SpunkyHePanda's forum posts

#1 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

@spunkyhepanda said:

I know you have a turbulent relationship with Giant Bomb, so thanks very much for taking time to talk about it here. Your specific perspective carries a ton of weight, and it's pretty crucial if we're ever gonna get past not just this Gamergate thing, but all the ugly sexism in the industry and community in general. I don't want to say "keep doing what you're doing", because no one could blame you for running and hiding considering everything that's happening, but I will say it's very much appreciated.

I don't consider my relationship with GB turbulent. We're both professionals. I am a well known speaker for women in tech - and part of my professional responsibility is to address things like their site.

Conversely, if they played Revolution 60 and didn't like it - it wouldn't be personal. This is business.

Of course. I was speaking more about the Giant Bomb community than the staff. I know a large number of threats have come from GB users, but you've still chosen to come here and have a conversation, and I think that says a lot.

#2 Edited by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

I know you have a turbulent relationship with Giant Bomb, so thanks very much for taking time to talk about it here. Your specific perspective carries a ton of weight, and it's pretty crucial if we're ever gonna get past not just this Gamergate thing, but all the ugly sexism in the industry and community in general. I don't want to say "keep doing what you're doing", because no one could blame you for running and hiding considering everything that's happening, but I will say it's very much appreciated.

#3 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

I thought he was saving the pizza rolls as a fun surprise, but he literally just forgot them.

#4 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

@excast said:

I don't even think it is that so much as it is that Giant Bomb, despite whatever reach or pull it may have, is still a very small group of people. In the San Francisco office there are exactly 3 on screen editors. Jeff, Brad, and Dan. Drew and Jason are often behind the scenes. We have Patrick in Chicago along with Alex and Vinny in New York. So what is that, 3 producers and 5 or 6 people who spend a fair amount of time on camera or writing. That isn't much. Giant Bomb isn't this giant entity of dozens of people like Polygon that we should really expect to see a huge amount of diversity in.

I don't agree with this, and let me tell you why. My first industry experience with mass death and rape threats came from Giant Bomb users when I wrote a piece critiquing the low numbers of women that vote for GOTY.

Using the formula (How many views did my piece get)/(How many people threatened to rape or murder me) Giant Bomb has the worst record of any subject I've covered. By far.

That is to say, the lack of diversity here has serious consequences. It has consequences for the culture. It has consequences for the people attracted to Giant Bomb coverage, and it has consequences throughout the whole industry. The users of this site are extremely quick to defend Giant Bomb in a way that feels very disproportionate to the issues at hand.

That's sad to hear. I'd like to think the users of this site know that the staff can handle criticism because hey, they're constantly criticizing the staff. I completely agree that it's a problem, and I hope and expect that Giant Bomb will take steps to fix it. I love that video game culture is expanding (in spite of some terrible, horrible growing pains) and I want this site to do the same.

#5 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

Hey guys, this comes out tomorrow.

So am I the only poor sap who's totally gonna get this mainly to play P4G over again on my TV?..........

Picking it up mostly so I can check out this Danganronpa I've heard so much about. And hey, I've got all these free Vita games from PS Plus, so I'll definitely get some use out of it.

#6 Edited by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

@subwayd said:

Compared to the rest of you guys, my tastes aren't particularly big, clever or stylish.

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I'm not sure if I'm a fan of whole genres, but more specific bands within them. I love VNV Nation, Assemblage 23 and mind.in.a.box, but most other "future-pop" bands sounds pretty dreadful to me, outside of a select few singles or remixes.

My electronic music library is basically a hodgepodge of random tracks from a bunch of different artists + every track VNV Nation has ever recorded. VNV Nation makes me very happy.

#7 Edited by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

@nickhead said:

I adored Star Fox Adventures, did I live under or a rock or something? Did that game get shat on at release?

Not really. I think it got mostly positive reviews, but popular opinion seemed to kind of turn on it. I think Donkey Kong 64 and Super Mario Sunshine were similar in that sense.

#8 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

I'm an American who gets super obsessed with Big Brother UK every summer. I watch all 70+ episodes. It's a hell of a thing.

#9 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -

@cerberus3dog said:

I... like Nickelback.

Star Fox Adventures is a good game, on the edge of greatness. I loved every minute of playing catch with my dinosaur buddy. And then, he would fucking EVOLVE, right in front of you. So awesome!

Star Fox Adventures was fantastic. Loved every bit of that game except at the end when the game gives you the biggest middle finger when you finally get ready for the showdown with General Scales and before anything can even happen Andross comes out of fucking nowhere and kills Scales. Goddamn that was hot bullshit.

Loved Star Fox Adventures. That ending was ridiculous, but I think I appreciated that on some level. Some cool music in that game too.

#10 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1700 posts) -
@bartok said:

I love Blink-182. I loved them in the 90's and they still make the rotation on my itunes. Hell I even saw them twice during their big reunion tour. I know they are just a dumb pop-punk band but I think their music is catchy and their up tempo songs are great as part of my workout mix.

Hey, me too! A lot of their lyrics are pretty eye-rolly at this point in my life, but I can still get down to that stuff.