The Movement You Never Let Die (A response to A. Khaled)

Does anyone remember 2014?  I do.  Vaguely. I mean, it was an okay year.  I remember losing a relationship and having to look like a total bitch moving back home.  Graduated from college.  That’s about it as far as personal things go.  Though there was something else that happened.  A big movement of online activism against corruption in games journalism that had very limited results because online movements rarely have much success.  That movement was called GamerGate.  Not gonna get into the long and storied history.  Just type in InternetAristocrat GamerGate on YouTube and you’ll find a big compilation of his entire documentation of it as it was happening.

But another thing I remember is that the movement died in 2014.  It burned bright and had lots of people on it, but then it petered out and life resumed with games journalism being just as bought and paid for as they’ve always been.  You know who doesn’t know that it died?  Games journalism!  After all, every time they want to easily smear detractors without having to actually make good arguments, they just throw the word GamerGate into the article and boom!  Instant clicks.  It’s easy, it’s stupid, and those who do it are part of a wonderful world of people who don’t have a single journalistic ethics bone in their body.

Which brings us to today’s piece.  An article written by a guy who wants him to have some of that SWEET click-bait-y goodness to his article, which is about as content-free as his contemporaries.  Here’s a link to the article, now let’s talk about it.

If Gamergate was ever consistent at something, it’s that they’ve mastered the manipulation of the news cycle to their advantage by fabricating controversies predicated on an overarching conspiracy by “the left”, or “SJWs”, to perverse their entertainment.

Let’s not even get into how GamerGate is dead and has been since 2015 at the LATEST.  I wanna ignore that for the juicier bit in this article.  Their implication with this accusation is that everyone who thinks that the Cyberpunk 2077 controversies are bullshit is right-wing.  That’s what they meant to say.  If there’s one thing that games journalism was ever consistent at, it’s using a buzzword to vilify their detractors so as to not have to actually respond to them in a serious way.

But it was the “Gamergate” crowd who fabricated a controversy?  Not you all for finding whatever you could latch onto with this game and running with it?  Okay.  Sure, let’s go with that.  It wasn’t you and yours who made all this shit up.  It’s everyone else.  Why not?

Cyberpunk 2077 headlined Gamergate’s concerns as E3 just concluded, and it’s all for reasons not entirely unfamiliar.

*puts on tin-foil hat*

The tale started as everyone knows it did — Keanu Reeves in an unprecedented gesture walked into the Xbox E3 2019 briefing stage, and with him, he brought along the promise that Cyberpunk 2077 was indeed going to be the game everyone was bedazzled by last year.

Yeah, that shit was pretty cool.  Your point…?

After the dust of the impressive announcement settled, CDPR released screenshots of the game taken on its PC version, and one of them included a an advertisement poster of a trans woman with her dick visibly bulging upwards through her apparel used to sell soda— it’s important to point out the controversy wasn’t strictly stoked by progressives, or even the LGBT+ community specifically, but it was more of a broad observation that if CDPR screwed up their PR campaign about the game previously, that it was quite indicative of a troubling trend in Cyberpunk 2077’s marketing that it doesn’t relish in the body-altering experience some trans people go through, and rather criticizes it without realizing how ironic that looks in retrospect. CDPR used problematic imagery to sell a game supposed to critique said problematic imagery — something was off.

Um…no.  There’s nothing off.  The world of Night City is one of corporate consumerism gone horribly wrong.  It’s a world where people modify themselves into oblivion in order to chase an ideal of absolute beauty.  It’s why we saw the trailer last year with the woman who had no mouth, because it was a cybernetic appendage she could put on.  In this world, if you can use something to sell to people, you do.  Whatever that thing is.

Here’s the thing about cyberpunk as a genre – it’s set in a future near enough to ours to have the cultural issues, but far enough to be believable about the technology involved.  You see in this world that people are able to alter themselves to insane degrees.  Last year, we saw a gang who took modification to such an extreme that they wanted to turn into machines themselves.  This is a world where you can have whatever kind of body you want, so long as you have the money to pay for it.  Not to mention that in this universe, the more you enhance yourself with cybernetics, the less human you are.  Humanity is an actual measure in the pen-and-paper RPG.

Now, imagine that you are a person who doesn’t feel comfortable in your own body in this universe?  Instead of having to go through intense hormonal treatments, you can augment your body however you wish.  You can even finish your transition with your sex drive and potential intact.  This is the world of Cyberpunk 2077.  With this in mind, think about the fact that there are corporations who will do whatever it takes to sell their stuff to everyone and anyone who is buying.  Why exactly is it that you wouldn’t exploit trans people the way you would everyone else?

But that’s called “context,” which is a term I know you games journalist types fear like the fucking plague.  If you all could have any amount of nuance in what you talk about, what a wonderful world it would be.  But then you wouldn’t get as many of the almighty clicks.  Because nuance doesn’t make a good article.  Nuance makes people uncomfortable.  Yourself included.  Having to think critically about things is more difficult.  In this age of apathy, you can’t have things be too hard.  Especially not when you have an ideological ax to grind.

A good gauge for the profile of a controversy is usually to type a neutral search term on YouTube and see if the first result pertains any closely to the terms being searched, or has it conversely been flooded by an algorithmically exploitative fit of rage and outcry.

An “exploitative fit of rage and outcry”?  Really?  It’s especially weird when YongYea’s video is there.  I’ve seen him get worked up, but rage and outcry?  No.  When one of the AAA-gaming companies does some exploitative thing of their consumers, I’ve seen him get pretty skived about that.  And I’ve never seen Cleanprincegaming get raged about anything.  Do you even watch the videos you’re denouncing, or is that too much context for your uniquely-lazy ass?

The content of the analysis isn’t necessarily misleading — outlets like Kotaku, Polygon and Rock Paper Shotgun have all came out in mild reservations against the problematic depiction of Haitians and trans people in the trailer.

As is ALWAYS the case when these kinds of articles come out, it’s always just some mild criticism that people blow WAY out of proportion.  Never mind that it was people calling this game racist, CD Projekt Red racist and alt-right (a buzzword that has lost all reason), and the creator of Rock Paper Shotgun saying that Mike Pondsmith is making terrible arguments to defend racism.  But yeah, it was us who started this.  It was all of us “right-wing” people (anyone who can prove I’m right-wing, give it your best shot.  I’m an unapologetic liberal.  But Khaled here couldn’t handle that nuance either.  No, all detractors must be cut from the same cloth, lest they actually have an opinion worth listening to).

