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Sep 1

Been without internet for a while now. That will be the case for a few more days. Talk to y’all then.

The inevitable #NotAllGamers hashtag has sprung up on Twitter in the past few days, and I get where that comes from. I play video games too, and I’m not a total dick! Hooray for me. But I also think the hashtag misses the point in the same self-serving way that #NotAllMen did. This is a problem endemic to gaming, and everyone is part of that problem. There is a culture of harassment, abuse, and bigotry in the rotten core of multiplayer gaming; it has been allowed or even encouraged to fester by developers; and it has created some of the most toxic individuals on the Internet.

- Video Games, Misogyny, And Terrorism: A Guide To Assholes | Badass Digest (via valkyrierisen)

cissa:

I’m giving away games again because, I either already have a copy- or I know I’ll never play it.

I will be giving away the steam key to one of the following games to whomever wants one. All you have to do is send me an ask with your requested game. It’s usually first come first serve, I’ll cross out the games as they’re gone so check on this original post if you want to make sure it’s still available. Also if you want to be more efficient you can do a numbered thing, where if your first choice is gone you can have a second as back up.

If you’re interested in all of these amazing games and this amazing deal, please go to humblebundle.com and get the weekly. You pay what you want, but you get more games if you pay more than the average :D Part of the proceeds go to a charity too which is great.

Here you go:

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

Deadlight

Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition

Terraria

The Legend of Grimrock

PixelJunk Eden

Crusader Kings II
-Includes the keys to 3 DLC unit packs: Norse, African and Russian

Age of Empires Legacy Bundle-Age of Empires 2
-Age of Empires 2: The Forgotten DLC
-Age of Empires 3 Complete Collection

This week, it should be clear to this community that games are at a cultural turning point. […] More games are being created by more people for more people than ever before. Two groups are at opposite ends of this moment:

One side has folded its arms, slumped its shoulders while pouting like an obstinate child that has learned they are getting a little brother or sister but wants to remain the singular focus of his parents’ affection.

The other side has opened its arms, unable to contain its love and compassion, because they understand they are no longer alone.

This week, the obstinate child threw a temper tantrum, and the industry was stuck in the metaphorical grocery store as everyone was forced to suffer through it together. But unlike a child, the people behind these temper tantrums are hurting others. It’s time to grow up.

- Chris Plante, An Awful Week to Care About Video Games

Women significantly outnumber teenage boys in gamer demographics | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

100rings:

"God I’m getting sick of all these indie games."

Then don’t read the articles about them? I really don’t understand the mentality behind this comment at all. It’s not James Silva’s fault he can make games faster than your obsessively demanded 1080p60fps, open world shoot-everything-also-vague-justification-narrative can be put together by the hundreds of people slaving over it. Do you want them to stop making them? Why? So other people can’t play them either? If they stop making them, your big budget AAA will still take years to make. You lose literally nothing by their existence. The selfish “I don’t want it, therefore it shouldn’t exist” mindset of these people fucking baffles me. I don’t want multiplayer shooters but I’d never say they should stop making them.

dainkinkaide:

Yeah, guys: women in game design are totally going to ruin games.

Just like female musicians totally ruined music.

Just like an abundance of female novelists totally ruined books.

Just like female painters and sculptors totally ruined art.

Just like all those uppity womenfolk playing female parts in plays totally ruined theatre.

Fuck you.

Women aren’t ruining games; anybody who thinks they are is the real problem. Those who believe such a thing are creating or perpetuating a toxic environment that can discourage people from contributing to a medium they fucking love.

Fuck, this goes for any creative endeavour, not just games. Female comic book writers and artists are not out to ruin your comics either.

There is no sinister agenda by women to get their uteri all over the things you love and ruin them forever. They’re just trying to contribute to something they love in ways that make sense to them.

What Made Silent Hill 2 Great and Why the Devs Don't Get It

Silent Hill fans are a lot like Sonic fans. Years ago, we got a single magical, series-defining game, and since then we’ve been waiting for the developers to get their act together and recapture that momentary greatness. Each time a new title is announced, we hear devs talking about how much they loved the original, how hard they’ve worked to recapture that feeling, and all the things they’re doing to avoid the mistakes of the past. And then the game comes out and it’s a massive disappointment that makes you wonder if they even played the original. The longer we go on, the more it feels like the first one might have been an accidental masterpiece and the creators never understood why it worked in the first place.

warpdoor:

Genesis Noir (Jeremy Abel, Evan Anthony)

"Genesis Noir is set before, during, and after The Big Bang. To save a life you must stop the expansion of the universe." - Author’s description

You forgot to mention the fact that Zoe admitted to having sex with these journalists, while she was in a relationship with another man, while comparing cheating to rape. And also that she had a women's charity game jam doxxed and blacklisted on Twitter, claimed to be attacked by an innocent image board for publicity, and used Robin Williams' suicide to promote her game about depression.

