THE DARKNET SHALL CONSUME YOU ALL (on the retardation of NBC)

You know once upon a time, I honestly liked Law and Order: SVU. Up until about season 6 the plot lines were mostly interesting. Detective Stabler made the show for me, the story arcs involving his family and his personal fears for them that were exacerbated by the job are most often what interested me. Benson however honestly always seemed very forced with the constant and frankly exaggerated moral panic in many episodes.

The show however always failed when they based the central theme of an episode around an occurrence in pop-culture.

The second life episode was a prime example of this, the misuse of common and well established internet language, the over sexualisation of a mostly mundane and boring game, the ridiculous moral panic from said boring game and the convoluted circumstances that brought the entire kidnap circumstance about.

I can’t bring myself to watch the entire episode, not because it would insult me or anger me, but because if I watched it all the way through I’d most likely wake my entire household from the tearful laughter of stupidity induced hilarity. But from the many, many, many…..many clips that I have seen, the #gamergate themed episode would seem to be a prime example of this sort of thing. Except……

Nobody has ever been shown or linked to have ever been gangbanged, physically or sexually assaulted. I’ve seen maybe 4 cases in my time where stalking has occured in the real world as a result of unhealthy infatuation from second life but I’ve yet to hear of a single case where Anita Sarkessian or Zoe Quinn have been physically assaulted. I’ve seen a shit load of the threats (which you should also note that many if not most of these are of very suspect origins), but I’ve yet to see a single case where someone has walked up to Anita Sarkessian and broken her big ugly nose with a hard punch.

And you know why this episode came out like this? Do you know why they have made some of the most lulz worthy statements I have ever seen from a mainstream show? Because they bought it.

They bought the narrative put forth by Brianna Wu, Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkessian, Kotaku, Polygon and all of the other dense, wicked and self-righteous idiots that are among them. And now they wonder why gamers are getting a bad wrap. The moment they see how fucking ridiculous their narrative is when it is applied to a fictional sub-par crime drama and barely even exaggerated, they wonder why gamers have been fighting for their identity.

Also fun fact to Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and every other cretin who had a part in that episode.

My best friend is a woman whom I met 6 years ago while playing World of Warcraft. I have met more then enough women because of videogames in my time, and while many men may be crass assholes, there are far more who simply want more people to play and spend time with. At the end of the day because clearly none of you idiots have ever met your average gamer, nobody gives a fuck if a dev has a vagina or a cock. If the game is good then nobody will give a fuck (unless they’re just assholes), good on it’s own merits and not because she fucked a journalist to get positive coverage, not because she’s friends with other developers, not because she uses her genitalia as pseudo-moral leverage.

I hope you disingenuous and incompetent cretins apologise to the hundreds of millions of gamers who you’ve painted as evil and terrorising misogynists. SVU should have died when Christopher Meloni left, so with that I hope your ratings drop off a cliff and you can stop plaguing us all with your horrible writing and tasteless acting.

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Some rambling about SJW’s in gaming

So I made this wordpress page a while ago with the idea that I’d post some of my sometimes pitiful attempts at rambling or ranting, try to propel my thoughts and ideas out onto the digital plain. A combination of distraction and loss of interest led to me neglecting the page and it’s gathered dust for a while. But with recent events I figured I might as well try and revive it.

Now onto my wordy things.

Until about 3 years ago I really had no knowledge of the modern butchering of the term “Social Justice”. I’d been moving around the internet for a bit and travelled in fairly limited circles outside of my real life friends, my guild on WoW and one or two atheist and skeptic groups. I would see a wacky feminist pop up occasionally in the atheist movement like Rebecca Watson or Jennifer Mcreight, but I really didn’t see the constant stream of self-pity, narcissism and inane bullshit flung forth by these weak-minded individuals. I’m still not 100% sure if it was just because these people suddenly appeared out of the nether, and that I just wasn’t travelling in the circles where this sort of thing was a common occurence, or that I hadn’t noticed it for whatever reason.