This was the same bullshit back in 2012 when Anita Sarkeesian stuck her ugly head into gaming.  “She’s just making commentary, guys!  It’s not like she’s trying to ban video games!  She doesn’t want to change anything.”  Years later, with her non-profit dying and as she desperately is trying to latch on to gaming companies, a lot of change has happened.  Mostly because you all, games “journalists” (I feign to even ironically call you all that.  You wouldn’t know the first thing about good journalism.  If Edward R. Murrow could see what the field has become) took the banner and ran with it.  Game companies saw that every major news outlet was saying the same thing, and believed that your view was the consensus.

They never did nothin’!  It was those mean “alt-right” people!  They are the ones who made this a big issue!  Our criticism was so mile that it might as well have not even been there! *rolls eyes*

What that however was spun into, is this preposterous notion that the writer of the story in question was out to smear the game as part of a “larger agenda” targeting freedom of artistic expression — never mind that Gamergate contends heavily with the conceit that video games are art at all — when the pointed critique was more about the game’s thematic inconsistency, rather than its ineffectual portrayal of Haitians as having a natural inclination to commit crime, or trans people as… whatever the hell that poster’s artist thought they were.

This is what I love about people who do articles like this.  You can just bullshit your way through whatever narrative you want, with no worry about contradiction.  See, back in the day, when you printed bullshit, you had to defend yourself.  And if you couldn’t do that, you had to print a retraction.  But this is 5th Estate journalism.  Online journalism.  Where you can spin a narrative out of whole cloth and nobody bats an eye.

People weren’t accusing the writer of the Rock Paper Shotgun article of trying to smear the game as part of a “larger agenda.”  We were accusing him of smearing the game for clicks.  It was a hit-piece, designed to get people’s click fingers going.  There’s that nuance again.  Fucking up the narrative.

Also, where did ANYONE ever say that the game is depicting Haitians as having a “natural inclination to commit crime”?  The fact that the Voodoo Boys gang is primarily made up of Haitians is inconsequential.  That’s like saying that Cryps and the Bloods are primarily made up of black people so black people are inclined to crime.  No, it’s just gangs who have these ethnic groups affiliated with them.

To the last point you made – the article was saying that trans people are able to be exploited just like anyone else!  How is that so hard to understand?  Do you not get how corporate marketing works?  If corporations think that there is a market to exploit, they will!  Look at how Disney talks about how much they LOVE diversity, but you don’t see any openly gay characters in their big movies?  Why’s that?  Gee, it’s almost like a major market that they want to appeal to has strict rules regarding depiction of homosexuality.  That’s weird, right?  I wonder who that could be… *cough*China!*cough*  Or how Netflix made a reality TV show where they give two unemployed people a job and make their lives hell, only for them to find out it was all a gag.  Showing that Netflix really does abhor the working class and has no problem fucking with them for laughs.

Corporations will exploit whoever, wherever, and whenever they can.  If there’s a market to exploit, you better believe that those bastards have their fingers in the pie, ready to exploit the ever-loving fuck out of whoever it is.  What is so hard to get about this?  What part of that nuance did you social justice types miss?

“Is it so difficult to accept that Cyberpunk 2077’s world is the kind in which, people in general, regardless of race, just, kill each other for all kinds of fucked up reasons” says YongYea in his video commenting on the issue;

There’s one person who gets the nuance of it.  It’s so weird that people are going after YongYea.  A very safe content creator.  I watch his stuff and I like it.  But I acknowledge that he’s safe, as far as advertising and whatnot goes.  And it’s weird to me that he’s being lumped in as a part of some GamerGate conspiracy.  A man who has talked about how he has no problem with diversity in gaming and how he just wants it to be done with a deft hand.  He’s some right-wing caricature now?  That’s so weird, to me.

It’sAGundam also echoed similar sentiments, he further added a political dimension to the debate by complaining that “People are trying to interject their own politics and personal beliefs in a god damn video game based in a far-off dystopian future.”

I watch Gundam as well, and I don’t actually agree with him that no politics should be in gaming.  I just think that it should be done with a deft hand and not feel out of place in the world one is trying to create.  The problem is that so often, it isn’t done that way.  Besides, his videos are never meant to be taken too seriously.  He’s in it for the performance of it.  To be entertaining.  So is YongYea.  What’s your beef?

LegacyKillaHD went as far as to say the original Rock Paper Shotgun article was a “hit piece”; and the tone of the rest of the videos follows accordingly.

It was a hit-piece, designed to get people’s click fingers twitchy.

What this has been furthered by is a defensive response by the creator of the IP CDPR’s game is based on, Mike Pondsmith, who has deflected accusations of racial inadequacies by advising that people dish it out to their racist uncles in a thanksgiving dinner, promoted the view that “the Animals” as a gang name for a predominantly-colored group is one of endearment,

What?!  A term of endearment?  No, you stupid fuck!  He said that the Animals call themselves that because they want to be powerful, strong, dangerous, akin to a wild animal.  Hence the name.  What weapons-grade bullshit is that?  Also, you have to keep the focus on the fact that black people are a part of this gang?  When Pondsmith said that this gang is ethnically-diverse, it means that it has all kinds of people in it!  Why can none of you ethnically-void hacks even speak about what he said with any amount of truth?!  I don’t get why there isn’t a single one of you fucks who can do this.

And the bit about how, if you want to help with racism, actually tell your racist uncle off at Thanksgiving was funny.  I still laugh. That’s called a joke.  Guess that’s too much for Khaled to process.

It would be really hard to take away from Mike Pondsmith’s own interpretation of what CDPR has been making for the last few years since he’s more closely aligned with the project than pretty much anyone outside of the company, but what appears to have happened, is that Gamergate is taking Mike Pondsmith as a token black creative

If ANYONE is token-izing Pondsmith, it’s you!  We aren’t saying that CDPR can’t be racist because a black person says so.  We’re saying that Pondsmith, the creator of this IP, has explained where this perspective comes from.  And his interpretation of it has more legitimacy than your stupid-ass, nuance-lacking, unrepentantly-biased reporting of it!  You all are the ones who are saying that he’s a token, but just like any good far-right Christian, you try to lay that at the feet of your detractors.  Because you have no good argument for your point of view.  Just one based on your own opinions, indefensible in reality.

Gamergate dressing him with authoritative authorship serves a two-fold purpose: For one, it allows them to come out in stern opposition of criticism which they paint as stifling creators’ freedom of artistic expression, but it also permits them to shift the narrative away from the creative leads and portray the conflict as “PC culture” gone berserk. In both cases, the final outcome is heavily contrived, and is barely based in any grounding of truth or reality — it’s just yet another attempt by Gamergate to capitalize on the current popularity of a video game by painting its criticism as sacrilegious and unduly.

