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  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/10/2014

    @Discalceaterabbit
    Again, we're talking specifically about "rampage killers" here, which is what the Hatred dude is based on, right down to the same creepy attitudes towards society. Did I say women weren't violent criminals? Nope. Did I say women weren't sociopaths/psychopaths? Nope.

    That doesn't change the fact that the overwhelming majority of rampage killers have been men and teenage boys. So if a game developer were to model their protagonist on those types of people, is it really that unrealistic or unfair to make it a man? This doesn't, and shouldn't, be taken as a depiction of all men.

    Re: Borderlands. Yeah, I misread that, my bad. So hypothetically if all the enemies were female... I still don't think there'd be an outcry, as long as women had important roles in the story. If the story was male dominated like most other games, with all female enemies, yeah that might look bad.

    You seem to be ignoring a pretty large factor though: game development is 80%+ male. It's men who write and design games with all male enemies; it's men who write female characters in regressive ways. It's also mostly male *gamers* that are so opposed to gender representation being discussed in the media too.

    This is where much of the feminist criticism stems from. More female developers & writers would do wonders for the industry, as it has done for every other creative medium. (Side note: Sarkeesian has literally never said the entire industry is sexist, so I'm going to ignore the flimsy movie analogy.)

    For the third time now, I have never claimed I haven't played a game with strong female characters. That's been your response every time I've asked you to clarify your *original post* in relation to Hatred.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/10/2014

    @Discalceaterabbit I don't know why you seem to think each and every male character is supposed to represent *all men*. That's a really bizarre interpretation of fiction. My point was there *have* people (exclusively men, save for one woman) that go on rampages, leaving manifestos that are eerily similar to the dialogue from the Hatred protag, and in that sense, it's not unrealistic. They haven't just pulled this character out of thin air in an attempt to "make men look bad". Sadly, there's already a precedent for it in real life, going back decades, and this is the inspiration the (all male) developers have chosen.

    Why would there be a "shitstorm" if Borderlands had some female raiders? Plenty of mainstream games have female enemies among the ranks. For example, Bethesda's Fallout games are pretty brutal (head explosions, dismemberment etc) and there are plenty of female enemies and NPCs. Who complained? No one.

    Feminists tend to complain when women are marginalised in the story (i.e. almost all important characters are male) and female characters are exploited, either by existing solely to die to provide motivation for the leading man, or to be kidnapped. It's about denying female characters autonomy, and contributing to the overwhelming false narrative of women as "helpless". That simply doesn't exist for men. Men have been the heroes in fiction throughout human history. Sure, there are a few examples of male characters been used in the same way, but they're the exception not the rule.

    Just as an example, below are two articles that deal with female representation for two of the bigger releases in 2014. Doesn't it seem strange to you that female characters are still being written like this? It does to me, but that doesn't mean you can't talk about male representation, and no one's stopping you from doing it.

    http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/05/in-watch-dogs-women-are-victims-and-plot-points.html

    http://borderhouseblog.com/?p=11992
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/10/2014

    @Discalceaterabbit But there've been many instances of men like the Hatred protagonist going on killing sprees. Hell, it's only been a few months since Elliot Rodger. These kinds of shooting sprees are more common now than ever. How is this an "unrealistic" portrayal?

    Sadly, men like this do exist, and the developers chose to glorify that kind of person. It's unpleasant, but not unrealistic in the least.

    Again, in your original post you brought up representations of women in regards to *this* game. I asked you what you meant, and now you're talking about Hitman.

    Are you honestly trying to suggest that representation of women isn't something that needs addressing in this industry? I mean, sure, there are some shitty portrayals of men, but they rarely feel like they're deeply rooted in sexism, but rather lazy design. There's no real effort to marginalise, tokenise, demean, or hyper-sexualise male characters.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    @Discalceaterabbit
    a. Someone already corrected me on that, and she's still only one out of hundreds of men.
    b. I still don't see how strong female characters pertain to this game though. What point were you trying to make?
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    @DwarfyP Okay, one out of hundreds of men. I stand corrected. Reply +1
  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    @Discalceaterabbit Because there've been so many women going on mass shooting sprees, right?

