Easy Mode Blues

I never really understood Alan Keyes.

Let’s face facts. The majority of black people in the USA are poor due to the social and economic pressures of American society. Simply declaring racism to be over does not stop racism. And we live in a strange world where we can accept that different coloured horses don’t run at different speeds but cannot apply that same logic to human beings.

It is often said that if life were a videogame, then easy mode would be straight, white, male and rich.

And let’s from what you can see through the lens of distance. [Read more…]

Hags of Lag – Guns don’t kill, Games Do

A lot of what we do as people who play games has harmed our image. A lot of the ideas and stereotypes about us are from the behaviour of our online players.

The idea of gamers as nowt but childish, sexist, racist children is harming us.

And people have noticed, we aren’t a group of pariahs who were left to their own devices. Dianne Feinstein, A California Senator who is pushing gun control legislation in the US Congress on Wednesday addressed her constituents at the Commonwealth Club. There she warned about the glorification of big, powerful guns and indeed thereatened that Congress may have to step in and do something about it. [Read more…]

In Defence of Jim Carrey

I know I give the rubbery faced anti-vax kook a lot of grief for his beliefs, but this that’s because he deserves it for that.

But Ted “Yosemite Sam” Nugent is an idiot.

Dear America. Before we start. The correct argument for using guns is “Guns are Cool”. Not that guns somehow reduce your murder rate or your suicide rate or magically overthrow governments… But they are COOL. You get to go somewhere and fire them off and feel a little bit neandrathal about yourself. Well done.

However the problem is when your spokesmen for guns shouldn’t be allowed ANYWHERE NEAR ONE. It’s a sad fucking day when Jim Carrey comes off as saner than you. The man thinks the human body functions by magic! You would have to set the limbo bar pretty fucking low to out crazy him.

But Nugent if nothing manages to limbo under the bar of all good taste. [Read more…]

Hags of Lag – Learn to Report Honestly

The Hollywood Reporter’s taken an “interesting” stance on Adam Lanza (the American School Shooter at Sandy Hook)

Note how they blame Videogames (I will point out? There is a reason why we want our gamer population to behave a bit more “sensibly”. Because calling people fags and various racist things makes us an easy fucking target for stupid arguments like this. Because when they want to go find a “gamer” all they see is you sprouting lines about niggers and kikes, pakis and dykes… Do you really think that makes you a good representative for the Hobby?).

See the problem here is The Holywood Reporter is engaging in bullshit journalism. And you cannot let it go unanswered because journalism spreads information. If the information is bad then “fuck!”.

Adam Lanza played video games because he lived in a western nation where video game play is common. If he was “influenced” by Anders Breivik killed people because he was a neo-nazi with a fucking delusion. He was straight up mentally ill. He believed in some sort of plot and specifically targetted people to “destroy” the plot. His entire world view was one of hate and malice and fear. In his mind he was justified in killing so many innocent people because that’s the problem with a delusion. He wasn’t fighting for a high score, but to achieve something that he thought would be achieved through this behaviour.

Adam Lanza is a symptom of a very very american disease of “running amok”. I do love the fact the article thinks you can fire a gun just because you play a game. Really? I have raced cars around Silverstone on Gran Turismo but no one’s going to give me a F1 during the next Grand Prix.

That’s right. Let’s look at DRIVING in games. Does your car have a WASD key? Does it go forward when you press up on the arrow keys? Do you slide around when you press the spacebar as a handbrake? No? Funny how a game can teach you to shoot a gun at people but not how to drive.

The Staff at Hollywood Reporter

Hags of Lag – Guns don’t Kill People, Videogames Do

The USA loves scapegoating. The lack of technological acumen within the US government makes them prone to scapegoat things that aren’t really the issue.

You shouldn’t blame sexting on mobile phones, you should blame it on a culture that encourages the sexualisation of children and teenagers. And US Senator Lamar Alexander should know better than to blame video games for being a bigger problem than guns.

Video Games don’t affect people. We aren’t stupid. 

In fact if we look through US History the total number of shootings has gone down year after year yet fear of getting shot has risen to a fever pitch. The USA still buys and sells massive amounts of guns to it’s civilians who think that guns keep them safe when it really is more down to legal policy.

It’s fear that drives gun sales and it is the accessibility of lethal weapons that drive the US murder rate. Not pixels on a screen.

And is anyone surprised that he is a big fan of the NRA?

What a Rush – Don’t agree with Idiots, it makes you look like one too

I ran into the link at Patheos on Bill Blankschaen’s blog (Bill in the Blanks).

And he agreed with the incredibly moronic comment on Rush Limbaugh’s show. It’s so stupid that I have to warn you to sit down lest the stupidity strike you down with a vicious blow. This is weapon’s grade stupidity, pure baloneyium so refined that unleashing it at MENSA would result in the formation of a generation of Darwin Award winners. [Read more…]

Yosemite Sam

For many people across the world one of the stereotypes of Americans is “Gun Totting Cowboy”. And now there is even more reason to buy into the Yosemite Sam stereotype

Oh Rick! We are are laughing at you, not with you. Prayer doesn’t stop bullets, if it did we would be building our tanks with Bibles.

In Defence of Piers Morgan

You know what? Someone has to do it… So I accept. I have an ulterior motive for this defence of Mr. Morgan…

We worked so hard to get rid of him, we don’t want him back…

Right… without further adieu, let’s plunge into this latest and greatest moronic pile of tripe courtesy of Larry Elder… I call shenanigans on this pile of utter wank on the basis of a simple grasp of American Law which the average “patriot” seems to forget. We dislike Morgan because he is an odious twit who’s barely legal usage of the paparazzi to dig dirt for his fish and chip wrapper of a paper. We dislike him because he was complicit in the phone hacking scandal. He is everything that is wrong with modern journalism and an emblem of tabloid journalism.

However the hate he receives has to be legit, not the moronic screed of a thousand “Patriots” who forget the laws of their own country! Jeffrey? Fetch me my fighting trousers…

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Hags of Lag – Murder Machine

The NRA had their press conference few days ago. We all kind of knew this was coming, and the NRA generally wait for a bit before unleashing blame on pretty much everything apart from the guns they so love after tragedies like this. I am dealing mainly with the backlash against video games, music and movies. To be fair they also blamed Mental Illness (demanding that we create a database of the mentally ill while using language that invokes the spirit of Bethlem Hospital) and suggested that the solution to guns is more guns. These were both covered by other FTBloggers (FTBullies! Sorry!!!) so I shall go for something that I am passionate about. I agree that this is the least serious thing they blamed, but it is still incorrect and trying to fob the blame off on the arts and media.

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