These people live in a fantasy world.  People were accusing Rock Paper Shotgun and those who followed of trying to smear a game, a company, and the creator of the entire franchise, all for the purpose of getting clicks.  That’s where this began and ended.  But no.  You can’t accept that.  To do so would mean you have to look critically at your own medium.  Oh no!  To actually look at the ethically-void hellscape that modern games journalism is critically, I don’t think any of you would survive.  Then you’d have to wonder if you are not making the entire concept of journalism a dead venture, where only the fastest to report on whatever scandalous thing gets those precious clicks and precious ad revenue.

But you’re right about one thing – this is heavily contrived.  You’ve contrived a narrative that you can spin without any worry of any amount of opposition, where I’m sure the comments section is gonna be one giant circle-jerk.  In the process, you’re also gonna prove a lot of points people have made about your industry, but still.

Furthermore, when “artistic freedom” is brought, it is only done in service of Gamergate’s ideological inclinations, rather than any impartial appeal to creativity no matter what part of the political spectrum it hails from. When BattleTech introduced the option for a gender-neutral pronoun, no such defense was invoked, and the backlash was instead directed towards the developers — who might I remind, should have retained full artistic control over their IP. The precedent for “creator over fan voice” just does not bear out.

This is the great thing about being able to smear people with a broad brush.  You don’t have to even bother trying to be honest about something.  Instead, you just say that all people in a group who you made up (because GamerGate is dead) all think the way that you tell your readership that they do.

Meanwhile, I don’t give a fuck about gender-neutral options.  Never heard a word from YongYea, LegacyKilla, Upper Echelon Gaming, or even ItsAGundam.  You took some loud minority of right-wing assholes being assholes (or maybe trolls being trolls.  Everyone likes to forget they exist), and paint ALL of us us as thinking just like they do.  You can have your opinions all day, Khaled, but you can’t have your own facts.  Sorry to say.

It’s even more so the case when the call to collective action is intermittently placed along Patreon links when the authors of such ludicrous claims are already a comfortable level above the majority of their audience on both a financial, and a social level.

There we go!  The other shoe drops.  You are mad that people make money off their work.  You’re made that people choose to pay content creators that they like money.  Never mind that the whole reason Patreon has grown is because YouTube is now basically a unmonetized hellscape where making any money at all is next to impossible.  So many channels who aren’t right-wing, but have honest opinions about what’s happening in the world get demonetized because their content ruffles feathers.

This is how the article ends, and it’s so fucking blatant what Khaled is actually angry about.  So he has to smear everyone.  Defaming whoever he doesn’t like all because they were mean to people in his industry and painted him and his out to be opportunistic bottom-feeders who wouldn’t know ethics if it reached up and bit them in the ass.

Until next time, a quote,

“Our history will be what we make of it.  And if there are any historians 50 or 100 years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes of one week of all three networks, they will there fine – recorded in black and white and in color – evidence of decadence, escapism, and insulation from the realities in which we live.” – Edward R Murrow

Peace out,

Maverick

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Top 10 Fictional Dragons

Some of you may not know this, but in January there was a day called Dragon Appreciation Day.  A coworker puts out these calendars with all the days each month.  It’s WEIRD how there is a day for everything under the sun.  Part of me thinks a good chunk of that shit is made up.  I bring this up because I meant to do this list in time for that day, but seasonal depression and the difficulties of a new job and training for it, along with me being back in school to get certification to help my career along has made it difficult to write anything.  For those of you who follow the written project I have been doing, don’t worry.  It hasn’t gone anywhere.  I am working on the next piece.  But since I don’t want to leave you all thinking “why do I sub to this dude, again?” here is my list of the top 10 fictional dragons.

Dragons are rad as fuck.  They have been in every nation’s history, probably because they found dinosaur fossils and believed they had unearthed mythical monsters.  Hell, if you listen to that crazy Christian woman who was at the museum talking about how it’s bad because creationism, you’d think that all dinosaur fossils are ancient dragons.  But they have captivated human imagination, and never stopped.  To this day, we still love them and love to talk about them.  With that in mind, here are the fire-breathing monsters in my youth that have captured my interest.

10. Scales
Sintel
I bet a fair amount of you don’t know what I’m talking about.  This was a FANTASTIC short film by a European company called the Blender Foundation.  The CG animation was gorgeous, and it told a poignant and tragic story.  Part of that was Scales, a dragon that the titular protagonist found with a wounded wing, all alone.  A street urchin herself, she took pity on it and nursed it back to health.  The two made quite a pair, until one day Scales is taken away from her by a larger dragon.  What follows is Sintel traveling far, far away to find her lost friend, into a kingdom that is barred and protected to keep humans from entering.  But she’ll do whatever it takes to get her friend back, no matter how tragic that story may end.  If you haven’t seen this short film, please do.  I know for a fact it’s on YouTube.  Scales is a cute character and his relationship with Sintel is just adorable.

9. Volvagia
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Some of you probably know that this game is one of my favorite games of all time.  And this boss was the fantastic ending to what was a relatively ho-hum temple.  The Fire Temple isn’t bad at all.  We all know the one genuinely bad Temple in that game.  But it wasn’t especially interesting, either.  Coming after the almost-flawless Forest Temple, it was just okay.  However, all of that doesn’t factor in the absolutely awesome boss fight with this dragon.  Taken from the Chinese dragon design, this long, snake-like monster can appear and disappear into the lava.  It’s flaming red hair can be used as a weapon, but the primary weapon it has against you is its teeth and it’s flame.  You put the Megaton Hammer to work smashing it in the skull, before you can then whip out your sword and go to work.  Not the hardest fight, but it had all the presence and tension that a fight like this needs.

8. Spyro
Spyro franchise
This little guy has been one of the mascots of Playstation for a long time.  He starred in three fun platformers in the PS1 days, but then things kind of tapered off.  However, that is before he was given a spectacular remaster for the current generation.  The new game was just a joy to play.  Not only were the visuals spectacular, but the gameplay was spot on, and the voice acting was playful and fun.  Spyro is a fun-loving, mischievous trouble-maker who has a bad habit of getting himself into trouble but still going out of his way to do the right thing.  If you had a love of this character when you were younger and haven’t played the Reignited Trilogy, you owe it to yourself to do so.

7. Haku
Spirited Away
Among the most well-known of the Studio Ghibli films, this movie tells the story of Chihiro and her journey into the spirit world.  One of the characters she meets is the young sorcerer protege Haku.  He’s a gentle soul, who goes out of his way to look after her.  However, he also has another side of himself.  A darker side.  See, part of his contract with the witch Yubaba was that he would help her with her dirty work.  As such, he is able to transform into a dragon and be able to fly.  A majestic creature, it doesn’t help that the most exposure we get of him is when he’s bleeding everywhere when paper creatures are attacking him.  Still, the flight scene on the way back to the bathhouse is incredible.  The animation, the flight, the acting, I love it all.  He’s a great character, and a badass dragon to boot.