    Oh wait, there hasn't even been *one*.

    Also: where exactly are these "positive representations of women"?
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    Wow, this literally couldn't be any edgier if it tried. Reply +16
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    @eliasruiz1 The conspiracy videos were part of a month long hate campaign started by Eron Gjoni via 4chan (which are all in the link I posted). There were hourly threads about Quinn on /v/ for weeks, up until moot got tired of the bullshit and banned it, causing pro-GG people to migrate to 8chan.

    Then there was the IRC chat, where several of the current most vocal GG supporters plotted to ruin Quinn's life in various ways. Eron Gjoni even joined in.

    All of the supposed corruption involving Quinn was debunked, and yet people still continued harassed her.

    There was no positive review from Grayson; they hadn't been dating when he wrote about her; Quinn had actually donated money to iFred; she hadn't sabotaged the game jam; she hadn't doxxed TFYC.

    Then Adam Baldwin created the hashtag, and a day later came the "gamers are dead" articles, and people latched onto it as an opportunity to make it about "ethics". It's always been the same group of people at the heart of it, only now there are gamers who've been duped into thinking it was always about journalism and corruption, when all GG seems to complain about are "social justics warriors". They even have a handful of women and minorities to act as GG's shield from criticism.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    This is how it all began:

    https://storify.com/EffNOVideoGames/stopgamergate-it-has-always-been-a-spin

    Sadly there do seem to be some genuinely well-meaning people involved at this point, but they're just a cover for the people from /pol/, /v/, /r9k/, and 8chan that hate women, and especially "SJWs" and feminists.
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  • August's PlayStation Plus free games include Fez, Crysis 3

  • Sir_Brightington_III 30/07/2014

    Well, looks like I'm definitely letting my subscription run out come September. Reply -4
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the best of classic Tomb Raider

  • Sir_Brightington_III 25/07/2014

    Think health packs rather than health regeneration, lunatic Egyptian gods rather than salty human islanders, plus the unmistakable tones of Keeley Hawes
    Well, that's all I needed to hear. Keeley Hawes' voice is just perfect, and I much prefer the "classic" Tomb Raider formula.
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  • Suda 51 details his upcoming "survival action" brawler Let it Die

  • Sir_Brightington_III 02/07/2014

    @Chiarafan That's not necessarily true. Instances of female deaths at the hands of the player are pretty rare to begin with, but even when it happens, they're most often enemy NPCs.

    There've been female enemy NPCs throughout the Mass Effect series, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Metal Gear Solid had some great female bosses (Sniper Wolf, Olga, The Boss) and the elite squad of soldiers in MGS4 was entirely female. No helpless victims there. Aside from GTA and its ilk, I can't think of any games that allow for the killing of prostitutes.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 02/07/2014

    I can't help but feel adding female characters to this game in particular would only cause controversy. It's a game where half naked men murder each other in incredibly brutal ways. Put a half naked woman on the receiving end, and well...

    People were clamouring for female avatars in Call of Duty, but as a result, it made some "uncomfortable" to shoot women, even though the gameplay is literally unchanged. People still get upset about the violent finishers you can do to women in Mortal Kombat, even though they're the same regardless of which character you perform them on. Even the latest Tomb Raider came under fire for supposed "fetishistic violence against women". There's still outrage whenever Grand Theft Auto allows you kill hookers, even though that's purely a player choice.

    Naturally, the industry could do with more female protagonists, but in this case I can't imagine it going down all that well.
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  • NIS America Europe online store launches with "ridiculous prices"

  • Sir_Brightington_III 02/07/2014

    Play Asia have the Fairy Fencer Limited Edition for 44, and the regular version for 35. I believe they also have free shipping.

