Please Stop This Stupid Battle (A response to Kathy Griffin)

What do you do if you are an aging “comedian” whose relevancy has long since passed and you weren’t all that funny to begin with?  Easy – stir up controversy.  She’s not the first to do it, won’t be the last.  In this case, it was by making a video where she holds up a fake decapitated bloody head of Trump.  Riffing on Manson, I see.  Just like Amy Schumer, a woman steals material from a man and nobody calls them out for it.  I just love when it’s female comedians.  When Carlos Mencia and Dane Cook did it, their careers were effectively destroyed.  When these two women do it it’s radio silence.  Hell, hasn’t been a word about how unoriginal that creepy harpy is for her publicity stunt.

After that blew up in her face, what do you think the logical thing to do would be?  Maybe just sit back and wait it out?  Hope that if people don’t pay attention long enough that they’ll forget?  Not a bad idea.  The Internet has a short attention span.  President Trump is a continuous supply of golden material to make fun of.  The guy is fucking bananas, after all.  But nope!  She couldn’t even have the common sense to do that.  Instead, she went out and hired herself a lawyer and organized a big public event where she says that her career has been ruined and she attacks Trump for ruining her life.  Not only that, but she recently came out and said that it’s because of sexism that she is in the doghouse right now.  Really?  It’s because of sexism that people don’t like you anymore?  Not this stupid stunt that you did for the express purpose of ruffling people’s feathers?  You knew EXACTLY what you were doing!  Hell, you said as much in the apology video that you did.  You said that the goal here was to rile people up and do something tasteless, but it backfired and you were sorry.  Could have just left it there.  But no, now you hired a lawyer and are crying that you are the victim here.

What is it with people who do stupid shit and then have to cry tears about what victims they are of the results?  We’ve seen it time and time again.  From the unending salt mine that is the entire modern video catalog of Steve Shives, to the crying foul from Milo Stewart after she went out of her way to say inflammatory things.  People on the far left have a bad habit of doing really stupid shit and then crying the blues about how they are the victims of not their bad behavior, but instead everyone else.  See how well that’s working for Hillary Clinton.  She recently said that the reason she lost is because of the DNC.  Oh really?!  The people who rigged the primary for you are the ones responsible for why you lost?  The ego on that cunt-rag never ceases to amaze.  It’s everyone’s fault but her own.  A trait that Kathy Griffin seems to share.

But the truth is, Kathy, you brought this on yourself.  And this is coming from someone who doesn’t think what you did is that bad.  I actually think that you are being unfairly vilified by the media.  And the conservative reaction has been the definition of retarded.  I mean, as bad as ISIS?  Come the fuck on.  Yeah, because that head she held up was real, right?  The one that ISIS held up is.  Oh, wait, Trump’s retarded kid Baron thought it was.  Never mind, because no he didn’t.  That story is bullshit.  If that kid believes this his father, who is the President of the United States with a constant detail of Secret Service around him at all times that would notice of a hair on that rat’s nest he was out of order, wouldn’t notice that he had died then he is dumb with a capital D.  I think what you did was tasteless and stupid, but you have to go a lot further to get my dander up than some dumb stunt.  I got more annoyed at them announcing that the retarded-ass Resident Evil movies are getting a reboot than I did about you holding up that clearly fake head.

Here’s what needs to happen – you need to walk away from this.  Like, now.  You never should have called that lawyer.  Part of me can’t help but think that you are pulling a Brianna Wu and trying to take the victim narrative just so you can extend your 15 minutes of fame and get the SJW points that you feel you so rightly deserve.  Because if you can’t earn the respect of an audience, why not simply lie and play up the tragedy for cheap points?  A good tactic, if you are utterly drawn at the talent bank.  All of you want to be the next Anita Sarkeesian.  But you can’t be, because she is a very talented con artist.  You are just losers milking the fame for whatever it’s worth.

Just like with Steve Shives, this needs to stop.  You say your career is over?  If you keep this up, then it will be.  Thoroughly and completely.  Nobody will want to have you on their shows and nobody will want to have you involved in anything because they don’t want to be roped into your latest bullshit controversy that you’ll start spinning.  Maybe you’ll write a book about this someday.  Some nice revisionist history that you’ll use to cash in.  See how well that is working for Zoe Quinn and her book.  Well, she got Wil “Shut up Wesley” Wheaton to endorse it.  I bet that’s working wonders.  Be a fucking adult here, Kathy.  Just step back, be quiet for a while and the Internet will get bored.  The conservative “she’s a domestic terrorist” retards will move on to the next thing.  The longer that this narrative goes on, the worse you look.  Just let it go.

Until next time, a quote,

“Half of art is knowing when to stop.” – Arthur William Redford

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: LGBT People Have No Right to Complain About Representation (In video games)

I read an article in some “news” site where they were complaining that the LGBT crowd (I limit my acronym to four letters.  Unless your acronym rolls off the tongue, you don’t get longer) don’t get enough representation in Hollywood.  One of my longest-running arguments against that sort of thing is that if they want to have more representation so bad, they should make their own stuff.  I mean, Stephen Universe came into being because SJWs wanted to make a cartoon.  Props to that.  However, thinking about films, I will at least acknowledge that it is harder.  After all, movies cost millions of dollars.  They take a ton of time and resources.  And while some filmmakers are able to do amazing things with the budget of a ham sandwich and balls of steel (that’s how one of my favorite movies Monsters got made), I at least will give that making movies is a hell of a venture so them making their own stuff would be more difficult.  Which would make me prouder still if some of the SJWs bitching about this decided to get together and make a film of their own.  Props.

