bushpusherr's forum posts

#1 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

Thank you. For the record, I don't think Giant Bomb is the worst site in the internet. ^^ I'm trying to share an opinion about GB as a flashpoint for wider industry problems with gender dynamics.

Look at my avatar. I wrote almost all the Space Channel 5 wiki and Parasite Eve wiki. I've paid for years, until this site did not stand by Samantha Allen. If I'm talking about this site, it's because I care about this site.

Just in the interest of clarity, do you mean that they didn't stand by Samantha fast enough? Or that the letter from the Editor to the community after that situation was actually inadequate? If I'm not mistaken, that incident was what kicked off (or at least hastened) the revision of the community rules, and the beefing up of moderation to make this a more inclusive place.

#2 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

@ben_h said:

@bushpusherr said:

Post mortems with developers.

I realize this would be super difficult to find scenarios where developers could speak freely about projects without feeling worried about repercussions, but even hearing stories about non-dramatic development situations is super interesting.

Yeah. The Brad Muir and Dave Lang TNTs they had were great. I found the horror stories about working on Backstage Assault really interesting.

Yeah, those as well as the "Building the Bastion" series are specifically what I was thinking of. Offering a peek behind the curtain can give people some really valuable perspective.

#3 Edited by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

I fucking love Giant Bomb, you guys are the best.

Also, as a bonus, if you want to hear what the team thinks about journalistic ethics in this industry divorced from the toxicity of GamerGate, feel free to listen to this:

GiantBomb has always been one of the good guys.

#4 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

Post mortems with developers.

I realize this would be super difficult to find scenarios where developers could speak freely about projects without feeling worried about repercussions, but even hearing stories about non-dramatic development situations is super interesting.

#5 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

I was pretty skeptical at first, but the more I hear of it, the more I like it. The tone and delivery of his lines in the newest Quiet trailer really got me on board.

#6 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

"Dear people acting like shit on the internet in the name of Giant Bomb: You don’t represent us or our community. Stop it."

How come Giant Bomb can distance itself from its shadier side, while GamerGate isn't allowed to?

Because the staff at Giant Bomb are in charge of the website. They set the example for the community, they are ultimately in charge of the moderation of the site, and they set the standards for what is welcome and unwelcome and actively weed out elements of the community that don't align with that vision.

There is no such authority within the GamerGate movement. There is no leadership, no accountability, and no clear vision or definition.

#7 Edited by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

@rorie said:

@thefriend said:

@defaultprophet: It's not a tactic. Anyone can use the GG hashtag and say whatever they want. It doesn't mean we agree with what they are doing. And if we as a group do not agree with said person's behavior, then why would we consider them to be a part of GG?

Who gets to determine the opinion of "the group?" Is there some leadership council working to hash this stuff out?

This is exactly what I mean by the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. Without leadership, there is no accountability, and no authority on who qualifies as a valid member of the movement, or what the group's intentions and ambitions are.

#8 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

All I keep seeing in defense of GamerGate is the application of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. If the movement really is centered around the use of a hashtag on twitter that anyone and everyone has access to, then how can anyone really say who is and is not a "true" member of the GamerGate community. The hashtag means whatever the user of it wants it to mean. It just so happens that a lot of people are using it to spread hate and abuse, and there is no leadership in place to define the "true" intentions of the group, or to reprimand those who fall out of line.

Also, appending the word "gate" to everything to denote corruption is a really great way for me to dismiss you out of hand. It's wanting.

#9 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

I'm probably not going to take any group seriously that appends the word "gate" to something else in an effort to flag it as corrupt. It comes off as totally wanting and desperate, and at this point is associated more with bullshit drummed up controversies than the legitimate corruption from Watergate.

I don't think there's a problem with "games journalism" overall, it's enthusiast press anyway. Find people you trust, ignore the rest. Regardless, get rid of the word "gate," otherwise I'm never going to take this "movement" seriously.

#10 Posted by bushpusherr (852 posts) -

If you have the 3-Knife skill, 5-hit streak for specials, and 2 specials per hit steak abilities, you can pretty much take out any captain easily by building your kill streak with the knives, and then just spamming Wraith Flash. Works just as well for crowd control if the guy has a gang with him too.