evil? If so, what is it?

I believe that evil is a complete lack of empathy.  Not when you don’t know what the difference between right and wrong is, but when you know, but you just don’t care.

If you believe that the God of the Old Testament is morally bad, by what standard do you judge that He is bad?

Yes, I do believe that the Old Testament god is morally bad.  Though, I don’t think the New Testament God is much better.  After all, you don’t really hear much about Hell until the New Testament.  As for how I judge it, a good example – he committed untold genocide, many times, even with obvious alternatives were open.  Such as flooding the world.  That didn’t have to happen.  He could have just snapped his fingers and made everyone good.  Or he could have made it so that we didn’t have the ability to commit evil.  Or he could have just given everyone magic heart attacks.  There are dozens of things he could have done, and instead he floods the world and kills everyone.  Just like how he goes all Zeus on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Yeah, real good guy.

What would it take for you to believe in God?

Already said, evidence that holds up to scrutiny.

What would constitute sufficient evidence for God’s existence?

Here’s a small example – for him to rip open the heavens and god, “I am God!”  At which point he does something that couldn’t possibly be done any other way by through supernatural, and boom.  That’s just one possibility.

Must this evidence be rationally based, archaeological, testable in a lab, etc., or what?

Testable, to be certain.  It must be able to be tested, again and again.  And if it can be tested, then it’s rationally-based.  Pure and simple.

Do you think that a society that is run by Christians or atheists would be safer? Why?

I’d rather a society run by empathetic people.  Regardless of their spiritual beliefs, just them having empathy.

Do you believe in free will? (free will being the ability to make choices without coersion).

No, I don’t.  I think that our choices are already made, based on our experiences and encoded parts of ourselves.  Choice is one of the biggest illusions that people have.

If you affirm evolution and that the universe will continue to expand forever, then do you think it is probable that given enough time, brains would evolve to the point of exceeding mere physical limitations and become free of the physical and temporal, and thereby become “deity” and not be restricted by space and time? If not, why not?

Look, I don’t know what is going to happen down the line.  I don’t know what is possible.  As I said, it is the reason that I can’t disprove a deistic god.  I think that there will come a point that we can encode a human brain into data, and then the possibilities are beyond the limits that I understand.  Who knows what is possible.  But the thing is – whatever does happen, there will still be limitations of the laws of the universe.  I don’t believe that the brain will “evolve” to a point where it can do the impossible.  That’s just how it is.

If you answered the previous question in the affirmative, then aren’t you saying that it is probable that some sort of God exists?

I’ve already talked about this.  It is very possible that a deist god exists.  But it is not possible that the Christian God exists.

And that was the list.  Let me know what you think of the questions in the comments.  Or if you have your own answers.  This was pretty simple.  Guess Strawman Atheist was only in a few questions.  That’s good.

Until next time, a quote,

“How come God gets credit whenever something good happens?  Where was he when her heart stopped?”  – Gregory House, House, M.D.

Peace out,

Maverick

 

The Transgender Genital Debate

There was an article recently written where a transgender woman was going after straight guys, and found that they were all immediately turned off by her having male genitals.  And according to her, this is bigoted and makes her a victim.  A victim of a world that just doesn’t accept transgender people.  That’s the line.  I’ve decided that I’m going to weigh in on this, because it needs to be talked about.  The transgender community has been getting its panties in a bunch quite a bit lately, and right now is one of those times when I need to put their complaining in its place.  Because it all boils down to this – if you have a dick, straight guys don’t want you.  Plain and simple.

Is that really so shocking?  For real, does that genuinely shock you.  That men who prefer women and female genitals would be instantly turned off by male ones?  It’s like these people forget that men have sexual preferences.  Perhaps they bought into that article that says that everyone is bisexual.  That’s not true, by the way.  Not everyone is.  Some people aren’t.  It goes for both genders.  There are some women who have ZERO interest in their own gender, and same with some guys.  Same with guy-parts and lady-parts.  Some people just don’t want them.  Sexual preference is just what it is.  I guess nobody told the transgender community that.

Look, something that you need to accept, if you are going to have a gender identity, is that some people aren’t going to find that identity attractive.  Don’t like it?  Well, tough love – too bad.  Suck it up, buttercup.  So the guy you want doesn’t want you.  That’s life.  It doesn’t make him sexist or transphobic or whatever stupid buzzword you’re going to use today.  It makes him or her a human being.  There was another article I read where a girl lied to a girl she was into about being a guy, all for the express purpose of getting her to sleep with her, and then cried the blues when the lady was rightfully pissed off about the deception.

