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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Raenex Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Movies could be ultra realistic and show the true horrors of war. They don't though, because that would give half the audience PTSD. The directors are responsible and carefully decide what to show. Why is the same restraint not used in Hitman? Why even have missions where it is possible to do this? Why facilitate it?

I'd say, "Now you've lost all credibility," but you already lost all credibility with your bullshit advertising argument. Are you seriously defending movies with regards to this kind of criticism? There's plenty of the same tropes in movies.

Besides that fact, your "responsible" example is on the morally wrong side. One of the biggest criticisms of war movies is that they don't show the true horrors of war. That's why a movie like Saving Private Ryan was a breakthrough and acclaimed for not giving a sanitized, Hollywood version of war.

And there's no way I'm going to get bent out of shape about Hitman when a mountain is being made about a molehill, when the entire game is about a hitman. The whole game is a fucking murder simulator, and I'm supposed to get upset that one tiny part gives you the opportunity to kill some strippers?

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Raenex Re:gtfo (724 comments)

The point if A is bad, B also being bad doesn't make A more acceptable. Your argument is based on accepting the violence is okay, but actually violence that objectifies male characters is a problem too and has been called out as such.

When I initially gave you a chance to make this argument, you didn't. You just jumped straight to a supposed strawman from Thunderf00t. It seems doubtful you really had a problem with violence in video games until the comparison was made.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Raenex Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Try the second part, it explains this aspect in detail and shows the advertising

Please. Those were advertisements for Hitman: Blood Money, which came out in 2006. The mission discussed in the previous video was from Hitman: Absolution, 2012. Claiming, "The game then allows you to do what the advertising promotes," after a period of 6 years, is incredibly disingenuous.

And let's be clear about the details here. In the first video, half-naked women are dragged around on screen while Anita says, "Players are meant to derive a perverse pleasure from desecrating the bodies of unsuspecting female virtual characters." In the advertsing from 6 years earlier, we are shown static shots of executed women in provocative poses.

Different version of the game. Different year. Different context (non-target civilians you are encouraged to bypass versus static shots of targeted hits not being interacted with). Different roles (designers versus advertisers). And you're giving Thunderf00t shit for strawman arguments? At least Anita didn't directly claim the clip from the first video was a fulfillment from the advertising shown in the second.

Oh, and one more thing on the advertising: "The game is advertised as allowing you to kill hot women and pose their bodies", that's another stretch on your part. The women in the advertisements are sprawled out in death poses. Yes, they try to make them look sexy, but there's no indication of the Hitman having posed them.

If you have to misrepresent like this, you've got a problem.

I'd also point out that people doing that sort of thing are unlikely to post video of their actions to YouTube.

*snort* What YouTube do you watch?

Anita's point is entirely accurate. The game mechanics give you the tools to treat murdered characters that way. The room with the strippers offers you plenty of ways to sneak up on them, and ways to hide their bodies.

Entirely accurate, except, *cough*, that there's a discouragement that fits in with the rest of the game for doing so, that the easier route chosen by 3/4 of playthroughs missed them completely, and not a single case has been shown of a player killing them, while many other cases of them not being killed are shown. Their bodies are also treated the same as any other objectified body in the game. But yes, otherwise entirely accurate.

Note that this point is not made in isolation about Hitman only. Other games have mechanics that objectify female characters.

I'm not even disputing this. I agreed with it. But my point was, in discussing this example, if you're going to call somebody out on a strawman, get your shit right.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Raenex Re:gtfo (724 comments)

I thought I did address your point. It isn't okay to use lazy tropes that portray women as objects for sexual gratification even after death, and violence against men or that it appeals to men is not a reasonable justification.

No, you didn't address my point. You ignored the violence angle all-together, and gave me one example that doesn't even check out once I investigated it (per my other comment).

Mission failed!

o Restart mission
o Quit

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Raenex Re:gtfo (724 comments)

90% of it is straw man arguments against things she never even said. Take the "SOOOOO BUSTED" video about Hitman. She never said that the game makes you murder strippers. Her point was that the advertising for the game uses dead female corpses in sexy poses, basically necrophilia. The game then allows you to do what the advertising promotes. Sexy female corpses used to sell a game and offered up to the player as toys. Sure, it's not the point of the game, but when even do that?

