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  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    @Kendrene That could absolutely be true, but please don't be fooled by that! Reply 0
  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    @mattshark It seems there are a lot of people who have absolutely no understanding of feminism or even what the word means. Reply +2
  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    @Kendrene You'd better learn the definition of feminism before you engage in a debate where you clearly state you're not one.

    Feminism: the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/feminism
    Reply +6
  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    @Deede No, this is wrong. I wasn't a feminist and was just as annoyed at 'men-haters' as much as anyone on this thread. I then had my mind changed by a group of doctors at Leeds University - whom I now go to the pub with regularly. I fought initially, defending my turf, but I soon had to concede after I calmed down and recognise that there is a massive imbalance in the way we're represented in culture and that it has to change.

    In fact the change isn't just moral, it's more interesting to boot. I can't wait to see more female developers and what they bring to the development table I can't wait to see more interesting female characters in games, more interesting stories and better portrayals of relationships.

    It's all exciting, and it takes nothing aware from men, it's a win-win situation in my view.

    Recognising this however, especially if you're defending the opposing view ferociously enough, is very tough and requires a big 'man' to come down and say "sorry guys, I was wrong".

    I'm saying this now, as I too have been wrong and had to dig deep - "I was wrong and to all the people I was a twat with, you know I'm sorry".
    Reply +3
  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    @TheLastPixel Feminists want more? What more do they want? Please provide us with the details. Reply +3
  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    @Yossarian Your replies are excellent. I just wish I had written them!
    Keep going!
    Reply 0
  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    @joeymoto108 Did you read what I wrote? You've said it's a flimsy argument and I wrote that this isn't an argument any more. Academics have looked at the evidence and there are now hundreds of articles in academic journals (they're not necessarily accessibly to the public, you'd have to go to a library to find one you liked and even order it in the library) about sexism and gender issues in games. The subject matter has closed, it's just those people who haven't read studies that disagree. Reply 0
  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    @the_rydster I'll amend my original post in that case as I understand what you're getting at.

    "It's already concluded by the academic community(impartial people who study philosophy their entire lives as a job); games on the whole are sexist."

    They don't claim it would be beneficial to alter it, but they do claim that they're sexist. Thanks.
    Reply 0
  • Softie2k 15/10/2014

    It's already concluded by the academic community(impartial people who study philosophy their entire lives as a job); games on the whole are sexist and it would be immensely beneficial to alter that.

    If you disagree with that, it's either because A) you've given it no thought or B) you feel entitled as someone who plays a lot of games to maintain a status quo to avoid your hobby being changed in any way based on an irrational fear you have ,that levels of enjoyment might diminish or your access to your hobby restricted should we let any one who might be different than 'us' have a say in 'our' industry.
    Reply +2
  • Firaxis opens its doors at the first Firaxicon

  • Softie2k 05/10/2014

    Really worried about Beyond Earth - I've been waiting for this for a decade and so far it just doesn't seem to have hit the spot...Got everything crossed though. Reply +3
  • Final Fantasy 15 demo coming in March - report

  • Softie2k 17/09/2014

    It'll be hyper-turd. There hasn't been a FF that I've really enjoyed since FFIX Reply -2
  • Planetary Annihilation review

  • Softie2k 16/09/2014

    I still play Total Annihilation; I'm still trying to finish the Kroggoth encounter :$ Reply +5
  • The Sims 4 review

  • Softie2k 10/09/2014

    @Ep1cN3ss1e Ok let's compare it.

