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  1. Masculinity

    Thanks for the primer on the difference between sex and gender Atlantic, that's a helpful clarification. Here are the lyrics for Blood Embrace to make instances of masculinity more accessible for possible discussion: I'm a little bit concerned that the aspects that the performance adds and enhances are removed from the lyrics in written form, but I'm making an omlette! (So I have to break some eggs) The basic premise of the song is that the character's romantic relationship has become an issue of insecurity, in some part due to a third party that the protagonist feels the need to compete with. That in itself doesn't strike me as masculine, but the particular considered actions and personal reflections on how those potential actions would change the meaning of the existing romantic relationship between him and "Her". In the song, his reaction to this threat to the romantic relationship is to speculate on what She expects of him. He explains to himself that her motive for having these expectations as a "test" for him. Based on my conception of feminity as it has been expressed around me throughout my life-experiences in various areas of the United States, I would think that the test a man might put upon a woman would be something like an expectation to be faithful to him sexually. This could be something as nefarious as an orchestration where one of his male friends comes onto the female subject in order to see if she remains faithful (for an easily identifiable example). Forcing that scenario on a romantic partner as a response to one's own insecurities about their pairing doesn't feel gendered to me interestingly. But the scenario that the character in Blood Embrace lays out where she may be flirting with or moving on to a second man (in what I imagine is) in a way visible to the character to see how he reacts, does seem particularly masculine concern to me. He asks himself if She wants him to fight as a performance of his commitment to Her, but seems to be resistant to becoming muscle for someone willing to manipulate him.
  2. I always love a good discussion on the ethics of media-consumption. Y'all brought up a lot of the complications. I struggle with the various mixtures of abusive artists and the normalization of oppression through media frequently. My favorite show (Playful Kiss ) is a double offender. I find myself not wanting to like harmful things, but I do in some cases? Atleast it makes me feel better when discussions like this happen. Here's another example that slots right in to my personal interests: It's an awkward realization that techniques that make story-telling compact and novel are teaching us how to behave towards each other; I often think of the Nascar driver who tried to bank against a wall because he was used to it working in video games. Btw: I'd like to hear y'alls thoughts on the highschool setting in narratives (if you have anything to say about it). Danielle has been tweeting about it some and I'm curious about where those thoughts ended up going.
  3. Feminism I read this essay because I wanted to see what these well formatted comments were responding to.
  4. The Big VR Thread

    I tried Google Earth VR last night. Seeing a scalable map in the FOV of a one-story wall is cool on its own. I haven't really been able to see how areas are related geographically at that scale while still being zoomed in enough to know where I am. I visited some of the various places I've lived and a lot of why it works well works with street-view on a typical computer-screen, but this felt more fluid and dreamlike. Flying down streets and seeing buildings and trees that weren't notable enough for my streamlined memories made me somewhat emotional. The places with 3d data are intimidatingly detailed. I felt a little nervous about having the opportunities to be so voyeuristic. I probably spent 30 minutes looking around Tokyo and saying "I didn't realize Tokyo was so big!" outloud involuntarily. Flying down and chilling in a park long enough for the low-poly tree-captures to render in was just astounding after seeing the area from 1000 feet above and chosing to visit arbitrarily. What a stunning demonstration of both VR and Google's collection of data.
  5. I went to Havarl right after finishing Voeld and it broke the pacing for me. I don't know if I could manage the discipline to skip a whole planet, but if I was to do it again I would have continued on the main quest-line for a bit before going to Havarl. Not sure how that would have turned out though. It was around this time that the side-quests started seeming like they were mentioning planets I was supposed to know about that I hadn't been to. Did you do Havarl or Voeld?
  6. The Big VR Thread

    For me, the killer app is Medium.
  7. Great conversation about fictional religions. I find myself wondering what the difference is between a religion and an ideology which includes ritual and tradition. So would something like feeling an importance to continue colonizing solar-systems in order to spread humanity for no particular reason but that humans are the light of the universe be a religion or ideology. If they had a ritualistic meal to express it and ritualistic performances of this arbitrary Purpose , I think it might be a religion.
  8. Ghost in the Shell (2017)

