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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Kielistic Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (156 comments)

You seem like a rational and easy to deal with person. Not inflammatory in the slightest.

But I'm glad you made this post so some people here at Slashdot can see exactly how "misogyny" is used to shut down people's brains and how it has been tacked on to "gamergate". Repeat a lie enough times and people seem to think there must be at least some truth to it.

I am a "misogyny apologist" (lol) for not siding 100% with journalists and hence lumped in with the "rampant" misogyny. The journalists did behave in unethical manners and there was a scandal (hence the -gate suffix). There is really no evidence of misogyny other than mean things said to a few individual women that seem to have a penchant for histrionic outbursts. Anything less than benevolent sexism appears to be misogyny to some people. Which is odd coming from a group that claims to be feminist.

2 days ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Kielistic Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (156 comments)

I don't want to understate that doxing is wrong but there is a difference between a dox of a person that wants to stay anonymous and one that uses their real name and has all of their personal info out in the open.

The double standard is that "gamergate" is supposed to constantly denounce all these things that aren't coming from any of the main voices (or that can be pinned to any of the voices at all) yet you have prominent people in the implicated media companies recommending contacting people's employers to get them fired. Celebrating ruining careers and claiming to be a "megaphone" so don't cross them.

The double standard is people on one side have to constantly denounce death threats that they aren't making but nobody demands the implicated media companies do the same.

It is almost as if the side with the more powerful media presence is trying to keep the other side fighting an uphill battle of bad press...

2 days ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Kielistic Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (156 comments)

From everything I've read about the subject:

The journalist did mention her game. It wasn't a review but was definite positive exposure for a game that would not have gotten if they were not close friends. The reason her sex life became an issue was that it seemed to involve a lot of journalists and marketing people. Conflicts of interests and what not. The sex aspect was central but not because of the sex; more the close personal relationships (which sex is). Of course there were a lot of jokes about it. Additionally there was a bunch of stuff about journalists funding games and judges from some indie game competition having monetary reasons to want certain games to win.

Is your second point about the 10 or so articles put out by separate publications that totally aren't colluding to write their own narrative declaring that "gamers are dead" and everyone that disagrees with them is part of that group? I can see why you think that's not about journalism... Or is it about the mailing list they were all a part of discussing stories and what to print?

The interesting thing is those female developers all seemed to have friendships with the people implicated in the whole ordeal. Other female developers and gamers that weren't part of that same friend-group don't seem to share your one-size-fits-all-women mentality. Lady makes fun of people but it's harassment when they responded and made fun of her? How do you expect people to respond when you accuse them of something they didn't do. Should they not say "we didn't do that"? None of the threats have been shown to come from this junk at all. In fact, from what I've read any identified threats have come from third-party assholes just trying to stir shit up. It is always advised not to advertise death threats because that just gives the threatener what they want and encourages more but a few of these women seem more interested in broadcasting their threats than reporting them to the police. Is this what you mean by "they're asking for it"?

The SJW thing in ancillary to the journalism. The journalists happen to be part of the "SJW" clique and used trigger words like "misogyny" to get people's brains to shut down so they could deflect blame. The whole thing has a striking similarity to the "donglegate" fiasco from a few years back.

3 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Kielistic Re:Are the police involved? (regarding death threa (238 comments)

Yes I heard all about the "listen and believe" nonsense. What a farce. As if enough people didn't think she was a con-artist before so she's gone right out and said "hey don't question me; just believe everything I say."

Public figures, especially ones that purposefully stir up controversy like Sarkeesian, get death threats frequently enough that police get a lot of reports. There seems to have been some questioning of whether or not there were police reports for some of the incidents; couldn't find the actual reports (I have no idea how true this is) and police always explicitly instruct not to publicize the threat. The most recent one I believe the police issued a statement that they investigated and found no credible threat.

Hopefully they can track down the people behind this nonsense and put an end to it.

3 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Kielistic Re:No SD card, non-removable battery (200 comments)

Which is the Apple model again. Which, I guess, if it works why change it? The Nexus 5 definitely does not have a user removable battery- I have one right in front of me. The screen isn't hard to replace either but it is not a user replaceable part. I'm really just commenting on the fact that the Nexus line was originally marketed as affordable and for those of us that would use features like SD cards. Now that they've got both feet in the door they can jack up the price and drop features.

NFC is just the pairing stage is it not? My understanding of the technology was that it was really only for when devices are nearly touching. Or do you mean monitoring device monitors then transfers data later?

3 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Kielistic Re:No SD card, non-removable battery (200 comments)

I didn't say it was an OS weakness... I said they seem to no longer feel the need to compete on expandability like the Nexus line was originally marketed as. The distinguishing feature is now just Android. Especially with the new high price. $350 for a Nexus 5? That was practically an impulse buy when I dropped my Galaxy Nexus. $650? Not so much.