However, I have no such sympathy for this argument when it comes to video games.  None whatsoever.  Why?  Because in a medium where it has been shown that making quality products can be made with smaller and smaller resources, these people bitching about their representation not being enough are fucking stupid.  After all, an Indie darling that was Kickstarter funded and got so big that it competed with AAA games at game awards was made by one guy.  One guy!  Most of you probably know what I’m talking about – Undertale.  That game was made entirely by one extraordinarily gifted individual.  One person can make a game so good that it competed against industry juggernauts at the Spike TV game awards.  What does that tell me?  It tells me that with the right people and enough effort, making truly fantastic games can be done on a shoestring budget with one person.

I can hear the counter-argument – but Lucien, games made by SJWs already have been ridiculed across the board!  What games?  Games like the cleaning-simulator Sunset?  Or maybe you are talking about the garbage fire that was Crypt Keeper Wu’s project Revolution 60?  In both of those games cases, the reason people hated them was because they are trash.  They sucked.  Their mechanics were dull and their respective elements were the absolute worst.  Which leads into my next – “what about Gone Home?  That game was all about a lesbian girl and people hated it!  Doesn’t that show you what people think of LGBT people in video games?!”  No.  See, the problem with that game was that it was hailed as this revolutionary piece of artwork and gaming prowess by the ENTIRE game’s media.  This was a status that the game simply didn’t deserve.  I actually happen to like games that are deemed “walking simulators,” but only I don’t call them perfect visionary masterpieces.  I will NEVER give a walking simulator as 10 out of 10 unless it transcends the medium in a way that has never been seen before.  The lost Silent Hills playable teaser is the closest that the genre has ever come.

So, what is the next counter-argument?  I think I hear it – “Making games is hard!  Why should we have to go so far out our way to learn this medium if we just want to play it?”  Because if you aren’t willing to get off your lazy ass and make something great on your own, then you have no right to complain that nothing is ever made for what you want.  The tools to make games are becoming more and more accessible now than ever before.  Game engines are out there in the public domain to make your own products.  One of my favorite Indie games was made in my home state by a team of eight programmers and a shoestring budget working with local natives.  Those people wanted to make a game about Alaskan Native culture and legend.  And guess what – they fucking did it!  After taking the time to learn and become incorporated, they did what they wanted and made the game they wanted to make.  Even made a tiny DLC for it that while it was super duper short, was still a cute story.

A person at one of my favorite Indie gaming companies broke away from them because he wanted to take on a mission that sounds utterly impossible – create a video game which is ENTIRELY a water level.  A concept that has so much negative history behind it that the fact that they made it at all is impressive.  But it was one of my favorite games of 2016 – ABZU.  These products are made by people who want to make the games that they do.  They left bigger companies because they had a vision and a drive to make it their own.  Are you honestly going to argue that the LGBT community does not?  I don’t buy that for a minute!  Not for one second do I believe that there aren’t tons of LGBT people who may work for the industry or want to learn it.  My sentiment is that I believe if they are wanting to make a game for their demographic, go for it!  Make it that best that you can.  And I may actually play it too.

But here’s the thing to keep in mind – pandering to a demographic means that your game is going to be niche.  That’s just how it is.  Unless you have the muscle of companies like Naughty Dog or Quantic Dream at your back, you won’t be able to hit the mainstream if you want a game that is going to be for a demographic you want to see represented more.  I say embrace that.  Some games do, and they are able to make a brand all their own.  Like how Telltale created the episodic point-and-click genre that will never be mainstream, but has its dedicated audience.  If you run with what kind of game you want to make and put enough effort and passion into making it a good product, even if you aren’t huge, you’ll still be liked.

Another piece of good advice – don’t read YouTube comments to see what people are going to think of your game when you start releasing trailers and the like for it.  YouTube comments is indicative of one thing and one thing only – cancer.  It’s a cancer on the Internet, and everyone who has been doing it for long enough knows that.  Expect the usual bigoted comments.  That’s just par for the course.  But here’s the thing – you’ll also get constructive ones.  I remember when the first trailer for Life is Strange came out.  Everyone was calling it “SJW: The Video Game.”  But I wasn’t convinced.  I wanted to see what the final product was before I condemned it like that.  It’s good that I gave it a chance, because despite the retarded-ass Mass Effect 3 levels of bad ending, it is my favorite game of 2015.

So if you got the grit to try and make your demographic represented in video games more, go for it.  But don’t expect the gaming audience to go easy on you if your game sucks.  We are a finicky bunch and if your game has flaws we will rip it to pieces.  But if it’s good, you will find an audience and can make your message heard.  I wish you luck.  No joke.  Even if you message is “Fuck straight white men,” if you make a product of your own, I support you doing so.  I wouldn’t like a product with that message, but at least I will support your right to make it.

