Count Dankula, the UK, Free Speech, and the Regressive Left’s Embrace of Fascistic Ideals

That title is a mouthful, but there’s a lot I want to talk about in this post.  Recently, a YouTuber named Count Dankula made a video where he taught his pug to raise his paw like a Nazi salute when he says “Seig Heil.”  It’s the most basic low-brow comedy.  He taught a cute doggy how to do something offensive.  It’s basic bitch comedy.  But the UK disagreed.  They found it offensive, and now this man is being convicted of a crime for being offensive.  An actual crime that faces actual jail time.  That’s what this man is facing right now.  A baffling state of affairs that truly does shock me to my core.

Let me put this into perspective for you – a First World country has actually made hurting people’s feelings offensive.  And it’s not the first.  Belgium is the first.  This is the second.  Now Spain is also getting in on the fun.  More and more First World countries are making it illegal to say things that hurt people’s feelings.  The fact that this doesn’t terrify people is utterly gut-wrenching.  Why?  Because people don’t seem to really understand what is going to happen with this.  Where all of this is going.  It will sound like I am making a slippery slope fallacy with where this is going, but there is real historical evidence for my contentions.

I don’t agree with virtually any of Milo Yiannopoulos’ politics, save one.  It baffles me that free speech is a right-wing issue now instead of a left-wing one.  That wasn’t always the case.  Hell, back in the age of McCarthy, it was a left-wing issue as the right crushed people’s freedom of expression.  But then the tables turned and it became the right who championed it, because all the “progressive” fuckers had to come out of the woodwork and decide that if what you say makes people sad, then you lose the right to say it.

Another thing that Milo has said that I genuinely agree with is this –

Freedom of speech is something that has to be fought for in every generation, so people can appreciate what it means.

It really does, because people truly don’t appreciate it now.  Because now you have people saying things like –

Just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t mean you have the freedom to offend people!

People who think this way need to fall into a volcano and rid the world of their stupidity.  Why?  Because the people who believe that my right to speech ends at your feelings are not understanding how this sort of thinking is most-certainly going to be used by the very worst sorts of people.

It’s funny that you have people on the far-left saying that Nazis are so bad, when they seem very comfortable with embracing the ideals of fascism.  Do these people just not realize that once we make speech a right that can be taken away, and start legislating which speech can be illegal and which is not, that someone in power is eventually going to use that to crush dissent?  We’ve seen it before.  There are countless historical stories of figures using legislation against speech to destroy all opposition.

A lot of people can make the argument that the SJWs already do this.  I think there is something to this argument.  We’ve seen how those in power within the movement exploit their authority for their own gains, and anyone who speaks out against them, they sic their little mobs of sycophants on them.  These people have no sense of decency.  They will exploit whatever power they can get their grubby mits on in order to gain more power and take power away from people they don’t like.  They do it on YouTube, they do it in the media, and now they are doing it from positions of authority.

The far-left likes to fancy themselves the proletariat fighting against the bourgeois, but they’re not.  They’re the useful idiots of the bourgeois, fighting in favor of the very fascism that they claim to be so against.  And make no mistake, the powerful are going to utilize them to their own benefit.  Now that it is acceptable to criminalize speech, where does it end?  It ends where a dictator in power says it does.  With more and more First World countries adopting the SJW logic as a cultural mindset, it’s a fact that dictators will rise.  And once they have enough power, they will come for everyone who they are against.  Who will speak up?  Nobody.  Because the public is already brainwashed by these idiots.

In closing, the UK has done a decidedly horrible thing, and by the time they realize just how bad this is, it will be too late, and the ACTUAL fascists will be in power, and all dissent will be met with fervent applause.  Chris Ray Gun did a fantastic music number about this, so that’s what I’m going to close this out with.

Until next time, a quote,

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

Peace out,

Maverick

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Lucien’s Review: Annihilation (and the death of cinema)

I got to see Annihilation, and it was pretty great.  It wasn’t perfect.  It does have some flaws, but it is genuinely smart science fiction that does what the SJWs are saying film doesn’t ever do.  A movie starring five smart, capable women who are in STEM and who have a ton of personality without all being bland stereotypes.  The type of thing that every social justice moron should be singing from the hills about it being an accomplishment in film, but not only is nobody talking about it, but nobody has seen it either.  A fact that depresses me to no end.  Let’s talk about it.

