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#1 Edited by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

Interesting write up, but these games are just so different that I have trouble arguing between them, especially if we're going to try and get all objective and definitive about it. Your reasoning is totally valid, but I'd take 8 over 9 most days, and I'd always take 7 over either one. Not because there are some objective qualities that make it a better game, but because the decisions they made appeal more to my tastes. Which is why you could say "Cloud is a shitty protagonist" and I could be all "Nawh son" and technically we'd both be right.

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#2 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

@chrissedoff said:

@oldirtybearon: I'm not saying a white man can't face hardship. I'm only saying that the kind of person I'm profiling there hasn't faced hardship because he is a heterosexual white man.

Once classes were done in middle school I used to wait at a rec center until my parents got off. I was pretty much the only white kid who ever went there and I got a ton of shit for it. Just because I was white they didn't want to hang out with me, so I ended up playing a lot of pool by myself, and put up with a ton of bullying every time I went. A group of people trying to pick a fight with me because of my race was something I had to worry about every school day. And yes, I'm certain it was because of my race. Gringo and white boy were the only things anybody ever even called me there.

The belief that white/heterosexual/male/whatever people are immune to adversity is A) Nonsense, and B) part of the adversity that those groups face. Not saying that other groups don't have it worse, but comparing is pointless. The only reason to do that is so you have an excuse to prioritize one group of people over another.

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#3 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

I used the wiki the entire time I played that game, and I don't understand why you would do it differently.

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#4 Edited by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

I round up to the nearest dollar and add 1 to 3 dollars on top of that. My pizza is usually only around 15 bucks though.

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#5 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

So I finally got the chance to watch most of the show, had to skip pretty liberally though. As usual, the awards themselves are kind of a joke, there's very little focus on this aspect of the show, the nominees are kind of a clusterfuck, and the fact that many of the winners contradict each other reeks of trying to please everybody. Normally the kinds of celebrities they can pull makes for kind of a beautiful train wreck, but they mostly ended up talking to game developers, which made for a ton of boring fluff interviews. I know that getting game developers on is what a lot of us have been asking for, but it just doesn't work as well as it does with actual performers like actors and musicians.

The announcements themselves usually end up saving the show a bit, but clearly they weren't able to pull the kind of headlines they normally would, because they're not on tv, so why would anyone bother to announce their stuff there. With shitty awards, bad guests, and trivial announcements, it pretty much fell entirely on the hosts to make this interesting. They didn't mesh at all. I thought Geoff Keighley was worse than Joel, he was grasping at straws trying to find some way to make this event into more than it was, he took everything so seriously, he was almost never willing to express his opinion, and he never let the segments have any time to breathe. It was awful. Joel is a poor fit as well, his whole schtick is snark and sarcasm, and gamers have never been the type of audience that likes to laugh at themselves. I question the logic in getting a comedian to be the co host if Geoff is going to try and take it so seriously anyways, Geoff was constantly trying to brush off all the things he said, so that he could pack in more useless questions that developers didn't want to answer because it didn't fit with their pr plans.

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#6 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

@animasta: That's true, which is why I think its ridiculous that Patrick got called out on this. He wasn't even the one to bring it up.

@kentonclay: And I don't think it's something that we should ignore all the time either, but this time it didn't really seem like anything worth getting riled up over. At least not to me.

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#7 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

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There's something to be said for treating trans peeps with enough respect to believe they can take a relatively harmless joke, but if the jokes made them feel bad, that's not cool. I just can't see the two comments in question really offending someone very badly. It's not up to me to decide, but personally I don't feel like these jokes are ones worth calling out. That being said Patrick has nothing to apologize for, he didn't even bring it up. What else is he going to say when asked the question he was asked? "No the transphobic jokes were fine." Come on now.

I feel this is the big misconception about all this, and it's same with sexism and racism conversation around gaming. It's the same misconception that I feel the TC is making.

These jokes aren't bad because they make trans people collapse into a heap and cry because they're too fragile to take a joke, they're bad because they help to prop up damaging stereotypes that already exist and are pretty damn pervasive.

And when I say "bad," I don't mean it's a "the worst thing that's every happened in the history of time and won't someone please think of the children. Social justice team unite to ban this filth" level of bad. More bad like a small papercut is bad. One isn't that bad, maybe it stings a little but whatever. But a few thousand and it really builds up.

Just acknowledging "hey, this is kind of a shitty joke" actually helps quite a bit because it forces you to at least think about what you're laughing at and why.

I don't disagree really, but I'm not sure that these jokes are even bad enough to do the kind of small damage you're talking about. I'm not the offense police though, people have every right to be upset if they want, but even the transgender people on this site are saying that they didn't think it was really a big deal. All I'm saying is, this doesn't seem like the right situation to call out and make a stand against when so many worse examples exist out there.

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#8 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

I think I bought everything I'm wearing at Wal-Mart. So yes, of course.

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#9 Edited by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

There's something to be said for treating trans peeps with enough respect to believe they can take a relatively harmless joke, but if the jokes made them feel bad, that's not cool. I just can't see the two comments in question really offending someone very badly. It's not up to me to decide, but personally I don't feel like these jokes are ones worth calling out. That being said Patrick has nothing to apologize for, he didn't even bring it up. What else is he going to say when asked the question he was asked? "No the transphobic jokes were fine." Come on now.

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#10 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

I'm glad they went with Cranky. As much as I like Funky The Main Monkey, Cranky's just a funnier choice.