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Nerd Girls: Nothing to Prove
So this music video has been circulating the web recently about the whole stupid "nerd girls" problem and I think it's pretty cool. Some of the more famous people in the video include Kelly Sue Deconnick, Amy Berg, John Scalzi, Josh A. Cagan, Adam Savage, Paul & Storm, Wil Wheaton, and Marian Call.
COD Death Threats and The Vocal Minority
Recently Treyarch design director David Vonderhaaf tweeted about a patch to Call of Duty: Black Opts 2 which modified certain guns. The purpose of his tweet was to explain that the new patch would change the DSR fire time from .02 seconds to .04 seconds and that the rechamber time was 1.0 seconds and is now 1.1 seconds. www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…
Immediately his twitter account was flooded with hate messages and death threats. He tried to make light of the situation by saying "Not sure these fractions of a second are worth the threats of violence," but the hate kept coming. Finally Activision community manager Dan Amrich was forced to make a statement:
"Vonderhaar often gets told he should die in a fire or kill himself or is a horrible person. If anybody thinks for a second that this is okay, it is not. But if the loudest voices in the Call of Duty 'community' act like an angry mob instead, guess how the entire world views Call of Duty? Now consider that these Internet Tough Guy rants and demands are not unique to COD, but exist everywhere, in many gaming communities. This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny assholes. Because the immature, whiny assholes are louder."
And you know what? He's right. The problem isn't that they're a minority, it's that they're so vocal about their hate. Because they're so vocal and in your face, it presents an air of intense hatred all around, encompassing the good people who aren't assholes into how the general public sees them. On the one hand they shouldn't "feed the trolls" as the saying goes, but on the other hand nothing is gonna change if we don't shine light on this ugly side of gaming culture and shame people for doing it.
So it's not just Phil Fish who seems to have trouble with their twitter accounts... tompreston.deviantart.com/jour…
- Listening to: Escapist Podcat
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- Playing: King Arthur's Gold
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Ah... The game girl... As the leader of my college Magic the Gathering club I gotta say.... I've gone through a lot of sexist people. It angers me that I can't go to a local card store without being hit on (irony, I'm gay). When I verse them they go easy cuz they don't wanna make a girl cry. Really? REALLLYYY? (not that it matters, I can still whoop their butts)
However, I have a lot of friends and we found card stores that treat me like a player. I've lost, and I've won. I go to tournaments and no one holds back on me. it's like when I go there its a second home. We laugh and tell stories while playing cards, it feels like a magical place (no pun intended).
That's how it should be, a community with a common interest bonding together.
(but I still will play the game girl song from Homestuck when I win a tournament.)
It's always the loud and obnoxious that sometimes make me ashamed to be a gamer. They always make the rest of us look bad to the world at large, and that shouldn't be the case.
The nerd girl video was pretty cool, though. More power to them, I say!
And that's all I have to say.
One of the best things about the Internet is that it gives a voice to many people who would have none. It is also one of the worst things.
I think I'll go buy the Doubleclicks' album now. Those are voices that should be heard.
People still can't get past it a girl wanted to see a Star Trek interview and ignore the rest of the story.
I know it's judgemental and pretty pointless but if you don't participate in something without being in the company of others it's hard to say you have a deep love for it. Obviously there are some exceptions and I don't expect people to play obscure games to be gamers but you can't be a retro gamer geek for instance unless you actually play old games, no?
There's no cutoff point because like everything else it's in degrees but it's hard to agree that n64 makes you retro while it is easy to agree that NES or Atari or Colceovision does.
Wooooooow, really? People got THAT pissed over a fraction of a second? It'd be a bit more understandable if he changed something different like, I dunno, suddenly made one of the better weapons a piece of crap or something (yeah, I don't play CoD). I mean, I know I got pretty steamed over a graphical thing in Skyward Sword (Link has thicker lips that makes him look sooooooo weird) and I looked passed it and got over it, but something as small as that? Pfft, I wouldn't give a crap.
