A Response to Gamer Gate

Avi, your current post has lots of topics, tangents, culs de sac, and other offshoots, so it’s kinda hard to decide where to dip one’s toe. I would like to dip my toe into your first topic: the importance of ethics in games journalists.

Its funny how no one else has problems reading my work. Sure it’s a crummy blog filled with spelling errors and grammatical mistakes but here is the thing? Everyone seems to get it and LIKE it.

Okay. Let’s discuss ethics in games then. [Read more…]

Ethics in Gaming

I am surprised in general about the whole ethics in games journalism.

Oh I agree that games journalism has problems. Games Journalists don’t make the sort of money they need to review games so are reliant on free handouts. This isn’t a bad thing, most game reviewers of note are pretty biased but they make their biases clear. We have PS4 junkies and XBox Junkies and and PC Gamers all promoting their “master” system.

BUT here is the thing? We have always known that. We listen to the game reviewers of our choice as they share the same biases.

Okay? Gaming is a Subjective Medium. There are people who are enthralled by the plots of games, there are people who don’t mind sprite graphics and clunky interfaces and learning curves akin to rock climbing walls rather than gentle hills. Guess what? These gamers aren’t going to take advice from the Call of Duty Shooter Reviewer. Likewise we have reviewers such as Yahtzee whose snark adds to the experience of the review.  [Read more…]

Rage Against the Machine

It is no surprise that the policeman who shot and killed Michael Brown was not indicted.

I don’t think there is a riot in Ferguson. I think it is just “Hijinks”. After all boys will be boys? I am sorry? Are we reporting two cases of rioting in different ways? Is it okay to riot due to an out of control pumpkin festival but not if you have to argue about the rights of the police?

Activism among White Kids is more acceptable. Possibly because it’s a more genteel form.  It’s people angry about GMOs and Global Warming. But when people of colour get angry about things it generally doesn’t end well. We aren’t portrayed as passionate, we are portrayed as dangerous.

And there are some problems with the dialogue about this. Yes, even among atheists we see the problem. If there was any indicator of “you don’t get it”, there are enough of us who don’t get why people are so angry.

There is a puzzling notion that people should ALWAYS peacefully protest. I agree, peaceful protest is ideal but sometimes it is not possible. The point of powerful pacifist protest is to break the law. Willingly and Deliberately break the law. It is marching miles to make salt. It is purposefully sitting in the wrong seat. It is assembling after curfew.  [Read more…]

I am not an atheist because the world is filled with pretty pretty things

Bruce Tallman’s shot at atheism is kind of interesting, so I figured it could do with a response.

Suffering is the rock atheists stand on. If there is a God, why is there so much suffering? Good question. Theologians have been coming up with answers to that for centuries.

Hardly. I stand on the rock of “no evidence for gods”. It’s a much handier rock to stand on than “the existence of suffering”. No one ever said god has to be good.  [Read more…]

White Guilt Trip

 

 

Apparently it is Thanksgiving season in America.

Yes, I get the history of Thanksgiving. I understand a fair amount of it. It’s a festival by the colonists of the USA and it ignores some of the atrocities committed in the name of colonisation to portray a family friendly version of Pilgrims and Natives sitting down to a joint dinner. I get it. But the problem here is the defensiveness that comes from this. [NSFW ads on mine on that link BTW] [Read more…]

Banning Creationism in Science Classrooms is NOT dangerous

I am rather puzzled by the presence of creationists in Scotland, in general, the UK’s education is very good with regards to science. Creationism was discussed in passing as a joke and it is a joke. It is not fit for being taught in science any more than astrology has a place being taught in class.

But it’s kind of weird seeing this piece in Herald Scotland. Maybe the UK’s been so bereft of creationists that we can’t see the damage they can cause?

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