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Yeah I think Lucas makes it clear in some interviews that The Empire is analogous to Nazi Germany or Fascist American politics, like Nixon. They're not "bad" for most of the people living under them, but they are bigoted and racist, which is why the Wookie/Ewok battles are symbolically important, and why Palpatine has non-human advisors to begin with, to hide his racism, but then has exclusively humans around him when he becomes Emperor.

The movies are far deeper and more political than most people realise/want to accept. Think about why Nazi Germany was "bad" or why Ultra-right wing US politics is "bad"... that's the answer.

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I recently replayed MGS 1 and 2 and played 3 for the first time and watched 4 on youtube. Personally, 2 has a great story in retrospect, and the gameplay is good, but the two don't gel like they do in 1 and 3. I'd skip playing 2 and watch Drew play instead. 3 blows 2 out of the water because the gameplay really integrates with the story, which is also better. 2 is, IMO, good to watch but boring and painful to play because there never really seems like any purpose to what you're meant to be doing.

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In the Christmas Kojisute, at the very end, Kojima says he can't talk about the release date yet but he heavily implied that 2015 is the target year, and said that the ending is in sight and it isn't finished yet and they are still in production, and I think he said that the interval between the games was (about) the same as with the first MGS (presumably from MG2 to MGS1 and from MGS4 to MGS5) which was interesting as this is an open world game and it's going to kick a lot of ass so of course it will take a while to make, and finally that if it didn't come out next year he would wear the chicken cap. Which led me to believe that mid-late 2015 would be a realistic expectation.

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#4  Edited By chimpchamp

@truthtellah said:

I can.

As you said yourself, most of it is circumstantial links made by people looking for any possible conspiracy at the Indie Game Festival. It's like "-Maybe- there's something illegal there; I don't know. Just fishing for anything. Perhaps it even involves another random dev or writer I dislike..."

Which comes back to why IGF is a target at all in an industry where they're the little voice that happens to like a lot of games some random people online don't like while the big companies can tie their bonuses to reviewer opinions and have a vested financial interest in pressuring outlets to not criticize their games or give them lower review scores. Witch hunts toward folks some people dislike are distracting from actual reasonable targets of consumer concern.

You are the arbiter of "consumer concern"? Indie devs affected by IGF judges posting their experiences and consumers raising the issue on forum boards are "witch hunts"? Who on earth are you? This is a standard PR defense technique - trivialize the situation. There has been a lot of that going on in this thread.

As someone who follows both mainstream games and real-indie games (not the indie games scene that is in reality fully plugged into the mainstream media and publishing world), I find this line of reasoning doing more harm than good in the games world. By waving away this kind of corruption - however small or petty it may be, which in the IGF case it is not - it hurts informed consumer choice, it hurts the HUGE number of indie games that never get mentioned on sites like GB because it's so focused on "indies" that are regular guests, and it encourages the journalists and in-clique to continue as they have been.

May come as a shock to some people, but a lot of people engage in their lives and in business with honesty, and we don't like dishonesty in whatever form it takes. Institutional behavior is no excuse.

edit - @truthtellah I agree with you on the idea of consumer advocacy groups and watchdogs... so in the absence of such groups, shouldn't we the consumers perform that task?

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Anyway... back to corruption. There are lots of circumstantial links and first hand reports of Indie Game Festival corruption which bring together the ideas that journalists and developers and PR staff and venture capitalists (sometimes taking advantage of kickstarter) have been working together to hype, award and sell games. Microsoft was also heavily involved in the funding and publicisation of Fez, so they could be involved as well? I'm not sure if this is a crime, and even if so what crime it is, maybe some form of fraud? It's probably borderline stuff... (the best case for crime I heard was having entrants to the IGF pay for entry, yet they never stood a chance of winning because of vested interest among the judges)... but I don't think anyone can look at that whole situation and claim it isn't corrupt.

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I agree with the problems raised in the OP. Before I had expectations of integrity, balancing inside status with honesty for the readership. Now I just want to watch Dan and Vinny and not hear Jeff, Brad, Alex and Patrick berate me indirectly on twitter or tumblr or the GB site because I don't like Zoe Quinn. All I want is to be entertained for a few hours a week on the commute home after work, and that's what I thought my subscription was buying. I didn't realise I was supporting people mouthing off their social politics - not just at anyone, but at me, the consumer.

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I am informed by an industry man of the time that the colecovision makers/producers, CBS?, had a magazine do a whole bunch of reviews for games that hadn't even been made yet. Then the crash happened. I'm sure CBS is a different place now.

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I support gamergate and I support this charity work. Anti-gamergate people and sites have been involved in bullying too, and unwarranted legal action against TFYC and censorship and doxxing, but they don't contribute to this, they just attack more. Why is giantbomb and CBS siding with that group of people?

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Wow. GB staff, can you not see the consumer revolt behind this? I want for nothing more than an open an unpoliticised, non agenda driven, gaming media. That is why I support gamergate. To imply that I tacitly support bomb threats or harassment or am being led by puppet masters is insulting, Jeff.

Why have so many publications thrown themselves in front of the gamergate bus? Supporting antiGG has made so many places look bad, now we have to add GB to that list, why??? Why support Alex giving 5 star reviews to his friends (Jazzpunk) or Patrick preaching honesty and justice and reporting one side? I don't.

If Jeff can insinuate so many things about my character, if he see the odd in everything and misses the even, I feel I have to burn my half of the bridge too. I'd like a refund on the time of my subscription not used, please, but hey if that's not possible don't worry. Any GB advertisers I buy products from I shall email letting them know how I feel too. Might be a drop in the bucket, but that's how consumers fight in capitalism.

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Yep. Agreed but with two caveats....

First, VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET. I'm gonna stop buying crappy stuff in sales, delete my Steam wishlist, buy more second hand games and wait for GotY editions.

Second, I'm done with the GB website. I don't know why management lets Patrick run rampant with his one-sided view of the issue, but they do. From now on, I'm just watching video content on the video buddy provided Dan stays around. I feel like I'm really in the minority reading comments sections and forum threads, so many people seem to agree that it's OK for Patrick to behave the way he does, and I just don't get it and I feel like I'm just gonna get banned if I complain more fully.

It's so disappointing for me that it's come to this because I really wanted to stick around and support guys like Vinny and Drew and Dan. Following this whole issue has just made it patently clear to me that all these companies and websites don't want me around.

Back to games is right. Signing off and deleting GB from bookmarks. Good luck, duders.