But it is true that the more whinier assholes gamers create bad names for those that just want to play the game. Yeah okay, Capcom's been making a shit ton mistakes with MegaMan and people are pretty pissed off (me being one), but you won't find me shooting a death threat for the cancelation of a game. I just take it with stride now. That's just really pathetic. But at least Activision took a stand and said, "Yeah, screw you."
And the COD death-threats just makes me wonder why...
I find that gamers are naturally very pessimistic and they really hate any form of change, no matter how big or small they may be.
<ponifytext>One of the crown jewels to emphasize that point is the League of Legends community. You can't play a normal game without at least one <ponify style="color: rgb(7, 0, 255);" title="person">pony</ponify> (who is usually the worst player on the team) shouting 'REPORT THIS NOOB TWISTED FATE FOR FEEDING' or, when his/her team does end up winning the game, they're always the ones saying 'gg, easy'.
But then, oh noes! A patch! Bring in the hate guns, no matter what this patch does! And all of that simply because you don't get to play the game in exactly the same way that you're used to.</ponifytext> It's a real shame really that the majority of geeks are like that.
Now I agree, some changes people make are a stupid idea, but instead of bitching and moaning about it, you can let the creators know of your discomfort by... ... sending a polite e-mail!
But really, writing comments like this ain't gonna help much. Someone with a much bigger and more well-known voice needs to speak up and even then, I doubt it'll do much.
I love the video. My favorite one I the one that says “I’m older than your mom and I still love MMORPG’s”.
The problem with some gamers is that they overact to the most trivial of things. They’re getting angry that the firing time takes a fraction of a second more? Does that even affect the damn game at all? I swear is like people are desperately trying to find an excuse to bitch about anything no matter how stupid or irrelevant it is
Just when I thought I could have a tiny speck of hope for the human race in general, not even for specifics or any real reason, it gets smothered by news like this. Death threats because a gun in a game now has a delay of fire modified by a timeframe so small you literally can't see the difference without frame by frame footage, and a refire rate that is likewise so small you barely notice it, if you even do notice it in the first place. Honestly, .04, four hundredths, of a second... It takes you more time to blink. .1, a tenth, of a second, you're done blinking by the time that moment passes. If it were say .5 instead of 0.04 and 2.2 instead of 1.1, then it might be cause for sending an email or a letter stating that you think it needs to be changed to something more reasonable, like the .04 and 1.1 delays. Where did those days go? Instead of a threat on someone's life, which should always be taken seriously, just type out a letter of frustration, or even an angry letter telling them how much you dislike them for what they did. That way, if they read it, they go 'well, this person isn't happy with me at all, just like so many others, maybe I should change it to something a little faster for them' instead of 'okay, I'm calling the cops on this guy'. I, for one, would rather be sent back an email saying 'I'm sorry you feel that way, I will consider your opinion and see what I can do' , as opposed to a police officer saying 'you have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney...' etc. while putting handcuffs on me.
Anywho there is Term in Games called Gaming Manners you know calling GG WP even if it was horrible or you know respecting people that give a reason for leaving and not jumping the gun with threats or reports.
Sadly it also reguires you to have manners in the first place or in fact just a Common sense.
People sending threats to a developer via twitter because of a minute changes to a game, clearly have neither!
I also don't get the mass hate in mmo's against newbies. Weren't we all newbies once? I'm sure they asked the same questions. and made the same mistakes.
Deviantart comments need an edit feature *nods*
Yeah I know. It's stupid.
I've been playing most of the games, including that one since beta, but I still help the newbies instead of just bitch at them. Everyone has to start somewhere. It's elitists like them that help kill a game as they put new people off playing them
They're also why mmo's etc keep getting made easier and easier(when Everquest 2 came out, you couldn't solo anything, you had to have groups), because the whiners are louder.
Life needs a block feature ^_^