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Fed Up With Gamergate


 

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OK, I have had it with Gamergate discussions.

I understand that you may not like Anita Sarkeesian. You may think that some of Zoe Quinn’s personal choices were not to your liking.

Yadda.

Yadda.

Yadda.

Tell it to the effing hand.

This stopped being about any of that stuff, or about pro and con arguments about feminism in gaming, when critics began THREATENING TO RAPE AND MURDER PEOPLE AND BLOW UP AUDITORIUMS. That argument is done. Over. Finis. The period has been added to the discussion and it is full stop, move along to the next paragraph. The end.

In the future I am not going to put up with any sort of wishy washy “This is terrible and no one should have to have this happen, BUT….” I don’t care what the “but” is. There’s no equivocating on this issue. There’s no justifying, explaining, or rationalizing. People who threaten the lives of Anita Sarkeesian, who post private photos of Zoe Quinn, who for-the-love-of-god threaten massacres rather than let them speak are WRONG. They are scum, dirtbags, terrorists, vile and hateful individuals. And if you can’t say that without also feeling the need to post your critique of Sarkeesian or Quinn or the others – SHOVE THE FUCK OFF.

You aren’t a supporter.

You aren’t a sympathizer.

You aren’t helping.

You’re just a sleazy little dirtbag trying to slip a dagger into these women on the sly by flying a false flag.

Piss off.

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Another day, and Boyd the Rapist and the other players with rapey names are still active in Forge of Empires as far as I can tell.  Despite moderator claims that the players were being “dealt with” I have yet to see any sort of tangible result.

This is starting to piss me off.

I wrote to Innos Games this morning and reported the problem, and the mods who have supposedly been “handling” it.  We’ll see if that gets any sort of response.

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Dirty little secret


Pickseestixx, brave goblin warrior!

I have a dirty little secret.

I have been playing World of Warcraft.

My online game of choice for many years has been City of Heroes.  I last played World of Warcraft back in 2005, liked it for awhile, and then found its insane level of popularity and the grinding needed to get the really good stuff, and the fact that I so often had to team with total assholes and jerks, to be a little too much for me to put up with.  Off I went to Paragon City, and really haven’t looked back much since.

But lately my friend and long-time MMORPG partner JR confessed to me that she had gotten back into World of Warcraft.  It was a very tentative admission.  Back in the day (meaning 2005) she had vehemently pushed for us to shift over to City of Heroes due to some issues with World of Warcraft, particularly farming and grinding.  She was convinced that I would give her shit about getting back into it.

And I will – oh yes, I will.

But in any event, I had been getting sick of City of Heroes, and World of Warcraft seemed like a good change of pace, so I went back.

One of the first things that I noticed is that the game does not seem to be taking itself as seriously as it did before.  Perhaps it is just that one of the new races – goblins – is madcap and zany.  We make crazy inventions, our mounts are motorcycles, our favored form of long range transport is a big rocket, and our form of government is essentially an organized crime cartel formed around the manufacture and sale of a soft drink.  Quests I have undertaken so far include such things as taking an orphan orc out for a day of fun, fighting Alliance paratroopers (yes, you read that right) and flying a goblin fighter plane (yes, you read that right too).  Crazy stuff.

From the feel of the game, I can tell it’s been around awhile.  The interface doesn’t feel quite so clean as City of Heroes, and that has caused me some problems in targeting and movement, though I am gradually getting used to them (watching JR zip around, I have to remind myself that she has months more experience than I do).  Some of the more complex stuff, like rolling for special loot items and figuring out how to activate certain quest items, still leaves me baffled for a few minutes each time I do it until I can remember the interface again.

Still, I’m having a blast with it.  Running around stabbing night elves (the poncy gits!), learning to cook and fish and mine and do first aid again (well I remember now just how much time you can spend in World of Warcraft just sitting on a pier fishing), learning new abilities and talents, finding my way around Ogrimmar (the most confusing MMORPG city EVAR!) and all that other stuff.

At the moment Blizzard is making a special “Scroll of Resurrection” offer – if you want to revive your account I can send you a scroll of resurrection, which activates your account for 7 days, gives you a free server transfer, and boosts one of your characters to level 80 (with new gear and everything to match).  If you are interested drop me a line, and we can game sometime.

FOR THE HORDE!

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