    Problem solved.
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  • Sony's E3 conference

  • Sir_Brightington_III 10/06/2014

    All I want is Dark Cloud 3 and a Yakuza 5 localisation. *fingers crossed* Reply 0
  • Ubisoft's E3 conference

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/06/2014

    Eyebrow maintenance must be boring to do as well Reply 0
  • EA shows next-gen Mirror's Edge conceptual footage

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/06/2014

    They talked a lot about the combat, but hopefully it'll be like the first game where you can bypass it entirely should the player choose. All I personally want from the sequel is pure parkour. Reply +1
  • Square Enix trademarks point to new Tomb Raider game reveal

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/06/2014

    Hopefully they lighten up a bit. TR 2013 was such a miserable joyless experience. Reply +2
  • PS4 to receive Nidhogg, Spelunky, Skulls of the Shogun and more

  • Sir_Brightington_III 01/05/2014

    Just like the Vita, the PS4 is becoming the place to play all the PC indie games from several years ago, only at higher prices and lower resolutions! Reply -13
  • PS Plus gets Puppeteer, Payday 2 and Stick it to the Man in May

  • Sir_Brightington_III 23/04/2014

    Well, this more than makes up for April's lacklustre offering! Reply 0
  • Looks like The Walking Dead hits PS4 in June

  • Sir_Brightington_III 22/04/2014

    @scuffpuppies We didn't start getting HD Collections until around 2010 - that's 3-4 years after the PS3 launched.

    How is that worse than having several "remastered editions" right off the bat for a new console?
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  • Secrets of Raetikon review

  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/04/2014

    I remember seeing it on sale a few months ago, but I couldn't be bothered with Early Access. Now that I know it's from the guys who did AYiM, I'll be picking it up right away. Reply 0
  • The Behemoth is making an Xbox One game

  • Sir_Brightington_III 12/04/2014

    Weirdly arousing...

    Hope it makes its way to PC at some point.
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  • PlayStation Store Easter Sale has Ni no Kuni for 5.49

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/04/2014

    @NewbieZilla I'd recommend it. It's a great starting point if you haven't played any of the previous games. Reply +1
  • Looks like the Metro games are coming to PS4 and Xbox One

  • Sir_Brightington_III 31/03/2014

    Wow, yet another reason to spend 400 on a next gen console! Reply -1
  • Shelter 2 announced

  • Sir_Brightington_III 31/03/2014

    Yes, can't wait! I just hope they don't go overboard with the gamma this time.

    The first was such a great experience. Never before has a game made me feel like such a failure, not just as a mother but as a badger - which is a weird thing to feel as a childless human male.
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  • PlayStation Plus for April: Mercenary Kings, PES 2014, Sly Cooper, more

  • Sir_Brightington_III 30/03/2014

    @Josh216 How am I "being a prick to others" by expressing my opinion? I wasn't aware the comment section was a hugbox for Sony fanboys who hate criticism.

    I've been subscribing since early 2012, and I've seen the service go from strength to strength, only for it to plummet in quality ever since PS4 games were part of the service.

    The discounts HAVE been terrible as of late. The quality of the PS3 selection has been diminishing rapidly, to the point where it's not even remotely worth 40 to me anymore. Gone are the days when we could have selections like the ICO HD Collection, Uncharted 3, XCOM, LBP Karting, Amalur, and Demon's Souls in *one month*. Now I'm lucky to get even one game worth playing.

    I don't think it's unfair to voice my valid concerns that the service is going to shit. If the only reason I'm keeping my subscription is so I don't lose my cloud saves, there is most certainly a problem there.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 28/03/2014

    Are they really stooping so low as to include a football game? Really. Talk about scraping the barrel. I'd have even preferred another HD Collection to that.

    Between the lacklustre past few months, and all the FPSs (who would choose to play them on console?) I don't think I'll be renewing when the time comes. Even the discounts have been miserable lately.
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  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • Sir_Brightington_III 26/03/2014

    D-Does this mean we won't be getting interactive anime porn...? Reply +1
  • Misogyny, racism and homophobia: where do video games stand?

  • Sir_Brightington_III 22/03/2014

    @RandolphScott I didn't, or at least I hope I didn't come across as saying these things aren't a problem. They certainly are, and there are some awful depictions of women and minorities in games. Even in the community itself, bigoted abuse aimed at female gamers and developers alike is rife.