In the meantime, for those in the LGBT community crying the blues about gaming not having them represented enough, learn to program with the Unity engine and get to work.  There is no excuse for you not to get involved if this is your passion and you want to see it change.  Don’t go expecting ANYONE to do it for you.

Until next time, a quote,

“You shouldn’t wait for other people to make special things happen.  You make your own memories.” – Heidi Klum

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: Cultural Appropriation is BULLSH*T!

There is this idea that this country was founded upon.  It’s an idea that the likes of Martin Luther King Jr fought for and the civil rights war was waged.  It’s an idea that the SJWs are trying to roll back in the name of being progressive.  Never in all my years did I think that I would see Jim Crow making a comeback in the name of “tolerance.”  It blows my fucking mind.  But here I am, watching it happen, and now we have two people who did NOTHING WRONG having their successful business destroyed because of these virtue signaling motherfuckers who want to tell other people how to run their lives.  I am, of course, talking about cultural appropriation.  The idea that white people take other cultures ideas and then use them.  As if that isn’t a good thing.  As if taking ideas from another culture and applying them to your own is somehow wrong.  I fucking hate these people, but let’s get into specifics.

Kali Wilgus and Liz Connelly started a business called Kooks Burritos.  They went down to Mexico and studied making Mexican food and loved what they had so much that they wanted to bring that back to America.  Doesn’t that sound like a good thing?  To find the works of another culture so good that you want to spread it to your own area so others can experience it?  Doing an interview for a publication, Kali thought so.  But as we have seen 1000 times, the SJW shitstorm had to follow.  Why?  Because it is “white supremacy” and disrespectful to Mexican culture.  Some of the reasoning behind this retardedness just blows my fucking mind.  Not just because of the mental gymnastics that these people have to do, but because they are so ignorant of the damage they are doing to society with this crap.

And we have seen this so many times before.  Like that girl who had the box braids and wanted to show it off on Instagram and instead had her account swarmed with these virtue signaling cocksuckers who had to tell her just how bad of a person she is because she likes a hair style that is used by a different ethnic group.  Oh!  The horror!  That’s so oppressive!  White supremacy!

I’ve heard all the justifications.  “White people take everything from other cultures!”  Oh really?  Define white people for me.  Are you talking about Americans?  Are you talking about Canadians?  Australians?  British?  Irish?  Russians?  Polish?  Czech?  All of those nationalities have very different cultural values and histories.  Here’s what I think it means.  I think that their definition of white people is basically Americans.  It has to be.  Because anyone with any modicum of cultural perspective would tell them that white people are not some homogeneous group who thinks with one mind.  That’s not how this works.  But don’t tell the virtue signaling retards that.  Then they might have to inject some nuance into their arguments, and we can’t have that.  Then we might have something to debate about and really think on.  Or look at how different countries, even those predominately white, have different cultures and different styles and different perspectives that we have to think critically on.  That’s too spooky for these racist pricks.

Cultural appropriation is defined as when one culture (white people) takes the ideas from another culture and adds them to one’s own.  Isn’t that a good thing?  Isn’t the idea to learn from other groups?  After all, if we don’t look outside of our own ethnic group we can miss crucial context and then generalize other people because we don’t know any better.  Taking ideas from other cultures allows a culture to grow and become more rounded.  And since we had leaders like MLK who wanted humanity to come together as one brotherhood and instead of judging by race judge by character, I think that what those two women did was quite inspiring.  They went down to Mexico and studied with people who had been making food their whole lives, then came home to spread that knowledge and cultural perspective to everyone because they loved it so much.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I would think the people they spoke about would be flattered that these two women found what they did so amazing.

“But Lucien, they didn’t start this business because of love for the culture!  They started it to make money!”  So fucking what?!  Name me a business that doesn’t want to make money!  You can want to be successful and still have a love of the culture you are trying to emulate.  After all, if the goal wasn’t to be successful, why start a business?  Sounds like a great business strategy.  That argument is ridiculous.  And how is it white supremacy to want to take what you learned and spread it around?  Are they Klansman who think that they are going to be better at it because they’re white?  What’s that?  There is ZERO evidence for that?!  Well then maybe that point is bullshit too!

I am so tired of the progressive left ruining people’s lives and reputations because of some bullshit that they spout in the name of tolerance.  If you are so goddamn tolerant, then maybe you can see that these women were genuine and wanted to do something good and make good food for people.  Or if that’s too hard, you can stay out of these women’s way and just let them make their food in peace.  Is that also asking too much?  It must be.  Because they destroyed their livelihood.

But I do have to call out the people who bend and break to this.  These women should have stood their ground.  I wish more people would stand their ground and tell these assholes where they can go shove it.  While they are busy trying to homogenize themselves and their lives as much as possible, I am listening to a song sung in Arabic from a series from Japan that borrows from American culture and spaghetti westerns that is animated.  Why?  Because I think experiencing the works from other parts of the world makes me a more well-rounded person.  But that’s just me.  All that nuanced opinions about life and how the world is a more complicated place than “white man evil!”  So strange.

Until next time, a quote,

“Now these social justice warriors, they may want to live in a world that’s cold and sterile and devoid of anything that gives warmth and happiness to people, but as for me, I’d rather live in a world where cute little Asian girls front death metal bands.  Because that’s just more fun.” – Internet Aristocrat

Peace out,

Maverick

Laci Green’s Beginning to Redemption?

