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General Discussion / Re: Nice Terrorist Attack
« on: July 15, 2016, 01:43:45 am »
No, I want them to reform it. Reform how it's practiced. Who speaks on its behalf. And Islam has been on a warpath since day one. You can't blame George Bush for everything.

True, we can't.  But we can partially blame unnecessary Western influence on Muslim countries.

Also, stop invoking the fallacy of incomplete evidence.  Obviously you don't know the intentions of all one billion Muslims in the entire world, so stop trying to lump all of them together.

Maybe not all Nazis were anti-Semites, but the whole Nazi Party's goal was to eliminate the Jews and form the Third Reich.

The same cannot be said for all Muslims and the desire for Sharia law to become the law of the land.  Wahhabism, one of the more fundamental portions of Islam, is but one sect.

Susan B. Anthony was on the silver $1 coin, before it was redesigned and replaced (probably because it was too similar to the quarter) as the gold Sacagawea dollar (though indeed that itself has been largely unused. According to Wikipedia, only put into circulation 5 of the 16 years it's been minted.)

We should honestly do what Canada did. Get rid of the $1 bill completely and go with coinage.  That and ditch the penny.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: How to increase interest in hacking?
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:12:10 pm »

Maybe you're helping to push women away from the scene with that kind of sexist attitude?

General Discussion / Re: Did J.J. Abrams ruin Star Trek?
« on: February 21, 2016, 07:35:12 pm »
In Wrath of Khan they deteriorated his character into a completely inept madman who keeps getting bested by Kirk at every turn.

And they way they killed Spock was stupid.  And the entire movie was spaceship chess.  And Khan and Kirk never actually met face to face.

That movie had like the most epic setup and could have been truly amazing... but it just ended up being a whole lot of wasted potential.

I think you may have overlooked the point about Khan.  Khan was stuck on Ceti Alpha V for eighteen years and had been stewing over what happened, both to his followers and his wife.  He blames Kirk for what happened, even though Kirk had no idea that Ceti Alpha VI was going to explode and shift Ceti Alpha V's orbit and make the planet turn to shit.  Nor could Kirk anticipate the existence of the eel, which killed Kahn's wife.  Kahn obsessed over all of this for years and years and years.  He let his emotions rule over his "superior intellect".  He did, in fact, go mad with the desire for revenge.  This clouded his mind, plus his lack of knowledge on how Federation starships worked led to his downfall.

(As for the death of Spock... well, that's because Nimoy did not want to do any more Star Trek movies.)

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: At Long Last Women Run the Shadows too!
« on: October 21, 2015, 10:27:57 pm »
The author is allowed to say whatever. It's his art, but that doesn't change that they said it or that it has consequences or reactions.

I never said that what they wrote exists in a vacuum.  That said, just because you don't agree with what they wrote, doesn't mean you're right and they are wrong.  Nor does it mean that they shouldn't have brought up the issue in the first place.  That is totally their prerogative to do so, not yours to tell them what they can and cannot post/write/say/do. And before you say that's not what you meant...

If only the person in charge of writing news articles for hacks hadn't decided to bring up the issue in the first place.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: At Long Last Women Run the Shadows too!
« on: October 20, 2015, 08:10:55 pm »
Whoever it was that was responsible for the wording.

I think that the patch author is allowed to have whatever reason they want for creating the patch.  That and they should be allowed to state their intent for creating it.

Just because a group of people do not necessarily agree with authorial intent does not mean that that intent is diminished by any means.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: At Long Last Women Run the Shadows too!
« on: October 20, 2015, 05:25:39 pm »
If only the person in charge of writing news articles for hacks hadn't decided to bring up the issue in the first place.

You mean the patch author, right? 

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: At Long Last Women Run the Shadows too!
« on: October 19, 2015, 04:21:54 pm »

The KKK has murdered, raped and brutally tortured various people for virtually no reason. All Gamergate ever did at worst was troll and send out meaningless death threats.

the Gamergate problem could have been easily solved if the targets have simply turned off their computers and phones for a week. how such a pragmatic solution escaped these people I will never know. The internet as a whole has such a low attention span they would have moved on to something else or fizzled out entirely.

Yes, the KKK has murdered, raped and brutally tortured people. (Although, I wouldn't say it was for "no" reason.  The KKK had reasons for why they did what they did.  They were just insanely misguided.)

Except they aren't "meaningless death threats".  When people say "I'm going to shoot this place up if you give Anita Sarkeesan a platform to talk at.", that's not meaningless, even if the person who's issuing the threats may not have the agency to actually enact those threats.  My comparison to the KKK is in the fact that both Gamergate and the KKK try to silence their victims through intimidation through violence, real or imaginary. (Death threats, burning crosses, etc.)