And this is where accountability comes to play.  Whatever your gender identity, you gotta step up and tell people the truth about stuff.  If a guy is looking to get with a girl, and that girl has dude-parts, then it is on her to tell him that.  Sorry, but it is entirely on you.  If you do not do that, and then choose to get hurt because you get rejected, the fact is that it is your fault.  Not his.  If you are dishonest with your lover, and they are rightfully upset, you have no right to complain.  For real, none at all.

I get it – rejection hurts.  Nobody wants to be rejected.  I am a towering freak of nature, who isn’t especially good to look at.  I get how rejection feels.  But you have to be honest with people.  That is what any relationship is built on.  Though maybe you aren’t looking for a relationship.  Maybe you just want to fuck someone for a night.  Well, same deal.  If you’re not being up-front with the person you go to bed with, and they reject you, you have no one to blame but yourself.  Don’t like that?  Too fucking bad.

How is it that the transgender community has been able to come out in defense of this person?  Do they not realize this?  Or do they think that they are deserving of some special exemption from the rules of attraction?  They don’t.  In fact, one could argue that they have even more obligation.  Because it isn’t on the person they are worth to accept what they have.  It is on them to tell whoever it is.  Personal responsibility in respect to intimacy seems to fly out the window with this bunch, and that just baffles me.  “It isn’t our fault!  It’s those cis-people’s fault for not accepting us!”  It’s not an acceptance issue if he doesn’t like your dick, honey.  It’s him being turned off by that, and the fact that you didn’t tell him that that was what you are packing.  This lady must get a lot of rejection, and clearly they don’t think it’s their fault, since they went to publications like The Mary Sue to complain about it.

Grow up.

Until next time, a quote,

“People like to say love is unconditional, but it’s not, and even if it was unconditional, it’s still never free. There’s always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won’t be happy unless you are … I just don’t want that responsibility.”  – Katja Millay

Peace out,

Maverick

You’re the Victim Here? Really? (A response to Stephen Totilo)

The people at Kotaku have decided to raise a stink recently.  See, according to them, they have been blacklisted by the likes of Ubisoft and Bethesda, and they want everyone to know what victims they are.  All the while making sure that GamerGate is known to be such an enemy, and how they are nothing but the victim of a massive conspiracy against them.  Here’s a link to an article written by Stephen Totilo, where he is crying the blues about what he calls “the price of games journalism.”  Yeah, because you are totally the victim here, Stephen.  You and Kotaku did nothing wrong, and us evil gamers are the ones who screwed you.  Of course.

Stephen, I am going to go through a list of things that your publication has done, and you tell me how sympathetic you are.

  • You were totally fine with one of your writers having a casual, sexual relationship with someone he had written about, and only saw fit to disclose it after it went public.  What’s more, in your disclosure, you said that the sexual relationship happened the day after the article was published.  That sure is convenient.  For you.  And your publication’s “ethics” principles.
  • You wrote a series of article demonizing gamers and taking up the “gamers are dead” party line.  Then, when the gaming community rightly gave you the finger, you try and white-wash history by saying that us gamers are just tops, and how we are super, and acting like what you said never happened at all.  Because a few months was all it took for everyone to forget about it, right?
  • You wrote an article where you talked about a sexual harassment claim, in great detail, without getting a single counterpoint.  Say, did Sabrina Ruben Erdely work for you guys?  That would explain a lot.
  • You reported the outright lie that Brianna Wu was forced to leave her home, while it was shown that she was doing TV interviews from her office.  Which is in her home.  Go figure.
  • Time and time again, you and your publication has ignored corruption and gamer dissatisfaction, such as after the “Doritogate” scandal.
  • Your writers have established relationships with people working for publishers like Ubisoft and Bethesda.  Relationships that got them to a point where they were under an embargo about releasing information about their latest games that were coming out.  An embargo which you then subsequently broke.  The irony is that you are crying the blues about something that was, quite clearly, your fault.  Something you did wrong, because…
  • Your entire publication is nothing but a click-bait machine that has been shown, time and time again, to lack ethical standards, objectivity, and a desire to improve.  Any publication that tries to white-wash its own history such as after the “gamers are dead” incident obviously has no sense of shame, and does not deserve any respect.