    I feel like the Puppet Master from the original is only interesting in concept, not in expression. They seem to have moved the intrigue to Major in the new movie and I think she ends up being a much more interesting character than any character in the original largely because she and other characters give the state of her existence some thought. Plus every line of dialogue from the first movie is just exposition. In this one there is frequent subtleties in how characters think about their circumstances and how they think about their relationships with others. This might just be harder to convey in animation. Your comments about the action-sequences are interesting.
  9. The Big VR Thread

    The Oculus Medium update has made that tool FAR more useful for hobbyist game development. There is now an option to generate UV maps and a very flexible mesh-reduction system. It is awesome.
  10. Ghost in the Shell (2017)

    I thought it was great. I think it is horrible that they didn't look for an asian actress, but I thought it turned out really well otherwise. The comparison I keep thinking of is The Crow for some reason. I rewatched the anime and it was much less interesting than this movie imo. I thought the intrigue was well done and the cybernetic themes were explored in interesting ways.
  11. I like it, especially with the constrained selection of heroes. The third time I played it, someone used Reinhardt in really useful ways and now I'm excited about trying him out specifically so I can charge the shielded bots and the detonators . I've played as Mercy, Torbjorn, and Zarya. Zarya was really useful. So were the other two, but Zarya wasn't specifically authored to be useful in this scenario.
  12. I've gotten 3 patches in the last two days. Is this happening for anyone else? We were playing PvE and my wife got kicked and then it started downloading a patch.
  13. Feminism

    I'm trying to enforce a safe-space in a Discord channel and the typical assumptions about how people choose to be offended and "censorship" are coming up. I'm not really sure what the balance of consideration is between the users who are willing to engage on those issues in that particular place. I'm concerned that such a discussion may make that channel more hostile feeling for the folks I would hope to make space for.
  14. Feminism

    I was reminded today about how much this thread helped me develop my personal poltics. I'm hoping to create something similar for others, but I'm concerned it will go awry.
  15. Fake Games

    I seem to be doing it wrong. Halp!
  16. Fake Games

    Better categorization or using the curation system would not only remove the stuff you consider shit from your view, it would also remove the stuff you don't want to play. So people could still find it and buy it if they want and you wouldn't notice it was there unless you went looking for it. Don't they show top-sellers by default? In combination with better categories, wouldn't this be fine for a new user to browse without concern of low-effort games?
  17. Fake Games

    I'm fine with more reliable categories. Removing games from the store is what I have a problem with. No one is stealing people's money in any of the circumstances we have discussed so far. Also, if you take a chance with fewer games that are chosen by Valve employees or whatever and you don't like the game, what is the difference? I want to see this. How do you do this search?
  18. Fake Games

    I'm glad I asked; I was legit confused about how you were relating the thing about tags and categories to my disapproval of removing games from the store because of most users quality standards. Here is one of the things that is having an impact on my views: I also have an imaginary consumer in mind as I'm thinking through this situation; it is basically me when I first started buying games on PC rather than on a console. The appeal of Steam were explicitly these things: -I don't have to worry about viruses if I download games from this store. -I don't have to worry about credit-card theft if I buy from this store. -I will be able to re-download the game after the publisher has gone out of business. During my first couple of years buying games on PC, I was also unaware of how wide of an array PC-gaming was. This was around 2008. At the time visual-novels and early-access were not on the store. Short, interesting games like Gravity Bone were not on the store. Wasn't 30 Flights of Loving was controversial when it was put on the Steam store? The climate has changed a lot since then largely due to and Gamejolt, but I think that it is an entitled (as defined previously by Gormongous) assumption that folks that scared about downloading PC games will know about or trust stores like On an early episode of the Giant Beast Cast, Vinny Caravella expressed very clearly that he was not willing to download from (I'm pretty sure it was) because he was afraid he would get viruses. There is an industry professional who is unwilling to download a PC game from something smaller than Steam, Origin, Uplay or Battlenet. Y'all don't seem to think that these frightened PC players would enjoy smaller games that a lot of folks wouldn't consider worth a buck, but I certainly would have if I had known they existed.
  19. Fake Games