Turning off their phones doesn't help.  The victims still got doxxed.  Their parents' got doxxed. Threats were sent to others.  It's akin to "Well, if I can't impact you, I'm going to fuck over the ones you love."  I was bullied in high school, and just walking away didn't always get the bully to stop.  In some cases, it made it worse.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: At Long Last Women Run the Shadows too!
« on: October 19, 2015, 10:46:10 am »
She did call GamerGate the "KKK of video games" and ask for FBI intervention.
I do realize that she (and others) have been at the receiving end of a lot of inexcusable abuse.
My point is that I feel she arrives at the "misogyny" conclusion too eagerly (and gamers have to endure torrents of demonization in the press as a result).

Case in point:

(I didn't create this, so don't blame me for calling her insane.)

Uh, considering at how much harassment and abuse that she and Anita Sarkeesian have received from Gators, I think her comparison to the KKK is plenty justified.  No one should suffer through death threats and constant harassment just because they think that the video game industry could be considered misogynistic and that they have a desire to see more games not fall in line with the same tropes day in, day out.

Gamers who don't agree with what Gators are doing should absolutely speak out against them if they're worried about being demonized. Ostracize those who do issue death threats or harass others for having a differing opinion.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: At Long Last Women Run the Shadows too!
« on: October 18, 2015, 08:56:16 pm »
There is never an absolute truth to personal taste and my comments never pretended to cover the whole population of women. The point that not all of them are so obsessed with gender still stands.

I never said that all women are "so obsessed with gender" issues and equality, nor did I claim that there is an absolute truth to personal tastes in video games.  All I was pointing out is that you said "most" of your female friends didn't care about gender issues in video games, and when I pointed that out, you said that you really meant "none". I mean, have you actually asked each of them what they thought of the issue or is your answer based on what you think they would all say? (Also, what would predicate that kind of discussion? :P )

Well alright, but I feel like you're changing the criteria from female protag to strong, main female protag here, which wasn't what the OP was talking about as I interpreted it. I take protagonist to mean one of the heroes and I do think Alys is a good example, but I agree that this is a relevant distinction that you make, as I've been pointing out before, because fleshed out and positive portrayals are much more important than what is basically a sprite swap of a male char. So I was asking about that in my first post.

Your definition of protagonist isn't in line with what the general definition is.  The protagonist is the main character.  (If we're going with that, Chas, not Alys, is the main character of PSIV.) Also, is it just a sprite swap or is in-game dialog and story modified to address the change from Joshua to Judith?  If it is the former and not the latter, than yes... I would agree that fleshed out and positive portrayals of female protagonists are more important.  On the other hand, if script changes were made, then I don't see how this is really a negative?

Regardless, I think what the OP has done is still pretty interesting and certainly shouldn't be treated derisively.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: At Long Last Women Run the Shadows too!
« on: October 18, 2015, 08:19:07 pm »
"Whether you're a female gamer who longs to play a classic Sega Genesis RPG as a character that you can identify with"
Is it not heavily implied here that there are no MD RPGs with a playable female char (which is wrong), and that they're needed for a female player to identify with a playable character (also wrong)? I think it's pretty clear.

Many RPGs of that era don't have strong female characters in them, especially on the MegaDrive.  I can honestly think of two on the top of my head, and Alys is not the protagonist of Phantasy Star IV, while Asha, from Monster World IV, is a strong female protagonist. (But MWIV was only released in Japan during the MD era, therefore Western audiences would not have been introduced to her.)

More like real life statistics. The minority doesn't actually exist, my "most of them" refers to the whole group of female friends of mine who do videogames. They don't bother with gender, they are more interested in the game itself. If they care about female protagonists, it's for other media.

It's still anecdotal though, Gemini. Your group of female friends is not representative of the entire female gaming community. Anecdotal evidence is bad.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: At Long Last Women Run the Shadows too!
« on: October 18, 2015, 05:23:56 pm »
Who cares? This would actually be a cool addition if it was a choice and didn't entirely replace the male PC.

Also this implication that women can't identify with male main characters or vice versa is stupid.

Except you have a choice.  Everything else about the game remains the same; therefore, if you play the original game unaltered, the protagonist remains male and nothing is lost.

Furthermore, the OP's statement states nothing which implies that women can't identify with male main characters, but that this is to give them a choice.

If this turns out to be a social experiment that ends up in another Brianna Wu article ("Misogyny in the romhacking scene is a serious problem, why isn't the FBI doing something?!") I'm going set myself on fire...

I can ask her if that's something she'd say, if you like.  Her point isn't that if a place is misogynistic that the FBI should be called, it's that when men are so resistive to opinions outside their community that they call for harassment and what not for someone who dares challenge their world views.

True that. Most female friends of mine who also play videogames don't really care to have a female character they can relate to, they simply like the game if the story is good and the protagonist is likeable.

Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal! :P  (Plus, the minority of your female friends who do care about that, should their opinion be dismissed?)

General Discussion / Re: Sunny days are nice
« on: May 24, 2015, 06:07:16 pm »
Summer is the worst.  Hate the humidity, hate the heat.  Give me the cold of winter any time.

¿sics, podría usted por favor, escriba en Inglés, ya que es un único foro Inglés?

Front Page News / Re: Translations: One Man's Misfortune is Another's Gain
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:17:04 pm »
There's another post out there claiming I'm a military AI running on a massively parallel mainframe somewhere, but no, I'm (sometimes I think unfortunately) human like the rest of you.


Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:28:22 pm »
What's up DS?!

Man... we haven't talked in 13 years!

I've been pretty good man. Turned things around after many years squandered in the Bay Area. Endless commuting and working at thankless jobs is all behind me now.

How have you been doing?

Not much, man.  Glad to hear you're doing well! :D 13 years?!  I can't believe it has been that long.  You should come to the IRC sometime.  (I "own" the RHDN chatroom, and we have a good community of regulars in there, if you're one for chatting.)

Oh, that’s not about the money; it’s about penance.

everything burns!

I didn't mean that the money they save from cutting Iwata's and other executive pay would equal out what Nintendo has lost.  My point is that Nintendo doesn't get what is causing them problems.  Cutting executive pay does not make up for the fact that the Wii U is doing horridly and that the 3DS is losing ground to smartphones and tablets.  Other executives have lost jobs at other corporations for lesser shellackings in the market place.  While I think it's cute that Nintendo apparently has faith in Iwata, I think it's misguided.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: February 01, 2014, 07:01:10 pm »
It was 2010 and I was sitting up on the third floor at Sega when some Genesis games for iPhone came into the department. I was assigned Ecco the Dolphin -- a game that I had never played back in the day.

The next few weeks were basically the same day repeated over and over: I'm trying to control a dolphin using "soft keys" on the touch screen, while my infamously sweaty hands result in less and less control of the device.

The difficulty of the game, my unfamiliarity with it, and my endless struggle to gain control resulted in an infuriating experience. The final level -- "Welcome to the Machine" -- pissed me off so much that I was cursing out loud and occasionally giving the desk a good punch. Total hell.

So the answer is no!

Avi!  I haven't seen you around since ICQ, and that was AGES ago.  How the hell are you?

Also, Nintendo just doesn't get why they fucked up, hence why they are cutting Iwata and others executives' pay.  And it's only temporary.  How the hell does that make up for the loss in revenue due to the Wii U?  Hint: It doesn't.

General Discussion / Re: So are you guys conservatives or liberals?
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:33:44 pm »
I am not sure I can get behind that line of thinking. However I will have to leave it there as such a thing immediately and unavoidably would end up in discussing what education is and how the current system is completely unsuitable for a lot of people.

No, seriously... Think about it.  If everyone went to college and received a college degree, someone out there would still have to do the menial tasks that exist.  Blue collar work would not just magically stop existing now that everyone has a college education.

General Discussion / Re: So are you guys conservatives or liberals?
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:04:06 am »

There are several fundamental issues with what you're saying though.  While the free market may indeed bounce back and fill in the gap that GM and Chrysler may have formed after they went "tits-up", it wouldn't have been an immediate thing.  It takes time for the other companies to ramp up production, if increased production would have even been called for.  In the meantime, millions of people would be unemployed.  (I say "millions" because it wouldn't have been just GM and Chrysler that would have been impacted, other companies in their supply chain would have their businesses disrupted or bankrupted.)

So, you're a free market proponent, but advocate getting a government handout for free education?  How does that work?  If everyone had a college degree, we'd still need people to flip burgers or clean the floors. Not everyone could be a CEO of a company. You should also love the Affordable Care Act as it practically gave billions of new dollars to the health care industry.  Everyone has to sign up for health coverage through private insurance agencies?  That's no different than requiring people to have car insurance when they want to drive a car.

When has the US government tried to restrict your internet content exactly?

The government shutdown cost us billions of dollars. So you're advocating waste?

As for Donald Trump for president, that idea is incredibly laughable.  The man was born into money, has declared bankruptcy many times over and is thought to be inflating his own self-worth.  He didn't "do" his own work to get where he is.  Having a pretty piss poor understanding of economics, foreign policy, internal policy, other than "I've made 'billions'. My opponent is from Kenya." is very embarrassing. Understanding economics is only a small portion of the presidency, or any legislature at that.  (Not to mention that Donald Trump and other corporate giants are willing to be and have been unethical in the pursuit of gaining more assets.)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:16:56 pm »
Yeah, Nintendo is getting a beating in the stock market today.  -17% change in one day is horrible for any company.

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