6. The Firebending Masters
Avatar: The Last Airbender
This series is magical.  The greatest kids show ever made, bar none.  The third season was where it was at its best.  Not just in narrative, but also in animation.  Zuko becomes Aang’s firebending teacher, but he seems to have lost the flame himself because he let go of anger as his motivation.  The two of them go to the ancient land of the Sun Warriors to study the ancient source of firebending.  Once there, they find that the Sun Warriors are still alive, and as is their method of firebending.  After a trial, The Firebending Masters appear.  Two dragons, the last of their kind.  Iroh claims to have killed them, but lied.  After finding Zuko and Aang worthy, they show them the truth about the technique, in one of the most incredible pieces of animation I have ever seen.  The third season was REALLY where this series took off, animation-wise.  We don’t get to know much about these characters, but in one episode they leave a BIG impression.

5. Meta Ridley
Metroid Prime
This guy has been in pretty much every incarnation of this franchise.  Partly because Nintendo couldn’t make an original concept if it reached up and bit them in the ass.  However, some incarnations are better than others.  Since I never owned any of their consoles past the Gamecube, the last version of this franchise I got to play was Metroid Prime.  And let me tell you, the jump from 2D to 3D couldn’t have been handled more seamlessly.  This game was phenomenal!  It’s sequel was a little less, but I won’t hold that too much against the creators of this one.  And in this game, the best boss fight, by far, is with an old friend of Samus – Meta Ridley.  Given new weapons, armor, but with the same killer instinct, Ridley is back to square of with her once-again.  This fight was incredible.  The setting was perfect.  You’re about to head to the final area, got yourself all geared up, and then he drops in and decides to fuck up your day.  And fuck up he does!  Meta Ridley is a DAMN good boss fight.  If you aren’t on your A game, you’re gonna die.  It’s a great fight, and the ending is pretty damn awesome too.  Alas, this franchise can never let him die.  Partly because Nintendo is about as original as a turkey sandwich with their IPs.

4. Gyrados
Pokemon franchise
Now, some of you are gonna call foul with this one.  I mean, Gyrados is not a dragon type, specifically.  Originally I was thinking about Charizard, but he isn’t a dragon type either.  However, when you think about dragons in this franchise, I bet that many of you had him be the first thing that came to your mind.  Same here, so I feel you.  Gyrados is one of the coolest Pokemon ever.  He can learn Dragon Rage, a powerful spell, along with several other dragon attacks.  He’s a water type, but I wouldn’t fuck with him.  Not to mention, if you look up some of the realistic versions of this character, you see that he is fucking terrifying!  When you can go from one of the lamest Pokemon in his first form to one of the coolest in this one, that’s something special.  Not technically a dragon, but I’m not gonna say that to his face.

3. Bahamut
Final Fantasy franchise
This dragon is about as iconic as it gets for this franchise.  I genuinely can’t think of a game in it that doesn’t have him represented to one extent or another.  Coming in all kinds of forms, from two wings, to four wings, to six wings, to a giant airship (the dumb version), and even a knight with dozens of swords, each form has one thing in common – they are ALL insanely powerful.  I’ve talked before about how my favorite version is from Final Fantasy X.  In that game, he comes from a Fayth in the city of Bevelle.  His human form is a young child.  Wise, quiet, but very much in need of Tidus’ help.  See, the Fayth are tired of existing.  They want to be free, and need Tidus’ help to get their freedom.  Sin has to be killed, permanently.  Doing so will save Spira, but will destroy all of them in the process, letting them finally have rest.  In the end, Yuna does just that, and it is a terribly bittersweet end to him and all the other Aeons.  Regardless which version is your favorite, this franchise is better for his inclusion.

2. King Ghidorah
King Ghidorah vs Godzilla
I see that this character is going to be in the new Americanized Godzilla film releasing this summer.  I don’t really care.  Why?  Because I didn’t particularly like the last film.  The new Godzilla looks like a fucking dork.  I don’t like the pudgier, less intense version of the character.  Maybe the next film will get it right.  Unsure.  But the version of this character I remember is the one from the original film.  I LOVE the old-school Japanese Godzilla movies.  The rubber suits, the terrible effects, and watching it without subtitles, I could fill in my own dialogue and it made the films all funnier.  Like making my own abridged versions of them.  And of those films, the version of my favorite villain was King Ghidorah.  This guy is just the best.  A three-headed dragon where all the heads move clearly on strings or something.  The effects are so laughable, but they are played straight with all the passion you can expect from Japanese film.  I genuinely love this character, and the battles between him and Godzilla are among the best they’ve ever done.

And my favorite fictional dragon is…

1. All of them
A Song of Ice and Fire series
I tried to pick from this franchise.  Originally I thought of having Drogon from the TV series based on these books, but a couple years back, I got a book that George R.R. Martin helped write called The History of Ice and Fire.  In it there were some of the most amazing illustrations.  No joke, whoever the artist(s) are for that book, they should be commended beyond belief.  It was incredible to look at.  And in that book were some illustrations of other dragons.  Like the one in the image thumbnail, Balerion the Dread, personal dragon of Aegon Targaryen, the Conqueror.  That thing looks incredible!  These creatures have such a huge history in this series, and the show has these great history bits in the extras that talk about them in even greater detail.  I love them all, and while the latest season of the series has its faults, it is still pretty great too.  Take that for what you will.

What about you?  Got any dragons that you love that I didn’t list?  Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, a quote,

“But the Princess told the Queen that the Targaryens were not wanted in Dorne, and no Martell would bow, bend, or break no matter how badly they burned.  Rhaenys could have mounted her dragon right then an roasted Marya in her castle as her brother had done at Harrenhall.  But whatever she saw in Marya’s eyes scared her right back to King’s Landing, with her dragon’s tail between its legs.” – Varys, Game of Thrones

Peace out,

Maverick

Bad PR 116: CyberPunk 2077 and Why You Don’t Apologize to SJWs

It’s the strangest thing in the world of PR for me.  I’ve seen this happen more times than I can count, and every time it just blows my mind.  In business, when you have someone associated with it make a gaff, it’s pretty common practice for there to be an apology written in some professional language that everyone just rolls their eyes at and realizes is either bullshit or corporate speak to avoid a boycott.  That’s just how it goes.  Celebrities do that shit all the time too, and it drives me up the wall.  Why?  Because with them it’s even worse.  It’s like when a kid does something wrong and the parent demands they apologize.  They don’t actually MEAN the apology, but if they say it, that’s what the dumb-shit American public wants.  So yeah, this is common practice and almost always it avoids further issues.