    You can by foot in COD multiplayer too. I don't think that people are looking for Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 when they are searching for racing games. I assume they are looking for something like Project Cars or Assetto Corsa, not GTA5. p.s. I'm continually surprised by what y'all seem to think my position has been in this thread. Not sure what is causing the confusion. I guess it's not a big deal. It's weird though.
  20. Fake Games

    Maybe Valve should concentrate of fixing their categories rather than removing games from sale (or not putting them up at all). here is the second page when I browse "Racing" Based off of some of the positions stated in this thread, an uneducated consumer might buy Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 or Mad Max or Arma III DLC thinking that it is a racing game. This failure to properly categorize is also burying games and losing revenue for hard-working game-makers. Why isn't this the priority solution when it is something that more people would be happy with?
  21. Fake Games

    Do you think older games should be removed from the store? Pretty much all stores remove stock when it expires or becomes out-dated. I would think that some of the older games on Steam aren't even compatible with Windows 10. In your view, would this be a good way to remove some of the cruft in Steam?
  22. Fake Games

    I assume that this isn't an attempt to represent my position, but I'm still curious which priviledges you are referring to.
  23. Fake Games

    Don't they have the right to allow something on their store that a certain group of its consumers consider a scam or just noise?
  24. Fake Games

    I'm in a weird spot because if I don't respond then it will look like I'm ignoring you and if I do it will provide you with more evidence of my manipulative rhetorical tactics. If I just say the above then it'll probably seem like I'm accusing you of something so I'll just go ahead and attempt to clarify my positions on your points: I don't think Sterling is a bad man. I do think that he is using fascist imagery while saying things like "A 15 million dollar lawsuit should never have happened. Multiple copyright strikes against dozens of YouTube channels shouldn't happen. Stalking, threats, invasive behavior, this string of not just unprofessional but recklessly unhinged little animals thinking that they run the show, it should never have gotten so far and so out of hand. For years, I thought the problem was the games, the shitty games flooding Steam. James remind taught me different. Threats to kill me through continued harassment taught me different. Accusations of trademark violation and developers who think their ass-pool(?) users beat Valve's rules taught me different. Shitty games are a symptom, shitty people are the disease and the thought of disinfecting them for good fills me with a near perverse level of pleasure; the work continues." probably helps to encourage the behavior he is supposedly condemning. I linked this article earlier. I'm not suggesting that the developer didn't also harass folks, but I think it is worth considering that this developer has received harassment from the fans of Sterling who again is dressed like and presents himself like a fascist. I'm happy that he is a proponent of social justice, but that doesn't change how I'm seeing this particular campaign and his role in it. I read the Hernandez review. Similar to how I view the Jim Sterling stuff, it seems performative to me. When someone goes in to review a game that has racked up 454 mostly negative reviews in five days and is selling for 24cents for a publication or their YouTube channel, I tend to assume that it is going to be a hit job for laughs. I don't entirely dismiss their observations because of that motive, but I do see it as performative rather than some sort of good-faith desire to enjoy a game. That's fine with me if they want to do comedic hit-jobs, people love that stuff but it is a performance in both cases. I'm okay with this conversation happening, I just think that I'm right and Twig is wrong. I still want to hear y'alls opinions and express mine, but I'm not expecting in to result in us agreeing. I still find value in it. I am open to the possibility of better curation being a net positive for customers and developers of games. I don't think that removing games from the store because of status-quo standards is better curation. I still think that the folks who find these games to play are looking for them. Maybe they want to do a comedic hit-job. Maybe they want to be obstinate about fake-games. The point is that I don't see these games served to uneducated consumers in an exploitative manner. Better curation in my view would be allowing folks to do things like search by publisher, be able to subscribe to the recommendations of others, and be able to filter by user review scores. I think they have done all that, but that is the type of thing that I think leads to better curation. Not removing something from sale on a digital store. I think you are overstating my disdain for Sterling. If there is a particular thing I said you want me to address I can. So my Let's Play is up.