4 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Kielistic Re:No SD card, non-removable battery (200 comments)

Nexus devices no longer offer those features. With the high price-point on this phone it really does seem that Google has abandoned everything that made the Nexus line so much better than the iPhones. I guess they think their OS is prime time enough they no longer have to offer those frills.

As for an accessory port: It's called USB. Bluetooth is also available.

4 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Kielistic Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

You are correct- they are different. One image is for a video game and the other can be for pretty much anything else. It's almost as if it is the "video game" part that is the difference.

The size of the overlap between female gamers and Cosmo readers has no relevance to your original assertion about women being off-put. Unless you are saying that female gamers are completely atypical and wholly different from other girls.

4 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Kielistic Re:Where is this "disdain" coming from? (238 comments)

Or perhaps just an empty compliment for the minority female audience trying to encourage more. But you're probably right- it was a brilliantly crafted passive-aggressive remark designed to keep womenfolk down.

4 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Kielistic Re:It's always been a myth (238 comments)

Just did as you suggested. Not a single person saying that. But I did see about 40% of the activity was from women. Do you go to a different Twitter than I do?

4 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Kielistic Re:I don't get the rage (238 comments)

A good response is "if you don't support war you support the terrorists!" Or if they use 'left' as a personal identity: "Oh, I see you went to the George W. Bush school of political rhetoric".

4 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Kielistic Re:I don't get the rage (238 comments)

Rather than believe someone they didn't trust in the first place you mean. Their gender had nothing to do with it. And yes, some people were willing to posture about that being a possibility. It is not an unknown tactic used by certain people.

It is not a "giant conspiracy" for someone to threaten themselves or make up a threat. Nor is it a conspiracy for a single supporter to send the threat. Both happen. No one knows if it has happened in these cases but asserting it is not even a possibility is disingenuous.

I actually think the threats are completely unrelated to the whole thing. Just some asshole or assholes capitalizing on the current tension and media attention.

4 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Kielistic Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

"didn't seem to know how to appeal to 50%" -> wasn't interested in appealing to them. When the industry was young, immature and relatively small the devs made games to appeal to themselves and their direct target audience. Most game ideas started as "it would be sweet if there was a game that did this" or "I could do this better". This mentality built a multi-billion dollar industry.

Secondly, targeting "casual" gamers (which is the important demographic if you want to count women as 50% of gamers) isn't exactly as lucrative as the big industry stuff. It is unsurprising AAA devs do not want to waste their time developing <$0.99 cellphone games that have a similar chance of return as a slot machine. If you want to talk about the women already in the traditional gamer demographics they seem to find it appealing enough. If they think of better ideas to appeal to themselves they are free to make games just like everyone else.

4 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Kielistic Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

A quick glance of magazines targeted at women and girls disagrees. "Sexy woman" seems a very common and successful marketing strategy for women. Perhaps it is off-putting to "a lot" of women but definitely not enough to make an impact.

4 days ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Kielistic Re:Humans are not only not the only intelligence (152 comments)

Because you value the companionship and sense of worth it gives you. "If I'm so smart and my car is so inanimate then why do I put so much effort into its existence?"

When cats figure out how to catch, can and distribute tuna you might have a point.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Kielistic Re:I wonder .... (152 comments)

It looks like Google translate is not detecting the language right. There are many languages that share words and basic structure and spelling rules with Spanish. Judging by the translation it is giving you it appears to be confusing it with another language. When I tested it it confused it with Galician. A relatively small language spoken in an area of Spain bordering Portugal which is why it has traits of both Spanish and Portuguese (dos = "of the" in Galician/Portuguese but means "two" in Spanish).

The reason it is "dos cervezas" and not "dos cerveza" is exactly the same reason it is "two beers" and not "two beer" in English.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Kielistic Re:Humans are not only not the only intelligence (152 comments)

In other words you grew up in a large urban environment and have never actually seen nature let alone understand it and all your knowledge of the wild comes from Disney movies.

Nature does not "achieve" equilibrium. Equilibrium is an emergent property (and an illusion) of having everything grabbing anything it can and killing anything it can get away with. If nature actually reached equilibrium evolution would cease and no species would ever spread. Wild animals regularly breed themselves into starvation. I encourage to read into why hunting seasons are a thing.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Kielistic Re:Humans are not only not the only intelligence (152 comments)

What is with this new "humans are dumb" nonsense? Anything a cat can do a human can out-think and do better. Which is why any cat that is a physical threat to us or competes with us is endangered. They may fit their niche better than a human would but that does not make them more intelligent than a human.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Kielistic Re:I wonder .... (152 comments)

Cervezas. Dos cervezas. Perhaps why your wife is mocking you.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Kielistic Re:Free the bastards! (152 comments)

Well they probably wouldn't be able to survive in the wild. That has nothing to do with society though.

about two weeks ago

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