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#1 Edited by posh (636 posts) -

I don't want to cause any arguments, so try to answer me in as close to a one-word answer as you can. Do people in America, outside of racially motivated killings, think of people in terms of being a person of color or person without color all the time? A few times I've heard Austin refer to someone as being a person of color, when I wouldn't have thought that it was notable at all. It might just be me being a person without color and Austin being an American person of color, but it's just not something I think about.

person of colour is the generally accepted term for non-white, and race is often relevant, but might appear irrelevant to white people concerning things like representation where it has never seemed to be an issue. i'm european, it's used a lot outside america too

#2 Edited by posh (636 posts) -

great article, and so refreshing reading these comments. it was only like a year ago that I felt like I couldn't look at giant bomb comments sections for any article that wasn't explicitly and exclusively about games

#3 Posted by posh (636 posts) -

@imsh_pl said:

@posh said:

you missed the point completely - i wasn't questioning the severity of either, and there's no need to discuss whether "rape is worse than murder" or vice versa, that's a stupid, pointless argument. the idea is that audiences - especially gaming ones - are mature enough to know that murder is bad, but not necessarily that all rape is bad. this is why rape is a sensitive issue, because people are still raped, have their perpetrator go on trial and have them get off scot-free. yes, this happens with murder obviously but with rape it's a huge problem that silences its victims - mostly women, who find themselves silenced and attacked by gaming audiences anyway. the entire point is much larger than this and deserves a space where it won't be unnecessarily scrutinised by people who'll never agree

I know that this topic is largely connected with things like the social perception of what's right and wrong, which is a purely theoretical and unquantifiable concept, but I'm not just gonna let you get away with a statement like this. Please tell us on what do you base the claim that gaming audiences don't know that rape is bad (at least they don't know it on the scale compared to murder).

i said "all rape" (not just rape) because audiences tend to have their own definitions as to what rape is, things to do with the ambiguity of consent etc. this enables "ordinary people" to rape even when they think they're not. this cannot be said for murder

#4 Posted by posh (636 posts) -

@sethmode said:

@posh said:

@marokai said:

I'm also disturbed by the amount of people who say "rape is a serious thing to be handled with care" and thereby implicitly stating gun violence is somehow not serious or doesn't affect peoples lives as severely. Over 100,000 people in the US each year are injured or killed by guns, and each of their lives and their family's lives are hurt by this. I've had multiple people hold guns aimed at me and it's a horrifying, pants-shitting moment that sticks with you and makes you feel queasy when you think back to it, but I feel no desire to hold game developers to an obligation to treat everything as deathly seriously as an after-school-special.

yes but you probably don't know many, if any, who have been shot on purpose with a gun. rape statistics suggest you're probably acquainted with a rape victim, whether you know it or not. you cannot treat these issues as being equal when one is much closer to home and is STILL not totally culturally abhorrent. many still don't understand what is and isn't rape.

Irrelevant, as someone that has been close to both a person who was raped, and one who was the victim of gun violence. Just because it might happen close to you has no influence, in my opinion, on how horrible something is. Let's say that I lived in a reality where I had had someone close to me shot, but never sexually assault. That doesn't lessen the impact of sexual assault. Same vice versa. The amount of people should not influence the severity of it.

you missed the point completely - i wasn't questioning the severity of either, and there's no need to discuss whether "rape is worse than murder" or vice versa, that's a stupid, pointless argument. the idea is that audiences - especially gaming ones - are mature enough to know that murder is bad, but not necessarily that all rape is bad. this is why rape is a sensitive issue, because people are still raped, have their perpetrator go on trial and have them get off scot-free. yes, this happens with murder obviously but with rape it's a huge problem that silences its victims - mostly women, who find themselves silenced and attacked by gaming audiences anyway. the entire point is much larger than this and deserves a space where it won't be unnecessarily scrutinised by people who'll never agree

#5 Posted by posh (636 posts) -

@marokai said:

I'm also disturbed by the amount of people who say "rape is a serious thing to be handled with care" and thereby implicitly stating gun violence is somehow not serious or doesn't affect peoples lives as severely. Over 100,000 people in the US each year are injured or killed by guns, and each of their lives and their family's lives are hurt by this. I've had multiple people hold guns aimed at me and it's a horrifying, pants-shitting moment that sticks with you and makes you feel queasy when you think back to it, but I feel no desire to hold game developers to an obligation to treat everything as deathly seriously as an after-school-special.

yes but you probably don't know many, if any, who have been shot on purpose with a gun. rape statistics suggest you're probably acquainted with a rape victim, whether you know it or not. you cannot treat these issues as being equal when one is much closer to home and is STILL not totally culturally abhorrent. many still don't understand what is and isn't rape.

#6 Posted by posh (636 posts) -

As a lot of other people I only really care about reviews when they are done by reviewers I know has the same taste as myself. Reading a review done by someone I know hates several of my favorite games make no sense for instance. With that in mind, I tend to stay far away from reviewers who inject much of their social views in their reviews.

Does this have something to do with how most reviewers are American, and in America sex is viewed as something bad? I mean, it is common knowledge that Europe and the USA has widely different views on sex.

So whenever some game writer says something like "this woman has a sexy outfit, this game is bad and made to appeal to perverted teens" or "the game has prostitutes in a level where you go through a brothel, this is a bad game and you should be ashamed for playing it" I instantly find that writer to be someone I can safely ignore. Those writers are free to write whatever they will of course, but I'll stay far away.

as a european... what the hell? how are you equivocating the depiction of women as sex objects in games as "sex is bad"? what you're referring to is usually part of a larger point, wherein the only (or a major part of) female representation in a game is via prostitution or their tits. please find me an example of what you're talking about

re: the topic, as was said right at the start of the thread, i think games should be criticised like any other artistic medium and not have to pander to any anti-feminist (etc) crowd, this is pretty obvious

#7 Posted by posh (636 posts) -
#8 Posted by posh (636 posts) -

after watch the giant bomb crew get into Windjammers and play some Sanrio World Smash Ball I was wondering if there's many other games in this vein? fun 2-player sports games invented by the developers, rather than them being simulations of pre-existing games. maybe Tetris Battle Gaiden counts too

I recently got my hands on Inazuma Serve Da!! Super Beach Volley and Honoo no Doukyuuji - Dodge Danpei and thought they were both pretty fun, though the latter has way too much text which I bet is great if you're fluent in Japanese

#9 Edited by posh (636 posts) -

this is heartbreaking for me, i love both games for entirely different reasons. spelunky is so perfectly designed and i don't see myself ever not playing it for at least an hour every day for the foreseeable future at least. dark souls is such a weird game but i've probably had better with experiences with it just down to the nature of what the game sets out to be from the start. so i don't really think it's fair putting these games against each other, and i think spelunky is better designed overall but i'm voting for dark souls

#10 Posted by posh (636 posts) -

The only other thing I can think of is try it with the component cable?

yeah that's what I thought, I bought some today and it didn't work. I guess not a total waste since now all my games look better