Stephen, I’m gonna give this to you straight – the people who write for you aren’t journalists. They’re salesmen/women.  Any publication that is as dependent on click-bait as you are is trying to sell to people.  What is your product?  Simple – sensationalism.  You want to make the most stink and the most fuss out of anything that comes to your doorstep.  Given that your parent company is Gawker, this isn’t a surprise.  Just look at the hot water they are in because of them leaking the Hulk Hogan sex tape.  That case is getting so ugly for them that they may very well not survive it, which will mean that you and everyone who works for you will be out of a job.  I’d feel bad for the people losing money, except I actually do have a degree in journalism, Stephen.  And I think that anyone who uses the Yuppie Nuremberg Defense to do the kind of work you do does not deserve even the slightest amount of sympathy.  After all, if you didn’t know that your position was wrong when you did the “gamers are dead” articles, then why did you feel the need to whitewash it?  You knew, and you tried to make it go away.  Just admit it, and let’s stop this pathetic charade of you being the victim, when it is so obvious that what is happening to you is years of unethical retribution that is being meted out on your company.

And since you are merely a product of how broken games journalism is, of course people are coming to your defense.  Naturally.  Games journalism has become nothing but a giant circle-jerk, after all.  The “gamers are dead” saga was coordinated.  It all happened at the same time.  You all were connected via the Google+ group “Gamejournopros.”  Everything about you and our industry is crooked and corrupt.  But you are the victim.  Who do you think buys this?  Who do you honestly think is listening to you?  Why, your friends in the various companies, of course.  Part of me can’t help but wonder if this whole article was you covering your ass now that Gawker is looking to fall apart, with Hulk Hogan on the war path and tons of lost revenue, which has led them to restructure around political commentary.  In other words, SJW bullshit.

If you ask me, what happened to you should only be the start.  This should be the beginning of every major game publisher cutting click-bait publications like you off.  I hope to see the likes of Square Enix and EA throwing you to the wolves.  It would be a fitting end to you and your publication, Stephen.  To watch as your coverage gets so bad that you actually have to step up and do REAL journalism, where you make a ton of calls and get interviews and coordinate with people.  It’s hard work, but it can only be good for the industry.  But let’s be honest, you won’t survive to that point.  You’ll just shrivel up and die, or move onto Polygon or whoever else will take you.  This article felt like your resume pitch, to whoever wants you there.

I don’t feel any sympathy for you, Stephen.  None whatsoever.  I think I’ll end with a quote that you might be familiar with.

“You made your gamergate bed, now get fucked in it.”  – Randi Harper

Peace out,

Maverick

Some Serious Questions to Anita Sarkeesian

I am going to try and be as decent and polite as I possibly can.  But there are some things that I would like to ask the feminist critic, or anyone associated with her, and I would like legit answers.  If you all could pass this on, as respectfully as possible, then I would be very grateful.  But there are some things that I want to know.  Let’s call this – 10 questions I want to legitimately ask Anita Sarkeesian, and would like a serious answer on.  I graduated from college with my Bachelor’s in Journalism and Public Communication, and while I am not going to be focusing on the journalism part with my current career choice, I still remember that part of me that wanted to be a journalist when I started college.  With that in mind, here are my questions, with little bits afterwards that will explain why I want to know.

10. If a video game character appeals to lesbian and bisexual women, then how is it derogatory to women?
Here’s something I’ve been wanting an answer for, for ages.  Form really any feminist, but specifically you.  Because you seem to conveniently forget that there are lesbian and bisexual women out there, who may find the representations of a female video game character sexually attractive.  Which strikes me as kind of two-faced, considering that you have said that your reading of “queer women” literature enriched you as a feminist.  All of your statements about representations of women in video games seem to focus exclusively on their appeal to men, while completely ignoring that women may find this sort of thing attractive.  Or gay men who have a healthy respect for femininity .  I know more than one such person.  Went to class with one.  He was the most flowery queen I’ve ever met, but an interesting guy all the same.

9. Why do you consistently ignore context when you point out things about characters or situations in games?
The ONLY time I have seen you address this issue is in your Damsels in Distress videos, where you talk about the mercy killing of a female character.  That is the only time that you acknowledge that context does play a part.  But you then subsequently brush it off, like it suddenly doesn’t matter.  How do you reconcile that with your positions?  If context plays a role, however minuscule, shouldn’t that mean something?  Like when you have a clip from Watch Dogs where there are naked women, but the instance of that was at a sex slavery ring, which the game never tells you is a good thing.  In fact, it goes out of its way to point out that it’s bad.  Why do you simply ignore context at some points, and then address it with a simple brush-off at others.  Does narrative context never matter?  Guess that was a few questions rolled into one, but I thought I’d ask all the same.

