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#1 Posted by tds418 (188 posts) -

So I essentially never post in the forums even though I've been visiting this site since it was still a blog called "Arrow Pointing Down," but I had been hoping for some new perspectives/some diversity in the hiring so I figure I'll leave my $0.02 here since it seems to be the place to do so. I'll say upfront that I haven't read all the threads/twitter stuff and I know absolutely nothing about the two new arrivals to the crew - I'm sure they are great people, and I have no gripes with them.

I am also sure that there was no intentional racism/sexism involved in the hiring process, but that is what is so insidious about racism and sexism - there will be always be some terrible people with awful views but these forces act on an unintentional, systemic level as well (which is why the "good old boys" still dominate executive positions/board positions/etc in the corporate world even though OF COURSE there is no discrimination in hiring!). For a long time the video game industry catered almost exclusively to adolescent males (much like most mainstream action films) so it's no surprise that publications would choose personalities that cater to this demographic. And there's nothing wrong with catering to adolescent males. However, as the gaming audience has matured and grown more diverse, it is not unreasonable to expect publications to diversify their personalities as well.

I think the timing of the hiring hasn't worked towards GB's favor, for diversity at both the E3 press conferences and the GB after show were rather awful. I don't doubt Patrick's sincerity in his Tumblr post and his commitment to expanding "his rolodex" in the future. It would be a bit hypocritical for him and the rest of the GB staff to criticize diversity in the industry at large while ignoring the lack of diversity at their own company. Hopefully this discussion will help GB avoid issues like this in the future, for the only way to combat entrenched sexism/racism is to actively encourage diverse perspectives.

#2 Posted by tds418 (188 posts) -

Only for system updates that require it. Otherwise sleep mode (OS X).

#3 Edited by tds418 (188 posts) -

...but if anyone wants to play some of this online this summer I'll probably be online. Started a new file today and I think I'm going to put some time into it over the next couple months. Just add me and join my game if you want to race!

XBL Gamertag: SirFl0w

(that's a zero)

#4 Posted by tds418 (188 posts) -

Awesome, just ordered 2! Glad I checked the Giant Bomb forums today :D

#5 Posted by tds418 (188 posts) -

Rorie got a job at GameSpy, so he's doing okay.

A weekly column from Alex is an awesome idea! Looking forward to more.

#6 Edited by tds418 (188 posts) -

I was very skeptical going in because I don't think there's any reason it needs to be 3 movies long, but I came away pleasantly surprised. I didn't even notice the faster framerate (saw it in 2D maybe that's why) and thought the pacing was decent. I loved the added scene with Gandolf/Elrond/Galadriel/Sarumon and the climax with Bilbo and Gollum was A+.

edit: it did drag in a few places. Could have been a half hour shorter without much lost.

#7 Posted by tds418 (188 posts) -

Heh I did the same thing. After watching Brad's top 10 and hearing them talk about in the podcast I just had to play it when he said to pause.

Thank you Brad.

Bug porn forever.

#8 Posted by tds418 (188 posts) -

I AM THE 6%...

...that started the episode alone :)

Seriously though, amazing episode and game. Cant' wait for season 2. I hope it follows Clementine's story starting immediately where this left off.

#9 Posted by tds418 (188 posts) -

I had forgotten this game existed. I'm interested in learning more about the game, but I don't have high hopes.

Your idea is pretty speculative but who knows, maybe you're right.

#10 Posted by tds418 (188 posts) -

ps3 slim definitely.