Who Bullies the Bullies?

anita-sarkeesian-screenshot-0Anita Sarkeesian was at this year’s VidCon, and… well… she didn’t like being challenged by someone questioning if she actually believed what she preaches in videos. She then went on to possibly violate VidCon’s harassment policies during a panel on harassment, calling someone who was attending her panel, Sargon Of Akkad, a ‘Garbage Person’ and a ‘Shit Head.’ I guess Anita bullies the bullies? Sargon did not even ask her a question, but was sitting near the front with his entourage. I first learned of this situation from Philip DeFranco’s video on VidCon, which you can find below:

I just learned that Boogie2988 was on this same panel on Harassment, and apparently Anita and Boogie butted heads near the end, and she yelled at him because, once again… Anita does not accept people who challenge her on a philosophical level. Boogie talks about this in this video below. Keep in mind, the two ended up talking to each other immediately afterwords, and they are on okay terms. Apparently though he isn’t a white cys male of privilege because he is bullied for obesity? Awesome… so do I no longer have to check my privileges anymore?

Before I watched that, I had watched Troy Leavitt‘s piece on what Ms Sarkeesian’s legacy will be, which can be found here, you guessed it, below. Also, please note that Troy Leavitte is on the game development side of things.

I feel at this point that this is just a game of tag, because now I go back to DeFranco talking about how Vid Con handled the situation of Sarkeesian v. Sargon:

So, apparently MundaneMatt was one of the people with Sargon at Vid Con.

I just… I can’t. Anita Sarkeesian does not allow people to comment on her videos, so people made videos instead. They had a chance to see and hear her in person, so they did. Of course they did. Why wouldn’t they? She refuses to discuss or debate with anyone from a different philosophy.

So… yeah. Here’s the cyber bullying panel.

Women play video games?

eqkcjusnmpxgbigKirk Hamilton, of Kotaku, has suggested in an article that women play video games! Shocking, right? Apparently, it isn’t just the super attractive ones that pose with their collections completely covering their bodies either. Huh.

Hamilton’s article discusses the main problem at hand: when it comes to things such as E3, people treat women as if they know nothing about video games, even if they are.. you know… games journalists.

While yeah, this obviously is a thing that is happening, why does it happen?

sarkeesiancollege1.) My sister or childhood friend used to play video games, but got out of it outside of childhood because other people considered it ‘not cool.’ She then focused on things that would make her cool… beauty products, musicians, clothes, etc

  • Yeah, there is some truth to this claim, but I think we forget that women who did this as girls still came back to gaming. Some through MMO’s like World of War Craft, others with ‘casual’ games such as Tetris, Candy Crush, or most recently Super Mario Run. Nintendo attracted many of this demographic back with Nintendo Wii, and Apple and Google has since made sure to retain them. This leads us to…

mqdefault2. Yeah… but they only play games like… DDR, Let’s Dance, casual mobile games, JRPG’s, or whatever game that I do not play, hence they are not as hardcore as I am.

  • Gamers, male or otherwise, are elitist and love whatever niche their games are in, whither that genre is FPS, Fighting Games, or yes… even Puzzle games. We as a group need to grow up.People tend to forget that there was a time when my favorite genre,  2D fighting games, had fallen out of favor while 3D fighters such as Soul Calibur hadn’t. I felt ignored, quite honestly, and because of that I was not gaming as much. In fact, outside of college settings, I do not play as many games as I used to despite there being more and more fighting games each year, potentially due to their fall. Now that other niche genres are coming back such as JRPG, Rhythm, etc, a lot of the women who had stopped gaming are coming back and we have to stop questioning it. They always existed, but were at best ignored, and at worst disrespected.

You know you_re a real gamer, when this as no effect on you!3. But they are still just here to… you know… look hot and distract us… cause… you know… we…

  • A lot of us male gamers got ignored by girls/women when we got pimples and due to gaming gained some weight. Somehow though, we gained this ego that because women cosplay or play games on twitch, that they are doing this somehow to gain our male attention.Partially? Yes but no? Twitch users, yeah, they want that money. The Frag Dolls probably wanted any attention when they were together and played Halo, not caring if it was horny nerds or women wanting to celebrate girl power?

zeldaBottom line, I agree that there are of course women gaming, and that men have been really bad at times when it comes to reacting to them. I’m guilty of this as well, when I learned that a female teenage co-worker played Call of Duty. I admitted that I was surprised, but it was just that she played that particular game was all.

Because I do not think well of Call of Duty.

Because it doesn’t have Mai Shiranui in it.

Fight me.

Every Single Female Ghostbuster (That I know of)

I tried to make this list in somewhat chronological order, but eh… I haven’t watched/read/played all of these entries into Ghostbusters that they are from. Instead of having an incomplete list of things some of them having done, I’ve just listed each one. Anyways, hopefully this is helpful to… someone.

Janine – Real Ghostbusters
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Kylie – Extreme Ghostbusters & Comic
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Rookie (Player 2)/Maddie Collins – Ghostbusters The Video Game (Wii) & Comic
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Lucy – Toy
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Bridget Gibbons – Sanctum of Slime & Comic

Special Ageny Melanie Ortiz – Comic
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Patricia “Patty” Tolan, Dr. Abigail “Abby” Yates, Dr. Erin Gilbert, Dr. Jillian “Holtz” Holtzmann – Ghostbuster: Answer The Call
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???? & ???? – Ghostbusters (2016) Video Game

No real reason for this list, just wanted to do it. Also, did you know that there is currently a crossover comic with the all female cast and the original character called Ghostbusters 101? The more you know, right?

46a378b6cf916d4326e47b11e65db1abAt what age are you considered an adult? Some might argue 17, others 18, while some even claim 21. Let me ask you this simpler question… at what age should we allow people to marry in this country? In some states an 11 year old can be married off. Isn’t that awesome? In New Jersey, the age is 14, due to Governor Chris Christie striking down a bill that would have made it 18.

While I love me some Sailor Moon, we can all agree that girls people under the age of… let’s argue 17 with parental consent, should not be getting married, as… let’s face it, we have NO idea what the world actually is like until… probably 25 after our brain is fully developed.

That whole ‘parental consent’ thing though can be tricky though, when it is more like parental coercion.

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In Florida, there is no legal minimum age set to marry. Sherry Johnson was raped at a young age by members of her church, and she was forced into marriage. She had a baby at 10. In fact, she had 9 children in a marriage that she was tricked and forced into by parents and clergy as she missed Elementry School! The marriage somehow did not last! *gasp* Now she fights for Florida to have a minimum age.

New York Times’ did an amazing article on Sherry Johnson, child marriage, and the ongoing battles to end it that can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/opinion/sunday/it-was-forced-on-me-child-marriage-in-the-us.html?_r=0

Not so happy Throwback Thursday

Wb2tfcartoonhat is peace and when was the last time The United States was at peace? I had this philosophical question pop into my mind while at work today. When was the last time we as a country were at peace and how long were we there?

The Gulf War ended in February of 1991 and then we helped during the Iraqi Kurdish Civil War in 96. So for like, 5 years or so, The U.S. was not actively in war or supporting someone in war. That’s kind of depressing.

I’ve been alive for 32 years, and counting the cold war which ended in 89, there have only been 5 years of peace for my country.