Except with one community – SJWs.  I cannot tell you how many times there have been stories of celebrities or some company doing something that makes SJWs mad, and when they apologize for it, that makes it 1000X worse.  This is the one and only group that, as a person who got my education in PR, I can say that apologizing to is never a good idea.  It’s the worst idea you could have.  Let me give you some examples.

Anyone remember Wil Wheaton?  You know, the insufferable jackass who played on Star Trek: The Next Generation? (Shut up, Wesley!) Well, once upon a time, he talked about how he loved the concept of spirit animals, and how he thinks that’s a cool thing.  Naturally, when the SJW torrent fell upon him, he immediately came out with a very long apology.  I figure he’s one of the few who meant it, because Wheaton is an SJW in his own right.  But then his social media blew the hell up with people yelling at him even more.

Oh, and how could we forget about the story of Laci Green.  Another SJW in her own right, she once had some of her own past dredged up where she used the term “tranny” to describe a transsexual person.  The SJWs threw that in her face, and she apologized.  They didn’t take that well, either.  It got so bad that they were doxxing where she lived and encouraging people to attack her.

How could I not mention the class-A fuck-up that was MMC Land Management.  One of their employees decided to say some off-color things to a group of people, and the SJWs found out where he worked.  When they descended upon the company, the guy was immediately fired and the company issued an apology.  You’d think everyone would have been satisfied, but nope!  SJW after SJW decided to infer that the company is also racist, even though the company was in no way associated with any of it.  The shit-storm that blew in against them was absolutely amazing.  Yelling that they are racist, don’t hire the disabled, and don’t have any training on not being a dick to their employees.  The company looked terrible, for a long time.  It’s quite a story, if you want to take the time to find it.

Which leads me now to CD Projekt Red.  Back at E3, there was that awesome trailer they released for their newest project, CyberPunk 2077.  Some SJW had to bitch about males in the game, and they replied with “Did you just assume their gender?”  I hear people online saying this joke was tasteless.  I couldn’t disagree more.  Having the guts to take the piss out of an SJW is just awesome.  When the SJW community found out about this, naturally, there was hell to pay.

Twitter has been a complete shit-storm of bitching and moaning by the special snowflakes whose fee-fees are hurt, and CD Projekt Red did the stupidest thing in the world – apologized.  Did they accept that apology and move on with their day?  Of course not.  What did you expect?  All the accusations of it being a “non-apology” and the people yelling at them.  No surprise that all the Twitter handles for these people have nonsense about pronouns and what their little niche in the identity pantheon is.  Can’t avoid that.

The big question at hand is – what will CD Projekt Red do next.  They stirred the hornet’s nest, and now they have to try and contain this damage, before all the news media that slobbers all over their community’s knobs comes in to yell about how sexist and transphobic and ableist and whatever other slur they can throw in for good measure they are.  Don’t worry, the lesson is coming.

Corporate logic dictates that you make an apology when you offend people.  In other age, where we don’t have all the snowflakes on every side bitching and moaning about what company or person or agency or whatever offended them, that would work.  But you can’t apologize to SJWs.  That’s the PR lesson here.  To date, only one company that I can think of has stood their ground against them.  It was a fitness company with a beach body ad.  That company didn’t apologize for shit, and look what happened – the whole debacle went away.  After the SJWs yelled it all out and waited for that apology, when it didn’t materialize, they had to move on.

Something to know in PR – doing nothing is a viable response to a public backlash.  Sometimes, it’s better to say nothing than to do something.  In this case, that would have been a smarter option.  An issue that this community can so easily latch onto in order to lose their fucking minds, saying absolutely nothing would have been a safer option.  Because now their new game is going to have headlines about this all over the net, and for people who aren’t engaged with it, having this shit be around when they Google it is not what they need.  If they had said nothing, it would have gone away much faster.  Maybe an outlet or two would write about it, but not most.  But the damage is done now.

My last lesson – knowing your audience is part of all advertisement, but when you have a PR issue, know who it is who is angry at you. It would surprise you how valuable that information can be.

Until next time, a quote,

“Sorry, not sorry.” – Colloquial Term

Peace out,

Maverick

Top 10 Classical Pieces I Want to See in a Fantasia-esque Film

I’ve made no secret that my favorite Disney film is Fantasia.  I saw a video saying that it was part of what they called the animation Dark Ages.  I couldn’t possibly disagree more.  Animation will NEVER be as good as it was then.  The risks they could take, and the level of detail and freedom have never been what they once were.  Not to mention Disney became a company that is pure evil and ruined destroyed 2D animation because it didn’t make enough money for them anymore.  So yeah.

But this movie shaped my love of 2D animation and classical music.  I lament with every fiber of my being how 2D animation died in this country.  It breaks my fucking heart.  The original idea behind Fantasia is that it would be an ever-evolving piece, showcasing all kinds of animation and music, with no two showing being the same.  Walt Disney’s ambition is commendable, but the film itself nearly bankrupted the studio, so the idea of making another one right after that was a little beyond them.  There was a sequel made so many years later, but it failed to capture the magic of the original.

I was at work one day when I heard a piece of music come on.  See, I hijacked the radio there and we play classical music all day.  It probably drives my coworker nuts, but since they said nobody has control over the radio and I was told to play whatever I want, and the oldies station plays the same stuff over and over again, I decided to go with music that would keep my attention and wouldn’t annoy me.  This beautiful piece came on and immediately I knew what to write about – what pieces I would include if the concept behind Fantasia would ever be taken up by another studio and run with.  It’s a small dream, but here we got.  These are the top 10 pieces I want to see in another film that uses the same concept as Fantasia – taking classical music, and putting animation to it.  Letting animators hearts run free and seeing what they come up with.

I will be attaching images with each of these choices to show what comes to my mind, but I am all over letting other creators have free reign to have their own ideas.  I will also have all the pieces linked on their name, so listen to them and tell me what you come up with.  Let’s do this!

10. Cuban Overture
George Gershwin
Gershwin had this interesting thing where he would write music about the places I figure he must have been.  An American in Paris was a close contender to this spot, but Cuban Overture won out because it.  This piece is so energized!  And for my own idea, I wanted to make a bit being about Latin America.  More of one from antiquity, since modern Latin America has problems.  Is it romanticizing the area?  Perhaps.  But I won’t apologize for that.  The truth about the world is ugly.  We all want to make the world a prettier place in our minds.  Instead of this being a flowing narrative, having it be a spectacle of all the things a character we follow coming across sounds even better.  Then it all ends with them taking part in some festivities and closing out the first of what will hopefully be a lot of fun days.  Or maybe be a story of their journey across a period of time and them flying home at the end, thinking about coming back.

