Anita Sarkeesian update

Anita_SarkeesianPolygon had Anita Sarkeesian reminisce about her time in the great geek culture war known as Gamer Gate… and… eh? I don’t know what to say?

There were at least 5 sides to Gamer Gate.

  1. People who were using the argument about ethics in games journalism as an excuse to get away with attacking/threatening women
  2. The women who were attacked
  3. The gamers who actually cared about ethics in games journalism
  4. Journalists
  5. The Game Industry

The third group was dooped by the first group to help attack the second, fourth, and fifth group. That’s clear. What people tend to forget though, is that the fifth group is well… an amoral group that will side with communist China to make a buck, so the idea that they would actively chastise the first and third group for going after just the second and fourth group is just kind of a stretch?

zeldapeachanitafem“You! The people who give us money! Stop attacking the people who want to give us money one day if we made our games differently!”

Phil Fish, Indie game creator of Fez, defended Zoe Quinn and he and his company Polytron were hacked, and important documents were leaked, and he ended up trying to sell Polytron and getting completely out of gaming… yet she argues that the gaming industry didn’t speak out during all of this.

I’m not much of a fan of youtuber Matt Jarbo, formerly known as Mundane Matt, but he was a Gamer Gater, and has experiences with Anita, and has tracked her career for 8 years.

Anita’s continued involvement in Gamer Gate is a political and financial one. Negative backlash while probably terrible for her mental health, makes her projects a lot of money typically, and she’s leaving this decade not as important as she was at the beginning of it, so if she stir’s the chamber pot and has people talking a little bit about her and Gamer Gate again, she will raise some money for her endeavors.

anita-sarkeesian*sigh* I’m only upset because she could literally be crowdfunding to raise money for scholarships for women who want to get into the game industry, or to help build an indie studio or something that would change the game industry for the  better, instead of trying to build her importance.

Sorry for the lack of updates.

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I’ve been really stressed out lately what with KickVic, my car getting hit, a forced promotion making work stressful, and the holidays in general. Also, being an American, I have no idea what the hell they are doing in DC. I’m upset too much when I see a Make America Great Again / Keep America Great hats, yet too afraid to wear a Andrew Yang’s MATH hat. Oh, the times we live in.

Seriously though, if you haven’t googled Andrew Yang yet, check him out. He’s running for President, and has some interesting ideas.

To make it up to everyone, how about I show people random photos from the history of the blog?

It’s been a crazy decade.

Happy 25th Anniversary, Playstation!

psxMy time with Sony’s original Playstation was not a very long one. The system came out December 3, 1994… in Japan, when I was 9 years old. In my American reality, the system hit when I was 10 on September 9, 1995. I remember arguing the pro’s and con’s of what would eventually be called the PSX and the N64 at school despite not owning either. I believe we got the Playstation when I was 11 in 1996?

I remember my brother being upset that we got Moto Grand Prix (Moto Grand Prix 2 in Japan), and thought it was because he had mentioned Gran Turismo, which was NOT out yet… so maybe?

168937-tomb-raider-ii-playstation-back-coverI remember my sister playing games like Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil with her boyfriend while I played games like the demos for Gex and Croc. Crash Bandicoot was amazing, PaRappa… … … Mortal Kombat Trilogy… I could go on and on… but you know what? ours broke somehow, and I think my sister’s friend convinced me to give him our games so he could sell it and I never saw a dime of that so yeah… no more Tomb Raider 1 & 2 for me.

All of that said… I owned Duke Nukem 3D, and it was amazing on PSX.

Mortal Kombat TrilogyWe rented games a lot in my house, so it’s hard to remember what games we actually had. Later on, I’d know “1337” anime gamers who played Lunar, every FFVII on the system, etc. while I was playing SNES, Gameboy Color, N64, Dreamcast, Gamecube, and PS2. Meanwhile the real elite gamers that I was unaware of were importing Saturn games.

The Playstation original did not do much for me, except build a cheaper library to play games on PS2, and complain about weaker Capcom ports as I played the superior Dreamcast version of fighting games!

psx memory cardThis system, to me, was a necessary move to get us to Playstation 2. It had a descent library, but I’m not nostalgic for the plastic shell. A lot of it’s games were good though. Ah the curse of Backwards compatibility.