Nope, I didn’t “forget” to do anything. I very pointedly remembered to say that my interest was not in Zoe Quinn’s alleged crimes, but in the gaming community’s reaction to them. I’m still not making any statement as to her guilt or innocence, but since you’ve sent this to me, let me make a couple of comments.

First, I don’t care who had sex with whom, and whether or not they were in a relationship at the time. I have no stake or interest in policing the supposed sexual transgressions of strangers. And, as I said before, if this weren’t a woman with a nontraditional game, you wouldn’t care either. But society has a long and fruitful history of policing women’s sexuality more than men’s, by orders of magnitude.

Nobody inquires into the private relationships and sex lives of game developers and journalists. Nobody, not ever. And you know why? Because it’s nobody’s business and it doesn’t matter. Is cheating generally a shitty thing to do? Yeah. So if she did cheat, she probably owes someone an explanation and an apology. But that “someone” is not you or me. Do you investigate any other game developers to make sure they’re being faithful in their relationships? Of course you don’t. Because you don’t care. As well you shouldn’t. Because it doesn’t matter. The fact that you suddenly seem to care when it comes to a woman further cements the obvious fact that this has nothing whatsoever to do with ethics and morals and everything to do with gatekeeping your boys’ club and policing the behavior of women.

The rest of your accusations don’t even pretend to have anything to do with the journalism scandal, which once again shows that you and those like you are not interested in professional ethics, but rather using that accusation as a flimsy excuse to pile on as much unrelated abuse as you can. We’ve seen this many times before (notably with Anita Sarkeesian, who is accused of every crime imaginable, most of which have nothing to do with whatever the nerdbros found initially objectionable about her kickstarter), and it’s 100% transparent here.

Once again - I am not interested in debating the guilt or innocence of Zoe Quinn. I don’t know what she did or did not do, and neither do you. What interests me is the fact that gamers have turned her into the second coming of satan for alleged infractions that, had they been committed by a man, wouldn’t even be noticed, let alone sufficient justification for this ridiculous level of abuse.

DG, what's going on with all the Zoe Quinn stuff? I've been looking up stuff and even searched your blog but it's hard to sift through all the nastiness flying about.

Anonymous

So, supposedly, a game developer and a games journalist had contact that implicates questions of journalistic integrity. You know, that thing that happens approximately every 30 seconds in the game industry. In the AAA world, studios and publishers are constantly giving gifts of meals, trips, hotel rooms, etc. to journalists; and in the indie world, writers and developers very often are (or later become) very close friends and collaborators.

Normally, there are two ways we handle this: if the journalist in question writes disproportionately positive things about the products of a benefactor or friend, we question his ethics. Alternatively, we simply trust that journalists are adults and professionals and are able to properly separate their feelings about a game from their feelings about the developer and any consideration they may have received. This kind of possible conflict of interest, this appearance of impropriety, happens every day, and it goes mostly unremarked upon.

The difference in this case is that the developer is a woman, and the game she’s selling (as pay-what-you-want, I think it should be noted) is the exact kind of nontraditional game that makes myopic hateful nerdbros apoplectic with unrestrained rage. So, instead of people either ignoring it or reviewing the journalists’ writing and questioning their ethics as we do with every other case, all those angry nerdbros have turned this into the Scandal of the Century, and it’s all about the deceitful woman using her sexuality and feminine wiles to extract positive press for her terrible game that could not have gotten good press by any means other than her prostituting herself.

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So the problem with journalism here is the fear of rocking the boat when the whole thing needs to be capsized and the rats drowned. The thing is those decrying games journalism at the moment don’t realise they are the rats.

- Brendan Keogh on the trolls harassing Zoe Quinn

(Source: eliasgoliath)

robmeyer:

Hey, all. I just made an itch.io page where you can now play all three of my finished flash games in browser for free in one convenient place. Check them out and enjoy. :)
As an aside to other game devs, itch.io has a fantastic and smooth interface for hosting and distrbuting all sorts of games. So far I highly recommend it. 

robmeyer:

Hey, all. I just made an itch.io page where you can now play all three of my finished flash games in browser for free in one convenient place. Check them out and enjoy. :)

As an aside to other game devs, itch.io has a fantastic and smooth interface for hosting and distrbuting all sorts of games. So far I highly recommend it. 

rambleonamazon:

Gamer culture has pushed the argument about women’s roles so far to one side that most of them honestly believe the status quo of default objectification and women-as-rewards is the “neutral,” “nonpolitical” starting position.