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This is what my Heaven looks like.

Re Universal Studios Japan Donkey Kong Land area, a concept model of the area actually leaked some time ago.

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It's based on Donkey Kong Country yall. Includes a minecart ride.

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The Game Awards presents The Top 5 AAA Games Published by Sony About Being a Sad Dad

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Watching this video on November 10, 2020

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bring it back

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When Brad said "Paul W. S. Anderson" I thought he meant Paul F. Tompkins and for a minute I thought Paul F. Tompkins had announced Palicos would be in the upcoming Monster Hunter film.

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Thank you Abby

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When I received my personalized apology email from Rorie over suspending me multiple times for bringing up the Max Temkin rape allegations, I was led to believe the Giant Bomb forums/comments sections would be safer places for discussing abuse. Today, when I look at this podcast's comments section, I see many great people using their voices to issue their concerns. Unfortunately, I also see users dismissing concerns by saying things like "Remember when this site used to be about video games?" and "Well IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII looked and IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII didn't find anything! Therefore nothing must exist! Cancel culture!" I cannot imagine a victim of a guest on Giant Bomb coming to this site and feeling safe expressing themselves when the moderation team cannot curate a decent fandom. Safety, self-expression, and justice are not just about permitting difficult discussions, but discouraging bad-faith users who want to halt those discussions.

The majority of my "discourse" time is spent reading Twitter, where I follow over 1800 accounts. It's probably too many. But I care about a lot of people and a lot of issues, so I've become the tiniest bit familiar with this topic. Here are some things I've noticed.

  • The people making allegations towards (or even being the mildest bit critical of) Merritt K have, like myself, small accounts with no-to-few fans. This does not invalidate their concerns, and given their varied nature from multiple sources over a period of years should actually heighten them. Big accounts, like those run by Giant Bomb staff and others in the regular games media, haven't even defended Merritt, but have opted to say nothing. That's telling.
  • Nearly a hundred people-I-follow also follow Merritt, but that number has dipped in the last few days. Several personalities I deeply trust have unfollowed her, which leads me to presume that this conversation is primarily taking place in DMs, not the public space. This same appearance of legitimacy (follows from verified accounts, good references, multiple salaried positions) is what propped up abusers such as Nick Robinson for years.
  • I do not blame anyone. Because the allegations are squirreled away in forum posts, old threads, and broken links, on top of existing in a poorly-recorded queer and trans online space, it is not shameful to be ignorant or confused. Ultimately, if there are stories they are the victims's stories to tell. That's why there isn't much chatter. All we can do is create a welcoming space.

Here are my thoughts on Giant Bomb's involvement with the matter.

  • The disclaimer merely in the show notes is insufficient. I've been following Giant Bomb since before Giant Bomb, but my interaction with the site's content is through QLCrew, YouTube, and Downcast, not usually the site itself. That's why I fly in with a controversial comment every once in a while but am not a power user. I certainly don't expect any overwrought apologies on future content, but I think Abby's disclaimer (which is great) should be somewhere more accessible, like the podcast description or in a tagged comment or more visibly on Twitter.
  • Mods: CLEAN. UP. YOUR. HOUSE. I'm not disgusted that Merritt came on the podcast. It happens! But I am disturbed by the lack of effort in the disastrous followup that is the comments section, that is the fandom, that is allowing assholes to thrive. I've already seen several people (including, uh, a Top 10 list contributor) expressing being done with Giant Bomb due to how this has been handled. I've considered it too. If you want to be better, be better. If you don't want to be better just say so and everyone cool will dip.
  • I liked the episode it made me laugh :)

I've been staring at this post for a couple hours now and want to move on with my day so am gonna hit post. I'm not looking for argument or even acknowledgement. Peace

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Nationalize the power and energy industry. Thank you.