Some of you may already be preparing to call me a hypocrite.  After all, haven’t I made posts lambasting her and her terrible arguments?  Sure, and I still mean those.  However, Laci Green has recently come under fire from her own side for doing something that I guess the rest of them never thought of – talking to the other side.  Just like the woman who made the documentary “The Red Pill,” Laci Green has recently made a video (linked here) where she says that she has decided that she will start talking to anti-sjws and hearing what they have to say, because she wants to be a skeptic.  And part of being skeptical is listening to what other people have to say.  It’s why I follow people on the left and the right, so I can get all perspectives.  Granted, the level of hyperbole on both sides is deafening, but I do my best to at least attempt and be fair in my relegation of openness to perspectives.  It’s why I have an open comments section and refuse to censor opinions.  My comments are a pretty mixed bag of people on all sides.  Just fine with that.

Naturally, the moment that Laci made that video, the torrent of vitriol from her feminist contemporaries began.  She’s been called everything, from a fake feminists to just trying to be cool to even trying to get male attention.  It’s juvenile, it’s pathetic, and to be honest it should make her realize that her side of the fence has no compunction against turning on each other like dogs the moment someone doesn’t follow in lock-step with the feminist party line.  But she’s been subjected to that before and it didn’t turn out that way.  Years ago she was confronted by her SJW cohorts about calling someone a tranny and they went so far as to dox her, but that didn’t stop her.

So what changed?  As she says in her video, she decided to actually do this weird thing called engage with the other side of the fence to see what they were so upset about.  And as is want to happen when people open themselves up to another perspective, her preconceptions were challenged and she realized that they are people in the world who don’t think like her.  This injection of nuance didn’t sit well with the likes of Steve Shives, who proudly displayed his desire to only befriend people who could censor the people that he doesn’t like, even going so far as to say that he would never think of talking to people who don’t think like him because they are bad.  It’s amazing the lack of cognitive dissonance he has.  Steve, you really need to get away from your hatred of the other side.  More specifically TJ Kirk.  The Amazing Atheist is clearly high on Steve’s shit list.  TJ joked that it must burn Steve that his channel has over 1 million subs, while Steve is hemorrhaging support left and right.  Yeah, his dialogue with Laci shows that he is so salty about TJ’s success and is so miserable as a person.  Kind of makes me sad in a way.

But back to Laci.  A lot of people have asked me if I feel like this is the same situation as with happened with Ian Miles Cheong, who made a very vocal apology to the anti-sjw crowd and made clear that he was very committed to changing as a person.  I don’t consider them on par.  For starters, Laci has yet to apologize for some of the stupid and patronizing things she has said.  Maybe she can start by apologizing to Roaming Millennial and Phillip DeFranco for some of the shit she has done.  Or for that insane diatribe after Trump was elected that was the most base hypocrisy I have ever seen.  The reality is that if Laci is turning over a new leaf and looking to be fair to the other side, I think it’s only fair that she apologize for some of the bat-shit crazy stuff she has said and done over the last few years.  However, she may still do that.

If that were to happen, just like with Ian, I would accept her apology.  And even though I know she has no idea who I am and likely never will, I would be willing to have a discourse with her.  She still considers herself and intersectional feminist, but who knows where the future will take her.  For now I am content to watch the SJWs cannibalize one-another for all the adorable lulz that I can.  I’ve told the story of the dog team I came across more than once, and it is fitting here.  However, there is someone who I think can make my point a lot better who I will let close out this little interlude with.

Until next time, a quote,

“See, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke.  Dropped at the first sign of trouble.  They’re only as good as the world allows them to be.  I’ll show ya.  When the chips are down, these civilized people, they’ll eat each other.” – Joker, The Dark Knight

Peace out,

Maverick

Sex Robots Offend Feminists (A response to Feminist Current)

Do you all remember when anything about sexuality had the Christian right up in arms?  I miss those days.  Now it’s the feminist left who hates everything that men do with their dongs and their sexual needs, to the point of outright claiming that men’s sexual needs don’t exist.  Meanwhile, they will canonize female sexuality to the point that a man has to ask his partner if he can continue thrusting every ten seconds or else it’s rape.

And there is more and more push-back against this.  From the app where both parties would confirm their consent for sex beforehand, so men would have an airtight piece of evidence if they stuck their dick in crazy and get called a rapist after completely consensual sex.  Naturally the feminists were outraged.  Men finding ways to fight back against their insanity is always a bad thing, no matter how justified their reaction, after all.  That’s the “patriarchy” for ya.  And now we have a new contender to the throne of feminists outrage over bullshit – sex robots.  That’s right a robot that you have purely for sex that does not have sentience is a feminist issue.  Because of course it is.  I swear, one day the existence of men at all will be a feminists issue.  If women like the Femitheist are to be believed, it’s one that should be rectified with castration.  Here’s a link to this retarded article, now let’s talk about it.  And for the record, I am not a MGTOW.  Had some SJW call me that recently because I find modern feminism ridiculous.

Sex robots epitomize patriarchy and offer men a solution to the threat of female independence

Hey, ladies, I’m gonna let you in on a little something – THE ROBOTS AREN’T REAL WOMEN!  Retards!  Oh, let’s get through this.

