It’s your expression, your body, so it’s your call.
We’ve all been there. The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile.
"Please Swipe Again". "Please Swipe Again". "Insufficient Fare".
The last two words are killer. You think to yourself “I swear I had a balance…
Over the weekend you may have heard of or seen - nude photos of celebrities were stolen off of their phones and posted online. It’s a terrible invasion of privacy, but probably the most disconcerting part of this for me is that some people are blaming the celebrities for having the nude photos on their phones in the first place.
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Ferguson hasn’t stopped, and Ferguson wasn’t the start.
Not that I feel overwhelming compelled to jump into the front lines of all this, the ongoing campaign of harassment by a select group of “gamers” and hate groups against women associated with the video game industry, like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian, is too unbelievably pathetic, and dangerous, to ignore. It’s all well documented and easy to find. It’s a pretty dark time for games.
The undue sense of ownership and entitlement by this particular subset of video game players is pretty remarkable. In Sarkeesian’s case, it’s as if her critiques against the games and their problems or flaws were direct attacks against the people who play them. Play them, not even develop or fund or have any other kind of direct involvement in their creation. Just play.
As simply the players, we have no ownership of these titles. We have no stake. To react to their critique with such intense vitriol and anger is ludicrous. To then further the point of the critique by reacting with essentially the same actions that are being critiqued (in this case) is even more so. As if criticism of a game you like somehow prevents you from enjoying it, or retroactively removes the joy from a previous experience.
You are not the game, the game is not you. If you take the critique of video games so directly, so personally, especially as just a player, enough that you feel you need to lash out, harass, advocate or threaten violence against, etc, the people providing the criticism, it might be time for a radical reevaluation of the priorities and values in your life.
The last few weeks in videogame culture have seen a level of combativeness more marked and bitter than any beforehand.
First, a developer—a woman who makes games who has had so much piled on to her that I don’t want to perpetuate things by naming her—was the target of a harassment campaign that…
Guardians of the Galaxy UI Reel by Territory.
Shorts like this get me every time.
This is a collection of Tweets from military veterans reacting to the police response in Ferguson.
And if this shit doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.