Ok, if you're going to call somebody out for a strawman, make sure to get your shit right. I just watched, in sequence, the SOOOOOO BUSTED video and the Women as Background Decoration: Part 1 video he shows clips from. Nowhere is it mentioned that, "advertising for the game uses dead female corpses in sexy poses, basically necrophilia." So if that was her point she made a very poor job of making it, or you just made it up yourself. Can you even find a link for such advertising? Because I can't.

Thunderf00t makes the point that you're actually penalized for killing non-targets, and penalized even more for civilians (which the strippers shown in the clip would be). Even better, he says he actually watched about 40 playthroughs of the mission being discussed. There are 2 paths to take, and only about 1/4 went past the dancers (the other route being easier). Nobody attacked the dancers.

And here is what Anita says, "The player cannot help but treat these bodies as things to be acted upon, because they were designed, constructed, and placed in the environment for that purpose. Players are meant to derive a perverse pleasure from desecrating the bodies of unsuspecting female virtual characters."

Invoking some mythical advertising that she never mentions, at least in her video, is a bullshit argument. Thunderf00t made good points here. If you can't see that it's your own bias showing.

Now if I were to criticize Thunderf00t I can do so without any bullshit, because he harps on her mistakes/deceptions, but doesn't give her any credit for what she gets right in a 30 minute video with many examples. I basically agree with Anita that there's plenty of examples of females being used as sexual objects in video games. Wow, I'm totally shocked. Just like I'm shocked at all the bullet sponges men are used for, or the nearly invincible, one-man-army hero you often play as. I go back to my original point: She's the feminist version of Jack Thompson.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Raenex Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Thunderf00t doesn't make any good points.

I just gave you the biggest one that I found salient. Yet rather than address it, you say he has none and give me an example I didn't even bring up. Do you want a real debate or just an emotional, one-sided rant?

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Raenex Re:Inflammatory description of article. (724 comments)

Now if only the Internet had a functioning immune response to misogyny, bullying, sick rape fantasies and adolescent jerkoffs whose hobby is making other people's lives miserable.

If only the SJW crowd would stop crying misogyny every time their position was attacked. It's almost like they want to deflect criticism by playing the victim card. No, that couldn't be it.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Raenex Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Thunderf00t's are particularly bad.

They're repetitive and I'm generally turned off by his presentation, but he makes some good points.

What it basically comes down to is that Anita is the feminist version of Jack Thompson. If you're ok with violence in video games, then you shouldn't be getting all bent out of shape over female stereotypes that appeals to male gamers.

about three weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Raenex Re:The problem with double standards. (292 comments)

Flamebait for pointing out a massive conflict of interest in a person stepping outside their area of expertise?

You mean like the WWF being used for the quote in the summary?

OK, so you attacked the source, but I looked at the article and it points to scientific literature and shows highlighted quotes that put the current news in perspective. The OH NOES, GLOBAL WARMING knee-jerk reflex is getting old when it doesn't hold up under scrutiny, especially when temperatures have plateaued far long than any model predicted.

Try coming up with a rational counter-argument that addressed the points made instead of relying on ad hominen.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Raenex Re:uhh (549 comments)

He literally was weeks away from losing everything. If that Space-X flight had not worked, all his money would literally have gone up in smoke.

If this is true (so far undocumented), then he's an idiot. What's far more likely to be true is he reserved a small fortune so that he could live comfortably for the rest of his life.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Raenex Re:Mars has no magnetosphere (549 comments)

Take all that money and just pay off 5% of the population's houses. Those people, now freed from having to grind on the treadmill for their housing, could start small businesses... circulating money in the economy.

Well this is pretty dumb. Housing is a big expense, but so is food, transportation, and all the other miscellaneous things that people routinely spend money on. People aren't going to start a small business just because there house is paid off.

We'd have zero unemployment and a lot more happiness. The economic repercussions would be staggering.

Looks like just another government handout that's supposed to magically cure the economy.

about a month ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

Raenex Re:Calls from Credit Cards on "Suspicious Activity (78 comments)

It's a debit card. The fact you can use it to pay for something at the checkout doesn't make it a credit card. There is no credit involved.

It's both. You have the option to use it as a credit card:

"When you sign for your purchases, you get security protections that help prevent, detect and resolve fraud. Many rewards programs also require you to sign to collect rewards points. However, if you PIN for your Visa Debit card transactions, you may not receive the same security protections for Visa Debit card transactions not processed by Visa."

about 1 month ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

Raenex Re:Interesting what he chose not to answer (106 comments)

Lars started the band. His drums are fine. I think you're giving him shit because he was the face of the Napster suit.

about a month and a half ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Raenex Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

And you'd be factually wrong. There is such a thing as being so open-minded your brains fall out, and you're unwittingly demonstrating this with your false equivalence.