    My long-winded comment was more about pointing out that for me personally, with my somewhat odd taste in games, I've found plenty of great female characters who don't exist as sex objects, the problem is that they're often not publicised to the extent that say, Grand Theft Auto is. It creates a disparity in the perception of how infrequent female protagonists actually are.

    As for being "surprised" that a 1/3rd of my collection has female characters, I'd be happy to make a list, though it might take a while.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 22/03/2014

    When I look at my game collection of ~600 games, spanning 20 odd years and multiple platforms (not even accounting for the countless roms I've played), I find it difficult to say there aren't enough female protagonists.

    1/3 of my collection have exclusively female protags (and half of my top 10 games of all time have them) and that's not even taking into consideration the myriad games that offer gender choices and character creation.

    The problem seems to stem from an influx of new gamers who really don't play much outside of the AAA uber-mainstream Western sphere of gaming. If they'd try playing indie games, or anything from Japan, or indeed anything that isn't a fucking first person military shooter, they'd find a wealth of diversity across different genres that cater to any taste imaginable. Sure, there could always be more disabled characters, and people of colour, but to suggest there aren't enough female characters is incredibly disingenuous.

    These people keep claiming that more people want games that they can relate to, that female gamers don't have enough representation, that there's this huuuuuuuuuge demographic of women that just aren't being catered to. But how well did Remember Me and Assassin's Creed: Liberation sell exactly? I bought both of those, as a "straight male" who apparently "needs every game to appeal to me". It's not the fault of us evil, oppressive men if women and people of colour aren't bothering to even look for games they might enjoy. Hell, I've even enjoyed games like Long live the Queen which by the developer's own admission, is a game she created solely with the female demographic in mind.

    The protagonist of the game is of very little consequence to me - when I'm playing a videogame, it's escapism. I don't want to be ME when I'm playing, so I couldn't care less what gender or ethnicity the protagonist is. As a mixed race (Scottish & Indian) guy, I'm likely never going to have a character share my racial background, and that doesn't bother me in the slightest.

    Every game from now on could feature a mixed race, genderfluid trans* two-spirit femme-presenting wheelchair bound person who uses the pronoun xhe, and I'd still play them as long as they're fun. Gameplay has always, and will always be the most important factor to me, not how much of an oppressed minority the lead character is.
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  • Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney review

  • Sir_Brightington_III 19/03/2014

    Oh shit, looks like I need to buy a 3DS soon. Reply +2
  • PixelJunk Inc. has been renamed Nom Nom Galaxy

  • Sir_Brightington_III 07/03/2014

    I could watch Dylan Cuthbert eat soup for hours. I really don't know why. Reply 0
  • When will we see a gay protagonist in a triple-A game?

  • Sir_Brightington_III 28/02/2014

    Speaking of GTA, Trevor wasn't strictly hetero. I mean, his love interest was a woman, but he made several remarks that could cast doubt on him being straight(especially his whole infatuation with Michael). Even in a conversation with Franklin, who outright asks him if he's gay, Trevor responds with something along the lines of "I don't need labels" and "we're all just people".

    Is he gay? Unlikely. But he could quite easily be bisexual or pansexual though - a lot of his character was left ambiguous. He also did things to teddy bears, but that's probably another matter altogether.
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  • Down the replay rabbit hole

  • Sir_Brightington_III 24/02/2014

    @Matthew_Hornet It was just a passing interest, really. I only spent about 45 minutes reading a C++ tutorial to get a basic idea of what programming is like, and decided it was much too difficult.

    I might mess around in Unity at some point, but game development is definitely not for me!
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 23/02/2014

    Gosh, checking out achievement stats is depressing.

    49% got barely 1/3rd through Papers Please. It's 4 hours long.
    35.8% got to the last section of Primordia.
    24.5% beat Hotline Miami.
    19.2% finished Mark of the Ninja.
    8.7% completed Brutal Legend on Normal.

    I mean, I realise Steam probably isn't the best barometer; it's well known that people splurge in the sales and often leave their purchases forever untouched. But still, for game developers it must be awful to work on something day in and day out for years, only to have it virtually discarded after half an hour.