The first case where I ever really saw this strange trend of hyper-sensitivity among my interests was when a youtuber, (Thunderf00t, of who I am a great fan and who I’ve had the privilege of speaking to once or twice on livestreams) joined a now infamous atheist blog called freethoughtblogs. The archives are out there for anyone who really wants to learn about this, but here’s a basic summary of events:

-Thunderf00t is offered a space at freethoughtblogs

-Before his first article is even published many of the writers at FTB are accusing him of being sexist or having a feud with lacigreen (another youtuber and SJW), Thunderf00t defends himself from these fallacious allegations and they back down.

-Thunderf00t joins freethoughtblogs in early 2012.

-Thunderf00t earliest posts were questioning the need for ridiculously stringent atheist conference policies in regards to sexism, when there has never been a confirmed or corroborated report of sexual harassment, assault, etc.

-FTB hive-mind dogpiles him and throw up various logical fallacies to try and silence his dissent.

-He tries to defend himself again, causing a large schism.

-He is removed shortly thereafter.

-Admin considers not paying him his ad-revenue earned (which I will hastily add would have to be fairly large considering the enormous spike in traffic this controversy caused)

-Their admins are incompetent and have a poorly maintained mailing list and he regains access and leaks emails detailing the above and them badmouthing prominent atheists.

The whole affair caused a fairly big schism and drama-fest in the online atheist movement. And most of it was caused by the above mentioned SJW’s, the kind of person who believes that all or most trans/female/POC/non-white males are an oppressed minority in the west, an agenda pushed forth by a racist patriarchal society. All of which is based on rhetoric, outright falsifications, emotional blackmail, half truths or cherry pickings. Not evidence, not studies (atleast ones that aren’t easily discredited), not reliable or falisifiable data. Nothing.

Most if not all of the most infamous SJW’s in gaming these days, (Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkessian, Patricia Hernandez, etc) rely atleast partly on the above tactics to push their agenda, their ideology, into gaming.

Very rarely have I ever seen a valid point drawn up by these kinds of people. The kind of person who whips up a controversy about being the victim of a targetted attack by an imageboard which is primarily browsed by depressed, male virgins and getting The Escapist, Kotaku, Polygon, etc all to defend them and get such a ridiculous amount of publicity to coincide with the attempt to greenlight their “game” (I personally prefer the term misinformation device), however when the most basic scrutiny of her claims shows that they are either fallacious, exaggerated or just outright lies of mass harassment from an imageboard of mostly social awkward, isolated and depressed virgins.

Or better yet when they claim that they’re getting death threats, then claim you reported it to the cops and you were ran out of your home. Then when an actual hard look is taken at the screen cap you’ve taken and the timing seems a little bit off, but still within reason. But then the cops are contacted and they have no fucking clue what’s going on because you never actually contacted them. So yeah, those kinds of people.

I’m 110% for an open marketplace of ideas. My opinions have been reshaped, changed or even demolished many times over the 22 years I’ve been conscious. If a feminist can bring up a valid case of a game being blatantly sexist or misogynistic I’d rail against it in a heartbeat. But that isn’t what you ever see happen despite what their defenders might claim, especially when they try to criticise heavily competitive genres likes shooters, MOBAs, RTS, etc, genres which are probably going to be male dominated for a long time.

Though there is nothing necessarily wrong with that though. Women and men generally have small differences and tastes that usually naturally occur as a side effect of sexual dimorphism. Men are generally going to be a bit more aggressive and competitive in that sort of environment and will be drawn to it, which is by no mean’s saying there aren’t a good number of female gamers in that those gaming categories, I’ve played/battled with dozens of women in games such as Halo, HoN, DOTA, LoL, GoW or CoD over the years (many times I’ve been decimated by them), but they are still a minority because of the nature of the play style and not simply because of male-centric marketing.

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