People love to pretend as though everything from prostitution to pornography to sex dolls are a solution to not only men’s supposed loneliness and unmet sexual “needs,” but to their violent, perverse desires.

Wow.  I love this.  Because men don’t really have loneliness issues or sexual frustration.  Not at all.  Because no man is ever without sex.  Since we live in some mythical patriarchy, I can just go outside and grab a woman and start banging her.  That’s totally how this works, right?  The condescension of these people blows my fucking mind.

Similarly, men have claimed sex robots are the perfect solution to their apparent inability to stop raping and abusing women, as well as their inability to socialize with women as though they are actual human beings.

Citation, please.  What man, anywhere, has EVER said this?  Yes, because I have a massive urge to rape all women all the time.  This is so fucking insulting to men.  I have NEVER felt the urge and could NEVER bring myself to ever force myself onto another person, male or female.  The idea of sexually assaulting someone makes me sick.  I like it rough, but I go into that with people who understand safe words and I am very good about aftercare for those I have a kinky scene with.  I actually know how to be good with my partner in rough sex.  But I have never felt the urge to force myself on any woman.  Sure, I am currently going through some loneliness and sexual frustration issues, but there isn’t a single part of me that wants to force myself onto another person.  Fuck this stuck-up cunt.  I don’t use that word lightly.  This is such a disgusting generalization of men, and the fact that this woman believes it makes her the lowest form of scum imaginable.

In other words, Harmony is a dream woman — the perfect date. Men can pretend they value human interaction, while remaining completely dominant and enjoying an entirely one-way relationship.

What environment fosters this level of sexist bigotry?  I am dying to know.  Listen here, bitch, I would like nothing more than a two-way relationship.  Because I love to cook and talk to people, having a partner that I can make delicious food for while chatting about our views on life, politics, video games, movies, or whatever sounds wonderful.  Your beliefs about my gender is so disgusting, that it honestly makes me think – no wonder men are choosing to go to sex robots.  If I had the choice between a robot and someone as heartless as you, I’d go with the robot.  At least she wouldn’t treat me like shit for the genitals I have.  I’m assuming you’re a lesbian.  Hopefully women see you for the harpy that you are too.

Feminism has insisted, over decades, that women are human, that we don’t exist for men, and even that we don’t need men.

But remember, feminism is about helping BOTH genders!  Really!  *cough*Bullshit!*cough*

The misogynerds at Abyss Creations say they are “inventing the future of sex,” but what they’ve actually succeeded in creating is the epitome of male domination.

Oh, so these people who created Harmony are also misogynists too.  And your evidence is…what, exactly?  You continually make broad generalizations about men and it just bugs me.  Plus, it’s so obvious how fucking butthurt you are that people are finally making robots because real women are now more concerned about you respecting their identity as a poly-kin non-binary  wolf with Hitler as a headmate than about a relationship with you.  In a world where men and male sexuality is demonized and it’s now trendy to hate men because of their sexuality, how on Earth is the creation of a sex robot even a little surprising?  My girly-mate who is staying with me right now genuinely doesn’t believe that this kind of mindset is going to find cultural ground at large, but the truth is that it already has, and reactions like this bitch’s are proof of it.  A product made for lonely men is created by misogynists because all men want to rape women.  At least if this medusa is to be believed.

They don’t bleed, cry, vomit, or feel pain, which even porn stars can’t avoid doing when abused, as they so often are on film.

I’m gonna send this to Mercedes Carrera and see if she agrees with it.  As a woman who is very proud of her identity as a pornstar, I’m sure that her opinion on this issue would carry a lot of weight.

The robots, when they go on sale, will start at $15,000 each. The company also sells a more affordable option — for only $100 you can buy the bottom half of a woman’s face, to stick your penis into at will.

Hey ladies, for $20 you can buy a dismembered penis to stick into your vagina at will.  Oh, right, never mind.  Female sexuality is canonized.  It’s only sexist when men do it.  That’s the feminist mantra in a nutshell.

When he asks Harmony if she wants to walk, she responds, “I don’t want anything but you.” On the rare occasions she is allowed to communicate an opinion, it is immediately followed by insecurity: “What do you think about that?” Harmony asks McMullen timdly, after stating she would like to have sex with “both genders.”

I guess the writer of this article is unaware that Harmony isn’t self-aware.  It isn’t a fully-realized AI.  It has pre-programmed responses that it learns based on user input.  All responses are part of its code.  See, if Harmony was self-aware and had real emotions and real thoughts on things, saying that people using her only for sex and not caring about what she thinks might have some weight.  But she isn’t self-aware.  To put in Mass Effect terms – while she may be able to feign real feelings or sentience, she is just a VI.  Hell, it might even be convincing, I haven’t seen any videos of Harmony, but in the end, she still isn’t aware of what she is or where she is.  Just going off the code she is given.

These sex robots strike me as an MRA/gamer’s dream come true.

Hey, women who game, you are an MRA and all gamers want sex robots because none of us can handle real women.  I fucking hate this person so much.  It’s blatantly obvious that her butthurt is just overflowing here and she can’t help herself when she does nothing but make insults about the people who could use this product and generalizes men as much as she can.  Now she’s going after gamers too.  I bet she has a view in her head of gamers as the men in that episode of South Park playing WoW.  What is wrong with this woman?