9. Moldau
Smetana
Listening to the soft, gentle rhythms of this piece, what comes to mind is a very fantastical place.  This is a world of magic, mystery.  I thought of the piece in Fantasia with the fairies.  In the process of getting a piece of art to go with what I saw my vision, I stumbled across a brilliant moment – a human entering this world!  I know, about as original as a ham sandwich, but the way I see it, nothing is original.  It’s all in the execution.  Just like the last piece, the narrative here is what the person sees.  And I don’t just want it explained at all.  The idea behind this format is no words.  The audience has to come to their own conclusions.  Maybe have some absolutely absurd things, with the character and yourself wondering what to make of it all.  Then, like any good Nutcracker story, it has them going back to the real world, not knowing what to think of it all.

8. Spirit Garden
Toru Takemitsu
Something that doesn’t get enough credit in the very academic music community is some of the stuff that comes out of other countries.  Japan has a history of very interesting music, along with some haunting classical pieces.  This is one of them.  I also figure, since we’re representing Japanese classical music, why not represent their art style?  This piece is dark.  I like that.  The cold tones make me think of an alien realm.  For this, I would want there to be NO central character.  This is all about imagery for the audience.  A strange, bizarre world.  Too much like the last piece?  Perhaps.  One may have to be sacrificed for the other.  Or maybe another idea for this.  But it’s weird, off-putting darkness is too good for me not to want it on this list.

7. Afro-American Symphony
William Grant Still
Something people seem to think about me, because I have railed against forced diversity so much is that I hate diversity on its merits.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  In reality, there are some incredibly diverse things that I absolutely love.  And a piece of music about the black community that has a great beat, clearly gets some inspiration from jazz, and seems to perfectly tell the story about a person’s day fits so well.  That’s what I imagine this to be.  Some black kid and the story about their day.  The ups, downs, and messy bits.  So long as it could avoid becoming preachy or having the same forced diversity I rail again, then I am all in.  It’s a little dream.

6. In the Hall of the Mountain King
Grieg
Time to break up the fantastical and get into some of the darker stuff.  This is one of my favorite pieces that goes SO well with creepy visuals.  This piece would be short, but my vision for it is crystal clear.  It begins at the entrance to an old castle.  The camera guides you through the dilapidated halls.  Moonlight shines in, painting shadows everywhere and having you feeling on edge.  I want to creep all the people out!  The dark shadows move with the camera, heading ever inward, toward the central chamber.  The closer you get, the more off-putting it becomes.  Eventually, you can see the shadows moving in.  Lights start turning on.  Strange lights with blue flame.  It has you feeling nervous.  Very, very nervous.  Then, the huge door!  This is it.  The central hall.  Right as the music swells up, it bursts in.  Then, all manner of creatures and persons are in there, with madness and eclectic dancing all about.  At the head of the table, you see a king who looks boistrous, with a mad look in his eye!  He laugh and gets in on the merriment.  Lights and shadows everywhere.  Finally, the camera is backing out fast, and the door slams shut!  Oh yeah…

5. Triumphmarsch und Chor
Guiseppe Verdi
This piece has come to mind specifically because of a girly-mate of mine who is in the Navy, who I don’t get to see nearly enough.  Trying to find artwork to go with this was horrible.  SO much artwork surrounding the military is all about sucking the military’s dick or showing off how badass America is.  And that’s not the military I am picturing.  I want these people to be regal!  I want it to be a march of a military who is in dress uniform that looks like the kind you can hang sword from.  Marching through the streets of a very well-to do city.  Wanna fuck with the sensibilities of America?  I do.  Let’s have there be newspapers where the headlines are all in German, so only those who speak German will know what they’re getting on about.  Have it be that there was a war won.  Don’t worry, this isn’t Nazis.  I’m not an edgelord.  Regal troops running triumphant from a campaign, marching in tune.  If you really wanted to get into the dark stuff, have them thinking about battle.

For this piece, I was thinking about animation which actually goes with the style in the pic I have attached with this.  Bright, colorful, and personable.  Since the piece becomes more cordial later, have there be a couple characters we follow, and their part in all the festivities.  But I want to keep this all about them coming home, with everyone cheering their name.

4. Piano Concerto #2
Rachmaninoff
In addition to wanting to run the gamut of various cultures that have given us classical music, I wanted to run the gamut on emotions as well.  This piece is very, very sad.  It tells a story of loss, pain, and trying to find one’s self.  I like that.  Maybe it’s just my depression that I have had to and will always have to live with that’s taking, but I like it.  But don’t go thinking that I want to have you, the audience, feeling miserable with me.  I want this piece to be about the person and the legacy of feeling loss, mourning, or just the grim reality of life.  With that in mind, here’s what I came up with for the visual element – an old man.  Someone who has had a long life, and seen many things.  Maybe have it be about the love of his life and the life they shared.  Remember how Up had us seeing a couple growing up and then growing old?  Well, I like that concept, and instead of there being a silly Pixar movie attached, I want to run with it all the way.  Have the film showcase this man’s life, his loves, his passion, and then how it all comes to an end.  Maybe have it be a metaphorical and literal journey of him walking a path to where his journey ends.  Oh, and because he is old, let’s give him a cat to take that last journey with.  An old timer that has shared the last 20 years with him on his journey.  It would end with them reaching that destination, and the music and visuals coming to show it all coming to an end.

3. Clair de Lune
Claude Debussy
This is my favorite piece of classical music of all time.  Now, Disney had done a version of this for their original Fantasia film, but it had to be cut.  Why?  I’ll never know.  The original version of it did get released, but I wanted to do my own take.  In the original Fantasia, they opened with a piece that had you thinking about the music first and then going into the visual style.  It opened with the audience being conscious of the orchestra, and then subsequently getting into abstract animation.  I like that idea.  But instead of it being an orchestra, I want it to be someone at a piano.  This would initially involve rotoscoping animation, but over time it would get more fantastical as the piece goes on.  Where would the animation go?  Who can say.  I just know where I want it to start.  Where it finishes is entirely up to the animators who bring it to life.  That’s just my thought.  I love this piece.  Makes me think of my grandmother on my old man’s side.  She loved it too.  I think she would like that too.

2. The Planets Suite
Gustav Holst
Now, here is a piece that could be it’s own film.  In fact, I kind of want it to be.  Have each planet’s section be a different showcase of a different kind of animation and a different vision.  Lots of ideas here.  Tons.  Too many.  But the reason I put this on the list is because there’s one more that I want to showcase on here.  Several years ago, someone decided to write another piece to be added to Holst’s vision.  See, he never wrote one for Earth.  So they called it “Earth, the bringer of life.”  I like it!  Not only does it go with his style of composition, but it rounds it all out nicely.  I want to have it featured as well.  I guess this was more about telling you about this addition than what I want done with it, but I think its worth bringing up.  This Suite has so much potential, and as I said, I genuinely do think it could and should be its own film in this vein, with each part serving to accompany its own ideas.