The film follows Natalie Portman as a ex-Army, current researching at Johns Hopkins.  Her husband has gone missing in a very poorly paced opening, but then shows up again, very different.  After he has some hardcore organ failure, she is brought into a mysterious event where a meteorite had crashed into Earth and now there is a weird effect called The Shimmer.  Desperate to get answers to save her husband, she embarks on what is understood to be a suicide mission with four other women, all of whom are aware of just how precarious their situation is.  Each has their own motivation and as they get closer to the source of The Shimmer, it becomes clear that they are going to be tested as people, scientists, and the bonds they can make with each other.

It’s so nice to see smart science fiction.  It really is.  We have so much absolute garbage like Life, which is just a rip-off of Alien.  We have the endless amount of big-budget blockbuster dreck that is either very generic like Black Panther, or outright terrible like Justice League.  But just like Blade Runner 2049, we have a film that is genuinely great and nobody is going to see it.  This film’s numbers are in the tank.  It will add its name to the pantheon of films that are smart, well-crafted, and nobody fucking saw.  It pisses me off to no end.

The things this film got right – the slow-burn pace, the fantastic science elements that they explore, and the atmosphere.  Not to mention the really smart use of theme.  This film is able to do visual story-telling to such great extent, and only a few times does it feel like it is overplaying its hand, and one of those times is in the very end and it does damage this film to me a little just because it feels like the film thinks it is WAY smarter than it actually is in that moment.  But there was so much great stuff leading up to that which hooked me from beginning to end.

We also have the performances.  I loved almost every character in this movie.  This film is proof that Natalie Portman is a very good actress if she just has the right director.  Give her the right person and she can turn in a truly fantastic performance.  But the cast with her was pretty great too.  Everyone had their own reasons, and you learn more and more about those reasons as you go along.  The film doesn’t just tell the audience why they are the way they are.  You have to learn it as you go along.  Well-written, well-acted female characters, all of whom are leads, all of whom play characters who are capable.  The fact that the social justice community is radio silent about this while screaming the praises of yet-another cookie-cutter Marvel film is beyond me.

But the science was the highlight of the film.  The Shimmer has this effect on all of the life inside of it that is both fascinating, and terrifying.  Part of the effect of this place led to one of the most terrifying scenes in any film I have ever seen.  Bar none, it scared the shit out of me.  It has such perfect build-up, and when it happens you are left feeling trapped with the characters.  Listening to the characters talk about their observations of The Shimmer and the effect it is having on everything inside is genuinely interesting and it makes me sad that it only goes for so long.

Then there’s the fact that this may be the first film about alien life that I think feels like an alien life since I saw Arrival.  You have the story being told cut in with scenes in the present asking Natalie Portman’s character what the meaning of it all is, and she has the same response over and over again – I don’t know.  Throughout it all, the designs of this alien entity and what it was trying to do is a complete mystery.  Right up to the climax of the film you still don’t get what it was trying to do.  I love that.  So many films hold your hand and feel the need to explain everything to you because they think you’re stupid, but not this one.  It’s great.  Gee, maybe that’s why it’s failing at the box office.  Because America is stupid.

As I said, though, there are problems.  One of which is the fact that there are a couple scenes where you can tell that characters are aiming at things that aren’t really there.  A trailer scene about the crocodile attack is a really good scene, but when Natalie Portman’s character is shooting at it, you can see her weapon going off not pointing at where the target is supposed to be.  It’s almost Starship Troopers levels of off.  I will say that it’s nice to have a scene where people are shooting guns and you have casings hitting the floor.  It’s such a pet peeve for me in films when people are shooting and you don’t see or hear any bullet casings.  Next, the very, very end of the film is nowhere near as smart as it thinks it is.  I’ve heard so many people saying that it’s so mysterious, but it’s not.  And the discourse bugs me.