8. Do you have a problem with sexual expression?  If so, why?  If not, what is the acceptable level of sexual expression that you believe should be in games?
You consistently deride sexual expression in games, yet then deride that female characters don’t have the correct kind of sexual expression.  I am just curious where you view the line.  What do you believe is the correct amount of sexual expression?  At what point is it offensive?  I don’t mod comments, so whoever wants to answer, feel free.  If you want to just say that women in gaming are for chauvinist men, you can do that.  I disagree, but I want to know where you stand, Anita.

7. What do you believe is the most offensive female representation in a video game?
I’m not speaking in general terms.  I want you to be very specific.  What female in a game is the worst, and why?  There must be elaboration on this, because so many of the qualities that you describe as negative contradict one-another.  An example – your recent review praised the new Lara Croft, yet she is sexually-appealing and also seems to fit into the Ms. Male character archetype, since she is very much the male equivalent of Indiana Jones.  I want to know what you believe to be the absolute worst female character depiction in a video game, and give me concrete reasons as to why.

6. Which game do you believe worst represents female characters?
A larger extrapolation of the previous question, but worth asking.  Because your examples seem to cherry-pick specific things from specific games, ignoring the larger picture.  So, with that in mind, I want to know what game do you believe represents female characters the worst, and subsequently – why?

5. Which game and which character do you believe are the best representation in a video game?
The reverse of the previous two questions, but now I think that if we should look at the worst, let’s subsequently look at the best.  Which female character do you believe is the best female representation, and which game do you believe has the best women.  Again, why?

4. What do you believe is the correct type of male character in a game?
Since I am going to be posting this to some subreddits and other places where people I am sure will have a thousand and one hilarious examples, I want to know – what do you believe a male character in a game should be?  For all the negative traits you associate men in games with having, what do you believe they should have.  As an extrapolation, which male character do you believe most exemplifies the traits you list.  Be specific.

3. In a Tweet, you derided difficulty in games, stating that it works against women.  Do you not believe that that is a little condescending?
I believe that women have just as much skill as male players.  There are plenty of women who can defeat me rather soundly at Bloodborne PvP.  You’ve talked about how there needs to be less difficulty in games for female players.  Do you not find that even the least bit insulting to the women who dedicate their time and energy to becoming skilled in their respective games?  Not to mention, isn’t it insulting to the idea that women are equal with men, when you want there to be a way for things to be easier for them?

2. Isn’t it a touch bit hypocritical that you can deride the trash-talking women get in gaming, yet then totally ignore the fact that men online get it just as much?
This has been brought up by just about everyone, but it is a very good point.  In both online gaming, and trolling, there are plenty of men who get it just as much as you, if not moreso.  I guarantee you that PewDiePie gets plenty of abuse from people.  So does any other online personality.  So does anyone online, really.  Don’t you think its hypocritical for you to go to the UN and complain about rudeness direct at yourself, while then ignoring all the men who get it?  Are you saying that it is only hurtful towards women?  If so, does that not how do you defend that position, in respect to the fact that it has been shown, quite clearly, that it does affect both genders equally?

1. Will you please clarify your views on violence in gaming for me?
In your Rise of the Tomb Raider review, the person you had stand in for you stated that the game was flawed due to the fact that there were no women in the antagonist’s mercenary outfit, yet then subsequently went on to deride the violence in the game as well.  Which is it?  Do you believe that violence in video games is wrong based on its own merits, or that violence should also be acceptable toward women?  After all, Lara Croft kills the mercs in that game, in exceedingly more violent ways as the game goes on.  Is that wrong all on its own, or are you complaining that she can’t kill women as well?  She would, if women were added to the roster of mercenaries.  Your views seem contradictory.  So perhaps you could lay this bag of snakes out straight.  In your E3 2015 coverage, you derided the new Doom trailer for the violence in it.  Doesn’t that seem contradictory to what you have said?  Just putting that out there.

Those are my questions.  If you all could find a way to get these to the people at Feminist Frequency, I hope that they will answer them.  I have been completely respectful in this post, so maybe that will help.  I somehow doubt it, yet I hope for a discourse, because my inner journalist would like nothing better than for someone at that enterprise to engage with me, so I could learn more about where they stand.  The chance for an interview with the lady herself would be a dream come true, since we could perhaps finally see behind the veneer she puts up, to who Anita Sarkeesian really is.  It’s a dumb dream, but I can dream it, can’t I?

Actually, wait, I got another one that just came to me –

0: Why do you have a convicted pedophile running your stream?
I think that one speaks for itself.  Right, Valis77?

Until next time, a quote,

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar.  You’re only telling the world that you fear what he has to say.”  -Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

Peace out,

Maverick