And the piece that I want most, that started all of this is…

1. Daphnis et Chloe
Maurice Ravel
As I said this is the piece I heard on the radio.  The one that I couldn’t stop thinking about.  It was magic!  I think it still is.  It runs the gamut of tones, emotions, and even has choral elements inside it as well.  I love it.  This piece is one I have grown to love almost overnight.  Should I ever get to hear it in person, my life may be complete right then.  Uncertain.  So, with that in mind, what animation elements do I want here?  I’ll tell you.  I want to go big!  Something sweeping, large, and epic!  In my mind, that means one thing – dragon riders!  With that, we can have a sweeping landscape.  Have it be the story of a person who is looking to join the ranks of the riders.  Or the story of a day in the life of one.  Whatever the case, that’s what I want to see.  The visuals need to be a cut above the rest.  It has to be detailed and sublime.  I want to see a ton of riders.  I want to see their world.  This has to be a place I can damn-near touch!  Yes, that’s what I want.

What about you?  What do you all hear in any of this?  What pieces would you like to see if you could do this?  If I had tens of millions of dollars, I’d bring it to you.  Hand to Groj, I would.

Until next time, a quote,

“Walt Disney once described animation as a voyage of discovery, into the realms of color, sound, and motion.” – Angela Lansbury, Fantasia 2000

Peace out,

Maverick

The Reaction to Trump Winning

First thing out there – I voted for Harambe.  A candidate who I could really get behind.  More than voting for Trump the Joker or Two-Face Hillary.  But I followed what happened with a good deal of fascinating awe.  Like most people, I thought that Hillary was absolutely going to mop the floor with Trump.  But while I was watching the Drunken Peasants coverage of the election situation (indivijual), I was in awe of how that man was coming up and absolutely broke Hillary’s back.  It was amazing.  One of the biggest upsets in my life.  Not to mention, the first election in my entire life that wasn’t over before the polls in my home state closed.  That’s amazing.  Donald Trump won it, fair and square.

But don’t tell the Hillary supporters that.  Or the people in the media who basically polished her knob as hard as they possibly could.  No joke, Rachel Maddow needs to go.  Her reactions to what happened that night were some of the cringiest that I have ever seen.  All her credibility as a “journalist” is gone.  And that’s nothing to the reactions from Ana Kasparian.  Her rage at the whole affair was both incredibly immature and stupid.  Then we have a bunch of Hillary supporters going out and burning the American flag all because they didn’t get what they wanted.  A landwhale decided to get on camera and scream that she is about to kill herself and she needs an immediate ambulance.  Guess that didn’t stop her from uploading the video to YouTube.  Maybe she killed herself right after that.

Then there is the new hashtag on Twitter #NotMyPresident.  Because that’s democracy for ya.  “Fuck this guy!  I’m not even going to give him a chance because fuck him!”  The maturity and the gross, immature hyperbole associated with these pathetic losers is beyond comprehension.  I seriously haven’t felt more disappointed to call myself a liberal than I do right now watching all these people in New York burning the American flag and rioting because the person they wanted didn’t win.  And these are supposed to be the people with higher educations?!  Unbelievable.

Let me make one thing fucking clear right now – I don’t like Trump.  But I am not one of these people who thinks that he is Hitler, Part Deux: The 99th Reich.  I actually did some research and could tell that his political history has been just as centrist as Hillary and Bill Clinton’s.  In fact, it’s well-known that he has been friends with them and held them in high regard up until he magically becomes a Republican and then runs for President.  If only there was some evidence out there of him saying that if he ever ran for President, he would do it as a Republican because their base is dumb and easy to manipulate.  That would be funny.

What do I think will happen over the next 4-8 years?  Not much.  We’ve seen that he has already pushed the GOP to the left on certain issues.  Cut through the left’s hyperbole and he has done some real good in bringing the party to a more open position.  And “Grabbing the Pussy” jokes aside, it’s kind of nice that someone who isn’t ashamed of sex is at the front of the party.  If they were smart, they would rebrand themselves on this and could win real points.  After all, the Republican politicians who didn’t kiss Trump’s ring are going to be kissing his ass so hard in the months to come.  But all of that aside, we have the Democrats in Congress who have already said that they will be blocking Trump at every turn.  Even though, you know, Hillary came out and in a pretty good speech said that we need to give Trump a chance.  And then there was this statement from my man Bernie about Trump which also shows that he is willing to come to the table and work with the guy, to an extent –

Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.

To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.

So yeah, while we have all these flag-burning dumb-fucks who are using the #NotMyPresident tag to show their outrage, the actually mature people are willing to play politics with the guy.  Funny how that works.

For my money, I figure that the next four years will actually be pretty uneventful.  I was more worried about Hillary, to be honest.  Her saber-rattling with Russia to cover her ass with WikiLeaks didn’t scare people NEARLY as much as it should have.  That shit scared the ever-living fuck out of me.  I was 100X more afraid of Hillary starting WWIII than I ever will be of Trump.  If anything, the fact that Putin likes the guy makes me feel better.  We have been fighting a proxy war with Russia in Syria.  Maybe now we can walk away from that.

In the meantime, if you are one of these fucks who uses that tag or who is makes a video screaming about how Hillary not being elected means suicide, you need fucking help.  That is so immature.  Speak of, Ana, how old are you, again?  I ask because your reaction last night was like a child who didn’t get their toy.

Until next time, a quote,

“Donald Trump is going to be our President.  We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.” – Hillary Clinton

Peace out,

Maverick

Really Good Bad Advice: Number Four

Hello everyone.  Welcome to another installment of a bit where I find an advice column that people made and then supersede that person and answer the question myself.  Why?  Because I’m an asshole like that.  Today’s question is interesting.  You ever wonder how the rich and famous deal with their lives and their issues?  Well, today’s question comes from someone who is rich enough to have a maid and a gardener, and yet has issues with these people.  Let’s take a look.

Dear…is it Lucien again?

I have an interesting ethical — or perhaps a moral — dilemma.

This can only be good!

We spend significant time at a cabin we own and our longtime gardener and maid have keys to our home. The gardener also has keys to our cars.

When my wife and I returned to the cabin recently, I found two containers of a sexual lubricant on the kitchen counter. My assumption is that one of them used our home for a tryst and forgot to remove this evidence. The gardener and maid are both married. The bottles remain in plain sight on the kitchen counter and neither has claimed them or mentioned them.

I am reluctant to ask either of them because it might point to the other as being unfaithful and would expose them as having used our home for non-work-related purposes.