I’ve talk about how this film is basically dead at the box office, and it bugs me.  I hate that we have these films that are dumb blockbusters that are making huge money.  We’ve seen that blockbusters don’t always have to be stupid.  We’ve seen that not all Marvel films have to be stupid.  But they are.  It’s a bummer how much dumb cinema has taken over, and you have all this direct-to-Netflix stuff that runs the gamut from smart that nobody will see to shit that they knew wouldn’t get a release anywhere else.  The days of smart cinema are number, and it hurts me inside.

Overall, this is a really good movie that I cannot recommend enough.  If you are like me and are tired of the same rehashed shit, over and over again, you owe it to yourself to see this film.  You really do.  That’s all I got for you.  Now you make your choice.

Final Verdict
8 out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

Musical Insanity: Vagina Anthem

I said in my last of these posts that I don’t get disturbed or at least have my attention grabbed by music that often.  It takes a lot to shock me.  I’ve become part of the mentally exhausted wage-slave class.  It sucks.  But here came something that has made me laugh in a very big way.

For those of you who don’t know, there is a thing called TERFs.  That stands for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists.  They are radfems who believe that the vagina is the most powerful thing in the world and they will make sure that you know that too.  But if you are a trans woman either MTF or FTM, you better not talk to them.  The former being insults to the idea of the great woman, and the latter being their idea of race traitors looking to get that patriarchy card.  These people are so ridiculous, and I’ve honestly found avoiding them easier online just because if you engage with this insane monkeys then you’re doing it wrong.  But a favorite YouTuber posted this song, and it is the funniest thing I have heard in a long time.  Let me share this with you.

I’ve said for many years now that modern feminism is a religion.  NOWHERE is this more exemplified than in this song.  I’m having to take breaks between laughing to write this.  Okay, let’s break this down.

They run the gamut about all the kinds of women that they are, so you know they mean business.  But then we get to the chorus.  They are women.  With vaginas!  And they’re here to change the rules!  Honey, the only thing you’ve changed is my perspective on TERFs.  I thought that they were someone to avoid just because I don’t want to argument, but now I know that you all are the cringiest fucking people in the world.  I thought that feminist “slam poetry” was bad, but it turns out their music is worse.  I haven’t cringed this hard in a while.  I wish there was a music video to go with this, but I’m pretty sure YouTube would delete it since it would be a lot of chicks who pride themselves on being ugly having their pussies hanging out.  Still kinda wanna see it just out of sheer curiosity.

Next up they say that they’re our mothers.  You ain’t my mother, honey.  She isn’t nearly as cringe-y or ridiculous as you.  I can actually see my sister becoming like this one day.  So you got one thing right.  You then ask what is wrong with me.  I don’t know, sugar-tits.  It’s a long conversation.  But they are sheros!  For those who are lucky enough not to be in the SJW spheres, that means they are she-heroes, because hero is a “male term.”  I love how dumb these women are.  Thinking that because something has “he” in the name, that makes it a male word.  There was a great post where a language professor absolutely destroyed a woman who thought that way.  It’s pretty great stuff (linked here).  This song gets funnier as I keep going.  I’m gonna die.

They are sheroes with vaginas!  That vagina sure is all they want to think about.  This is why people think that feminists are all rabid lesbians.  This right here.  This song is basically the anthem for everyone who has that mindset.  Given how they begin saying they are “angry dykes,” that clearly isn’t something they take offense to.  But I get the feeling the Laci Greens of the world would.

We go to the lame sing-talking that this song has between the funny chorus with the girl saying that she has opinions and us evil MEN are not going to silence her anymore.  Honey, I don’t wanna silence you.  See, unlike you, I believe in the free market of ideas.  Good and bad, I think that all ideas should stand on their merits and be judged individually.  Your idea unfortunately doesn’t even pass the fucking Bechdel Test, because all you bitches do is get into fights and yell about how bad men are.  Ironic that feminism doesn’t pass their bullshit test.  So you go on having your dumb opinions.  On the off-chance that feminists actually engaged with their detractors in a battle of ideas instead of just yelling insults, what a wonderful world it would be.  Ironically, as we’ve seen with Laci Green and the creator of the documentary The Red Pill, once these people start engaging in a discourse with their opposition, and start seeing nuance, their perspective changes.  Meanwhile, you all live in a fucking echo chamber.