    A few years ago, I naively thought about making my own game. I looked up a tutorial on how to code in C++, and had to go lie down promptly after. It's horrifying. So I have nothing but respect for the people that are able to create games.
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  • Win a 400 Sony Entertainment Network voucher

  • Sir_Brightington_III 21/02/2014

    Pigsy's Perfect 10 for Enslaved was memorable for me. While the main game focused on Monkey & Trip's burgeoning and every changing relationship, Pigsy came across as an eccentric, and slightly creepy third wheel, and not much was done to flesh his character out. Having the DLC revolve around him and his painfully lonely existence, it certainly gave him a bit more depth, and made him instantly more likeable.

    Even the gameplay was shifted to be more stealth-oriented, having to make use of contraptions and clever distractions - pretty much the antithesis of Monkey's brute force approach. It was fascinating to see DLC explore such a different side to the world they'd established, rather than existing as an extra hour or two of the same thing you'd already played. Not to mention the visual style used in the cutscenes was absolutely beautiful.
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  • PS4 version of Octodad: Dadliest Catch pushed back to April

  • Sir_Brightington_III 20/02/2014

    Let's be honest, no-one has any plans for the Wii U. Reply 0
  • Ys: Memories of Celceta review

  • Sir_Brightington_III 20/02/2014

    @BluesClues You must be the only person on the planet that actually bought a handheld to play Western games. Reply +6
  • Earth Defense Force 2025 review

  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/02/2014

    Yeah, we get it, there are GIANT INSECTS in the game; it was mildly amusing the first time, less so the fifteenth time. But could we have some actual critique to go along with the snark? That's what we're all reading a supposedly professional review for, after all. Surely a product review is supposed to be an unbiased analysis of the creative efforts of the development team (who've worked hard for years) to help potential buyers make an informed decision; not a soapbox for the inane ramblings of some narcissistic blogger who refused to properly engage with the game. Reply +3
  • Sega secures future of Persona maker Atlus

  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/02/2014

    @siro It started in EGM - no idea how credible they are though! I'm a complete cheapskate too; I rarely buy anything at launch, but I'd be willing to buy whatever overpriced bullshit Collectors' Edition they put out, if it meant they'd keep bringing the games over. Reply 0
  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/02/2014

    Hopefully this gives some credence to the rumour about Atlus localising Yakuza 5. Reply +3
  • Suda 51's Killer is Dead hits PC in May

  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/02/2014

    @KaizokuTomSan Probably because he wrote it, I suppose? Also he's a much more recognisable name than Hideyuki Shin, the director, so it makes sense for them to advertise it as a Suda51 game. Reply 0
  • The director of Final Fantasy 7 on the remake everyone wants

  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/02/2014

    I don't want current SquareEnix anywhere near my childhood games. Look what they did to FFVI just recently! Yuck. Reply +44
  • Ikaruga shoots up Steam next week

  • Sir_Brightington_III 13/02/2014

    Do want. Just hope it's reasonably priced. Reply +3
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 has shipped over 32.5 million copies

  • Sir_Brightington_III 04/02/2014

    Wow, what terrible figures! I can see why they needed to add micro-transactions now. Reply +9
  • Long Live the Queen review

  • Sir_Brightington_III 31/01/2014

    Picked this up in the autumn sale, and absolutely love it. Haven't beaten it yet (my last attempt ended with Elodie getting shot by bandits, and her insufficient medical knowledge caused her to pull the arrow out. It didn't end well.) Reply 0
  • Rain World gameplay video shows off stealth

  • Sir_Brightington_III 24/01/2014

    @damienstraker It's Rain World, a game featuring a slug-cat fending off vicious-looking lizard beasts. What's so weird about that? Reply +2
  • Introducing the most anticipated games of 2014

  • Sir_Brightington_III 06/01/2014

    It's between Metal Gear Solid V, Hyper Light Drifter, and PixelJunk Inc. for me. Reply +1
  • PlayStation Plus gets Don't Starve, DmC, Borderlands 2

  • Sir_Brightington_III 13/12/2013

    I was just in CeX yesterday wondering if I ought to pick up DmC. So glad I went with Tomb Raider & Nier instead! Reply +5