    MAJOR MISSING FEATURES THAT WERE IN TS3:

    No create a style (CAST) - NOT possible in future expansions (x)
    No modifications to world/public spaces – The park in the demo is a mix of a community lot and public space (x1) (x2)
    No “normal” careers - Law enforcement, Medical, Business, etc. were removed (x)
    No open world – You must incur a loading screen between each active lot; each neighborhood has 1-5 lots total (x1) (x2)
    No pools (x)
    No terrain tools other than paint; everything is perfectly flat (x)
    No story progression – Sims in the neighborhood age, but do not have children, get jobs, move, get married…etc. without player intervention (x)
    No toddlers (x)
    No way to create/place new lots – And you only have 2 empty ones at the start of the game!
    No Mac version of the game at release
    MAJOR CRIPPLED/LIMITED FEATURES THAT WERE IN TS3:

    All buildings on a lot must have the same foundation. No mixing for sheds, garages, etc. (x)
    Babies are mere objects – All interactions are through basinet. There are no baby objects. Babies can only be lifted directly above basinet. (x)
    Backgrounds are illusions – The buildings in the background are not playable in the game. (x)
    Completely FLAT lots – The entire build-able world is completely flat (x)
    Fewer floors/levels, limited to three (x1) (x2)
    SIGNIFICANTLY smaller “worlds” of <25 lots compared to 125+ lots in TS3 (x)
    Smaller lots – Lots are limited to 50×50 instead of 64×64. (x)
    Loading screens for individual lots (x)
    The map is a one-dimensional picture (x)
    Teens are same height as adults and they, along with elders, all look nearly identical. (x)
    OTHER MISSING GAMEPLAY ELEMENTS FROM TS1-TS3:

    No acne (x)
    No aliens (x)
    No animated hair (x)
    No aspiration failures (x)
    No babysitters (x)
    No bartender (as NPC) (x)
    No basements (x)
    No bookstores (x)
    No burglars (x)
    No cars (not even as décor) (x)
    No cemeteries (x)
    No cutscenes (x)
    No cleaning skill (x)
    No clothes shopping (x)
    No color wheel, predefined to ~20 colors (x)
    No comfort need (x)
    No curfew (x)
    No customization of multi-tone hair color (users select only main color) (x)
    No dinner proposals (x)
    No diseases or illness (x)
    No dreams (x)
    No environment need
    No eyelash length slider (x)
    No favorites (food, color, music) (x)
    No fears (x)
    No full face make-up (x)
    No garage doors (x)
    No gardener for hire (x)
    No ghosts (x1) (x2)
    No grocery stores (x)
    No male body hair (x)
    No move object cheat (x)
    No newspapers (x)
    No opacity slider for makeup (x)
    No party invitations from other Sims
    No private school (x)
    No rabbit holes at all – Sims move offscreen for work and school. There are no hospitals, work/school buildings…etc. (x)
    No random or accidental deaths
    No repairman (x)
    No repo man - (x)
    No restaurants
    No skin slider (x)
    No swimming/swimwear – Including lakes, fountains, etc. (x)
    No tragic clown or social bunny (x)
    No way to watch a Sim commute to work/school (x)
    No website for browsing exchange or store (in-game only)
    No zodiac signs
    MISSING OBJECTS FROM TS1, TS2 OR TS3 BASE GAMES:

    No bikes
    No changing tables
    No cribs
    No dishwashers (x)
    No highchairs
    No hot tubs
    No pool tables
    No trash compactors (x)


    Your go...
    Reply +16
  • Softie2k 10/09/2014

    I never ever criticise reviewers to be honest, I think Eurogamer is great on the whole.

    There's barely any mention of all the content that's missing and how that really affects the game. This is a big series and it's a major draw back to remove a great deal of the content that its predecessors had.

    Could you imagine the next Elder Scrolls game going back to linear levels? That's the same thing.

