A Dose of Stupid v101

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Attention #GamerGaters: Gaming is not YOUR hobby

I tend to ignore feminist critiques about the gaming community because they are so nonsensical that rings popping out of robots seems more logical. However, I quite enjoyed David Futrelle’s “rebuttal” to #GamerGate. Instead of actually addressing any of the complaints gamers made in the past weeks, Futrelle seeks to prove that gamers have no claim on the community they built.

He begins with a wonderfully moronic statement:

Thing is, guys, it’s not your hobby. At least it’s not only yours.

I don’t call myself a “gamer” – largely because so many of those who do embrace the label are such immature assholes – but, guess what, I play games too.

Indeed, as you can see from the picture above, I own more than 100 console games, some of which I’ve devoted hundreds of hours to. Over the years I’ve owned five different consoles – seven, if you count replacement consoles bought because I wore out the originals.

Two points. One, it is usually a bad idea to begin a persuasive argument by insulting the intended audience. One typically ingratiates oneself with the intended audience, not make them hate you. It is also a bad idea to play semantics in way that makes it appear you do not understand basic English. The word to describe a person who plays video games is “gamer”.

Two, what in the world was Futrelle doing to his consoles that he “wore out the originals” to the point that he had to buy new ones? I know many people who played games for decades on their systems and never had to replace them. Most of my gamer friends still have their original NES, Genesis, Neo Geo, and Atari systems. Short of having a fan burn out or getting one of the lights of death, you should get plenty of mileage out of your consoles, especially the older ones. Continue reading

#Gamergate

It was only a matter of time before something like Gamergate happened. It has been a long time coming. The biased pandering in gaming journalism have been obvious for years. The critics of the community have tried their hardest to attack every aspect of gaming. Attacking a marginalized group inevitably leads some within the group to lash out. That anger often results in threats and harassment, which often met in kind.

While many people sound the death of gamers and relish skewering the gaming community as white, straight men whining because they are losing their privileged and entitled status, few have presented a reasonable explanation of why the situation devolved so fast.

Allum Bokhari solves that problem with an article explaining why the situation is so bad. He uses Jack Thompson as an example. Thompson spent much of 2005 railing against video games. His attacks on the gaming community were met with ridicule. Gaming journalists reported his efforts to rid the world of its “culture of violence”, yet they did not side with him. When Thompson received death threats, the journalists reported on them and admonished those sending them, but did not side with Thompson. As Bokhari notes in his article, the gaming community continues to mock Thompson.

But Bokhari offered a hypothetical alternative: Continue reading

A little bit of funny

I stumbled on this video a few minutes ago while looking up web comics to read. It is a spectacular take down of the complaints some feminists make about the gaming community.

I think this tactic would have been the better choice for the Penny Arcade guys to have taken rather than the “Team Dickwolves” shirts, although I did find that tactic funny as well.