Then we get back to the chorus and the levity returns.  Oh man, that was fun.  The lesson is this – feminists can’t poetry, can’t slam poetry, can’t rap, and now we know that they can’t sing.  And for those who are going to say that I’m a horrible misogynist, prove it.  Never have I said I hate women or that I look down on women for being women.  There are so many awesome women in my life who I have nothing but the deepest respect for.  But these types won’t pay attention to that.  They’re too busy praising their vaginas.

Until next time, a quote,

“God, salt…” – ShoeOnHead

Peace out,

Maverick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, a quote,

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

Peace out,

Maverick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, a quote,

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

Peace out,

Maverick

LGBT Characters in Gaming

Let’s talk a little history.  I don’t know how many of you were around and conscious of what television in the 90’s was like.  Much like the film industry, it produced some of the biggest garbage in the world.  You had shit like Friends and Full House, both of which got unbelievably popular due to nostalgia that people seem to believe the entertainment was so much better back then.  These people are what people like me call “clinically insane.”  But here’s something you may not remember – the 90’s didn’t always write gay characters very well.  Some of the biggest stereotypes about the LGBT community came into being then.  Now, the thing is that they aren’t negative stereotypes.  In fact, they were overwhelmingly positive.  There is a reason for that.  Maybe it was making up for old negative stereotypes, or people just not being able to write these kinds of characters very well.  Whatever the reason, they were all bad.

Here was the problem – these characters all had a bad habit of announcing that they’re gay to everyone they meet.  They are so damn proud of being gay and they are damn sure going to make sure that everyone knows it.  It was bad writing in the worst way.  All of these characters had a bad habit of the fact that they are gay being their entire life.  It isn’t one facet of it, but every facet of it.  Everything in their lives centers around the fact that they’re gay.  It was lazy, terrible writing that led to some of the most one-dimensional characters we ever got to see.

Time went by, however, and writers were able to get past whatever hangup they had and were able to start writing very rounded gay characters who were characters first, gay second.  They had rich personalities and issues with life that are part of the issues everyone has.  It led to some truly fantastic characters, like my favorite anti-hero, Omar Little from The Wire.

That sure was a long intro to talking about what this post is going into.  Gaming is at a similar crossroads.  What led us here is the fact that a lot of gamers are now part of an older generation.  The average age of gamers is closer to 30 than 20.  It’s become a part of popular culture, and is quickly overtaking Hollywood in telling engaging narratives that people can get wrapped up in.  As such, it’s only natural that we see games taking on more and more adult themes.  Things like the nature of marriage and ’til death do you part (Uncharted 4), the price of fame and losing one’s fame and selling out to greed (Persona 5), justifying evil for the greater good and the redemption that comes with being willing to change (Mass Effect 2 and 3).

Something that comes with writing narratives that are more complicated means having characters that are more complicated.  After all, people are not one-dimensional.  And it also means looking at other parts of life.  Like different kinds of relationships.  It was only natural that the gay community would make an appearance in this medium sooner or later.  Now sure, the core gaming audience is men.  That’s just how that goes.  The CoD games will never tackle this sort of thing.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the fact that narratives involving LGBT characters will typically be niche.

For a medium that has a real problem with subtlety, looking into something like this should be a niche thing.  There’s a reason why.  Let’s look at one of my favorite examples of it being done right and then it being done wrong.

In The Last of Us, you meet a character named Bill.  Bill is kind of a crazy man.  He’s weird, unwell, and has a real problem with Joel’s tiny companion.  Granted, they meet with her smashing a pipe on his arm.  That’s something.  However, as you go on with his narrative, he tells Joel of a person that he had to look after.  At first, he calls him his “partner,” and really doesn’t want to get very specific about him.  There is genuine venom in his voice when he talks about this guy.  What happened between these two?  When you get to a house after escaping the school, you find out.  He’s hanging from a noose that he rigged to stop himself from becoming one of the infected.