    The score might be a fair assessment, but the tone of the review just doesn't sit well with me after playing the game.
    Reply +15
  • Softie2k 10/09/2014

    One paragraph on what's missing on the game compared to the others? Is that a joke? Reply +2
  • Editor's blog: I'm leaving Eurogamer later this year

  • Softie2k 09/09/2014

    8/10 would read. Reply 0
  • The Sims 4 pirated copies include censoring "glitch"

  • Softie2k 04/09/2014

    Same limited engine - Glass box. Oh the irony, you can see everything you want to interact with, outside of the glass box. Reply +3
  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • Softie2k 02/09/2014

    @Commandprawn Are you serious? Reply +11
  • Softie2k 02/09/2014

    100% behind this. We need more people to vocal about it though. Reply +4
  • Why we need more developers like Zoe Quinn

  • Softie2k 31/08/2014

    @jimmhoo If you believe that's evidence, you'll evidently believe anything. Reply +2
  • Softie2k 31/08/2014

    @Avaloner I so badly want you to open your mind and see how you're missing the bigger picture. In fact I don't necessary think you are any more, I actually think you're probably more open to what she's had to say than any time before it even though you're defending your position with a lot of enthusiasm.

    For me, I see girls and women being victims of culture; depictions of frail or objectified women with few or sometimes no role models, certainly in the way men have.

    I'm a regular guy who loves games, AAA with all the stuff that goes with it, but I also want it to change desperately, so that a new generation of women don't see themselves the same way and we'll get more female games developers with new and interesting ideas.

    I know that you've put a lot of effort into your arguments, but I do hope that some day you'll see some of the sense in what we've had to say. I don't think we're necessary totally correct with everything we've written, but I hope one day you'll see the sort of change we're getting at and agree/partly agree with it. :)
    Reply -2
  • Softie2k 31/08/2014

    @dirtysteve If you want to look at opinions with weight, just look at the academic journals that write about the things Anita says and fully agrees with. From an academic point of view, this is all old hat pretty much.

    It's just that the general public need time to adjust as more information gets through.

    You can see it now as games developers are increasingly using better female characters, especially in Indie games, but a lot less so in 'mainstream' games. There's still quite a way to go though.

    Do look at journals and academic writings however, my girlfriend is doing her PhD in this at the moment (well, at least one chapter).
    Reply -2
  • Softie2k 31/08/2014

    @Avaloner Of course she's trying to convince. Would you say that when you're trying to convince people that "not all black men are rapists" you state that "actually, some black men are rapists".

    What planet are you on? Her whole argument is that the industry is one sided, why would she need to argue both sides when one side is totally dominant?
    Reply -1
  • Leading creators back latest Tropes vs Women video

  • Softie2k 28/08/2014

    Keep going Frazzl; people are reading and believing :) Reply +3
  • Softie2k 28/08/2014

    @BobbyDeNiro I don't understand why people would think that depicting women properly in games would be so controversial though. Reply +1
  • Softie2k 28/08/2014

    @BobbyDeNiro If that's your only question, I'd question your question. Reply 0
  • Softie2k 28/08/2014

    I think the problem here, as expressed by Avaloner, is that people refuse to believe they are influenced by culture. Depictions in films, games and books, don't influence them and they became infuriated by the suggestion that they might be.

    There are thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of studies that show we're influenced largely by culture, and that's why making games more balanced matters to both men and women.

    We've all played too many games that depict women in a totally one-sided manner, so much so that it seems many people here are immune to the idea that it's wrong.

    It is possible to change, you just have to realise that depictions of people affect us.
    Reply +1
  • Softie2k 28/08/2014

    How uncivilised must certain groups of men (and probably some women bizarrely) be to torture and bully a woman for expressing her opinion on-line.

    You'd have thought she was member of ISIS for the treatment she gets.
    Reply +6
  • Softie2k 27/08/2014

    It's because of all these haters that I realise that all feminists have a massive task ahead of us. I once thought it was ridiculous that culture affects us through media like games, but I fully understand it now.

    I'll support causes like hers much more thanks to the threads like these.
    Reply -5
  • Softie2k 27/08/2014

    I'm so glad there are people here that understand and agree with her. Reply -3
  • Pierce Brosnan plays GoldenEye 007

  • Softie2k 20/08/2014

    I was the first person to finish Goldeneye and get 007 mode! Setting all enemies to be aware of you at the very beginning of a level, super fast running speed, and then zero percent accuracy was a real joy :) Reply +1
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is coming to Steam

  • Softie2k 14/08/2014

    Absolutely awesome! Reply 0
  • Steam beta adds 'hide this game in my library' option

  • Softie2k 08/08/2014

    Bought my girlfriend Putt-putt the purple car and she finished it the same morning! She loves it! xD (before anyone says otherwise, she's 25!) :D Reply +1
  • "The transformation was painful. We paid the price"

  • Softie2k 08/08/2014

    They didn't pay the price, their employees did. Reply +18
  • Has Valve just soft-launched the Source 2 engine?

