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@bisonhero: Yeah, I hear you. I guess after The Missing I was hopeful, but recently learned that game was made with trans consultants whereas DP1 and 2 were not.

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@tempa777: well, if you're not trans you probably wouldn't take offense or feel anything when a game really screws up like that. It just hurts when someone paints themselves as an ally and then starts misgendering, deadnaming etc. Again, I'm not saying to rake him over the coals. But this was really disappointing to me personally since I've been a Swery fan for the better part of a decade.

I'd love it if he'd listen when he screws up and try to do better, rather than put his fingers in his ears and say people are overreacting is all.

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Swery kinda walked back that apology. Barely changed anything and then denied there was still a problem when there's a lot of just...not great stuff in there with regards to the trans character. Like, it's fine. It's his game, and he can do what he wants. But he's not a good ally to the trans community, just putting that out there.

Edit: this happened after the podcast was recorded. Obviously no intention of throwing Ben under the bus here <3

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@colmymeh: absolutely! I loved the cheep cheep parts of Odyssey, solved the water level problem in a great way.

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I never liked the underwater controls in galaxy either. Just feels bad

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Bunch of games to pick up in a sale when they hit $20

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definitely gonna play this, it’s a matter of when not if!

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I haven’t listened yet but just want to say I appreciate you and the bombcast taking this so seriously. Some podcasts I listen to are dealing with it better than others, but I understand the difficulty of speaking publicly on these kinds of matters. GB has a large following and its been great to see y’all try to do your part.

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I don’t want to get in a comments war, please no one yell at me with talking points about twitter mobs and cancel culture.

I believe Giant Bomb is a force for good, in a space where toxicity is rampant of course you are going to run into and interact with some bad people. There are bad people everywhere.

The point that Jeff made is a good one, but I’d also just add that it’s important to pay attention and call out this kind of behavior when it happens. Good intentions aren’t tangible. The victim in a given situation will often be unable to say anything, and it falls to witnesses.

In the case of Chris Avellone, his friends were there for at least one incident and didn’t discourage or try to stop him. This kind of revolting behavior is often encouraged or at least tolerated by friends, and it sucks. We all need to do better, even if we aren’t the ones hurting people directly. Inaction is as harmful as direct action in this case.

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appreciated the little history of EA here. Such a weird company, I miss when they made stuff like the LOTR movie games and random shit. Hopefully they start taking more chances next gen, the star wars dogfighting game looks neat.