Kleeman writes of a computer engineer named Douglas Hines who initially created robots to mimic friends and loved ones who had passed on or to communicate with, say, family members who could no longer speak, due to age or disability, but moved into the sex robot industry because he (rightly) figured it would be more profitable.

Not seeing the problem here.  A market for robots that can mimic dead loved ones is an interesting idea, but clearly wouldn’t be very profitable.  It makes sense to make a product that you want to sell to a demographic who you can see interested in it.

Similarly, McMullen says Harmony and her sister robots exist “for people who can’t interact with other people.” It’s not at all coincidental that this argument is the exact same one used in defense of prostitution. Women’s objectification and exploitation is always defended of the basis of some imagined defenseless, sad, disabled, lonely man who is confined to his house either due to mental or physical conditions or some kind of crippling shyness, and is completely harmless — a victim more than anything else. Prostitution, like sex robots, is claimed to be just about “making someone happy,” as McMullen puts it, and nothing more.

God, bitch, what is wrong with you?!  “I’m gonna make fun of this imagined lonely man who is so desperate for company that they will shell out money for a VI robot!  Because fuck that loser!”  That’s what I hear when I read this.  It REEKS of the most crude gendered insults imaginable, going after groups of men that it’s trendy to hate.  What a complete sociopath this hag is.  I fucking hate her so much.  That would be like me making fun of a lonely woman who has body issues for getting a dildo, which is something I would never do.  What kind of upbringing creates someone this devoid of empathy?  I’m just dying to know.  I would never encourage violence on anyone, but if this chick just happened to stumble down a well, I’m not shedding tears for her.  It’s pretty obvious she wouldn’t be for me.  Or any man, for that matter.

I hear feminists say over and over “what if you have a mother or a sister?!”  Well, I guess this bitch doesn’t have a father or brothers, because all the vitriol she throws at men make it clear that she hates this gender and wishes nothing but illness upon it.

The dream girl is, as always, not human.

No sugartits.  She just isn’t you.  Or anyone like you.  She’s someone with empathy who I can talk to and who likes my cooking.  But you have no empathy, so you don’t fall into that category.  Fuck your article, and fuck you.

Until next time, a quote,

“You are threatened by sex dolls and sex bots because you know you have absolutely nothing to offer another human being. Prove me wrong!” – ShoeOnHead

Peace out,

Maverick

Another Pseudo-Intellectual Wants to Talk About Video Games (A response to Ian Bogost)

I just love all these people with degrees from prestigious schools and 2-digit IQs telling me what video games are lacking.  It’s so charming.  These people who want to pretend like they got it all figured out, and then use the latest buzzwords to be able to bolster their arguments that sound like sophistry at best.  Is this lexicon verbose enough for you?  Our latest pseudo-intellectual wants to make sure that he sounds very smart while he talks about how videos really shouldn’t have stories, all the while ripping off arguments that Roger Ebert was proven wrong about 10 years ago.  It’s charming, in its own stupid way.  Here’s a link to the article, now let’s rip this bitch to pieces.

A longstanding dream: Video games will evolve into interactive stories, like the ones that play out fictionally on the Star Trek Holodeck. In this hypothetical future, players could interact with computerized characters as round as those in novels or films, making choices that would influence an ever-evolving plot. It would be like living in a novel, where the player’s actions would have as much of an influence on the story as they might in the real world.

First off, I don’t want games to be the Holodeck.  I’m not into VR.  Second, for the most part, the part about making an ever-evolving plot has already happened.  I’ve played it out dozens of times.  Whether it be something very linear, or something where I have choices and agency, I am able to help shape a narrative with the games I play.  Already there, skippy.  I look forward to what will be your solid reasoning for why that isn’t the case.

It’s an almost impossible bar to reach, for cultural reasons as much as technical ones.

Neat fact – immediately after this sentence, there is nothing about this for ages.  He goes on and on about how environmental storytelling works, but right when he makes a substantive point, he doesn’t go into greater detail.  I mean, if you are going to say why this bar is impossible to reach, shouldn’t you then follow that up with something about why this milestone is so impossible?  But let’s get into what he says about environmental storytelling and how it shapes a narrative.

The approach raises many questions. Are the resulting interactive stories really interactive, when all the player does is assemble something from parts? Are they really stories, when they are really environments? And most of all, are they better stories than the more popular and proven ones in the cinema, on television, and in books?

Well, yeah.  That’s easy to prove.  You use Bioshock as an example, a game with a very developed and rich lore with characters who you come to care about strictly from hearing about their trials in the city.  I’ve never met them, but there are some characters in the audio logs who was I sad to see go when you learn of their ultimate fate.  It was just another twisted end to a frankly depressing game.

Or let’s talk about my favorite game of 2015 – Life is Strange.  In that game, you look at pretty much everything around you and it tells stories.  You can see Chloe’s decent into a punk rock girl after her father died.  You can see her family with all their financial troubles and personal ones.  You can learn that David isn’t quite the asshole he seems, finding his book on recovering from war that he has read many times.  These things provide a richer canvas to the game’s narrative, which you grow to care about.  It’s what makes the fact that your choices ultimately don’t matter in the end that much more frustrating.

