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This seems unbelievable. Deepest sympathy and man, he will be missed.

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#2  Edited By luthorcrow

@BlueMizzen said:

I don't watch Big Bang Theory, seems lame.

And it is. It is just another paint by the numbers, hackneyed sitcom. How they are not booed out of Comic-Con and other conventions is a mystery. Anyone that compares it to Seinfeld is seriously delusional.

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You know what is most annoying about this whole debate over what is "offensive" in games, games industry or not? It is that inherit political nature of the debate. Most of us, the buying public that actually buy enough games to matter or keep enough traffic feeding sites like this could care less about the political game playing of either side of this debate. The overly sensitive, although loud, very loud, do make not enough of a majority to impact game sells. On the flip-side, games that tend to just pander also tend to be devoid of creative effort or good game play. So the worst offenders on either side are basically inert to the real debate.

But damn does it result in a lot of needless drum banging. When debate because too politicized neither side is completely rational. For example Patrick links..

Here's another thoughtful response to the aforementioned editorial on IGN about censorship.

But in this article, the nameless author, throws out such big whoppers as "...because our society trivializes rape..." and just assumes we are on board with such ridiculous sweeping generalizations. The author complains of "straw man arguments" and then turns around and creates his own by suggesting that Moriarty said "Let the free market decide!" The author even uses quotes which leaves the impression that Moriarty actually used those words in his article. Not only did he not but he never even makes an argument even remotely close to that argument.

On the other side we have Colin Moriarty suggesting that all criticism is equal to censorship. That might follow if our prior anonymous author was starting a boycott or some other form a censorship but so far that doesn't seem to be point.

Thoughtful, well reasoned criticism is always fair. Some of that will always reflect personal taste which in turn reflects the editorial slant of the website or magazine, but when people start to attempt to politicize aesthetics at it's best is just dull and boring and at it's worst is leads to much worse.

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#4  Edited By luthorcrow

@Psychohead said:

Oh Jesus, are people really pulling the whole "uuuhhhnnnnn your PC attitude is so stifliiiiing" garbage again? Look, you make whatever art y'want. That's yer right. Go apeshit. But y'know what? Other people also have a right to call you on your bullshit. It's a two-way road.

Not that I necessarily disagree with you but I just want to point out that your logic is circular. The same argument can be applied to your critique.

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@Binman88 said:

Katie Williams needed to immediately step up and say "no, I know how to play video games, let me control it like everyone else", or pose the question to the PR guy as to why he had to play it for her. She should have embarrassed the PR guy for making a stupid assumption and should have refused to view their game if he wasn't going to let her have the same experience as everyone else. Then name the guy and the company he works for, and the game she was being shown. Stop tip-toeing.

I'm absolutely not blaming her for what happened, but it does no good to sit there and end up with no information (as she stated), and then make a complaint on the internet after the fact. If someone is being rude to you, stand up to them and put them in their place. Someone made the comment on the article that women are afraid of looking like a "bitch" if they stand up for themselves, so it's not as "easy" as it is for men. Not if you're reasonable about it. Furthermore, if some asshat who clearly thinks less of you in the first place will think of you as a bitch for standing up for yourself, who the fuck cares? Let him think you're a bitch, just as he'd think you were a prick if you were a man standing up to him over something. If you're in the right you have nothing to worry about.

Don't agree with her about the Hitman thing though, but she doesn't really go into that.

Edit: Also: why in the fuck did Kotaku shine a spotlight on a guy who cheats in video games? Why not have an in-depth review with the 14 year old kid who called you a faggot on XBL while you're at it. Don't give these retards the time of day.

No doubt, it is disappointing that a professional journalist would let an under paid PR person treat them like a tourist. It doesn't change the fact that it clearly illustrates stupidity and sexism of the event. But at the same time my B.S. meter is getting a tickle. What do I mean? Let's face it what makes a better story, the one where she shuts the PR guy down with a sentence or to be a passive, take notes and write a story about it. Because the fact is if she actually confronted any of these PR guys with a sentence she could have shut them down and got her demo. So yes, I see a little of the writer purposely riding an experience for the purpose of a story.

On the other hand sometimes, you have to sit back and let people talk to find out what they are really up to so being a detached writer in this case might not be such a bad thing. On the other hand, here is cold hard fact kids, you have to fight for what you believe. So next time, confront the guy in the moment.

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#6  Edited By luthorcrow

Banning booth babes is not going to help the industry grow up. The fact is models or both babes are common at many industry trade shows. I think banning them based on supposed moral or political grounds just seems wrong headed. Maybe have some limits on what is reasonable but the rest should be left up to the individual companies. If you are offended by how they market their materials then don't buy their games. But moralizing or trying to politicize the issue just seems a bit naive to me.

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@Overbite said:

I wonder when they'll get around to making Skyrim fun.

Damn, I was thinking I was an island of one thinking Skrym is way overrated. The problem with Bethesdae games is that they are all soulless.

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@LifeasClarity said:

@Luthorcrow: "(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous." -George Orwell (Politics and the English Language, 1946)

By all means, troll as much as you want, but please leave Orwell out of it. He deserves far better than misrepresentation for the sake of bland, ineffectual snark.

You do realize calling me a troll on discussion of Forumwarez, is well, a bit ironic, don't you?

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@TyCobb said:

@Kixxi said:

@DaveC524 said:

Why use the word "whore" Patrick? Phh... misogynistic male privilege.

Really inappropriate for a front page headline, at least to anyone not knowing what the article is about. Felt insulting.

I agree "whore" is a horrible word and should never be used. There are much better words like "slut", "bitch", "twat", and every woman's favorite, "cunt".

Well, if we take George Orwell's essay on "Politics and The English" Language" to heart we should always prefer the simpler, Anglo-Saxon words over more complex foreign words. So yes, instead of "vagina" a writer should always use "cunt", instead of "prostitute" use "whore", etc. Seminal words always have more color and punch.

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#10  Edited By luthorcrow

It is crazy things like this that makes me love GB and glade I am a paying member.

Bravo, Patrick.