They do know each other slightly. Either could lie if I ask. Basically, because of my suspicion I am going to worry about their trustworthiness until I resolve whose it is and how it got into our home.

We have grown, unmarried kids. They have their own homes. I asked our son if these items belonged to him and he chuckled and said no. Now he knows (by deduction) that I suspect hanky-panky from one of the employees. My wife wants me to drop it.

What do you think I should do? — Concerned Homeowner in Houston

First off – damn!  These people are trusting!  They let their maid and gardener not only have keys to their home, but also to their cars.  Plural.  Oh, and their cabin, which I’m betting isn’t some shack, but more the kind of “cabin” that was in the game Until Dawn.  I wish I had enough money for this to be an issue.  There’s a dream life to have.

Next, I’m kind of with your wife here, in saying that you should drop it.  Prying into someone’s sex life is beyond unprofessional.  Now, there is the fact that they are using your cabin to fuck, so that is unprofessional on their part.  But I don’t know.  This seems like one of those things where it would be best to just let it go and not make too much of a deal about it.  After all, there’s no evidence that they are fucking each other.  One or both of them could be using that cabin to have an affair.  Interesting.  Makes me think of those old titles, “The lifestyles of the rich and famous.”  Don’t I fucking wish.  I will say that the fact that one or both of them was stupid enough to leave their lube on the kitchen counter says a lot about the quality of help you have.

Which might be the answer to your problem – is one of these people really stupid?  I ask because if that’s the case, then you know who you have to fire – the really stupid one.  Find the dumbest people among your help and then you likely have the culprit of this act of infidelity.  Although, wait, how do you know that they didn’t take their spouse up there to fuck?  That’s kind of an arrogant assumption on your part.  Just because it’s your cabin, you assume infidelity?  Methinks that you are looking for evidence of something that may or may not exist.

You ask me, either straight-up ask them, or just find the one who doesn’t have all their marbles together and fire the guilty party.  After all, them using your cabin for fucking is unprofessional, and that does make some sense to me why you’d want to can that person.  It’s not nearly as complicated as you’re making it out to be.

Until next time, a quote,

Lying, stealing, and cheating are commonplace.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Peace out,

Maverick

#GamerGate – More Corruption and Dismissive Behavior

I watched a new video by the Investigamer today and I learned something new about the whole debacle surrounding GamerGate.  I was prepared to let it rest, but this is worth talking about, because it adds a whole new layer of corruption to a story that was already bursting with it.  For real, this has long since left behind its humble origins of one woman and her unethical relationships.  It has grown to encompass the entire industry of gaming journalism, with a new revelation showing how not only is it all-encompassing, it is coordinated as well.  This does not bode well for people who want honest coverage of video game news.

So, what is the new revelation?  Well, when I originally commented on the retaliatory actions of the gaming sites to the valid points that gamers were raising about the ethical standards of their practices, I said that it all felt very coordinated, to me.  For real, it was like every site knew exactly what to say.  That felt MIGHTY convenient.  Turns out, it was convenient.  A new piece of information has been brought to light that shows that gaming journalists and editors from a bunch of different publications have a private communication group on Google called Gamejournopros.  In a leaked email that went through the group, they discussed how best to handle dilemma, with the phrase –

I’m not even going to give the bullshit “journalism ethics” excuse for these attacks the time of day.

Did you all catch that?  They don’t even care enough about their own integrity to defend their ethical standards.  What the hell is that?!  When 14 different news sites post basically the same article, lambasting gamers and making us all seem like terrible people, and the people who wrote them are in cahoots with one-another via a group on Google, the lack of ethical standards has to be addressed.  These people have NO interest in reporting the truth.  They only care about what sounds good to their party line.  This has to be talked about.  Because there is another piece to this puzzle that needs to be looked at.

Recently an older feminist, who is much more educated and studied than the likes of Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn, made a video asking if video games were sexist.  She brought up the issues that these women asked, using the term “hipsters with degrees in cultural studies” to describe them.  That’s just awesome.  She did some compelling research, including something that sees to have TOTALLY slipped the mind of women like Anita Sarkeesian – talking to gamers!  For real, she went out and actually talked to gamers and got to know the medium that she was talking about.  She also raised the point that people like me have been railing about for a while – that women like Sarkeesian cherry-pick and take examples completely out of context in order to help their narrative.

The woman, Christina Summers (AKA, The Factual Feminist), raises a lot of good points about how this idea that video games are spreading misogyny, homophobia and racism is unfounded, because the people who are part of the key demographic are among the most open-minded people in the western world.  This world of sexism that women like Sarkeesian paint us gamers as being a part of just doesn’t exist the way that they think it does.  Naturally, using strong evidence and reason to point out something against the party line that Gamejournopros is a part of didn’t sit well with them.  Especially when she did a little jab at one of their big stars – Anita Sarkeesian and her ilk.

Once-again, in what is CLEARLY a coordinated effort, several articles come out that are completely dismissive of the points that this woman makes, claiming that she is nothing but a pawn of a conservative think-tank.  Naturally, a minor amount of research shows that these accusations are totally baseless and that the people who make them don’t have a fucking clue what they’re talking about.  This woman has a Ph,D. in Psychology, along with a Bachelor’s Degree.  She was a professor in Ethics are Clark University and is currently a respected scholar at the NON-PARTISAN think-tank the American Enterprise Institute.  If there is anybody who might know a thing or two about how to actually talk about something academically, it is her.  What is Anita Sarkeesian’s credentials, again?  Oh, right, a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and a Master’s in Social and Political Thought (seriously, WTF is that degree good for?!).  I can totally see who is the superior mind in this debate.

Crazier still is the fact that a lot of the articles that dismissed Summers were using the fact that she actually talked to gamers as a reason not to take her seriously.  For real, because she actually talked to the subjects that she was wanting to discuss, she should not be taken seriously.  How the fuck can ANY of the publications who made this argument take themselves seriously anymore?  I can’t!  For real, all their credibility has just up and jumped out the window, because they have just confessed that they don’t even care what the people they are supposed to represent have to say.  What the fuck is wrong with these people?!

This is beyond insulting.  These people are worthless.  They have no integrity.  They are an insult to journalism.  They don’t care that they are yellow as fuck.  They don’t care that they are pandering to whoever they are fucking and the friends of those people.  They don’t care about even engaging the crowd of people that they are supposed to represent.  Thank Cthulhu that the gaming companies don’t care about these people.  They are too smart for that.  They have actual RESEARCH to back up their work.  These journalists cater to people who despise gamers like me.  That, more than anything else offends me.

Until next time, a quote,

“Are there video games that are rife with sexism?  Is that true?  Do they promote a culture of misogyny and violence that must be dismantled?  Well, my answer is – no.”  -Christina Summers

Peace out,

Maverick