I think I see your problem – you are trying to make a direct comparison between video games and other visual mediums like film and television.  But you can’t do that.  I don’t play a game with the same mindset as I read a book or watch a movie.  I expect elements to be interactive and give me at least some agency in being a part of.  It doesn’t have to be everything.  As I said, I don’t want the Holodeck.  I just want a narrative that I feel immersed in.  My favorite games are ones where I feel like I was a part of the action.  It can still be linear and accomplish this, so long as the characters are well-developed and the world immerses me enough to want to see the story through.  Gaming is an interactive experience, not a purely visual one.  I didn’t like Metal Gear Solid IV because it felt like I had no agency.  60% of the time I was just watching the film play.  That’s not how games work.  For someone who purports to have a very rich understanding of the medium, this fact seemed to escape you.

In retrospect, it’s easy easy to blame old games like Doom and Duke Nukem for stimulating the fantasy of male adolescent power. But that choice was made less deliberately at the time. Real-time 3-D worlds are harder to create than it seems, especially on the relatively low-powered computers that first ran games like Doom in the early 1990s. It helped to empty them out as much as possible, with surfaces detailed by simple textures and objects kept to a minimum. In other words, the first 3-D games were designed to be empty so that they would run.

Okay…why did the male adolescent power line come up?  What did ANY of what followed in that paragraph have to do with men?  Are you clumsily setting the stage for where you blame men for video games being whatever way you don’t like?  I can see that coming from a mile away.  That is bad writing, dude.  If you want to take the Anita Sarkeesian route of saying men are pure evil in video games, then at least TRY and make it feel more natural.

The dude goes on and on for paragraphs about how environments in games aren’t realistic enough and that npc’s are all basically just going off a script, which I guess is supposed to mean that you can’t seem them as real.  Well…duh. I don’t see the vendor in Persona 5 selling me DVDs as a real person.  I’m not supposed to.  Half of this dude’s diatribes reek of a person who doesn’t actually have a lot of experience in this medium.  Or someone who is playing games with an agenda.  Seeing as how he brought up men in this article, I get the feeling him and Anita share similar social views.,

Environmental storytelling offers a solution to this conundrum. Instead of trying to resolve the matter of simulated character and plot, the genre gives up on both, embracing scripted action instead. The player’s experience becomes that of a detective, piecing together narrative coherence from fragments conveniently left behind in the game’s physical environment.

Well yeah, games that use environmental story-telling do have some convenience to them.  So do books and films.  After all, it sure was convenient that Tony Stark found out about the dead interpreter in Civil War, isn’t it?  Or it’s convenient that no one asked who had actually heard the main character say “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane when no one was clearly in the room.  All works of fiction rely on convenience to one extent or another.  Find me a piece of fiction where there aren’t some plot conveniences to move things along.

In 2013, two developers who had worked on the BioShock series borrowed the environmental-storytelling technique and threw away both the shooting and the sci-fi fantasy. The result was Gone Home, a story game about a college-aged woman who returns home to a mysterious, empty mansion near Portland, Oregon. By reassembling the fragments found in this mansion, the player reconstructs the story of the main character’s sister and her journey to discover her sexual identity. The game was widely praised for breaking the mold of the first-person experience while also importing issues in identity politics into a medium known for its unwavering masculinity.

Oh boy.  The pseudo-intellectual is about to talk about Gone Home.  This basically confirms to me that he is full of shit.  Every wanna-be intellectual and their SJW sister have talked about how this game is representative of some great milestone.  In this case, he says that it showed that games are basically on the level of young-adult novels.  Groan.  And the fucker actually makes the argument that this game represents the high water mark in gaming story-telling.  Give me a fucking break!

There are 1000 games, probably more, with narratives 1000X richer than that walking simulator could have ever hoped for.  Hell, I don’t even have a problem with the walking simulator genre and I see it as a lesser option.  When I think about the emotional levels the Mass Effect series got (before the STUPID ending to 3), or the moral implications of The Last of Us, and I see this clown telling me that some hipster-approved work.  Hell, Limbo, a 2D side-scroller was able to make a game world with more emotional weight, without any exposition of any kind.  Just from the environment you play in, you can see the story of a great civilization’s rise to power and then fall.  An art game called Journey did much the same.  Did this ass-clown actually play games, or is he just quoting the line from his contemporaries?  He is probably a grad with a fancy degree, who spent all his academic life citing other people in papers.  Thinking for yourself is hard, after all.

The result is aesthetically coherent, fusing the artistic sensibilities of Edward Gory, Isabel Allende, and Wes Anderson. The writing is good, an uncommon accomplishment in a video game. On the whole, there is nothing to fault in What Remains of Edith Finch. It’s a lovely little title with ambitions scaled to match their execution. Few will leave it unsatisfied.

Good writing is uncommon in video games?  Oh fuck off, you hipster culture critic.  Look me in the eye and tell me that Beyond: Two Souls or Uncharted 4 have bad writing.  And you better be able to bolster it with some strong argument.  By the way, dude, I was unsatisfied at that game.  Know why – because the ending was crap.  The game was FINALLY getting to the really good stuff, then just stopped.  It just ends.  And don’t tell me “it’s open to interpretation!”  That is a line used by people who have no other argument.  I heard that crap about the Mass Effect 3 ending by pseudo-intellectuals just like this.