All I'm demonstrating is your tribalism and ignorance on display. You can be emotional and unintelligent on any side of the issue.

His "argument" about Al Gore was hardly nuanced, he's just giving the argumentum ad Goram cover because he happens to sympathize with the deniers, and that's enough in my book.

On display.

about a month and a half ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Raenex Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Right, tribalism and ignorance. I can flip your statement to: "Alarmists have nothing interesting or worthwhile, or even reality-based to say at this point, so there's no point in annoying myself by reading their drivel."

But besides that, he gave a nuanced argument about Al Gore that had nothing to do with denying the scientific position of climate change. Yet you immediately labeled him a denier and ignored him.

about a month and a half ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

Raenex Re:How to avoid this sort of infringement? (137 comments)

It's almost certain the band had innocently re-invented the same sequence of notes.

How do you come to a determination of "almost certain"? It would seem just as likely that they stuck it in there because, as Wikipedia writes, "Until this high-profile case, "Kookaburra"'s standing as a traditional song combined with the lack of visible policing of the song's rights by its composer had led to the general public perception that the song was within the public domain.[30][31]"

What's ridiculous is that such an old song by a long-since dead person is still under copyright.

about 2 months ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Raenex Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

It was one of their major selling points in the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercial campaing.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Raenex Re:anacdotal evidence (643 comments)

And why should you have to?

Ideally, you shouldn't, and cops would always act according to enlightened principles. In reality, cops are people too, and the smart thing to do is not provoke them needlessly.

Should we beat rude people until they are less rude? Put them in prison? Take their property? Shoot them in the face?

Of course not.

about 2 months ago

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Unmasking a Reddit Supertroll

Raenex Raenex writes  |  about 2 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "From the article: "If you are capable of being offended, Brutsch has almost certainly done something that would offend you, then did his best to rub your face in it. His speciality is distributing images of scantily-clad underage girls, but as Violentacrez he also issued an unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed, all on the sprawling online community Reddit. [..] But Michael Brutsch is more than a monster. Online, Violentacrez has been one of Reddit's most reviled characters but also one of its most beloved users. The self-described "creepy uncle of Reddit" has played a little-known but crucial role in Reddit's development into the online juggernaut it is today."

This is the same Reddit user/moderator behind the now banned "jailbait" subreddit."

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Nintendo posts loss, cuts prices

Raenex Raenex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "From the article: Shares of Nintendo Co. shed a fifth of their value Friday after the Japanese video game giant posted a deep loss in the latest quarter, cut its full-year forecasts and slashed prices on its new 3DS handheld device. Nintendo on Thursday posted a net loss of 25.5 billion yen ($324 million) in the April-June period, worse than the 25.2 billion yen loss a year earlier. For the fiscal year through March 2012, Nintendo expects net profit of 20 billion yen, down 82 percent from its previous outlook, on sales of 900 billion yen. The 3DS will cost 15,000 yen in Japan starting Aug. 11, down from 25,000 yen. In the U.S., the price drops to $169.99 from $249.99 on Aug. 12. Nintendo does not set suggested retail prices for Europe but said it would lower wholesale prices by about a third. Such a big price cut so soon after a product's launch is unprecedented for Nintendo, and it's likely to annoy the loyal fans who have already bought the device, said Eiji Maeda, an analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities in Tokyo."
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US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

Raenex Raenex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "An investigation by the Associated Press has found a pattern of safety regulations being relaxed in order to keep aging nuclear power plants running. From the article: "Reactor parts or systems fall out of compliance with the rules. Studies are conducted by the industry and government, and all agree that existing standards are 'unnecessarily conservative.' Regulations are loosened, and the reactors are back in compliance.""
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Blogger Convicted of Threatening Judges

Raenex Raenex writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "A right-wing New Jersey blogger was convicted at his third trial of making threats against three federal judges in Illinois in retaliation for a ruling supporting gun control. The case stemmed from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2009 by three judges that upheld a district court decision dismissing lawsuits that challenged handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill. The same day, Turner protested the decision with an inflammatory post online. In one passage, he quoted Thomas Jefferson as saying, "The tree of liberty must be replenished from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots," court papers said.

Authorities said he crossed the line by writing: "Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges must die. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty.""

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