Aug 28, 2014
commented on Anita Sarkeesian Threatened with Rape and Murder for Daring to Keep Critiquing Video Games
1) We agree on that at least.
2) The quantity and degree of threats made against women in the video game industry is on a whole different order of magnitude than those received by their male counterparts. We're seeing the backlash of a small minority who are losing their "safe space" in which they could be openly misogynistic, homophobic, and racist. The fact that these children are typically not particularly popular in school allows them to see themselves as a persecuted minority, fighting back against an invading oppressor. (Women are half the population after all! Why'd they have to come and take Video Games, my thing, away from me?)
3) It's not so much "cherry picking" as "cranberry bogging" when you can just skim the surface of the medium and come up with a heaping handful of examples. Regardless of the academic rigor displayed in these YouTube videos, I think we can be pretty confident that this man was not a kickstarter backer who is upset at the misuse of his money.
Jul 30, 2014
commented on Swill Recalled
I've got a couple of bottles of Swill at home right now - it comes in 10 Barrels sampler pack. It's pretty dang tasty - I hope that they didn't have to destroy the entire production run.
Jul 28, 2014
commented on Now That Nerds Run Everything, San Diego Comic-Con Has Become Irrelevant
SDCC isn't a press event. It's an opportunity to hustle your webcomic. It's an opportunity to sit on the floor and play Magic: The Gathering. It's an opportunity to dress up as a supporting character from a Manga that's only been fansubbed into english, and still have people recognize you. It is an opportunity to build a culture around the consumption of your franchise.
The only people who go to ComicCon just for the big releases are the people who were getting paid to go.
Jul 15, 2014
commented on Who Should Win: Democratic House Speaker Frank Chopp or Socialist Challenger Jess Spear?
Rent control is a terrible idea, right? Like, that's not a controversial opinion? It didn't work in New York, and out didn't work in the Bay - you just end up with Amazon employees buying out the rent-controlled leases. Zoning laws have to change if you want affordable rent in the city that doesn't leave the richest citizens chomping at the bit to dump their money into some sort of loophole.