And that’s really it.  He doesn’t go into any other genre or aspects to games story-telling.  I guess, in his mind, the only kinds of games that can tell stories are first-person ones.  That is beyond asinine.  When I play art games like ABZU, or JRPGs like Persona 5, both with very good narratives and stories that suck me in, I am realizing why this guy is full of shit.  Another person who had to write some bullshit about games and then peace out without even looking at anything else but the one thing he wants to focus on.  No wonder this guy came from modern university.  His argumentation is garbage.

Funny, he looks at three games to try and make his point.  I can talk about dozens to make mine.  Yeah, this dude sucks.  I cannot believe a publication like The Atlantic takes this bullshit seriously.

Until next time, a quote,

“If you don’t feel it, you won’t remember it.” – Bob Dickman

Peace out,

Maverick

YouTube is Strangling the Talent From Their Site

I remember back when I first started really watching YouTube.  It was 2008 or 2009.  I was into college and I remember hearing about this YouTube personality called The Amazing Atheist.  I tuned in, and I remember really liking what I saw.  So I decided to see what other voices there were.  There was Thunderf00t, King Heathen, Dark Matter 2525, Coughlin 666, gogreen18, and others.  An atheist movement came together on YouTube.  And it was awesome.  This little community that was fighting against organized religion.  What’s more – it was winning.  In the end, organized religion lost out.  Atheism won.

From there, I had personalities that were fun to watch and I got invested.  I still watch The Amazing Atheist.  I still love his content.  I love the podcast he is on.  It feels like I have some friends.  What’s the term now?  “Para-social relationships,” I think?  Yeah, I feel that.  It’s what led me to briefly be on a livestream show.  God how I miss that.  I have been with TJ and my compatriots through it all.  I have seen the destruction of the YouTube atheist community from SJW influence.  I watched the battle go from YouTube to gaming.  I have seen the battle go to the news.  All the drama, all the turns of what was happening.  It feels so familiar to me.

So when I see what YouTube has decided to do to the people who got them where they are today, it legitimately hurts.  What’s more, people’s lack of being upset bugs me too.  See, the old media has decided that since they can’t win the war against new media on a level playing field, they will attack their main platform’s money and then try and bankrupt the competition.  The really depressing part is it worked.  All of the major anti-SJW YouTube personalities are talking about how they can find a way to keep their content going.  Others are already saying that they are going to throw in the towel.  That they won’t try and make content if they can’t get paid for it.  New media showed how weak they are, and instead of having to up their game, they instead are trying to just burn down their competition.

And they’re winning.  Corporate old media is winning the online war.  What’s more, they have the people who view this content siding with them.  Lots of these fucking assholes going “better go out and get a REAL job, YouTubers!”  Yeah, because what they do isn’t a real job.  If it’s so easy, then why doesn’t your uniquely lazy ass working at Starbucks go out and do it?!  Go ahead!  Show me what you got!  Since corporate media is turning YouTube into a PG zone so no one’s fee-fees are hurt, show me what you got.  The old media is winning, and no one seems to care.  That just blows my fucking mind.

I love the YouTube personalities I watch.  Sure, most of the ones I watched long ago are gone.  I don’t even know what Coughlin is up to these days.  Probably getting no views as he keeps spouting SJW bullshit.  Haven’t seen a GrapplingIgnorance video in years.  King Heathen, whatever happened to him?  We all know what happened to Laci Green.  So many personalities, and they’re gone.  TJ continues.  So do others, who have found a way to make a living putting out incredible content.  Content that has been with me for so long and even helped me get through rough times.  These people’s livelihoods are threatened, because YouTube has decided that instead of standing up for YOUTube, they are going to try and be another Netflix or Hulu clone.  They want to have content that only caters to people who bring in Coca-Cola ads.  Like TJ and his ilk didn’t do that.  Like the people who say that SJWs are full of shit didn’t do that.

If this the direction that this platform that I love is going, then I won’t be a part of it.  I don’t go on there to watch fucking cat videos.  I go there to watch content about political and social issues.  I go to watch personalities I like make fun of the butthurt losers who feel the need to have their feelings be deified.  That’s what I am doing on that platform.  YouTube wants to take that away from me, and they have the support of the people who do NOTHING to try and stop them.  Who else is complaining?  Who else is saying that this is wrong?  Does @TeamYouTube even care what their audience thinks?  Probably not.  After all, every sign points to them planning to weather this out.  They figure that people will come back.  Well, I don’t mean to.  I can go to ACTUAL Netflix and watch something else.  I can go to whatever platform comes up next for the people I love to watch to migrate to.  Hell, I’ll blow hours upon hours of time on Drunken Peasant’s new monthly subscription site.  $5 a month to watch the content I want to watch?  Fuck yeah!

I am a patron of The Drunken Peasants.  I love so many personalities on YouTube.  If I get to see all of them go because they can’t make a living on this anymore, then fuck it.  I don’t want to watch the fucking cat videos.  Guess I am one of the few who feels that way.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s better to burn out than fade away.” – Kurt Cobain

Peace out,

Maverick