Thunderf00t – Looks like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck

You know? A lot of us used to be Thunderfoot fans. And I have come a fair way since then.

Now  here is the thing? Youtube is simply an easier medium to view than a blog. It’s hard to make rebuttals, it’s good for a dialogue but not for a good fisking. In effect it is a monologue. You guys can comment (and I know I get around 600 or so readers per page these  days which means that the vast majority of you are silent! Please! I encourage dialogue and I understand this place is very wild west but comment if you like and think you can add to the discussion)

But Thunderfoot’s taking on “feminism” under the guise of skepticism. I was torn between this and A Voice for Men and I figured that I may as well do this first.  [Read more...]

A Voice For Me! – Janet Bloomfield and #Gamergate Slander Anita Sarkeesian using Anime

Let us be clear on this. I am a nerd. When I write about this, I feel the need to prove my geek side.

I love a lot of nerdy things. I used to do table top games ranging from Pathfinder and D&D to things like obscure games. If you talked to me about Lunch Money, I would mention Beer Money. If you asked me about gaming? I would point out that I spent most of my school lunch hours playing Soul Calibur and Power Stone. I played played Warhammer. I lived in the arcade heavy parts of the Middle East. I am not an expert gamer with some fancy rig but I do know my Grand Theft Autos from my Saint’s Row. [Read more...]

Hags of Lag – Sarkeesian

It’s no secret that women in the geek industry constantly have to demonstrate their credentials above and beyond the call that is normally expected. When I say I read comics, no one demands to find out if I read Archie or not.

What we have is a problem. #Gamergate demonstrates it quite well. There are people making a fairly daft argument. That feminists are evil because Zoe Quinn who made Depression Quest (A Free to Play Game) slept with a games reviewer who never even reviewed her game. And this apparently is the death knell of game writing. [Read more...]

Hags of Lag – Videogames and Suicide

During the February half term, William Menzies died.

He went up to his room after lunch. 3 hours later he was found asphyxiated. He had hung himself after tying his hands behind his back. According to his brother, William was in a happy mood and there were no warning signs of depression.

Menzies death has rocked the local community. MY local community. He died in Altrincham. I drink at the Unicorn and the Classroom if readers want to come give me company over a pint.

He went to my old school.  [Read more...]

Hags of Lag – Promise

In Korea, e-sports are a “big deal”. They are the equivalent of our football players or basketball players. We may consider video games as a simple way to kill time but many  Koreans play the game like a sport. And one of the biggest games is League of Legends. I am on the North American Server as AvicennaLast (JT Eberhard is also there with me if you fancy a go as are some of my readers).

[warning]Trigger Warning – Suicide Attempt[/warning]

Like football, talented 15 year olds are trained until the age of 17 and then unleashed on the world on a professional scale. And like football there are wonderkids. [Read more...]

Would you play a game where the protagonist was a Nazi?

It’s a rather “puzzling” surprise to many readers that I do play games. While poking around someone asked me a question.

Why can’t you play a game as a Nazi? Why can’t you play a WW2 game where you play as the “baddies”. I thought about it and I do have a genuine answer as to why that is possible but why no one would take the risk.

But we did play a Call of Duty game where we played the “Historic Bad Guys” (but at the time good guys). We played as Russians in the first two Call of Dutys, back when it was about showing the viewpoint of historical soldiers. Who here played Call of Duty 2 and forgot the training mission where you learnt to fight with potatoes because grenades are expensive, you are not.

So would someone ever make a game where you played one of the Axis powers in WW2?  [Read more...]

Tea Party Needs to Check their Sources

This year saw the release of Bioshock Infinite. A game about choice and about racism and indeed a game that was well loved and well appreciated.

But it is set in a floating city of racists. Where White Racists used a black, Irish and Native American population to run their floating utopia. The sense of small town America in the sky breaking apart when you first have to stone (well throw baseballs at) people guilty of the crime of “miscegenation”. And you slowly delve into a world powered by racism and oppression.

A part of the Tea Party and the “Patriots” of the USA didn’t check their source. [Read more...]

Hags of Lag – Racism, Riot and the Gaming Community

These are one of the least viewed threads. I know because a lot of atheists don’t play games.

I do. But one of the problems in “games” is pretending to be white.

You pretend to be white, male and straight online. Because Pacman help you if they find out.

A woman? You are fat, ugly or slutty. Black? Nigger! Jew? Every single anti-semitic term possible as if it was Black (armband?) Friday at the Nazi store. [Read more...]