It’s here that we see another side of this.  At first, he’s clinical about it.  He’s looking over the body and seeing what happened.  But as you listen to him talk about him, there’s real pain in his voice.  Pain, anger, all sorts of emotions.  It’s a testament to what a good performance the voice actor does how much depth he brings into talking about this guy.  As I was playing this with my gay girly-mate Erin, she had this to say, “they had to have dated.”  To which I asked, “how do you figure?” “Easy, you don’t hate someone this much unless you’ve dated.”  Well put.  Bill lives a life where everything is regimented and safe.  When you find Frank’s letter, it tells of a man who was angry with Bill.  He wanted more from life than Bill was willing to give, and it ended in him leaving.  In his last letter, he says how much he hated Bill and wanted more from life than he wanted to give.

What happened between these two?  We never know.  It clearly must have been a very damaged relationship.  The audience can see some of the history and it’s enough to tell us a tragic story of two men who ended up hating each other because of irreconcilable differences in how they lived.  In a world where love for a gay person must be unfathomably hard to come by, to lose that relationship must have been hard for both of them.  But by the end both of them hated one-another.  It was done so well, and played very subtly.  I love everything about the nature of that relationship.  It also shows a side of Joel.  He figures out pretty quickly the deal between Bill and Frank, but he doesn’t make a big deal out of it.  After all, he is a Texan.

Now let’s look at this done wrong.  In Mass Effect 3, you meet a shuttle pilot named Steve Cortez.  He seems like an interesting character.  But there is a stark contrast of narrative quality in his his story plays out, depending on if you have male or female Shepard.  If you have female, it is a very interesting narrative about a man who is getting over the loss of someone dear to him.  If you have male Shepard, it’s a narrative about a gay man throwing his grief away in a nano-second in order to try and jump your bones.  It’s cringe-worthy to say the least.  Since I preferred Femshep because she was a much more engaging character, I was able to see the story done right.

What happened?  I’ll tell you – a narrative had to be spun.  See, we have another player in the problem with writing gay characters in gaming right now – SJWs.  Social justice decided to come in and take over the writing process of this character, all so they could call foul when the gamers were like, “this gay sex scene sucks.  Where did this come from?”  Good fucking question.  He was poorly written in order to spread a narrative and get a subject matter talked about.

This has happened quite a bit.  Gay characters are being written where the fact that they’re gay is their entire personality.  Or now the big one is trans.  Like how Ubisoft created an openly transgender character in Victorian London.  A time when I guarantee NO ONE was open about gender dysphoria.  Yet this character is all about talking about it to whoever they meet.  Or the trans character in Mass Effect: Andromeda, who really had to make a big deal out of this when they have a fuck-ton more things to worry about.

I get why this medium is going to be the hardest to write these kinds of characters in.  The core demographic is men.  That’s a demographic that is going to see this stuff pretty black and white.  Hell, in this insanely divisive culture that we live in, nuance is hard to see on any sides.  This is why I genuinely believe that if we are going to see more and more gay characters, it needs to be first handled in the niche markets, where it can be handled with a deft hand, rather than a stick to beat people over the head with, despite how rarely that deft hand is applied.

But maybe there’s hope.  I just got done with the latest episode to a prequel to my favorite game of 2015 – Life is Strange.  That game already had a very well-done relationship between Chloe and Max, but the real stand-out example of a blossoming romance that I genuinely enjoyed playing was in the prequel.  While it is miles below the original, the thing I can say is that the relationship between Chloe and Rachel that I have been able to help shape feels genuine.  And this most recent episode had payoff to that.  We’ll see if it can keep the trend of well-done character development happen.

*Update: The third episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm totally fucked the relationship between Chloe and Rachel.  There was no payoff.  Zero.  The last episode might as well have pretended their relationship didn’t exist*

The ultimate message of this ramble is that making gay characters should be about making characters first.  Being gay is a part of a person’s life, but it isn’t everything.  At least not if they aren’t these social justice idiots who feel the need to make everything tie back into it.  It’s just one part of who that person is.  That’s how these kinds of characters need to be written.  Make them a character first.  Make gamers like them for who they are, then ease them in.  Just like how straight men can have gay friends who they are cool with, I guarantee that that gay friend knows that he can’t be too in this person’s face with how they are, because they know it would make the other person uncomfortable.