  • Softie2k 07/08/2014

    Great news, I can't wait to see all the new stuff Source 2 is capable of.

    When the first screenshots of Half Life 2 were released, I couldn't believe how far in advance they were of almost every other title. Come on Gabe! Push a little harder and get that third one out! xD
    Reply +6
  • Resident Evil 1 remastered for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

  • Softie2k 05/08/2014

    Resident Evil 2 is truly one of the pinacles of gaming. The dual swappable disk feature was absolute genius and most folk never got to the finish the game, and they didn't even know it! Reply +3
  • Sony: PS4 targeting Wii owners who skipped PS3 and Xbox 360

  • Softie2k 15/07/2014

    Yep, I am one of them. Never had a PS3 or an Xbox360, but would relish the chance to play older PS3 games I missed out on, as well all the new stuff. Why do gamers get so angry over things that benefit customers? Reply +5
  • EA responds to fan outcry over The Sims 4 missing features

  • Softie2k 08/07/2014

    Smells like Sim City. Reply +10
  • Video: Dealing with other humans and synthetics in Alien Isolation

  • Softie2k 12/06/2014

    It's good to see more games with female protagonists.

    It's sorely needed.
    Reply 0
  • BioWare: Mass Effect 4 will reference original trilogy but remain separate

  • Softie2k 11/06/2014

    Loved Mass Effect, especially two. Three would have been great had it not been for the literally the worst possible ending they could have come up with.

    Really looking forward to the new series.
    Reply +12
  • After over 15 years, Grim Fandango finally comes to consoles

  • Softie2k 10/06/2014

    Viva la Revolución! Reply +1
  • Census says UK games industry back on track

  • Softie2k 09/06/2014

    About the same size as WoW's annual subscriptions then? xD Reply -1
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter appears in gorgeous new trailer

  • Softie2k 05/06/2014

    Dear Esther + Alan Wake. Reply +11
  • Bungie's date with Destiny approaches

  • Softie2k 02/05/2014

    Nothing stands out for Destiny thus far. The art looks incredibly bland and I can't see a compelling reason to buy it. Reply -17
  • The Blackwell Epiphany concludes the five-game adventure series today

  • Softie2k 24/04/2014

    Definitely a purchase after Gemini Rue. Reply +4
  • Windows 8 to finally return Start Menu in August update

  • Softie2k 23/04/2014

    There's a lot to like about Windows 8.

    Mounting ISO's is great, no more daemon tools!
    8.1 performs better than Windows 7.
    Security is a lot better in Windows 8.
    Monitor of your system is WAAAY better
    AND updated Powershell!!! Woohoo!
    Reply +2
  • Planetary Annihilation Early Access review

  • Softie2k 21/04/2014

    Doesn't look great in my opinion; thought SupCom was rubbish too; Total Annihilation though - Godlike.

    I still go back on to play the Kroggoth Encounter to this day!
    Reply -6
  • Firaxis announces Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

  • Softie2k 14/04/2014

    Please don't go...the drones need you...they look up to you... Reply +3
  • Softie2k 12/04/2014

    O.....M.....G.

    So overdue you cannot imagine it! Dump Civ, Glory to the Lady Deirdre Skye!
    Reply +1
  • Simon says don't panic: We examine Frictional's upcoming horror game Soma

  • Softie2k 04/04/2014

    I have absolute trust in these guys after Dark Descent. If TheChineseRoom aids a little with the story, this will be an absolute winner. Reply -1