Wow, this seems like a whole lot of nothing, doesn’t it?  Maybe I should have made this a RAB post.  Unsure.  What do you all think?  Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, a quote,

“Do you think there’s a point where you’ve been acting so much that you don’t even have your own personality anymore?” – Rachel Amber, Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Peace out,

Maverick

SIONR: Star Trek: Discovery Does Not Have the First Black Lead or First Female Lead!

I fucking hate modern news.  I really do.  It’s basically just a giant SJW and far-right circle-jerk.  Whatever your preference, there’s something to jerk you.  Some click-bait trash to tell you how right your beliefs are about the world and how you need to inform everyone else about how right you are.  It’s amazing.  Now we have that coming into play with the new Star Trek series that looks kind of crappy, truth be told.  According to an article in The Independent, it has the first black lead.  Here’s a link, see for yourself.  “Journalism” in 2017.  Too fucking lazy to do a two second Google search!  UGH!

I guess Capt. Benjamin Sisko, who helped lead the fight against the Dominion and won a war using some really dark methods didn’t exist?  I guess we’re going to pretend that he isn’t real if we look the other way?  A character who is a total badass and clocked Q in the face?!  He isn’t real, The Independent?!  Two seconds on Google would show you how fucking stupid you are!

But that isn’t the worst of it.  Then there are the ones who made this chick out to be the first female lead in a Star Trek series ever.  Wait, wait?!  Did you hear that, Capt. Katherine Janeway of the Federation starship Voyager?!  You don’t exist!  Now I already can see the revisionist history with these publications quickly going in and changing it to female black lead.  I fucking guarantee it.  For the days when a publication would print something that stupid, they had to print a fucking retraction and look really dumb.  We could all look at the author and laugh at their lack of integrity.

Social justice is the worst.  A lot of people are saying now that anti-SJWs are worse than them, and there are plenty of people who live down to that reputation.  However, the real villain that I see is these people who play revisionist history with everything they touch.  What’s that?  There haven’t been any strong female characters before Katniss Everdeen in teen fiction?  What’s that?  Before Wonder Woman there haven’t been any strong female characters in comic book films?  Whatever their little pet issue is, they can rewrite history to fit their narrative.  Video games have been putting up with this crap for years.  All the little Anita Sarkeesian wannabes (and the woman herself before she left the gaming sphere to take on fruit that no one really cares about) who want to tell us how gaming has never had any strong female protagonists before whats-her-name from Gone Home.

I hate that we live in this culture.  I truly do.  Because there’s no ability to look at anything with a nuanced perspective.  Rather than appreciating a good character in a good piece of fiction, now they have to be some great cultural milestone.  Rather than just admit that 2016’s Ghostbusters was a festering pile of shit, it is somehow empowering to women because queef joke or some fucking thing.

The more that I see shit like this, the more I realize that art is dying out.  Instead of having people who can come together and look at something just admiring it for this reason or that reason, people in the media have to sing praises left and right.  Well, they don’t have to, but know that incendiary titles get clicks.  Saying this chick is the first black lead will get a ton of people clicking, all so they can go into the comments and fight it out about Capt. Sisko.  Modern media is being designed in order to get the most clicks that one can.  Hence why I try and avoid it.  Granted, sometimes it’s impossible to talk about something without sounding incendiary.  I mean, I did title this that I disagree with the premise of whats-her-name being the first black lead.  Waiting to see who comes in to claim my being too lazy to look up that chick’s name to put in there makes me a racist.  Because after all, in the age of making everything under the sun racist, me making a statement might as well join the pantheon of screeching idiots online.

No one can just like things anymore.  Granted, I admittedly over-analyze things.  But there’s a reason – because I really want to dive into stuff that I love or stuff that I hate.  It’s part of my enjoyment of a medium.  And I leave myself open to having my views challenged.  But the moment you start telling some of these morons that their views are wrong, you get the ardent defenders who have to champion social justice talking points just because they exist.  All the “check your privilege!” retards.

In an age where we have an anti-fascist group who has the same ideology as the Nazis they claim to be against with might making right, and how this could very well lead to a civil war, is it any surprise that nuance is gone from the public discourse?  If it is, it shouldn’t be.  But in the meantime, learn to Google, you dumb shits!

Until next time, a quote,

“What are you waiting for, people?  Carry out your orders!” – Capt. Benjamin Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Peace out,

Maverick